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Sumter City Council unanimously approved a request that could bring a new gas station and convenience store to a portion of land on Camden Highway. During the April 2 meeting, city council heard a request on first reading to annex about seven … more
Here are some of the South Carolina state and local Sumter elections in 2024 with current elected officials and candidates who have filed for those seats below each current elected official (this is the most recent information shown on the state's … more
There's a red-dirt road running half a mile into the woods where water gathers in every crevice after rainfall, mud congeals over stones, lethargic-looking trees stretch their limbs over it, poking one another, and pregnant cats find haven amid the … more
The East Red Bay Road bridge over Turkey Creek has been out of commission for a while now, and locals are frustrated. The South Carolina Department of Transportation deemed it unsafe, closed it and issued a detour. "This bridge is a vital link … more
A lifelong Camden resident is running for South Carolina Senate seat 35, which is currently held by three-term South Carolina Democratic Sen. J. Thomas McElveen III. McElveen told The Sumter Item earlier this month that he will not be seeking … more
In about eight months, Sumterites will be voting not only on local, state and national seats, but also about the penny tax. And Sumter County officials have named six locals to the 2024 Capital Penny Sales Tax Commission. Documents detail what … more
Sumter County owns property at 13 S. Main St. that officials hope will be converted into a retail and living space. The property, which is located near Sumter Original Brewery, has been vacant for several years. An ordinance authorizing the … more
A statue of the first African American chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court since Reconstruction might be erected on Sumter County's courthouse lawn. Former Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. practiced law in Sumter and was also the first … more
Late last year, City of Sumter officials tightened the grounds under which a business license could be denied, revoked or suspended as it relates to people with past convictions. This decision sparked conversation at the county level, too, but … more
The City of Sumter will accept applications for the Summer Youth Employment Programs from April 3 through May 3. Students ages 14-15 will work in city government, and students ages 16 through high school will work in the Co-Op … more
An apartment complex that would be considered low-income or affordable housing might be built in Sumter city limits. During the Tuesday, March 19, Sumter City Council meeting, council unanimously (though Councilman Anthony Gibson was absent) … more
The five tiny homes made possible by Sumter United Ministries that will be used as transitional housing near the ministry are nearing completion. "We're getting closer," SUM Executive Director Mark Champagne said during the Tuesday, March 19, … more
A coffee bean company might be moving in near Riley Park and Morris College. During the Tuesday, March 19, Sumter City Council meeting, council unanimously (though Councilman Anthony Gibson was absent) approved a request to rezone 0.73 acres at … more
Eugene R. Baten, Sumter County’s District 7 Democratic councilman, will not seek re-election after 20 years of serving on Sumter County Council. District 7 encompasses east Sumter before … more
Congressman James E. Clyburn filed for re-election and discussed everything he has secured for rural South Carolina during a news conference. On Monday morning, March 18, Clyburn spoke at Allen … more
Sumter County officials said there is not enough evidence to support Kangaroo Lane having once been considered a public road. Early reporting from The Sumter Item details how Lesa and Wayne Geddings of Kangaroo Lane in rural Sumter County worry … more
Members of the public had the opportunity to learn about different alternatives to changing U.S. 378 and give input on them, and there is still opportunity for Sumterites to share their thoughts. The project, formerly called the U.S. 378 Corridor … more
Public bodies throughout the Sumter area hold public meetings throughout the month you can attend,some of which have public comment periods. Sumter School District's Board of Trustees Sumter school board generally meets twice per month on the … more
In less than nine months, Sumterites will be voting for leaders for local, state and national seats. The South Carolina Democratic and Republican primaries are done, with President Joseph R. Biden as the state's Democratic nominee and Donald … more
As of late February, the number of active businesses in the City of Sumter is 3,868, and in the county, there are 3,066 active businesses. Business owners in the City of Sumter and in Sumter County have started receiving their renewals, and they … more
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