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Sumter City Council to consider final reading of burn ordinance

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City County Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance related to the recovery of collection costs as part of … more

Pinewood waste site has no issues from Hurricane Florence crossing S.C.

With much less rainfall and wind than forecasted from Hurricane Florence, federal regulators had little concern at the Pinewood hazardous waste dump during the weekend. Rob Kerr, a Charleston-based attorney who oversees management of the 279-acre … 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

'The community was very well-protected': Sumter 1st responders help with downed trees; residents were prepared for hurricane’s effects

If Hurricane Florence had brought more harm to Sumter during the weekend, the fire department would have been ready. Sumter Fire Department Battalion Chief Joey Duggan said there was no major flooding in the county, largely because the city and … 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

Sumter, Lee, Clarendon under severe thunderstorm warning with 70-mph gusts

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Sumter County, southeastern Lee County and northern Clarendon County until Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:15 p.m. The National Weather … more

Suspect reportedly shoots Sumter man point blank in stomach

A Sumter man who is a convicted felon has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident that left a victim shot point blank in the stomach. Vito Videll Wright, 42, … more

Statewide burning ban lifted for all South Carolina counties

South Carolina Forestry Commission lifted the statewide burning ban, issued on Wednesday, this morning. The ban was issued because of limited availability of statewide firefighting resources and … more

FEMA announces disaster assistance for South Carolina

Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance is available to South Carolina governments and organizations affected by Florence after President Donald Trump approved … more

Updated feed: Florence leaves heavy rains, road closures in South Carolina

Though Hurricane Florence has moved on from South Carolina, it left behind inches of rain that continue to fall, causing major flooding in northeastern parts of the state.South Carolina Department of … more

Sumter, Clarendon schools to reopen Monday after Florence closures

All Sumter School District schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 17, now that Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the order for school closures due to Hurricane Florence, according to … more

Ready for anything: Sumter heeds Hurricane Florence warnings as area misses brunt of storm

Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. When Sumter officials preached the message to take Hurricane Florence seriously during the past week, Sumterites listened. Despite what, as of Saturday afternoon, seemed to be a flop of a storm for the … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office has military vehicle in case of emergencies

MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Sumter County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jeff Hofer took The Sumter Item on a ride around the county in the agency's MRAP, a mine-resistant ambush protected military surplus vehicle, to get a glimpse - safely - of what … more

Florence damaged my home. Now what?

Once Hurricane Florence passes, homeowners may be dealing with the next steps of assessing and fixing damage incurred from the storm. Any residents in the city or county of Sumter who experienced damage to any structure is asked to call the … more

Sumterites heed warnings to prepare, even those who weren't here for Hugo

As Hurricane Florence prepared to hit the Carolinas, Sumterites were preparing for whatever the impact may have been. People around downtown Sumter were getting ready on Thursday for the storm to arrive, which was at a Category 2 as it brought … more

Sumter nonprofit opens new home for adults with disabilities

A house is not necessarily a home, but a nonprofit that serves more than 500 Sumterites with intellectual disabilities is trying to give adults with special needs somewhere to call just that. The Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board … more

Generators, gas cans and plywood were essential supplies sold in Sumter for Hurricane Florence

It was an unusual scene on Thursday. On one side of Bultman Drive, parking lots were mostly barren as most of the usually popular strip mall stores were closed in preparation for Hurricane Florence. However, on the other side of the road, customers … more

Sunday's feed: Florence leaves her mark on the Carolinas as Sumter begins return to normalcy

Stay tuned at this feed throughout the day as we continue to update it with information on Florence and her impacts in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties and the surrounding Carolinas. 8:50 … more

FLORENCE: Know what to do if a traffic signal is not working

With power out or flickering in parts of town, drivers may encounter traffic signals that aren't working correctly.According to a tweet from the S.C. Department of Public Safety, if you encounter an … more

BREC, Duke Energy work to restore power outages in counties affected by Florence

Power companies said they worked feverishly through late Friday and all day Saturday to restore power to individual homes and businesses in the region in the wake of Hurricane Florence. As of 5 … more
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