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Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

WHAT TO BRING Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to … more

Midterm Election 2018: List of precincts in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

SUMTER COUNTY Rembert – Rembert Fire Station, 7045 Post Office St., Rembert, SC 29128 Horatio – Horatio Fire Station, 7720 Sumter Landing Road, Horatio, SC 29062 Hillcrest … more

Clyburn reverses on Parnell Monday night fish fry in Sumter

After initially planning to appear at the final campaign event tonight in Sumter of Archie Parnell, Rep. Jim Clyburn will not be in attendance. A news release from the Parnell team last week said … more

SUATS to consider transportation plans Monday

Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in Sumter County Council Chambers, third floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider approval of an update to Sumter's long-range … more

Norman vs. Parnell, round 2

The race for the state's 5th Congressional District has become somewhat of a typical Congressional battle in South Carolina - an incumbent Republican battling a Democrat who pledges to work across the aisle. To continue the state's steady course … more

Sumter school board candidate apologizes for using gay slur at opponent

A Sumter School District Board of Trustees candidate is being asked by state Democratic officials to apologize after a recording revealed her calling a fellow candidate a gay slur. Barbara Bowman, who is seeking the Area 1 Sumter School District … more

Absentee voting deadline nearing in Sumter

After reports of some voters in Sumter not being able to vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 general election, officials said the obstacles are fixable but that time is running out. The Sumter Item received several questions about … more

Sumter County Council approves funding for Turkey Creek demo project

Sumter County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that will supply funding to demolish dilapidated houses in the Turkey Creek area, located behind the Markette on U.S. 15 South, during its meeting on Tuesday. Turkey Creek area gets … more

Commander's Breakfast

PHOTO PROVIDED BY SUMTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT Col. Derek O'Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander at Shaw Air Force Base, was the keynote speaker for the annual Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Commander's Breakfast on Wednesday at The O'Donnell … more

Sumter County Council gives 7 authority to issue summons for code violations

Sumter County Council approved during its meeting on Tuesday a resolution appointing seven people from the building and planning departments as code enforcement officers with the authority to issue courtesy summons and gave second reading of a … more

Sumter County Council to consider resolution for code enforcement officers

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Second reading, of three, for a request to rezone 3.91 acres at 4690 Thomas Sumter … more

BREAKING: South Carolina Supreme Court rules in favor of Bucky Mock in Clarendon coroner's case

After a legal dispute that began in July, and just less than three weeks ahead of the Midterm General Election, the state Supreme Court put to a final rest who will be in the Clarendon County … more

Sumter City Council to consider annexations

Sumter City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers, fourth floor of the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - First reading of an ordinance to annex, by 100 percent annexation petition, approximately 11.29 … more

Democratic governor candidate to visit Sumter on Monday

James Smith, the Democratic candidate for South Carolina governor, will be in Sumter Monday for a campaign fundraising event and to speak with voters. The event is open to the public and will be at The Bryan Law Firm, 17 E. Calhoun St., from 6 to … more

Sumter County Council gives final approval to transfer portion of land to BD

Sumter County Council approved final reading to transfer a small portion of land to BD during its meeting on Tuesday as well as gave first reading to establish a metal fabrication business on Thomas Sumter Road. BD given … more

Sumter County now allowing appointment of code enforcement officers

Sumter County Council passed an ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday that allows code enforcement officers to be appointed. Reading: Third Agenda item: An ordinance to authorize the appointment … more

Sumter County Council continues code enforcement discussion

Sumter County Council continued its discussion of giving selected code enforcement officers the authority to issue courtesy summons during its meeting on Tuesday. Members question the need of zoning officials in code enforcement Reading: … more

Zoning board to consider requests for tiny houses as homeless shelters in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 3 p.m. today in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to consider: - A request for a 25-foot variance from the required … more

South Carolina voter registration deadline extended due to Hurricane Florence impacts

The registration deadline for South Carolina voters has been extended to Wednesday, Oct. 17, for residents in all counties, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. The 10-day extension was necessary to protect the voting rights of … more

Contract approved for Sumter community center

There is a new burn ordinance for the City of Sumter after the Sumter City Council approved its final reading at its meeting on Tuesday, where it also approved resolutions for a community center on Salem Avenue and resurfacing project for Hampton … more
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