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Sumter City Council's votes focus on local businesses

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

Sumter City Council to vote on rezoning for possible townhouse project

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - Second and final reading of an ordinance to annex … 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

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

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

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

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

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 County enters litigation against opioid manufacturers

Sumter County has entered into an attorney-client agreement, along with 12 other counties, to bring a lawsuit against multiple pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies as the fight against the opioid crisis continues. There's an effort by the … 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 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 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

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

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 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'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
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