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Sumter sees low primary turnout

Most of the primary races that were on ballots in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties on Tuesday were decided until November, though two statewide nominations will be re-voted on in two weeks. Sumter election results will be certified at a public … more

Budget process continues for Sumter city, county councils

Sumter city and county councils continued to make progress with the 2019 budgets for their respective entities during budget workshops, both held on May 8. Sumter County Council approved first reading of a balanced budget of $52,752,483 million … more

Sumter Republicans to vote in runoff today

All precincts and polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for primary runoff elections, and two races affect Sumter County residents. A Republican ballot features runoffs for governor between Gov. Henry McMaster and challenger John Warren and … more

Sumter City Council to consider 1st reading of 2019 budget

Sumter City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of the city's 2019 fiscal year budget. Council will also consider: - Second and final reading … more

Sumter County budget, Project Bulldog still going strong

Sumter County Council approved second reading of its 2019 fiscal year budget, with balanced general funds of $52,752,483 million, and furthered plans for Project Bulldog during its meeting on Tuesday. The budget ordinance also includes a request … more

Sumter City Council reviews use of annual block grant funding

Sumter City Council's evening of public hearings began with a breakdown of how the city used its Community Development Block Grant funds, issued by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, between April 2017 and March 2018. According to … more

Absentee voting for Republican runoff is open through Monday

In-house absentee voting for the June 26 primary runoffs is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open weekdays through Monday only at the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office, located on the first floor of the Sumter County … more

Sumter County Republican Party hears from candidates

Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday. That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, … more

Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved. The drop was due to there being more … more

Sumter native Parnell regrouping for 5th District November general election

After handily winning the Democratic primary nomination Tuesday for South Carolina's 5th Congressional district, Sumter native Archie Parnell says he wants people to look him in the eye and fairly assess him for the U.S. House of Representatives … more

Sumter County Council hears school district’s tax increase request

Sumter County Council had multiple questions and comments after listening to a presentation from Sumter School District regarding a 5.48 mill increase, equal to about $1,057,121 million, during its budget workshop on Tuesday. Though the … more

Follow up: Sumter City Council's May 15 meeting

Sumter City Council approved first reading of a request regarding the development of mini-warehouse storage off Constitution Drive during its meeting on May 15. Council also approved first reading … more

Sumter city budget passes with no tax hike

Sumter City Council approved second and final reading of the city’s 2019 fiscal year budget. Balanced at $67,218,077, this the 11th consecutive budget without a millage increase, according … more

Was the Manning police chief legally fired? To be determined.

In a full-circle round of voting Monday night centering around the firing of Blair Shaffer as Manning's police chief, a 4-1 vote by Manning City Council to disband all the city's committees, … more

Lawmakers recognize Blassingame for service

PHOTO SUBMITTED State Reps. Ivory Thigpen, D-Richland; Mandy Powers-Norrell, D-Lancaster; David Weeks, D-Sumter; and James Smith, D-Richland, present a House Resolution recognizing and honoring the Rev. James Blassingame for his years of service … more

ELECTION 2018: Primary runoff election results for Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

Here are the results for the races affect  Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties: Governor (Republican) Henry McMaster (incumbent):  51.64% | 17,567 votes John Warren: 48.36% | 16,449 … more

Trump-backed McMaster wins South Carolina governor primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of Donald Trump's earliest and strongest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, survived an unusually tough challenge from a political newcomer on Tuesday, … more

ELECTION 2018: Know your precinct and polling location for Tuesday's primaries in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

Following are the precincts and polling information for Tuesday's primary elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you do not know your precinct or have your voter card, go to … more

Sumter City Council to meet Tuesday

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider first reading of an ordinance to annex 8.21 acres of land at 1501 Camden Highway … more

Deadline to register to vote in primaries is this week

Primary elections for South Carolina voters to choose which party representatives will be on the ballot in November for state, local and national seats are approaching, and the deadline to register to vote is looming even sooner. The deadline to … more
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