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Nursing homes may be removed from permitted uses downtown

With nearly $3 million of a $68 million draft spending budget left to balance for the City of Sumter's fiscal 2020 budget at the beginning of April, the Finance Department presented an update to City Council that showed a drop in more than $100,000 … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council

Sumter County Council honored a Sumterite who is the fifth-best power boat racer in the world and moved one step closer to adopting an amendment to the animal ordinance relating to tethering and adoption to prevent euthanization at their regular … more

Fish, wildlife return; waters flowing at Sumter's Second Mill Dam

Brim are back at the backside of the dam four years after the first of two extreme weather events tore it down. Water levels and fishing spots are finally back to normal levels at the Second Mill Dam, which received an S.C. Department of Health … more

Draft 2020 City of Sumter budget presented

A preliminary budget estimate for the City of Sumter's Fiscal Year 2020 was presented to the mayor and council with $2.9 million remaining to balance out before final approval. The budget … more

Kidney dialysis centers now allowed in Sumter's Professional Office districts

Mack Kolb's request on behalf of C&M Enterprises to amend the Professional Office District zoning to add kidney dialysis centers as a permitted use was approved for third and final … more

Ordinance definition amended to make way for Sumter Original Brewery

The City of Sumter approved third and final reading to define craft beer brewery and allow the use of such an establishment in the downtown area's Central Business District. While previously the … more

Sumter Behavioral Health Services facility approved

Sumter City Council approved third and final readings for one rezoning and two zoning ordinance amendments before being presented with the city's preliminary Fiscal Year 2020 budget and hearing about a few upcoming city events at its regular meeting … more

Sumter is a finalist for civic engagement annual award

It is described as the Nobel Prize, the Superbowl, the Oscars for civic engagement awards bestowed upon communities, and Sumter is one of 20 finalists for it. The National Civic League has been recognizing cities since 1949 with the All-America … more

Expansion of Sumter's Gateway Plaza gets approval

Sumter City-County Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a site plan for the expansion and renovation of Gateway Plaza, 1300 Broad St. Jay Davis, a top area commercial real estate broker, who manages Gateway Plaza, and Jeff … more

Sumter EMS marks completion of rural Frierson Road station in Dalzell

A new building in rural Dalzell will help both those who need emergency medical services and those who are answering the call. Sumter County EMS celebrated the grand opening of its new station on Frierson Road off Thomas Sumter Highway/U.S. 521 … more

Sumter's Project Batch is Florence Concrete Products

A half-century-old Florence-headquartered manufacturing company that has a plant in Sumter is set to expand and become part of the Sumter-Lee Industrial Park. The Sumter County Council gave two final approvals at its regular monthly meeting … more

South Carolina, Sumter advocates push for ratification of nearly 100-year-old Equal Rights Amendment

An equality amendment that was proposed nearly 100 years ago, passed by the U.S. government in 1972, killed 10 years later and resurrected in 2017 is up for ratification in South Carolina's current legislative session. Two bills in the state's … more

Sumter Behavioral Health Services wants rezoning to build centralized facility

Sumter Behavioral Health Services wants to build a new facility so it can operate from one location and held a public hearing at Sumter City Council's monthly meeting Tuesday for a requested rezoning to make that possible. Agenda item: Glen … more

Sumter courthouse renovation project should be finished in fall

Work continues in restoring and updating the Sumter County Courthouse, Dillon Park and other projects funded through Sumter's voter-approved penny tax. The Capital Penny Sales Tax is a 1 percent sale and use tax that funds local "Penny for … more

Sumter's first brewery one step closer to reality after public hearing, city council's first reading

Sumter City Council held public hearings and first readings on Tuesday for requests currently with the Sumter City-County Planning Department to allow for craft breweries to be added as a definition … more

Pinewood mayor, council members complete governance continuing education courses

Pinewood's town mayor and all four council members recently completed continuing education classes through the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Mayor Sarah Mathis and council members Leonard Houser and Jackie Spann graduated from the … more

Hampshire Estates in Sumter may get detached houses in townhouse subdivision

Sumter City Council held public hearings and first readings on Tuesday for requests currently with the Sumter City-County Planning Department to allow for single-family detached homes to be built in the Hampshire Estates townhouse subdivision and … more

Shannontown demo of abandoned homes to begin soon

Demolition work on the Shannontown project may soon begin to take down dilapidated, abandoned homes; the Sumter County Sheriff's Office may get a new outdoor pistol, rifle or skeet shooting range; and a local property owner asked to rezone his land … more

Sumter Sen. McElveen's bill would require lawmakers to 'cool off'

State Sens. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, and Dick Harpootlian, D-Richland, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require legislators to "cool off" after leaving their elected positions and before taking some state jobs. "This bill proposes a … more

Sumter's Utility Billing Office to open at new location March 18

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you try to pay your water bill at the rear of the Sumter Opera House on Friday, you may be surprised. The City of Sumter's Utility Billing Office is moving to its new location at 130 S. Harvin St. and will open on Monday, … more
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