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Sumter's Rep. Smith elected budget committee chair

One of Sumter's representatives in the Statehouse was chosen on Wednesday for one of the most powerful positions in the state government. Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, was elected without opposition by fellow committee members as the new chairman … more

Sumter delegation highlights next year's priorities

With a new legislative session starting in the Statehouse in January, Sumter's elected officials spent breakfast Tuesday hearing from their community about priorities for the upcoming year. The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce held its annual … more

Congressional internships open in Sen. Scott's office

A U.S. senator who represents South Carolina is accepting congressional internship applications for positions in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for this summer. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is offering … more

Council to consider water line replacement project

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider a resolution to authorize a contract for the Cuttino Road Water and Sewer Line Replacement Project. Council will also … more

Sumter chamber recognizes 12 students

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce celebrated 12 outstanding students at Ebenezer Middle School on Nov. 15 with the presentation of the Golden Apple Awards. Each student was recognized for having integrity and strong moral character, states a … more

Sumter County Council to announce grant award

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to announce the award of a grant for the Sumter County-Shannontown Demolition CDBG Project to tear … more

Sumter tiny house retail plans on hold

Jim McCain and Jimmy Byrd remained chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of Sumter County Council after an election of officers for the 2019-20 term during council's first meeting of the year on Jan. 8. Plans for tiny house project … more

Sumter County Council gives first read to budget amendment, recognizes 5 Sumter heroes

Sumter County Council recognized five of Sumter's heroes, all recipients of the 2018 American Legion Public Safety Award, during its meeting on Tuesday. Award winners include: Sumter County Deputy of the Year and American Legion Post 15 Law … more

9 students named winners in Sumter mayor's Christmas card contest

Nine students from each grade in Sumter School District's elementary and middle schools were selected as winners in the 5th-annual City of Sumter Mayor's Christmas Card Contest. The top two winners - Murrin Reed, sixth-grader at Alice Drive … more

City of Sumter Christmas Wish Giveaway helps deserving family

Losing two transmissions, making two round-trips to Columbia each work day, getting surgery and paying for regular costs of supporting a family of four could not stop Christmas cheer from being delivered this week. The second-annual City of … more

Sumter City Council recognizes 10-, 15-year city employees

Sumter City Council recognized 37 employees who have been with the city for 10 and 15 years during its meeting on Tuesday. "I know that each day, each and every one of you go out there and do a service to our community that makes it a place where … more

Sumter County Council to hear audit report on Tuesday

Sumter County Council will hold a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to receive an initial presentation of the county's external audit by … more

Residents talk likes, dislikes about city, county at Sumter 2040 public meeting

Residents from different times and walks of Sumter came together last week to talk about what they do and don't want to see in their county in the next 20 years. The Sumter City-County Planning Department hosted a public kickoff meeting for the … more

Historic preservation meeting canceled

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Historic Preservation Design Review Committee meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today has been canceled because an applicant withdrew the only agenda item. more

Sumter chamber accepting nominations for Educator of the Year awards

Educational success always starts with a teacher, and in that spirit, the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce has opened its annual nomination process for its Educator of the Year award for Sumter School District. Janel Strieter, communications … more

Sumter City Council to recognize hometown heroes, receive update from city police chief

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to recognize the 2018 American Legion Post 15 Firefighter of the Year … more

Sumter County gets clean audit with drop in revenues

Sumter County spent $4.2 million more than it earned in 2018 but remains in a surplus, according to auditors who presented their 2017-2018 budget review during the Sumter County Council meeting Tuesday. Webster Rogers LLP's unmodified opinion did … more

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott named to 5 committees in U.S Congress

One of South Carolina's Washington senators has been named to five committees for the 116th United States Congress, which convened on Thursday. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., will sit on the Committee on Finance; the Committee on Banking, Housing and … more

Baker, Edens, McCain sworn in for new terms on Sumter County Council

PHOTOS PROVIDED Three members of Sumter County Council - Artie Baker, Charles Edens and Jim McCain - started the new year by renewing their four-year terms after they were sworn in on Wednesday and Thursday. McCain, above, and Edens, lower left, … more

S.C. porch pirates bill would send package thiefs to jail for 5 years, carry $5k fine if passed

Porch pirates in South Carolina could spend a minimum of five years in the brig if a bill introduced by a state representative is approved by the governor. The very serious bill, the Defense Against Porch Pirates Act, addressing criminals with a … more
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