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Clarendon County Council chairman requests zoning change for property on I-95

Property located off Interstate-95 in Manning may see a new project develop depending on Clarendon County Council's decision. On Tuesday, the Clarendon County Planning Commission was presented with … more

City of Sumter recognizes 2 Inspiration Award recipients

Kicking off Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting was a special presentation recognizing two local state award recipients and their efforts in bringing more to downtown Sumter. Municipal Association of South Carolina's Main Street South Carolina … more

Sumter County Council considers amending flood damage prevention ordinance amid concerns

After several county residents raised concerns about the possibility of their properties' flood zones changing and a handful of committee meetings to deliberate the issue, Sumter County Council took up a proposed new watershed map. On Tuesday, … more

Possible grant could lead to 12 bronze swans nesting around downtown Sumter

A possible grant may lead to swans making their appearance in the downtown area next year. Sumter City Council unanimously approved a resolution during its regular Tuesday meeting to commit the City of Sumter to providing a local match for a … more

New support facilities, trailhead proposed for Sumter's Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Seven procurement resolutions were brought before Sumter City Council during its regular Tuesday meeting, but a resolution concerning Swan Lake Iris Gardens stood out. The resolution was to authorize a contract for the construction of Support … more

Clarendon County Council approves less than half funds requested by group for Briggs v. Elliott Labor Day event

The Summerton Community Action Group left Monday night's meeting with less funding than it requested in a previous Clarendon County Council meeting. On Aug. 8, during a regular meeting, council was presented with a $10,000 request from the … more

Clarendon government employee pay study is complete; salaries could rise

Clarendon County employees are poised to get raises after a third-party study found the local government is paying less than comparable, regional counties, sometimes by as much as nearly 12%. During the past few months, Clarendon County … more

Sumter Planning Commission considers updating city, county 1997 industry codes

Both the City of Sumter and Sumter County Government's industry reference codes used to classify and compare business entities and statistics may see much-needed updating since 1997. Planning staff requested two ordinance amendments for both the … more

South Sumter to see art park developed

An art park is set for the South Sumter community after Sumter County Council finalized a property transfer to the City of Sumter for the project on Tuesday. County council unanimously approved the third reading of an ordinance authorizing the … more

City of Sumter, Clemson Extension deliver kits to teach kids about litter's effects

The City of Sumter's Litter Prevention team took its educational push another shove further on Wednesday morning with the delivery of Litter Lesson Kits from Clemson Extension to local elementary schools. Katie Collins, Clemson Extension water … more

Clarendon residents to decide on 1st penny sales tax in November

In the tri-county area, Lee and Sumter have used a sales tax to help beautify, create and maintain county facilities and projects, and Clarendon residents will get the chance to do the same. A capital penny sales tax helps build a community up … more

Sumter City Council considers rezoning for 1,082 homes; land is off Stamey Livestock Road

Stamey Livestock Road may see more residential development in the coming year. Applicant Louis Tisdale, of Black River Land Services, requested Sumter City Council rezone 374.91 acres at 1991 Stamey Livestock Road, between Old Field Road and … more

Dual-candidate Evans weighing his options between 2 races

State law allows candidates to run in more than one race at the same time, but no one can hold two offices simultaneously. One local candidate says he is aware of that scenario. Sumterite Reginald "Reggie" Evans is in that boat, having filed for … more

Discussion continues on new national flood maps; if not approved, Sumter suspended from program

After Sumter County residents voiced concerns about being zoned into a national floodplain hazard area, Sumter County Council continued its discussion on new potential flood maps during a Land Use Committee meeting on Tuesday. Jessica Artz, … more

Peers reflect on Sumter city councilman's 20 years of service; Lowery will end his 20-year tenure serving Ward 1 this year

In my time as a local government reporter, I've only heard the longtime Sumter Ward 1 councilman speak once or twice. The first time, he asked a question, got an answer from the city manager and nodded in response with steady eyes and a stoic … more

What your government is doing: City of Sumter transfers downtown property to SCETV

Sumter's South Carolina Educational Television will see growth in the downtown area in the near future. The current location of Sumter ETV is at 18 N. Harvin St.; however, that may change soon after Sumter City Council's meeting on … more

City of Sumter plans for last of virus relief money

The remaining half of the City of Sumter's COVID-19 relief money will soon be put to use. Some of the projects considered at a Sumter City Council meeting Tuesday included using it for the city's fire department, water and sewer, broadband … more

Ballots set for Sumter City Council; Lowery does not file for reelection; Hastie, Davis will run unopposed

Filing for Sumter City Council's Ward 1, 3 and 5 seats ended on July 29 with seven names set on ballots this November. Incumbents Colin Davis, of Oak Brook Boulevard in Ward 5, and Calvin Hastie, of South Main Street in Ward 3, filed for … more

Former SC senator Phil Leventis files for Sumter school board seat

On the first day of filing for Sumter school board elections, a former longtime Sumter senator became a candidate for the new District 8 seat. Phil Leventis, who served as a state senator for 32 … more

Sumter Planning Commission considers amendment for new city, county flood maps; Black River Watershed maps not updated since 2007

Two ordinance amendments - one for the City of Sumter and a second for Sumter County Government - came from the Sumter City-County Planning Department to amend relevant portions of both the city and the county's flood damage prevention … more
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