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Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

Sumter's Smith handily beats first opponent since being elected to House

Though he faced his first opponent in 18 years, Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, will remain the representative of House District 67 for Sumter after receiving 82 percent of votes Tuesday. "I'm … more

Davis upsets Galiano for Sumter City Council Ward 5 seat

Bob Galiano, longtime incumbent of Sumter City Council Ward 5, will be passing on his seat to Colin Davis after the newcomer drew in more than 400 more votes than his seasoned opponent. Currently … more

Absentee voting deadline nearing in Sumter

After reports of some voters in Sumter not being able to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, officials said the obstacles are fixable but that time is running out. The Sumter Item received several questions about … 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

Clyburn keeps longtime seat in Sumter, Clarendon, Congressional District

The 6th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives was likely retained by longtime Democratic incumbent James E. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., with 70.94 percent of the vote on Tuesday at press time. Clyburn, who was born in Sumter … more

Absentee ballots break the books in Sumter, across South Carolina

As voters in the Swan Lake and Folsom Park precincts waited in two separate lines to the door before and at 7 a.m. when polls opened Tuesday for Election Day, whispers and comments could be heard throughout the Willow Drive Elementary School halls … 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

Norman leading Parnell for 5th District; Sumter, Lee vote opposite

A few hours after polls closed and most precincts were in, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was well-ahead in the state's 5th Congressional District against Sumter-native and Democratic nominee Archie Parnell. According to unofficial results, … more

Pavilion opens at Sumter's Patriot Park Sports Complex

Sumter County celebrated the construction of one of its newest facilities, the Patriot Park Pavilion, with a small ceremony and ribbon cutting Thursday morning. The pavilion, which will serve as an educational and fellowship facility, is another … 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

Sumter County Council continues code enforcement discussion

Sumter County Council continued its discussion of giving selected code enforcement officers the authority to issue courtesy summons during its meeting on Tuesday. Members question the need of zoning officials in code enforcement Reading: … 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

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

South Carolina voter registration deadline extended after Hurricane Florence

The registration deadline for South Carolina voters has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 17 for residents in all counties, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. The 10-day extension … 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 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

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

Sumter County Council to consider land transfer to BD

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider:• Third and final reading of … more
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