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City of Sumter employees of 10 and 15 years were honored with a special recognition for their years of service during Sumter City Council's regular meeting Tuesday. Employees from Sumter Fire Department, Sumter Police Department, Water and Sewer, … more
This year's Arbor Day ceremony in the City of Sumter planted meaningful roots in the heart of the Ward 1 community. During this year's planting ceremony on Friday, the city recognized city councilman Thomas "Bubba" Lowery, who died a month ago on … more
SUMMERTON - Keith Bowman unofficially won a seat on Summerton Town Council in a landslide decision, garnering 85 percent of the votes cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 29, nonpartisan Summerton Municipal Election. Unofficially, Bowman defeated Loretta … more
After a ballot question narrowly failed to adopt the continuation of a penny sales tax, Sumter County leaders are hopeful to try again in 2024. Sumter County Council discussed the 2022 Penny for Progress referendum outcome with Administrator Gary … more
City of Sumter staff donated their time during Thanksgiving week to help pick up the trash along Lafayette Drive. They got numerous honks of support as they scooped up dozens of bags of litter. Learn more about Sumter's upcoming community-wide … more
Sumter County Council chambers were packed with worried residents who presented their concerns to council on two rezoning requests during council's regular Tuesday meeting. The first was the second reading for a rezoning from agricultural … more
A new face will represent Sumter City Council's Ward 1 district after the Nov. 22 runoff election. Anthony Gibson defeated Joe Brown with 120 votes, or 64.52%. Brown received 35.48%, or 66 votes. Votes will be made official today, according to … more
'No More Taxes, People are Hurting' 'VOTE NO 2022-11' 'Remember: You Work for us, and we said "No!"' 'No means No, we DO NOT consent' These were some of the words people put on signs that were held up during a special called Clarendon … more
Last week, Sumter Mayor David Merchant, Sumter City Council members and others involved in planning and design were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new basketball courts at Crosswell Park. After the official business was concluded, kids and adults … more
After Sumter city-county planning staff recommended denial of a rezoning in the county, Sumter's Planning Commission's decision ended with a unanimous vote to defer it at this time. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, applicant Richard Newman requested the … more
The City of Sumter congratulated Sumter City Councilman James Blassingame, who represents Ward 2, for graduating from the South Carolina Economic Development Institute's Community and Economic Development Program earlier this … more
After nearly 15 years, a master plan is almost ready to be presented to Sumter City Council after the city received more feedback from residents. The Sumter City-County Planning Department has created a Sumter Walk + Bike Master Plan because of … more
Another round of Community Development Block Grant money is coming to Sumter for community projects, but it's $25,750 less than last year's amount. Sumter City Council held a public hearing for the proposed CDBG Entitlement Budget for April 1, … more
Some Clarendon County employees will start to see pay raises after the new year. Clarendon County Council members gave final approval Monday to implement the results of a study of county employee salaries, with members voting for the measure … more
County and state department offices may soon move to the Magnolia Place Building that previously housed The Sumter Item. During Sumter County Council's Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting Tuesday, council and administrative staff discussed … more
Government offices will be closed for Veterans Day throughout the tri-county on Nov. 11. This includes: Sumter County Government, the City of Sumter, Clarendon County and Lee County offices. They will reopen on normal business hours after Friday. more
After a 14-year run, a penny sales tax will be discontinued in Sumter County. It was a close call. Sumter County voters opposed the Sumter County General Obligation Bond Referendum for a third Capital Penny Sales Tax with 50.84%, or 13,909, of … more
Democratic state Rep. Will Wheeler retained the House of Representatives District 50 seat Tuesday during the 2022 general midterm election. According to unofficial election-night totals, Wheeler … more
Billy Richardson will serve another term on Clarendon County Council for District 1, representing the Summerton area, following Tuesday night’s election. According to unofficial … more
After a 14-year run, a penny sales tax will be discontinued after Sumter County voters opposed the ballot referendum.  It was a close call. Sumter County voters opposed the Sumter County … more
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