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What your government is doing: Sumter County Council: Public comment may return; litter advisory board approved

No one spoke at two public hearings for a business license renewal deadline and an ordinance regarding a restrictive contract before Sumter County Council on Tuesday. The first public hearing was for the second reading of an ordinance to amend … more

City of Sumter discusses water, sewer bill increase in 2022

The City of Sumter residential water bill has remained at a constant rate without a price increase for 10 years. However, that might change after the city staff and council presumed it's time to update both its residential water and sewer systems … more

Pandemic byproduct: More litter on Sumter roadways

A City of Sumter welcome sign surrounded by a healthy green landscape greets a traveler driving westbound on U.S. 378, but the landscape that follows is less inviting. Medians, ditches, roadsides, sidewalks and sewer drains filled with cans, … more

City of Sumter changes public comment to 'comments by city citizens'

Following a previous meeting where the City of Sumter's format and procedures were questioned, Sumter City Council changed the wording of its public comment period to better clarify its government policy. On the agenda, the public comment item … more

Sumter officers report few community mask compliance complaints

Not going anywhere without a mask in their pocket, car or already on their face is a way of life now for many, but enforcing the issue for those who don't don them remains a decision at the local level. Almost a year has gone by since a face mask … more

Myrtle Beach Highway business to undo county zoning violations in Sumter County

A Myrtle Beach Highway business that began its expansion to heavy industrial in a light industrial zone at 475 Myrtle Beach Highway will have to backtrack its plans after Sumter County Council denied the business' request to rezone. The third … more

Sumter City Council: City to begin Phase 2 Palmetto Tennis Center construction

The Palmetto Tennis Center will begin its Phase II construction after Sumter City Council authorized its completion. Council unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the completion of Phase II, which will include the installation of eight … more

Myrtle Beach Highway business expands without planning process in place

A Myrtle Beach Highway business requested to rezone from light industrial to heavy industrial to expand its business legally after it already began its expanding operations. Sumter County Council held a public hearing for the request's second … more

City of Sumter to clarify public meeting procedures

After several mishaps at a Sumter City Council public hearing, the City of Sumter plans to clarify council meeting procedures to prevent "unintended consequences" from reoccurring. The public hearing held on Tuesday was to receive comments on the … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council Hospitality fee bond proposed for expedited city projects

The City of Sumter has plans to expedite a handful of projects with a Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond. The first reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of a City of Sumter Hospitality Fee Revenue Bond for 2021 not exceeding … more

Sumter City Council extends mask mandate another 60 days

Once again, Sumter City Council extended an emergency ordinance on Tuesday that required face coverings be worn in retail and food service establishments. The council voted 5-1, with Councilman Colin Davis voting in opposition and Councilman Thomas … more

15-year staffer becomes Sumter's city-county planning director

At the last Sumter County Council meeting of 2020, Helen Roodman was named the official city-county planning director after filling in for the position since that January. "This has been the longest, weirdest job interview of my life," Roodman … more

Sumter County Council chairman, vice chairman to remain as officers

The first Sumter County Council meeting of the year began with members electing its chairman and vice chairman Tuesday. For Sumter County chairman, both Chairman Jim McCain and Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney were nominated for the officer … more

Sumter Mayor Merchant, council hold workshop to brainstorm future plans, projects

It's a new year with new community leaders heading the table. Sumter City Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening to collectively and informally brainstorm ideas to make the city a better place to live for all. New Mayor David Merchant … more

Lee County swears in returning council members

Three returning Lee County elected officials were sworn into office at the Lee County Courthouse on Tuesday. South Carolina Magistrate Judge Shirley Davidson administered the oath of office to Councilman R. Travis Windham, representing District … more

"We could have encircled this date" — Sumter educators, state leaders react to Capitol attack by Trump supporters

Susan Hilton, who taught many at Sumter High School, said the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment of the Constitution grant American citizens the principles of democracy, but she said there … more

Sumter City Council: Business license laws to correspond with state

To kick off the first meeting of the new year, Sumter City Council amended its business license expiration and application dates to correspond with state law. The Municipal Association of South Carolina prepared a revised model for a business … more

Sumter County swears in elected officials, sheriff's office employees

Sumter County elected officials and Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies and detention officers were sworn into office following two virtual ceremonies on Monday. Seven elected officials were sworn into office for four-year terms at the Sumter … more

City of Sumter receives 'clean' audit; Can apply for financial certificate award for 2nd year in a row

The City of Sumter received a "clean" audit for its annual financial report on the fiscal year that ended June 30, resulting in a potential award-winning finance team for a second consecutive year. A special meeting was held by Sumter City … more

City of Sumter to correspond with new state laws regarding business licenses

During a special meeting on Monday, Sumter City Council considered an ordinance that would amend city code relating to business license expiration and application dates to correspond with state law. In September, the South Carolina General … more
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