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What your government is doing: Sumter City Council Hospitality fee bond proposed for expedited city projects

The City of Sumter has plans to expedite a handful of projects with a Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond. The first reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of a City of Sumter Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond for 2021 not exceeding … more

Sumter City Council extends mask mandate another 60 days

Once again, Sumter City Council extended an emergency ordinance on Tuesday that required face coverings be worn in retail and food service establishments. The council voted 5-1, with Councilman Colin Davis voting in opposition and Councilman Thomas … more

15-year staffer becomes Sumter's city-county planning director

At the last Sumter County Council meeting of 2020, Helen Roodman was named the official city-county planning director after filling in for the position since that January. "This has been the longest, weirdest job interview of my life," Roodman … more

Sumter County Council chairman, vice chairman to remain as officers

The first Sumter County Council meeting of the year began with members electing its chairman and vice chairman Tuesday. For Sumter County chairman, both Chairman Jim McCain and Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney were nominated for the officer … more

Sumter Mayor Merchant, council hold workshop to brainstorm future plans, projects

It's a new year with new community leaders heading the table. Sumter City Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening to collectively and informally brainstorm ideas to make the city a better place to live for all. New Mayor David Merchant … more

Lee County swears in returning council members

Three returning Lee County elected officials were sworn into office at the Lee County Courthouse on Tuesday. South Carolina Magistrate Judge Shirley Davidson administered the oath of office to Councilman R. Travis Windham, representing District … more

"We could have encircled this date" — Sumter educators, state leaders react to Capitol attack by Trump supporters

Susan Hilton, who taught many at Sumter High School, said the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment of the Constitution grant American citizens the principles of democracy, but she said there … more

Sumter City Council: Business license laws to correspond with state

To kick off the first meeting of the new year, Sumter City Council amended its business license expiration and application dates to correspond with state law. The Municipal Association of South Carolina prepared a revised model for a business … more

Sumter County swears in elected officials, sheriff's office employees

Sumter County elected officials and Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies and detention officers were sworn into office following two virtual ceremonies on Monday. Seven elected officials were sworn into office for four-year terms at the Sumter … more

City of Sumter receives 'clean' audit; Can apply for financial certificate award for 2nd year in a row

The City of Sumter received a "clean" audit for its annual financial report on the fiscal year that ended June 30, resulting in a potential award-winning finance team for a second consecutive year. A special meeting was held by Sumter City … more

City of Sumter to correspond with new state laws regarding business licenses

During a special meeting on Monday, Sumter City Council considered an ordinance that would amend city code relating to business license expiration and application dates to correspond with state law. In September, the South Carolina General … more

City of Sumter recycling remains on hold with rise in COVID-19 cases

A public hearing on a rezoning request on North Main Street resulted in a motion to defer the matter after the former applicant revealed to Sumter City Council that he sold the property. The first reading of the ordinance was to rezone about 0.88 … more

Sumter County Council passes 2nd resolution encouraging mask use

After voting down a second emergency mask ordinance in November, Sumter County Council created another resolution urging Sumter County residents to wear face coverings. During the November meeting, council had a split vote on the emergency mask … more

City of Sumter mask mandate is extended 60 days; Chick-fil-A will expand parking space

Familiar and new faces filled the representatives' seats in Sumter City Council's chambers during Tuesday's meeting, where four City of Sumter elected officials held a meeting for the first time since taking office. Newly elected David Merchant, … more

Sumter City Council: Chick-fil-A looking to expand parking lot

If you've tried going to Sumter's Chick-fil-A but found nowhere to park, Sumter City Council may soon be approving a rezoning request to help remedy that situation. Council held a public hearing Tuesday to consider the first reading of an ordinance … more

Sumter Mayor McElveen presides over final council meeting

The echo of the gavel Tuesday marked more than the end of Sumter City Council's meeting. This time, it resembled curtains closing on a chapter of Sumter history followed by a standing ovation for Sumter's 20-year mayor and 12-year Ward 2 … more

Sumter County Council: Dollar General proposed on Pinewood Road site, Thompson Construction buys North Wise Drive land

At Sumter County Council's meeting Tuesday, council members discussed two land use items and a contract for the county's waste removal services. Dollar General primed for Pinewood Road Land on Pinewood Road was requested to be rezoned to house … more

Santa Cruz Nutritionals expansion to bring 164 jobs, $84M investment in Sumter County

An economic development project will create 164 new jobs in the community after Sumter County Council gave a company the go-ahead to start its expansion process on Tuesday. The council … more

Sumter County Council votes down mask requirement

People will not be required to wear face masks outside Sumter city limits after Sumter County Council voted down another emergency ordinance during Tuesday's meeting. At an October meeting, Councilman Eugene Baten urged council to once again … more

Sumter County to remain without mask requirement

People will not be required to wear face masks outside Sumter city limits after Sumter County Council voted down another emergency ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting. At an October meeting, … more
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