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City of Sumter ends fiscal year with $19.8M in fund balance

A story on page 1A of The Sumter Item that ran on Tuesday, Feb. 21 incorrectly stated the City of Sumter overspent its fiscal 2018 budget and had a deficit of $15.9 million. That statement is … more

Sumter City Council approves annexation near Gateway Plaza shopping center

Sumter City Council had a quorum with four members Tuesday as members approved final reading of an ordinance to annex general commercial land next to a shopping center into the city limits and approve three resolutions. Land near shopping center … more

SNAP benefits issued on March 5 to estimated 231,000 households

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Department of Social Services will be issuing March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early in order to reduce the time between payments for recipients who received their February benefits … 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

City of Sumter announces expansion plan for Palmetto Tennis Center

City of Sumter has unveiled a plan for the expansion of Palmetto Tennis Center which will include a larger tennis operation building, expanded Pro Shop with concessions and new pickle ball courts among other features, according to city … 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

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 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

Sumter committee to consider plans for Main Street property

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter Historic Preservation Design Review Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider approval of a request for facade … 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

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

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 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
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