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A special meeting was held before Sumter County Council's regular meeting to review the county's 2022 fiscal year audit report. This year, Sumter County Government hired a new auditor, Mauldin and Jenkins CPAs in Columbia, to review the county's … more
During their Government and Legislation Session Month, Emerging Leaders met with Sumter City Council and administrative staff last week, and they learned about how to run and budget for local government. The Ross McKenzie Emerging Leaders Program, … more
Another round of funding to support low- to moderate-income communities in Sumter went through its final review. A special meeting was held before Sumter City Council's regular Tuesday meeting to review the draft of the upcoming 2023-24 Community … more
Sumter's representative and South Carolina House Speaker Murrell Smith joined members of a House committee for a news conference in the Statehouse to announce and file the committee's first bill on Wednesday afternoon. At 1:15 p.m., Smith joined … more
Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest A. "Chip" Finney III, right, was sworn into office for his fourth four-year term on Jan. 11 by S.C. Supreme Court Justice George C. "Buck" James Jr. at the Sumter County Judicial Center. Finney's assistant solicitors, … more
Clarendon County Council introduced a new board appointment and handed out service awards at its first meeting of 2023. The Clarendon County Behavioral and Health Services Board has welcomed a new member, Keith Grice, after he was appointed by … more
Before the Sumter County Council meeting Tuesday, three members were sworn into their positions for another two years after Sumter County voters reelected them in November. District 2 Councilman Artie Baker, District 4 Councilman Charles Edens … more
The county administrator for Clarendon is no longer in the running for the open position in Florence County.David Epperson was one of four finalists named for the Florence County administrator … more
The City of Sumter moved forward with its plans to acquire property adjacent to Bobby Richardson Park to be turned into a public parking lot for park-goers. Sumter City Council considered a procurement resolution authorizing acquisition of land … more
In the new year, Clarendon County Council members will see an increase in their pay after a little more than two decades. During the past few months, Clarendon County Council was presented with a $2,000 proposed increase in pay that has gone … more
To serve a community for 17 years is a rare milestone. What's even more rare is to serve beyond that for decades as a volunteer. Lynn Kennedy has been the City of Sumter's official event coordinator while also volunteering her time to serve her … more
Sumter City Council's last meeting of the year was full of holiday spirit in recognizing long-serving city employees and artistic Sumter students. Council began with a special recognition honoring City of Sumter employees of 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 … more
A good mix of business endeavors was presented before the Sumter Planning Commission on Dec. 14. From a new subdivision and more townhomes to a garden nursery center and two major site plans, more property owners and entrepreneurs have their eyes … more
The last Sumter County Council meeting of 2022 was a quick forum with only a few matters and announcements on Tuesday.Chairman Jim McCain shared there will be no meeting held on Dec. 27 amid the … more
The City of Sumter's finance team had another year in the books for its annual audit report, receiving another unmodified opinion for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022. Sumter City Council received a 123-page report on the city's finances … more
SHELBIE GOULDING / THE SUMTER ITEM The annual Legislative Breakfast drew in a crowd of about 60 to hear from a panel of Sumter's delegation on the morning of Friday, Dec. 9, with local state leaders Rep. Fawn Pedalino, R-Clarendon; House Speaker … more
The chamber of Sumter City Council was packed tight with more lined out the door to hear what will come of a proposed new dog kennel, downtown bed and breakfast inn, tattoo parlor and a drinking place in Sumter. The Sumter County Board of Zoning … more
A Sumter City Council seat will remain empty possibly until the new year because of an appeal filed to the circuit court. During a Sumter City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor David Merchant shared … more
Even though it was missing a large evergreen, Sumter County Council's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony still shined bright with strings of lights formed into a tree standing tall in the front lawn of the old Sumter County Courthouse. This … more
City of Sumter employees of 10 and 15 years were honored with a special recognition for their years of service during Sumter City Council's regular meeting Tuesday. Employees from Sumter Fire Department, Sumter Police Department, Water and Sewer, … more
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