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Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is coming to the City of Sumter in the form of Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs, and the city has a budget for how they might spend it, but it is not yet official … more
In the face of record teacher shortages in the state, the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed increasing statewide minimum teacher pay to $47,000 next school year. The proposal came from the Education Budget Subcommittee of the House Ways … more
Sumter County's business license ordinance may soon change to lessen barriers to reentry for those with criminal histories who want to own businesses. During the Tuesday, Feb. 13, county council meeting, council unanimously decided to start the … more
If the Capital Penny Sales Tax, also called the Penny for Progress initiative, gets a majority approval from voters this coming November, there will be an added charge of 1% of the sales tax imposed that will fund capital projects. Sumter County … more
The City of Sumter has vacancies on various boards and commissions. "It's always a never-ending battle to keep these full," Mayor David Merchant said during the Jan. 16 city council meeting. The Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee has two … more
Business owners in the City of Sumter and in Sumter County are going to start receiving their renewals this month and they are due back by April 30, according to the city's website. The city and the county share the same online page, which is … more
After residents raised concerns about the new Walker Gamble Elementary School, Freedom of Information Act requests reveal a traffic and environmental study was completed with road work needed for safety. In November 2023 at a pre-bid meeting, … more
The Town of Summerton has named a mayor pro tempore and will hold a special election to fill the seat after the death of Tony Junious. Town council member Darion Canty will serve as mayor pro tempore until the special election is held. A … more
Sumter officials have started preparing for the Capital Penny Sales Tax, also called the Penny for Progress initiative, to be on the ballot in November. If it gets a majority approval from voters, there will be an added charge of 1% of the sales … more
Sumter County was determined to be in good financial standing during last week's audit report. The report, done by the Mauldin and Jenkins firm of Columbia, covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. According to the audit, the county's net … more
Sumter thrift shop owner James Jackson spent a day and a half in jail 19 years ago for selling copyright CDs. "And that's all it took for me to learn," he said. Despite the brevity of his jail time, Jackson used the word "haunt" to describe … more
A request that could bring a large-scale solar facility taking up more than 600 acres in rural Sumter County was unanimously denied by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Wednesday, Jan. 10, denial from the board does not halt the request … more
A request for a large-scale solar facility to be built near the Cane Savannah area is going before Sumter County officials next week. This request that is on the agenda for the Jan. 10 board of zoning appeals meeting comes from Ithica Solar LLC, … more
Residents in the City of Sumter will have an opportunity in just a few weeks to get rid of junk they usually would not be allowed to just stick on the curb. The city is hosting a one-time free curbside junk removal service Jan. 22-26 for … more
The grounds under which a business license could be denied, revoked or suspended as they relate to residents with criminal convictions in either the City of Sumter or Sumter County may be unfair, some officials say. The city of Sumter and Sumter … more
Sumter County and City of Sumter government made a lot of decisions during the last approximately five months of 2023 (I started at The Item about five months ago) that have impacted locals' daily lives. 2023 agenda items have impacted what's on … more
Residents of both the City of Sumter and Sumter County will have an opportunity to get rid of their Christmas trees in an economical way. Grinding of the Greens is an annual event where locals can turn their Christmas trees into free … more
An ordinance that could provide extra protection to Shaw Air Force Base and conserve land right next to the base to benefit the environment was unanimously approved on first reading by Sumter City Council during the Dec. 19 meeting. If the … more
After announcing some new appointments to various boards and commissions, Sumter County Council members talked about diverse representation among county leaders. "We have a policy that we adopted back in 2006 or 2007 that we were gonna make sure … more
After roughly 20 minutes of heated discussion about a proposed campground, the applicant decided to retract the entire application and walked out of Tuesday night's Clarendon County Planning Commission meeting. Timothy Blair requested zoning … more
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