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S.C. license, tag, ID expiration dates extended through July

The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles issued new guidelines for county law enforcement agencies in response to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to the guidelines from … more

South Carolina expert addresses legality of live-streamed government meetings according to FOIA

As the coronavirus pushes everyone into isolation more and more, disrupting daily routines, local government still has meetings, public concerns and community projects to attend to. In this day and age of innovation and technology, many public … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council emergency ordinance moves government, council dealings online during virus shutdowns

Sumter County Council members sat about six feet apart from one another as they practiced social distancing with a live-streamed viewing of its Tuesday meeting. Council members asked that only those directly affected by agenda items attend the … more

Legislators: More funding to fight virus may have to come from state's $1.8B surplus

A Sumter lawmaker said recently approved emergency funding should be able to help state health officials for the next two weeks to a month, but he thinks more funding will be needed if COVID-19 continues to spread. "There's probably going to be … more

COVID-19 updates: Sumter playgrounds to close; Recycling no longer sorted at curb; County Council meeting to be streamed live

All City of Sumter and Sumter County playground equipment at all parks is being closed because it has not been sanitized. According to city officials, parks will remain open, but residents are asked … more

Filing for all Nov. 3 partisan elections closes March 30

It may seem there is nothing else happening in the world other than the coronavirus, but filing remains open for upcoming local and statewide elections. Filing opened on March 16 for 19 political offices that affect Sumter County and additional … more

New state aging director was inspired by grandmother in Sumter

She may be working at a different place with a different title, but she has the same goals and passion in providing essential services and love for South Carolina's seniors. Connie Munn, former health and human services director at the … more

Sumter County Council: Deputies will get raise in next budget

After missing the last Sumter County Council meeting because a colleague was killed in the line of duty, Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies returned to the biweekly meeting to continue advocating for a salary increase. Cpl. Andrew Gillette, … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council to review additional penalties for prohibited signs ordinance

A proposed ordinance would penalize people for not removing prohibited signs in the city limits. The amendment to zoning and development standards would provide for an additional offense and penalty. Violations would be deemed a misdemeanor, with … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council - Property transfers for indoor gun range, gas station, school playground approved

Annexations for Sumter's very own indoor gun range and a new gas station were approved Tuesday during Sumter City Council's meeting. The first was an ordinance to annex more than 5 acres at 1410 and 1420 U.S. 15 into the city. Applicant … more

City Councilman Hastie running for mayor of Sumter

The mayor's race in Sumter appears it will have a contested field. Calvin Hastie Sr., Sumter City Council representative for Ward 3, announced his intention to run for the city's top seat come November. Mayor Joe McElveen announced last month he … more

S.C. Senate OKs huge education bill

COLUMBIA - After weeks of debate, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday gave key approval to a bill to overhaul public education in South Carolina. The 80-plus-page Senate bill has been bouncing around for a year, through a dozen committee … more

Play bingo in Sumter, fill out Census 2020

Learn about the importance of the upcoming Census 2020 and have fun playing bingo at the same time at several community events in Sumter. All events will offer community center computers and phones to respond to the census, which is officially on … more

Lawmakers, Sumterites endorse presidential primary candidates

With the Democratic presidential primary occurring this Saturday in South Carolina, Sumter Democrats are gearing up to vote for who they think will defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer will … more

Residents address concerns to Sumter County Council about water damage, road repairs

Sumter County Council held its biweekly meeting on Tuesday afternoon, discussing donation bins for nonprofits and a deer processing business and hearing from the public about flooding affecting county roads. Public concerned with county road … more

Deputies skip council meeting the day Sumter officer fatally shot amid push for higher pay

Sumter County Council and community members stood for a moment of silence Tuesday before their biweekly meeting in honor of fallen Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Andrew Gillette, 37, who … more

Sumter wins award for its tourism initiative

Gov. Henry McMaster recently recognized people and places who have made significant contributions to tourism in the state, one of which was Sumter County, at a Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel in Myrtle Beach. On Feb. 19, the Sumter … more

Coroner Baker announces re-election bid in Sumter

His job has kept Robbie Baker busy, and he wants to retain it come November. Sumter County's coroner announced via The Sumter Item he intends to seek re-election for a second four-year term. Baker was first elected in 2016 after he won the … more

Sumter City Council: Ricochet indoor shooting range, Palmetto Tennis Center details approved

The first readings of two annexations for separate properties' construction and improvement plans, as well as three resolutions authorizing contracts with bidders for three different projects, were brought before Sumter City Council during Tuesday's … more

Sumter County Council: Deer processing facility looks to expand, Dollar General proposed on Race Track Road

Five land use matters were brought before Sumter County Council during Tuesday's meeting, ranging in topic from a business looking to expand to regulating donation bins for businesses. All five requests were passed with Councilman Eugene Baten … more
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