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City of Sumter annexation approved along Camden Highway; new subdivision proposed

Sumter City Council unanimously approved the final reading of an annexation request of 22.25 acres at 2210 Camden Highway to receive city services per applicant Knowlton Properties LLC and Dunlap Properties LLC's request for a future residential … more

Sumter City Council considers future reuse of former Lincoln High School in downtown

The Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association took one step forward in its plans to reopen the historic, former Lincoln High School as a downtown museum. Larry Weston, the authorized agent for the property owner, requested Sumter City … more

Sumter County Council to consider 1-mill increase in 2023 fiscal year budget

Sumter County Council sped through its other agencies' funding, personnel requests and general fund expenditures during its budget workshop on Tuesday that ended with a vote on the county's mill rate for the 2023 fiscal year. Sumter County … more

Sumter City Council passes final reading of redistricting ordinance

Sumter City Council unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance to adopt the city's redistricting plan. Deron McCormick, Sumter's city manager, said the "outstanding questions" from the previous council meeting on May 3 were answered. … more

Sumter City Council holds off on finalizing redistricting; mayor says ‘outstanding questions’ need to be resolved first ahead of plan’s final reading

Sumter City Council zipped through its Tuesday meeting after pulling the final reading of an ordinance to adopt the city’s redistricting plan off its regular agenda.Mayor David Merchant said … more

‘People need to be outspoken’: Former Sumter city councilwoman hopes her legacy inspires women to be ‘bossy,’ independent community leaders

The first time I saw Colleen Yates was in the crowd of a fall 2019 Sumter City Council meeting.She sat up straight in the front row with her legs crossed, giving a nod of her head and a proud grin … more

Thompson to build spec building planned for unknown company in Sumter County

A Sumter-based construction compnay is looking to build a massive building for a potential future company. Applicant Thompson Construction Group, the representative of the property owner - the … more

Former Lincoln High School to rezone for future reuse in downtown Sumter

The former Lincoln High School could reopen with a new use in the near future. Applicant Larry Weston, the property owner of the former high school in downtown, made a request to rezone 6.32 acres of land from residential-6 to limited commercial … more

Smith reflects on 22-year tenure serving Sumter, leadership growth amid transition to House speaker

On Thursday, April 28, House representatives on the Ways and Means Committee began to file into their Blatt Building meeting room at 9 a.m. sharp. Several bills were scheduled for approval, but the chairman of the committee was nowhere to be … more

Councilman concerned with Sumter County Council behavior after conduct in prior meeting

Added to Sumter County Council's regular agenda on Tuesday was a follow-up discussion on council's decorum that led to a heated conversation between Chairman Jim McCain and Rembert Councilman Carlton Washington at the last meeting. Per Councilman … more

Sumter Rep. Murrell Smith becomes new House speaker

A state representative from Sumter County now holds the highest designation in the State House. State Rep. Murrell Smith received the highest honor from the House delegation on Thursday, April 28. … more

City of Sumter budget discussion continues with $3.2 million deficit left to balance

The City of Sumter's deficit continues to get closer to zero after Sumter City Council decreased it to $3.2 million from $3.8 million as of Tuesday. Council met at the Sumter Fire Training Facility on Green Swamp Road to continue balancing the … more

3 Sumter officials present requests to council; Solicitor, public defender, coroner asks for funds

Sumter County Council held a special meeting Tuesday to continue discussion and received requests from three elected and appointed officials for the fiscal year 2023 budget. In attendance was Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker, Public Defender … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council to also allow transit-related signage, continue fiscal year budget process

It appears both Sumter's local governmental bodies are now looking to allow signage and marketing on bus stop benches and shelters. Following Sumter County Council's lead, Sumter City Council unanimously approved the first reading to amend its Sign … more

Sumter County officials quarrel over council decorum, penny tax commission

What was meant to be a recap of how Sumter County Council's form of government operates quickly changed to a 20-minute quarrel between the chairman and Rembert councilman. On council's Tuesday budget workshop agenda was another item added by … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County government begins its fiscal year 2023 budget season

Sumter County kicked off its budget season with its first workshop Tuesday to review where the county is in spending and taking in money. As it stands now, the county's revenue projection for next year is $54,672,936 with expenditures at … more

State group WeGOJA Foundation names Sen. Kevin Johnson Legislator of the Year

Manning's state senator in District 36 will be recognized for his efforts in preserving South Carolina's history in connection to Clarendon County's historic Briggs v. Elliott case. Sen. Kevin Johnson, who represents Clarendon, Darlington, … more

Uncovered: A speeding truck near Sumter. An elderly woman left in a ditch. The mystery of Ada Wright.

SUMTER — One muggy afternoon in August 2017, a 76-year-old woman named Ada Wright walked across the busy road outside her home to collect her mail.Wright knew the road was dangerous; U.S. … more

City of Sumter to install Shot Pouch crosswalk lights soon

In the coming days, Shot Pouch Greenway will soon have working crosswalk lights for pedestrians to cross streets safely in the City of Sumter. The City of Sumter shared Thursday that it and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are … more

Summerton elects 1st Black mayor

SUMMERTON - Residents of Summerton elected a new mayor on April 5 and in doing so elected the town's first Black mayor. Challenger Tony Junious defeated incumbent Mac Bagnal for the town's mayoral seat by a vote of 190 to 118. Kenneth Kenny … more
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