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Sumter City Council holds public hearings for manufactured home development, drinking places amendment

A public hearing was held for a man's Christmas wish this year to place a manufactured home on his Third Avenue property. Applicant James Robinson requested to rezone his undeveloped 0.27-acre property at 29 Third Ave. from residential-6 to … more

City of Sumter Community Development Department announces meeting schedule

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Community Development Department of the City of Sumter will hold the following meetings in preparation for the Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant Budget: - Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., North HOPE … more

Clarendon County Council approves Clarendon 4 improvement projects, amends ARPA list for premium-pay employees

Improvements in Clarendon School District 4 schools and proposed higher wages for county employees may be coming soon. Clarendon County Council reviewed three requests on Monday that dealt with proposed changes within schools in the consolidated … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council continues to work on drinking places, special event definitions loophole

Sumter County Council continued its process to amend the county's drinking places and special event definitions to fix a loophole in the licenses. The second reading of an ordinance amendment to better define where alcohol is permitted under the … more

City of Sumter receives $3.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, allocates portion to 2 categories

The City of Sumter received a portion of its American Rescue Plan Act funds and plans to distribute some to premium pay for certain city employees, public places security and connections and water and sewer infrastructure. During Sumter City … more

Sumter County proposes loophole fix in drinking places, special event facilities

Sumter County Council is still working on fixing a loophole in the county's drinking places and special events licenses with a solution to amend the ordinances to better define where alcohol is permitted. The first reading of an ordinance to … more

Sumter County Council seeks legal advice on possible mask mandate

A county-wide mask mandate continues to seem unlikely in Sumter County. The county's Public Safety Committee met Tuesday to receive advice from attorney Johnathan Bryan on a possible emergency ordinance mask mandate, and after researching the … more

Sumter City Council: Townhomes are proposed for development near Patriot Park

More residential properties may be popping up near the city-county border close to Patriot Park. Sumter City Council chambers had a full house during council's regular meeting Tuesday, where the final reading of an annexation was followed by one … more

Applications are open for COVID-19 relief grants among Sumter nonprofits

Local nonprofits can now apply for up to $15,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act funds with Sumter County's Community Grant Program. During a special meeting, Sumter County Council approved a pot of money from ARPA funds to be used by … more

City of Sumter is hiring for 30 positions; some present employees working double

These days, it seems like every business is hiring with sign-on bonuses, incentives and other ways to entice employees, desperate to fills positions. Among those businesses includes Sumter's local government, which is hiring 30 open full-time and … more

Sumter County Council fixing loophole in where alcohol allowed

An emergency ordinance was brought before Sumter County Council on Tuesday to fix a "loophole" in the county's definitions on "drinking places" and "special event facility" licenses. Sumter County Attorney Jonathan Bryan said the 60-day emergency … more

What your government is doing: Clarendon County Council OKs road maintenance fee reduction

Residents will see a decrease in their taxes and soon get money back in their pockets after Clarendon County's final approval on a change in their budget. Clarendon County Council unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance … more

Lee County Council proposes multi-county industrial park; Bishopville manufacturer may expand

A proposed cooperative industrial development project is set to generate more revenue for Lee County. Lee County Council unanimously approved the first reading for a multi-county park agreement between Lee and Kershaw counties at Tuesday's … more

Sumter County defers employee vaccine requirement, public mask mandate

Council members remained silent in their chamber after the first reading of an ordinance to require Sumter County employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine was brought before them on Tuesday. No one spoke. No action was taken. Sumter County … more

Sumter GOP censures Lindsey Graham after infrastructure vote

The Sumter County Republican Party unanimously voted to censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., citing his support of the infrastructure bill that passedthe Senate last month. In a letter sent … more

Clarendon County sets deadline for COVID-19 relief grants

Community organizations in Clarendon County that need to apply for an American Rescue Plan Act community grant have until the start of next week. Clarendon County Council agreed at Monday's council meeting to set Monday, Sept. 20, as the last day … more

Sumter's Crosswell Park improvements get green light

Sumter's Crosswell Park will see improvements in the near future after a contractor was approved for the City of Sumter project. A resolution to approve a purchase contract with 3D Dirt Works LLC for Crosswell Park was unanimously approved by … more

Sumter gets $10M in American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 money; county to fund 27 projects

Sumter County's public services, art enthusiasts and rural communities will start seeing a little extra funding coming their way. Sumter County Government was allocated $10,364,652 in American Rescue Plan Act funds, a funding source created as a … more

2 public hearings for property rezoning, ordinance language change for cell towers in Sumter

Two public hearings for a Floride Street property proposed to rezone for a neighboring industrial business and an ordinance language change to address cell towers were held during Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting. The first public hearing … more

Sumter County Government explains role in Sumter School District affairs

Sumter County residents raised concerns about the current COVID-19 surge to their local officials, requesting they do something about the matter. Three women, all of whom are mothers, addressed Sumter County Council during its Tuesday meeting, … more
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