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Sumter City Council discusses regulating donation bins, approves alcohol sales at annual downtown festivals

Donations bins being replaced and regulated around Sumter, funding for local community groups and the annual approval of alcohol at downtown events were all voted on at Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting. Proposed donation bin regulations … more

Santee-Lynches director to speak to sheriff's office community advisory board on Monday

The director of Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments will speak at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office's Community Relations Advisory Board meeting on Monday. Chris McKinney will join Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis at the 6 p.m. … more

Bill would protect South Carolina's native reptiles, amphibians

From the coast to the mountains and every lake, river and swamp in between, native wildlife species occupy South Carolina's waterways. However, less alligators, turtles, lizards and snakes have been seen roaming the state every year because … more

Democratic presidential preference primary registration deadline is Jan. 30

The deadline to register to vote in the Democratic presidential preference primary is Thursday, Jan. 30. A presidential preference primary is an election where voters choose the candidate they want to be their party's nominee for a presidential … more

Sumter deputies continue their push for higher pay

Almost half of the room was filled with Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies during Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting as they continued to request a pay increase. For months, sheriff's office employees have attended county meetings, … more

Sumter audit is clean for 2019

After a new auditor reviewed the City of Sumter's annual financial statements, the outcome showed the city is using its money "the right way" within the community. Sumter City Council held a special meeting on Monday to approve the city's annual … more

Teacher pay at forefront of South Carolina General Assembly's session

COLUMBIA - State General Assembly leaders held their annual legislative workshop for the media on Thursday to preview the upcoming 2020 session and, as expected, education and teacher pay dominated the discussion. Like last year, the first of … more

Sumter City Council approves 1st reading of distribution of CDBG budget

The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget underwent its first reading before Sumter City Council during Tuesday's meeting. The CDBG Entitlement Budget is an annual fund Sumter receives from the federal government and is used to … more

5 Sumter intersections to be improved

Some of Sumter's most dangerous intersections have been slated for improvement. The Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee recently selected five transportation improvement projects and has committed $100,000 to each project for … more

Sumter City Council members split over proposed residential lot additions at Hunter Crossing

A developer is looking to add eight new residential lots at the Hunters Crossing subdivision, but Sumter City Council was split in its votes during Tuesday's meeting. Applicant Dunlap Properties requested to add the eight new lots for … more

City extends lease for Sumter United Ministries

A nonprofit that helps Sumterites with necessities such as food, clothing and shelter is certain to have a home for decades to come. With the unanimous approval by Sumter City Council on Tuesday of an ordinance authorizing the lease of its … more

Veterans Affairs medical clinic approved on Bultman Drive in Sumter

A new medical clinic for veterans is coming to Sumter. The unanimous approval by Sumter City Council of a request to rezone about 6 acres at 235 N. Bultman Drive paved the way on Tuesday for the 26,000-square-foot clinic. Now formerly … more

Elevator at Swan Lake bridge to be repaired after damage caused by Hurricane Florence

An elevator that helps people experience Swan Lake-Iris Gardens will soon be repaired after suffering damage in Hurricane Florence. The bridge crossing the two sections of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens has an elevator to help people across without … more

Sumter residents make requests made for community development funding

Sumter residents requested portions of 2020-21 annual federal funding to the city be considered for community development opportunities during Tuesday's Sumter City Council meeting. The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget is an … more

Sumter Sheriff's Office deputies ask county council for pay increase

With more than 25 employee vacancies in the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, deputies are asking Sumter County Council for an increase in pay. Eight deputies attended a council meeting on Tuesday, where Councilman Eugene Baten and Chairman Jim … more

Hollimon-Miller retains job as Mayesville mayor after Tuesday election

Mayesville's small population showed a mighty presence Tuesday at the general election that kept the town's mayor at the helm. Jereleen Hollimon-Miller received 154 out of 287 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Sumter County … more

City of Sumter to start seeking funding for Calhoun Street improvements

New plans addressing traffic and safety on Calhoun Street may include features such as bicycle lanes and new street lighting. Sumter City Council addressed a traffic calming study conducted in 2016 and started searching for funding to improve … more

Mayesville, Turbeville vote on mayor, council seats today

MAYESVILLE, SUMTER COUNTY Who's running Mayor - Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, George Gibson Council Seats 1 and 2 - Nancy Williams, Cynthis Massingill, Eric Jackson Who wins: Top vote-getter for mayor; top two vote-getters for council Who … more

Public addresses S.C. Senate subcommittee on hands-free bill

A group of South Carolina senators met in their "offseason" to hear from the public about a bill proposed to prohibit drivers from holding electronics while behind the wheel. The Senate Transportation Subcommittee's Oct. 29 meeting served as a … more
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