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City of Sumter's audit shows growth financially

City of Sumter received a positive opinion in its audit report for fiscal year 2016-17, according to an independent auditor's report from Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin LLP. The report states the city's financial statements for its $62.58 million … more

Truck retailer 1 reading from permitted expansion

On Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved second reading of a request that will allow Carolina Truck & Trailer Parts to expand its storage area after the business began storing its inventory on adjoining property - also owned by the retailer - that … more

Sumter County exploring purchase of different medical response vehicle to remedy ambulance break-downs

Sumter County Council approved a possible solution to an unanticipated ambulance shortage and discussed giving more authority to code enforcement officers to deal with dishonest residential contractors during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. … more

Sumter County Council votes 5-2 to deny school district millage request

After sitting in silence for several moments when asked for a motion regarding Sumter School District's request for a 5.48-mill increase request, Sumter County Council voted 5-2 to deny the request. Council Chairman Jim McCain and Councilwoman … more

Proposed ordinance would allow Sumter codes enforcement officers to issue summons for shoddy work

Sumter County Council discussed giving more authority to code enforcement officers to deal with dishonest residential contractors during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Reading: First of … more

Voter registration deadline approaching

With the national midterms and local and state general elections a little more than a month away, the deadline to register to vote is approaching even quicker. Applications for voter registration by mail must be postmarked on Tuesday, Oct. 9, or … more

Ballot set for Pinewood mayor, council seats

Three incumbents will be on the ballot in November for the Town of Pinewood. Sarah Mathis filed on July 16 for re-election to be mayor of the 538-person town, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. Jackie Spann is running for … more

Clarendon, state Democratic parties ask judge to reconsider ruling on Samuels-Cooper

As Clarendon County voters and state election officials are looking ahead to a special election to find a new candidate for coroner after a judge's ruling disqualified the primary winner from taking … more

Revised Sumter jail contract expands sheriff's authority

Sumter County Council approved third and final reading of a revised contract between Sumter and Lee counties regarding Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center and gave second reading to permit feather flags on commercial property at its meeting on … more

Ralph Norman says comment about Ginsburg a joke

The campaign trail of U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., focused at the end of the week on a statement he made that female Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused Abraham Lincoln of groping … more

Manning mayor says committee member list was ‘administrative error’

MANNING – Manning Mayor Julia Nelson said a document detailing the members of a committee set to hear a case from fired police chief Blair Shaffer Thursday was wrong and given to The Sumter … more

Sumter flood prevention ordinance could save money for homeowners

Sumter City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to update the city's flood damage prevention ordinance on Tuesday which could, over time, save more money for homeowners with flood insurance. Ordinance makes city safer, saves homeowners … more

Sumter planning commission in favor of increasing locations for schools

Sumter City-County Planning Commission voted to recommend approvals of requests that would benefit two property owners in their endeavors for residential and educational projects. Rezoning will open land to residential development Agenda Item: … more

Manning committee to discuss grievance

MANNING - Manning's newly restructured Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting this afternoon to discuss a personnel matter regarding a grievance. The three-member committee is comprised of Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, Mayor Pro-tem Sherry A. … more

BREAKING – SCPA: Manning City Council violated open meetings law, police chief's firing not legal

MANNING – The first reading of an ordinance giving the City of Manning’s Public Safety Committee hiring and firing privileges, which ultimately led to the firing of Blair Shaffer as … more

City preps for wastewater connection in Mayesville

Sumter City Council approved agenda items that will benefit multiple residents in the future and approved a rezoning request for the development of a North Main Street salon during its meeting on Tuesday. Mayesville residents to be compensated … more

Sumter County Council to consider final vote on feather flags

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of a request to amend portions of the county's … more

Sumter City Council to consider sale of 5 properties

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Final reading of an ordinance to authorize the future sale of five city-owned properties - 9 S. Main … more

Grievance Committee recommends Shaffer's reinstatement as Manning police chief

MANNING – Manning’s Grievance Committee sided with Blair Shaffer Monday afternoon by recommending his job as the city’s police chief be reinstated, going against the mayor and two … more

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm's arrival

South Carolina declares emergency ahead of FlorenceAssociated PressMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a … more
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