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Sumter County Council: 2 commercial rezoning requests heard for 1st time

Two rezoning requests were presented to Sumter County Council for the first time Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting, for which both property owners want to develop their land commercially. The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the County … more

Mathis resigns as Pinewood mayor

Pinewood residents who are interested in becoming the town's next mayor can file their candidacy starting this week. Sarah Mathis, who took office in 2014 after serving on town council, resigned after winning her unopposed re-election bid in … more

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Byrd: Time to 'move forward' with school district

Sumter County Council Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd doesn't want to rehash the past. After council's 4-3 vote on June 25 to deny Sumter School District's request to increase the millage rate, Byrd told The Sumter Item on Tuesday the goal now needs to … more

Sumter County Council Chairman Baten says school district needs fiscal autonomy

Sumter County Council Councilman Eugene Baten attests "Team Sumter" died with council's 4-3 vote to deny Sumter School District a millage rate increase two weeks ago. Baten, who spoke to The Sumter Item last week and on Monday about the … more

Sumter native chosen for internship with Sen. Tim Scott

Sumter native Danielle deHoll has been chosen to participate in U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's summer internship program in his Washington, D.C., office. DeHoll, a graduate of Wilson Hall, is a rising junior at the University of Georgia … more

Councilman Baker: Sumter School District 'turmoil' turned constituents off millage increase

Sumter County Councilman Artie Baker said he turned down a tax increase for the school district because his constituents voiced opposition to the request after the past couple years' "turmoil." Baker spoke to The Sumter Item on Monday after … more

2 more Sumter councilmen weigh in on school district millage denial

Since Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to close Wedgefield's F.J. DeLaine Elementary School in his area in April 2018, Sumter County Councilman Chris Sumpter has voted two consecutive years against its millage increase … more

Sumter mayor signs Carolina Day proclamation

In anticipation of Carolina Day, Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen and members of the Col. Matthew Singleton Chapter, S.C. Society Sons of the American Revolution and member of S.C. Society Daughters of the American Revolution gathered in Sumter City … more

City of Sumter employee publishes self-help book

Lefford Fate is a retired Air Force veteran, motivational speaker, City of Sumter administrator and now a published author. Fate recently published his second book, but it's the first where he is the primary writer. He sat down this week to … more

McElveen endorses O'Rourke for Democratic presidential bid

A state senator who represents Sumter has endorsed former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. State Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-35, drew comparisons on Friday in his endorsement announcement to … more

Sumter County Councilman Edens: District too 'top heavy;' money doesn't solve problems

Sumter County Councilman Charles Edens gave several reasons for why he turned down a millage increase request for Sumter School District, but his bottom line is the district is "so top heavy" with staff. He also said history shows more money … more

Scott accepting applications for service academy nominations

One of a limited number of people, who can nominate a person to be accepted to one of four service academies, is now accepting applications. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, will accept applications through Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. for rising high … more

Sumter County Council turns down any school district millage increase

As expected, but not without drama, Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s request for any millage increase request Tuesday night at its regular council meeting. Council … more

Open house to display draft Sumter 2040 comprehensive plan

The community is invited to an open house today to learn more about a plan being developed by Sumter County to shape the future of the city and county's land use. Sumter 2040 is the update to the county's comprehensive plan, a document that … more

Sumter city budget passes without tax increase

No changes were made to next year's citywide budget before it received a unanimous vote for approval on Tuesday. Sumter City Council approved two budget ordinances at its regular meeting, the first to raise commercial garbage rates by $20 and the … more

Grants will support Bishopville, Turbeville wastewater systems

Two tri-county municipalities recently received funding from the South Carolina Department of Commerce to further develop or improve wastewater processing and treatment systems. The Community Development Block Grant Program allotted $928,000 to … more

Letter, McCain: Sumter School District doesn't need $1.2M to balance budget

In a somewhat back-and-forth dialogue, it seems Sumter County Council wants Sumter School District to lower its millage request again. In a letter to the editor that appeared Sunday in The Sumter Item, county council Chairman Jim McCain basically … more

Supplies needed at Sumter Animal Control to help with rescued dogs

Sumter County Animal Control is in need of supplies to help take care of the surviving dogs, and The Sumter Item is serving as a drop off location for those who want to help. Donations can be … more

$51.9M Sumter County budget passes without tax hike

Sumter County Council passed its $51.9 million budget Tuesday balanced with no tax increase for the third year in a row. The county's $2.8 million capital outlay bond that will fund projects spanning equipment for firefighters to a new ambulance … more

Rep. Murrell Smith receives Ambassador Award

PHOTO PROVIDED Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, was awarded the Behavioral Health Services Association Ambassador Award on June 10 in Florence. Smith represents House District 67, which includes part of Sumter County, and serves as chairman of the … more
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