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Sumter County Council considers meeting with city, delegation to discuss flood map options

New flood zone maps may be the hot topic for Sumter County Council in the coming months. About 15-20 Sumter County residents attended the Land Use Committee meeting before Sumter County Council's regular Tuesday meeting, stressing their concerns … more

Clarendon County Council passes millage request for district after heated meeting

An intense tension filled the Clarendon County Council Chambers during a special meeting held on Wednesday with the council and the Clarendon County School District and Board. The topic of discussion was focused on the school district's millage … more

Sumter County Council denies Sumter School District's 10.9-mill request

Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District's 10.9-mill request Tuesday and instead voted to fund the district in the upcoming fiscal year at the same level as last year when it comes to the formula for collecting taxes. The local … more

McMaster signs bill at Shaw Air Force Base exempting military retirement income from taxes

It was a proud day for South Carolina's military community.  Gov. Henry McMaster made a stop in Sumter Wednesday morning to join local veterans, officials, delegates and more inside the … more

No school board members at meeting when county council denies Sumter School District's 10.9-mill request

Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s 10.9 mill request Tuesday night and instead voted to fund the district in the upcoming fiscal year at the same millage level as last … more

Automotive repair shops, services to be better defined in City of Sumter

Automotive facilities specializing in repair and services could soon be better defined and specified for site improvements within the city limits. The City of Sumter was the applicant requesting to amend its automotive repair shops and services … more

Sumter County Council votes 6-1 to keep Sumter School District’s funding at last year’s level

Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s 10.9 mill request Tuesday night and instead voted to fund the district in the upcoming fiscal year at the same millage level as last … more

Sumter-raised Bruce, Rep. Matthews in U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday to face Tim Scott

A Sumter-raised candidate will face the District 117 representative in the runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Catherine Fleming Bruce, of Columbia, will face Rep. Krystle Matthews, Berkeley and Charleston counties' elected official, in the runoff … more

Sumter City Council passes fiscal year budget with $46M in general fund

Another budget season has concluded for the City of Sumter government after council rounded up three final readings for the 2022-23 fiscal year budget on Tuesday. The first final reading pertained to amending the residential garbage collection … more

Clarendon County Council fiscal year budget to give more money to public safety, county employee salaries

Clarendon County Council has allocated more money for its public safety departments and increased county employee salaries and health insurance in the 2022-23 fiscal year. Council was presented in April with $23.9 million in revenues and $24.5 … more

Sumter County Council finalizes $55M general fund budget

Another fiscal year budget process is in the books for Sumter County after Sumter County Council unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance to adopt a balanced 2022-23 budget and its capital bond request funding. On June 14, Sumter … more

What your government is doing: Clarendon County Council -- Causeway to be named after Don Drose; library employees part of county now

The causeway over S.C. 260 in Clarendon County will soon be marked with the name of a civic leader. Clarendon County Deputy Administrator Ted Felder requested on behalf of the Clarendon County Transportation Committee that $500 be used to create … more

Speaker of House Rep. Murrell Smith shares list of local projects being considered in S.C. budget

House Speaker Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, provided the following list of Sumter projects to be considered in the state budget this upcoming fiscal year: - Tuition Mitigation (recurring): $995,522 - Maintenance, Renovation and Replacement … more

State's $13.8B budget process continues Wednesday; Sumter to see focus on military, sports tourism, quality of life

Today is the next step in South Carolina's $13.8 billion budget process, as the conference report is delivered to the House and Senate. The biggest item South Carolinians will see is hundreds of dollars in tax rebates on top of a cut in their … more

McCain easily wins Democratic nomination, likely retains Sumter County Council's 6th district seat

Incumbent James T. “Jim” McCain Jr. easily won his primary over challenger Elayne Brunson for the Democratic nomination in his bid to retain his Sumter County Council District 6 seat on … more

S.C. Gov. McMaster, Rep. Smith visit Sumter County GOP 2022 candidate meet and greet

Election season has begun, and Sumter County GOP hosted its first-ever meet and greet with Republican candidates running for seats on the local and statewide spectrum. "It's something that we've been needing to do because we have not done a good … more

City of Sumter hosts drop-in for House Speaker Murrell Smith

Sumter's pride shined from the Sumter County Civic Center last Thursday as walks of life from the Upstate to the Lowcountry visited to celebrate the newly elected House Speaker from District 67. Rep. Murrell Smith was unanimously elected to take … more

Q&A: U.S. House District 6 candidates

Registered voters will only see candidates in the political party that they are voting in this primary season in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 seat. The winner of each … more

Sumter City Council passes 1st reading of 2022-23 budget

As the end of the fiscal 2021-22 year is less than a month away, Sumter City Council continued its discussion during its Tuesday meeting and considered first reading of three ordinances that pertain … more

Ordinance would allow drinking alcohol at Palmetto Tennis Center, Sumter Opera House

Special exceptions may be made for drinking alcohol in certain public streets and areas in the City of Sumter. Attorney Danny Crowe addressed Sumter City Council during its regular Tuesday meeting to discuss the first reading of an ordinance to … more
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