County OKs agreement with Sumter Easy Home

Company will invest $37M, create 80 full-time jobs

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During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sumter County Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance to authorize a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement between the county and Sumter Easy Home LLC.

According to the agreement, the company will invest at least $37 million and create at least 80 full-time jobs.

County council also approved final reading of an ordinance to allow Sumter Planning Commission to provide services in the town of Pinewood.

Later, council recognized the late former Sumter County Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell, who was inducted into the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame on Oct. 4.

Sheriff Anthony Dennis said he submitted Parnell's name for the honor because of his 42 years of dedicated service. Whenever anyone mentions former sheriffs, Parnell's name comes up, he said.

Jean Parnell Graham said it was a wonderful and great honor that her father was recommended and chosen to be inducted into the hall of fame. She said she and her brother were born into law enforcement and always felt that they had large shoes to fill because of their father's hard work.

Graham said anyone could take her father's word or handshake to the bank.

She said although her father died 28 years ago on Monday, he is with her every day.

Council chairman Jim McCain read a proclamation declaring Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, Former Sheriff Ira Byrd Parnell Day in Sumter County.

In other news, Sumter County Communications Coordinator Joe Perry told council about his progress of documented events happening in the county.

Perry was hired by the county about eight months ago to provide more online visibility for the county and its residents.

Throughout his time so far, Perry has taken photos of multiple community events showcasing the county's programs and facilities, as well as resident-hosted events.