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Sumter County Council fixing loophole in where alcohol allowed

An emergency ordinance was brought before Sumter County Council on Tuesday to fix a "loophole" in the county's definitions on "drinking places" and "special event facility" licenses. Sumter County Attorney Jonathan Bryan said the 60-day emergency … more

What your government is doing: Clarendon County Council OKs road maintenance fee reduction

Residents will see a decrease in their taxes and soon get money back in their pockets after Clarendon County's final approval on a change in their budget. Clarendon County Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance … more

Lee County Council proposes multi-county industrial park; Bishopville manufacturer may expand

A proposed cooperative industrial development project is set to generate more revenue for Lee County. Lee County Council unanimously approved the first reading for a multi-county park agreement between Lee and Kershaw counties at Tuesday's … more

Sumter County defers employee vaccine requirement, public mask mandate

Council members remained silent in their chamber after the first reading of an ordinance to require Sumter County employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine was brought before them on Tuesday. No one spoke. No action was taken. Sumter County … more

Sumter GOP censures Lindsey Graham after infrastructure vote

The Sumter County Republican Party unanimously voted to censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., citing his support of the infrastructure bill that passedthe Senate last month. In a letter sent … more

Clarendon County sets deadline for COVID-19 relief grants

Community organizations in Clarendon County that need to apply for an American Rescue Plan Act community grant have until the start of next week. Clarendon County Council agreed at Monday's council meeting to set Monday, Sept. 20, as the last day … more

Sumter's Crosswell Park improvements get green light

Sumter's Crosswell Park will see improvements in the near future after a contractor was approved for the City of Sumter project. A resolution to approve a purchase contract with 3D Dirt Works LLC for Crosswell Park was unanimously approved by … more

Sumter gets $10M in American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 money; county to fund 27 projects

Sumter County's public services, art enthusiasts and rural communities will start seeing a little extra funding coming their way. Sumter County Government was allocated $10,364,652 in American Rescue Plan Act funds, a funding source created as a … more

2 public hearings for property rezoning, ordinance language change for cell towers in Sumter

Two public hearings for a Floride Street property proposed to rezone for a neighboring industrial business and an ordinance language change to address cell towers were held during Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting. The first public hearing … more

Sumter County Government explains role in Sumter School District affairs

Sumter County residents raised concerns about the current COVID-19 surge to their local officials, requesting they do something about the matter. Three women, all of whom are mothers, addressed Sumter County Council during its Tuesday meeting, … more

Uncovered: SC citizen watchdogs fill voids as news deserts spread across the country

ULMER - Angel Brabham didn't follow local government much, not until late 2019 when she began helping her mom keep the books at the family's fourth-generation farm. One seemingly random day, sitting in her office beneath a sign that read "God … more

Proposed Sumter care facility denied amid community concerns; old mobile homes to be repaired

A proposed rezoning that met with concern from the property's neighbors in South Sumter appears to have been nixed. Sumter City Council revisited a rezoning request at its meeting Tuesday for a proposed residential care facility on South Main … more

Sumter County takes into consideration Greenville-based Supreme Court ruling

Following a ruling from South Carolina's top court, Sumter County officials want state lawmakers to change the language of a legal code to allow them and other counties to collect user fees they say fund millions in critical needs like public safety … more

Sumter County Councilman Washington wants to use one-time funds to fix rural roads

A Sumter County councilman wanted to discuss a topic, though it was not on the agenda for Tuesday: The county's rural roads need their help. Councilman Carlton Washington, whose District 1 spans northwestern Sumter County, excluding Shaw Air … more

Uncovered: South Carolina politicians blow off their ethics fines with few consequences

Editor’s note: This Uncovered investigation was produced in collaboration with The Aiken Standard, The Anderson Observer, The (Chester) News and Reporter, The Gaffney Ledger, The (Greenwood) … more

Sumter County Council passes resolution encouraging community to mask up

As COVID-19 and its delta variant continue to threaten the health of U.S. citizens, Sumter County Council presented a resolution encouraging its residents to wear face coverings in Sumter County. This non-binding resolution follows the Sumter … more

Clarendon council hears public concerns over budget amendment, approves funding for several projects

Clarendon County Council had a busy Monday evening approving funding of several projects at its meeting, including for purchasing new equipment, the extension of a county road and giving back money to taxpayers in the county. One of the first … more

Sumter County sheriff wants to close bar after shooting, violence; Sumter County Council OKs injunction request at public safety meeting

The recent killing of a 23-year-old man, who was shot outside a local bar on Sunday, was the last straw for Sumter County's sheriff. After two years of several reported violent crimes at the Peach Orchard Road business, Sheriff Anthony Dennis … more

Sumter's city manager elected to MASC board of directors for 3-year term

The City of Sumter has one of its own on the Municipal Association of South Carolina's board of directors after delegates elected him for a three-year term following an annual meeting. City Manager Deron McCormick, who has served in the position … more

Sumter City Council passes resolution encouraging masks amid COVID-19 surge

Following the surge of the COVID-19 cases across the U.S., Sumter City Council presented a resolution Tuesday to encourage people to wear face coverings in retail, food and other Sumter … more
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