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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

Sumter City Council to discuss grant budget

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. today in City County Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to have a workshop to discuss Community Development Block Grant entitlement … more

Sumter City Council approves water, sewer project

Sumter City Council was introduced to students participating in the Emerging Leaders Program and approved a contract to replace water and sewer lines on Cuttino Road during its meeting on Nov. 20. Reading: Resolution, one reading is … more

Sumter County Council to recognize American Legion Public Safety Award winners

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to recognize recipients of the 2018 American Legion Public Safety Award Winners. Award winners are: Sgt. James … more

State legislators say education reform a priority for South Carolina in 2019

If last year's legislative session was the Year of the Santee Cooper Nuclear Reactor Fallout, then South Carolina lawmakers are hoping this is the Year of Education Reform. Select members of the state House and Senate attended a legislative … more

Sumter City Council will not meet Tuesday

Sumter City Council will not meet Tuesday because of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day in Columbia. more

U.S. Sen Booker begins presidential campaign with Sumter at Morris College

In a time he describes as doom and gloom, anger and hate, what makes us different and what we do not agree on rules headlines and online comment threads, the son of a poor Hendersonville, North Carolina, father wants to change the narrative. U.S. … more

Sumter County receives grant to demolish 19 blighted houses

Sumter County Council announced the award of an S.C. Department of Commerce grant of close to $300,000 for a project to demolish 19 houses in the Turkey Creek area during its final meeting of the year on Tuesday. The $283,983 grant will be used … more

Sumter County Council pushes BD expansion forward

Sumter County is one approval vote away from rezoning land on Jefferson Road that will be conveyed to Becton, Dickinson and Co. for an expansion after Sumter County Council's meeting Tuesday. Reading: Second of three Agenda item: A request to … more

Sumter City Council: Hampton's to save $45K a year with refinancing, annexed land could help expansion in T.J. Maxx shopping center

Sumter City Council approved two agenda items in favor of local businesses during its first meeting of 2019 on Tuesday. Refinanced loan to save restaurant money Reading: Resolution, only one vote is required Agenda item: A resolution to … more

Sumter City Council members sworn in

Sumter City Council members Thomas Lowery, Ward 1; Calvin K. Hastie Sr., Ward 3; and Colin C. Davis, Ward 5, were sworn in to their positions during a ceremony at Sumter Opera House on Nov. 29 after the Nov. 6 election. Davis, in … more

VIP's 1st meeting of '19 to focus on 2040 plan for Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS Wednesday, Feb. 6, will be the first meeting of the year for Vision in Progress, which plans to kick off the year with a bang. The guest speaker will be George McGregor, Sumter City-County Planning Department director, who … more

Sumter County Council to elect new chairman, vice chairman

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 have an election for chairman and vice chairman to serve from 2019 to 2020. In other news, … more

Sumter native Rep. Clyburn elected to majority whip job

The Clarendon County native who represents his hometown, Sumter and 14 other counties in the 6th Congressional District is again the third-highest-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives. James E. Clyburn was unanimously elected … more

Townhouses, drain improvements, grant considered by Sumter City Council

Sumter City Council approved first reading of two requests to rezone property on West Oakland Avenue and annex it into the city for the possible construction of a townhouse development during its last meeting of 2018 on Tuesday. Townhouses could … more

Public invited to kick-off meeting for Sumter County's 20-year plan

Those who want to have their voice heard when the city and county plan for what Sumter will be like in 20 years are encouraged to attend a meeting on Thursday. An official kick-off meeting for the Sumter 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update will be … more

Sumter tiny house manufacturer, retailer requests rezoning

Sumter County Council approved first reading of a rezoning request on Loring Mill Road that could lead to the development of a tiny house manufacturer and retailer and received an update on the county's audit process. The county started preparing … more

Sumter County Council's Nov. 27 meeting canceled

Sumter County Council's meeting scheduled for Tuesday is canceled because of a lack of agenda items. more

White is out; Sumter's Smith in on powerful House panel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a shake-up in South Carolina House leadership (all times local):12:10 p.m.A lawyer and an 18-year veteran of the South Carolina House has been picked to lead … more

Sumter City Council: W. Oakland subdivision plans boosted with rezoning, annexation

During its meeting Tuesday, Sumter City Council approved annexation and rezoning requests for more than 20 acres on West Oakland Avenue which could lead to the construction of a townhouse development according to the applicant's plans. property … more
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