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Sumter County Council: 1 commercial rezoning underway, 2 commercial rezonings approved

One rezoning request brought before Sumter County Council that would pave the way for general commercial space had a public hearing and passed first reading at council's regular meeting on Tuesday. Mayester Caper's request to rezone 2.12 acres of … more

Sumter commission releases its 2040 Comprehensive Plan draft for review

The Sumter City-County Planning Commission released its 2040 Comprehensive Plan draft for review. Previously known as the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the plan was updated to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan in early June. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan … more

Utility lines to go underground at Swan Lake entrance

Utility lines at the new Swan Lake entrance will be buried underground as part of the city's new construction project that will be headlined by a massive sculpture by Grainger McKoy. A proposal to pay Duke Energy $231,524 was approved 6-1 Tuesday … more

2 Sumter commercial rezonings 1 step from approval

Two rezoning requests currently before Sumter County Council that would pave the way for more commercial development held public hearings and passed second reading at council's regular meeting on Tuesday. Burke Watson Jr.'s request to rezone an … more

Study opens door on Sumter housing situation

Sumter may need to take its building foot off the gas pedal in one part of the city and focus on redevelopment in another part, according to an independent consultant's housing study. Eric Halvorsen, a vice president with Boston-based RKG … more

Results of Sumter housing study to be presented to public today

The community is invited downtown today to hear the results of a housing study conducted to analyze housing issues in the City of Sumter and hear consultants' recommendations. RKG Associates Inc., of Cambridge, Maryland, was hired to perform a … more

Sumter City Council: Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church may get more land for new sanctuary project

Sumter City Council held rezoning public hearings and a regular meeting on July 16, with agenda items including an expansion to the Jehovah Missionary Baptist construction project and a proposed rezoning to pave the way for elderly, veteran or … more

City of Sumter adds e-cigs, vapes to smoking ordinance prohibitions

Electronic cigarettes, vapes and other alternative nicotine products have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years, especially in teenage demographics, and they are no longer allowed in certain places in Sumter. Sumter City Council … more

Scott accepting fall internship applications

College and graduate students in South Carolina who want a front seat to governmental offices have the chance to intern with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, this fall. Applications for congressional internships in Scott's Washington, D.C., North … more

Sumter County Council: 2 commercial rezoning requests heard for 1st time

Two rezoning requests were presented to Sumter County Council for the first time Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting, for which both property owners want to develop their land commercially. The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the County … more

Mathis resigns as Pinewood mayor

Pinewood residents who are interested in becoming the town's next mayor can file their candidacy starting this week. Sarah Mathis, who took office in 2014 after serving on town council, resigned after winning her unopposed re-election bid in … more

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Byrd: Time to 'move forward' with school district

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd doesn't want to rehash the past. After council's 4-3 vote on June 25 to deny Sumter School District's request to increase the millage rate, Byrd told The Sumter Item on Tuesday the goal now needs to … more

Sumter County Council Chairman Baten says school district needs fiscal autonomy

Sumter County Council Councilman Eugene Baten attests "Team Sumter" died with council's 4-3 vote to deny Sumter School District a millage rate increase two weeks ago. Baten, who spoke to The Sumter Item last week and on Monday about the … more

Sumter native chosen for internship with Sen. Tim Scott

Sumter native Danielle deHoll has been chosen to participate in U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's summer internship program in his Washington, D.C., office. DeHoll, a graduate of Wilson Hall, is a rising junior at the University of Georgia … more

Councilman Baker: Sumter School District 'turmoil' turned constituents off millage increase

Sumter County Councilman Artie Baker said he turned down a tax increase for the school district because his constituents voiced opposition to the request after the past couple years' "turmoil." Baker spoke to The Sumter Item on Monday after … more

2 more Sumter councilmen weigh in on school district millage denial

Since Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to close Wedgefield's F.J. DeLaine Elementary School in his area in April 2018, Sumter County Councilman Chris Sumpter has voted two consecutive years against its millage increase … more

Sumter mayor signs Carolina Day proclamation

In anticipation of Carolina Day, Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen and members of the Col. Matthew Singleton Chapter, S.C. Society Sons of the American Revolution and member of S.C. Society Daughters of the American Revolution gathered in Sumter City … more

City of Sumter employee publishes self-help book

Lefford Fate is a retired Air Force veteran, motivational speaker, City of Sumter administrator and now a published author. Fate recently published his second book, but it's the first where he is the primary writer. He sat down this week to … more

McElveen endorses O'Rourke for Democratic presidential bid

A state senator who represents Sumter has endorsed former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. State Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-35, drew comparisons on Friday in his endorsement announcement to … more

Sumter County Councilman Edens: District too 'top heavy;' money doesn't solve problems

Sumter County Councilman Charles Edens gave several reasons for why he turned down a millage increase request for Sumter School District, but his bottom line is the district is "so top heavy" with staff. He also said history shows more money … more
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