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Possible commercial developments could appear along Oswego Highway, just south of East Brewington Road, following a rezoning request from applicant Stephanie Tisdale. Tisdale is requesting to rezone 9.97 acres of undeveloped property spanning two … more
Sumter County Council and staff have a balanced budget by its second reading that includes a 2-mill increase and pulling money from the county's fund balance, or reserves. On Tuesday, council and staff held another budget workshop as they near … more
Sumter City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, May 16, for city residents to give input on how the Community Development Block Grant funds were used between April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. The Consolidated Annual Performance and … more
A small portion of property that once housed the old V.B. Williams Furniture Co. operations may have future commercial use. Sumter City Council considered the first reading of applicant Charles Hodge request to rezone 3.67 acres of a 22.13-acre … more
A public hearing was held during Sumter City Council's regular Tuesday meeting to allow council members and staff to hear city residents' input on how dollars could be spent in the upcoming 2023-24 year. Earlier this month, city council and staff … more
A large crowd filled the Sumter City Council chambers for its regular Tuesday meeting for several rezoning requests, but a majority of those in attendance were there for a particular item pertaining to St. Jude Catholic Church. The first reading … more
Conversations were heated and deemed out of order during Sumter County Council's budget workshop on Tuesday regarding an off-agenda topic brought up by a councilman. When Sumter County Government staff spoke of bumping up county employees' … more
A Beckwood Road property owner is requesting easement of neighboring Sumter County property in an effort to save his land from current and future flooding. Since heavy storms in early April, the property on the corner of Brewington Road has had … more
With a deficit of still more than a million dollars and assumptions of a recession on the horizon, as well as the increase in living costs because of inflation, elected officials and other agencies' requests will not be granted for new positions and … more
Sumter Mayor David Merchant officially named this week as National Travel and Tourism Week. According to the City of Sumter, "In Sumter, our rich traditions of Southern hospitality have blossomed into a multimillion-dollar travel … more
As the Sumter area continues to experience growth in both population and development, Sumter's planning team has released its survey for the public to give input on the future transportation-related improvement needs of the community. Currently, … more
Sumter County Council and staff continued their discussion on the fiscal year 2024 budget with presentations from Sumter County elected officials on Tuesday. Before jumping into the meeting, one amendment was unanimously approved to council's … more
The Graystone subdivision off Alice Drive will see improvements to its storm drain lining soon. Sumter City Council unanimously approved a resolution at Tuesday's meeting authorizing a contract with Vortex Services of Greenville for the Graystone … more
Sumter's mayor said Sumter City Council and City of Sumter staff's first budget workshop meeting of the year Tuesday afternoon was the most productive in his tenure and time as a councilman. Rather than only discussing revenues and expenditures, … more
Sumter Planning Commission met Wednesday afternoon to hear several rezoning requests within the city limits and an ordinance amendment to the City of Sumter Zoning District Standards. Thomas Sumter Highway property proposed to rezone to … more
Budget season is in full swing, and Sumter County Council held its first budget workshop of the year on Tuesday for the 2023-24 fiscal year. County Administrator Gary Mixon shared during Sumter County Council's regular Tuesday meeting that … more
With two Sumter Catholic churches constructing a new facility to house both under one roof, two properties will remain vacant in the heart of Sumter. One of those properties may see some changes after a request was brought before Sumter Planning … more
An economic development project proposed to invest $65.9 million and bring 300 jobs to Sumter was revealed during Sumter County Council’s regular Tuesday meeting. After no one spoke during … more
Members of the Sumter Urban Area Transportation Policy Committee met Monday afternoon to consider adopting a new two-year Unified Planning Work Program for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years. According to Senior Planner Kyle Kelly of the Sumter … more
In the next couple of years, Sumter will see federal money roll in to assist with transportation and infrastructure projects within the city. On April 7, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Sumter is one of 64 communities nationwide … more
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