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South Sumter residents split over potential CBD manufacturer

In a mostly filled room with standing spectators Tuesday, South Sumter residents pushed back against a heavy industrial rezoning request that would bring a CBD oil manufacturer to their area. The proposal from John Richard, the authorized agent … more

Pinewood elects Jack Spann as new mayor

It appears the Town of Pinewood knows who its next mayor will be. Jack Spann received 68 votes in Tuesday's special election for mayor, which was held after longtime mayor Sarah Mathis resigned earlier this summer. With only three write-in votes … more

Pinewood special election to name new mayor

A township in Sumter County will elect a new mayor next week, and the only candidate on the ticket is both a new and old face. The Town of Pinewood is holding a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to fill its mayoral seat after longtime mayor … more

SUMTER CITY COUNCIL: Palmetto Tennis Center Project contract approved

A resolution approving the purchase of a contract with Hawkins and Kolb Construction was brought before Sumter City Council on Tuesday. The contract was made under the first phase of the Palmetto Tennis Center Project. Palmetto Tennis Center … more

Concerns aired at Sumter County Council meeting over rezoning request in rural community

Sumter residents mostly filled the room at the Sumter County Council meeting to address their concerns about a rezoning and the case of a slain mother and her missing 5-year-old daughter on Tuesday. Community members voiced their concerns about … more

'20 Census efforts are underway in Sumter

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution mandates every individual in the country be counted in his or her community, and the next census occurs in April 2020. The census means money, assistance and representation for the community, and Sumter … more

What is Sumter 2040, and why should we care?

From protecting specific properties and green infrastructure to developing new community opportunities and amenities, Sumter officials are using an updated plan to modernize the city while keeping its roots. The purpose of the Sumter 2040 … more

Public airs concerns over Sumter mother's killing, child's disappearance to council

Sumter residents and their friends are saying there is a lack of compassion and effort from city officials about the case of a slain mother and her missing 5-year-old daughter. A crowd that mostly filled the room attended the public comment … more

Summer programs keep Sumter teens engaged while instilling life skills with paycheck

It was another successful summer for both the county and city's summer youth programs, where they taught teens to work within the community and learn valuable work and management skills along the way. Both the City of Sumter and Sumter County … more

Sumter County Council: 1 commercial rezoning underway, 2 commercial rezonings approved

One rezoning request brought before Sumter County Council that would pave the way for general commercial space had a public hearing and passed first reading at council's regular meeting on Tuesday. Mayester Caper's request to rezone 2.12 acres of … more

Sumter commission releases its 2040 Comprehensive Plan draft for review

The Sumter City-County Planning Commission released its 2040 Comprehensive Plan draft for review. Previously known as the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the plan was updated to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan in early June. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan … more

Utility lines to go underground at Swan Lake entrance

Utility lines at the new Swan Lake entrance will be buried underground as part of the city's new construction project that will be headlined by a massive sculpture by Grainger McKoy. A proposal to pay Duke Energy $231,524 was approved 6-1 Tuesday … more

2 Sumter commercial rezonings 1 step from approval

Two rezoning requests currently before Sumter County Council that would pave the way for more commercial development held public hearings and passed second reading at council's regular meeting on Tuesday. Burke Watson Jr.'s request to rezone an … more

Study opens door on Sumter housing situation

Sumter may need to take its building foot off the gas pedal in one part of the city and focus on redevelopment in another part, according to an independent consultant's housing study. Eric Halvorsen, a vice president with Boston-based RKG … more

Results of Sumter housing study to be presented to public today

The community is invited downtown today to hear the results of a housing study conducted to analyze housing issues in the City of Sumter and hear consultants' recommendations. RKG Associates Inc., of Cambridge, Maryland, was hired to perform a … more

Sumter City Council: Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church may get more land for new sanctuary project

Sumter City Council held rezoning public hearings and a regular meeting on July 16, with agenda items including an expansion to the Jehovah Missionary Baptist construction project and a proposed rezoning to pave the way for elderly, veteran or … more

City of Sumter adds e-cigs, vapes to smoking ordinance prohibitions

Electronic cigarettes, vapes and other alternative nicotine products have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years, especially in teenage demographics, and they are no longer allowed in certain places in Sumter. Sumter City Council … more

Scott accepting fall internship applications

College and graduate students in South Carolina who want a front seat to governmental offices have the chance to intern with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, this fall. Applications for congressional internships in Scott's Washington, D.C., North … more

Sumter County Council: 2 commercial rezoning requests heard for 1st time

Two rezoning requests were presented to Sumter County Council for the first time Tuesday at their regular monthly meeting, for which both property owners want to develop their land commercially. The meeting was held at 6 p.m. at the County … more

Mathis resigns as Pinewood mayor

Pinewood residents who are interested in becoming the town's next mayor can file their candidacy starting this week. Sarah Mathis, who took office in 2014 after serving on town council, resigned after winning her unopposed re-election bid in … more
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