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Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now

COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that … more

2 men file for Democratic primary for Sumter County Council

Two men will be running for the Democratic seat in the Sumter County Council District 3 race after the original candidate, Ronnie Eldridge, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be on Sept. 29. Anyone … more

The Sumter Item to host mayoral debate Oct. 1

Those wishing for the ballots on Nov. 3 to determine he or she will become the City of Sumter's next political leader will take the stage next month for a candidates' debate. The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at … more

Sept. 15 Sumter City Council meeting canceled

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council's regular meeting for today at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled. According to City Clerk Linda Hammett, the meeting cancellation was due to conflicting schedules. The next city council meeting is scheduled at … more

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will … more

'Tiger V' project is proposed with first reading at Sumter County Council

Sumter County Council got plans rolling on an economic development project known for now as Tiger V during Tuesday's meeting. The first reading of an ordinance authorizing a tax agreement between Sumter County and the economic development project … more

Sumter City Council votes to extend mask requirement in city

Sumter City Council passed the extension of four emergency ordinances during Tuesday's meeting after controversy arose about COVID-19 cases being on the rise again with the holiday weekend. One extended the requirement to wear face coverings in … more

Sumter Realtor Bowen running for mayor for 2nd time

A Sumter Realtor announced her candidacy for the mayoral race in this year's election. Debbie Singleton Bowen, also known as "Miss Debbie," has been a longtime resident of Sumter since her father, Rick Singleton, a Sumter native, retired from the … more

Countywide face covering requirement voted down in Sumter

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

Sumter misses All-America City Award, proud of accomplishments

For the second year in a row, Sumter was named a top 20 city in the nation in the 2020 All-America City Award. Sumter was recognized as one of eight silver award communities as a finalist in this year's award, according to Shelley Kile, … more

Victim's advocate running for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat

A victim's advocate for the Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office in Sumter will be joining the race for the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat. Talitha Harrison said she feels she is best fit to represent Ward 2 because she feels love and … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council Mask requirement extended in city, amended to match governor's orders

Sumter City Council extended the city's mask requirement during its meeting Tuesday. The ordinance requires customers and staff to wear face coverings in retail and food service establishments in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It … more

Ballots set for Sumter mayor, city council, school board races

The field has been set. Seven elected positions will be decided among 20 candidates in Sumter's nonpartisan races, including a few late filers for mayor and only three incumbents. Sumterites will decide who their new mayor will be on Nov. 3 … more

Former 5th District congressional candidate running for mayor

A Sumter native who lost a congressional race in 2018 over revealed controversy is seeking another chance to become a politician by filing his candidacy for Sumter’s next mayor. With plans … more

Sumter mayoral hopeful wants to 'Take Care of Home'

A Sumter native has hopes to become the City of Sumter's new mayor after she filed for this year's race. Foxy Rae Campbell, 44, said she can take her leadership skills as a successful businesswoman to lead Sumter. "I have the foresight and … more

Sumter County Council: Myrtle Beach Highway gas station, Merchant Ironworks, U.S. 521 industrial use requests approved

Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting was quick with only one new rezoning request and final readings of three others. The first request was to rezone 12.1 acres from residential-15 to agricultural conservation at 1855 Loring Mill … more

Veteran, longtime resident is running for Sumter City Council Ward 4

Sumter City Council Ward 4 has a new candidate running for its seat in this year's election. Mark Dingle, a veteran and 30-year resident of the north side of Ward 4, said he decided to run in an effort to unite the City of Sumter. "As one … more

Sumter City Council: Alice Drive Baptist expansion approved, Dollar General coming to Patriot Park area

Proposals for a new church, the expansion of an existing one and a new Dollar General were among the topics discussed Tuesday at a Sumter City Council meeting. While council's previous meeting was held at the Sumter Opera House to open public … more

Virus education, mask distribution proposed for local CARES Act funding in Sumter

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Sumter pastors present statement against racism, violence

JOE PERRY / SUMTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Members of the Sumter Ministerial Alliance presented Sumter County Council with a framed statement signed by 68 pastors in their show of solidarity against racism and violence. The … more
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