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Sumter County Council: Deer processing facility looks to expand, Dollar General proposed on Race Track Road

Five land use matters were brought before Sumter County Council during Tuesday's meeting, ranging in topic from a business looking to expand to regulating donation bins for businesses. All five requests were passed with Councilman Eugene Baten … more

Sumter seeks city litter control officer

Throughout Sumter County, trash can be found off almost every highway, roadway and back road, giving an unappealing sight to the town many call home. For two years, the City of Sumter has made an initiative to clean up the city streets through … more

Sumter residents, your Census response is worth $15K

Several hundred Sumter County residents gathered in Myrtle Beach during the weekend for the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce's 49th-annual Chamber Retreat under the tagline "Inspire the Future." Here are five takeaways from the weekend … more

Construction OK'd for state veterans' nursing home in Sumter

A state committee gave the green light to putting a new state veterans nursing home in Sumter County, and a Sumter lawmaker is hoping three final contingencies are approved without pushback. The Joint Bond Review Committee approved on Wednesday … more

Sumter County Council: Dollar General one step away from Race Track Road site

Sumter County Council unanimously approved the county's 2019 audit during Tuesday's meeting. Sumter received an unmodified, clean audit opinion in all areas, which is the highest level of reporting assurance an organization can receive from its … more

There is a new person leading the department in charge of how Sumter's land is used

After 13 years of planning the city's and county's future land use, George McGregor is starting a new chapter. McGregor resigned from his position as director of the Sumter City-County Planning Department to be with his family, as most of them … more

Dates of note for Democratic presidential preference primary

From late January through February, the Democratic presidential preference primary will take place, where voters choose their candidate for the upcoming presidential election. A presidential preference primary is an election where voters choose … more

City Councilman David Merchant to run for Sumter mayor

A businessman who currently sits on Sumter City Council wants to take the helm. After The Sumter Item initially reported at the beginning of the week that Mayor Joe McElveen, Sumter’s … more

Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen will not seek re-election in November

Sumter will see a change in leadership next year at the highest city level. Mayor Joe McElveen has decided he will not seek re-election after completing his current term after 20 years in office. … more

Sumter City Council discusses regulating donation bins, approves alcohol sales at annual downtown festivals

Donations bins being replaced and regulated around Sumter, funding for local community groups and the annual approval of alcohol at downtown events were all voted on at Sumter City Council's Tuesday meeting. Proposed donation bin regulations … more

Santee-Lynches director to speak to sheriff's office community advisory board on Monday

The director of Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments will speak at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office's Community Relations Advisory Board meeting on Monday. Chris McKinney will join Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis at the 6 p.m. … more

Bill would protect South Carolina's native reptiles, amphibians

From the coast to the mountains and every lake, river and swamp in between, native wildlife species occupy South Carolina's waterways. However, less alligators, turtles, lizards and snakes have been seen roaming the state every year because … more

Democratic presidential preference primary registration deadline is Jan. 30

The deadline to register to vote in the Democratic presidential preference primary is Thursday, Jan. 30. A presidential preference primary is an election where voters choose the candidate they want to be their party's nominee for a presidential … more

Sumter deputies continue their push for higher pay

Almost half of the room was filled with Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies during Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting as they continued to request a pay increase. For months, sheriff's office employees have attended county meetings, … more

Sumter audit is clean for 2019

After a new auditor reviewed the City of Sumter's annual financial statements, the outcome showed the city is using its money "the right way" within the community. Sumter City Council held a special meeting on Monday to approve the city's annual … more

Teacher pay at forefront of South Carolina General Assembly's session

COLUMBIA - State General Assembly leaders held their annual legislative workshop for the media on Thursday to preview the upcoming 2020 session and, as expected, education and teacher pay dominated the discussion. Like last year, the first of … more

Sumter City Council approves 1st reading of distribution of CDBG budget

The Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget underwent its first reading before Sumter City Council during Tuesday's meeting. The CDBG Entitlement Budget is an annual fund Sumter receives from the federal government and is used to … more

5 Sumter intersections to be improved

Some of Sumter's most dangerous intersections have been slated for improvement. The Sumter Urban Area Transportation Study Policy Committee recently selected five transportation improvement projects and has committed $100,000 to each project for … more

Sumter City Council members split over proposed residential lot additions at Hunter Crossing

A developer is looking to add eight new residential lots at the Hunters Crossing subdivision, but Sumter City Council was split in its votes during Tuesday's meeting. Applicant Dunlap Properties requested to add the eight new lots for … more

City extends lease for Sumter United Ministries

A nonprofit that helps Sumterites with necessities such as food, clothing and shelter is certain to have a home for decades to come. With the unanimous approval by Sumter City Council on Tuesday of an ordinance authorizing the lease of its … more
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