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Manning City Council will meet at Weldon Auditorium

MANNING - Manning City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St. Under new business, council members will consider nine items, including first reading of the city's 2021-22 budget, and the … more

Clarendon County Council amends waste disposal fee ordinance

In a nearly three-hour-long Clarendon County Council meeting on Monday, residents hashed out their frustrations about the new solid waste fee ordinance to county council. The council introduced this ordinance in March with a plan for residents to … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council -- Final reading deferred on Dollar General request

The third reading of a rezoning request for a proposed Dollar General was not approved following a passed vote to defer the matter until the applicant speaks with the neighboring residents. On Tuesday, applicant CDP Sumter 6 LLC made a rezoning … more

Sumter County 2022 budget now proposes 2-mill increase; tax hikes approved in 1st reading at workshop

During a workshop, Sumter County Council reviewed the first reading of its fiscal year 2022 budget on Tuesday, which proposed a 2-mill increase and remains with a surplus of $61,672 in agency requests. The millage increase comes from two separate … more

Lee Council gives 1st reading for 2022 fiscal year budgets, approves economic project Bishopville 2030 and discusses capital penny sales tax programs

Lee County Council has begun its annual process of working out the details and finalizing a financial plan for the county and school district 2022 fiscal year budget. At Tuesday's council meeting, Alan Watkins, county administrator, presented a … more

2 Penny for Progress projects in South Sumter remain in planning process

Two long-awaited Penny for Progress projects in the South Sumter area of the city continue to be discussed rather than constructed following an update from the Sumter City-County Planning Department. Sumter City Council received the update on the … more

Public hearing to be held for City of Sumter's fiscal year budget

Sumter City Council briefly discussed the 2022 fiscal year budget during its Tuesday meeting, and there is currently a deficit of just more than $1 million left to balance in the general fund with estimated revenues at $72 million and expenditures … more

Sumter County Council seats filled for public hearings: Dollar General, rezoning requests

Seats were filled in the Sumter Council Chambers during Tuesday's meeting for two public hearings regarding the rezoning of property for a Dollar General and property proposed for the development of two houses. Claremont Lane property proposed … more

Boys and Girls Club proposes lease extension at South Sumter gym

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is hoping to continue to provide its program to children out of a South Sumter gym by extending its lease. Sumter City Council considered the first reading of an ordinance authorizing a lease extension of … more

Sumter County adds litter program to budget for fiscal year 2022

Litter has become a top priority to the community, and Sumter County Council designated a spot on the 2022 fiscal year budget for the implementation of a countywide litter program. During Tuesday's budget workshop, council members discussed a … more

City of Sumter wants to buy 2 parking lots from Tuomey Foundation

Two downtown parking lots are poised to change ownership. During a special Sumter City Council meeting on Tuesday, council considered the sale of two parcels of property by the Tuomey Foundation. "We're nearing the completion of a 20-year … more

Sumter County Government works to balance fiscal year 2022 budget; expenditures increase with hiring

Sumter County Government continues to adjust the fiscal year 2022 budget following a designated workshop on Tuesday, where the general fund deficit was increased to $764,715 left to balance before … more

Joint Sumter city-county litter advisory board gets final approval

The City of Sumter and Sumter County Government are officially collaborating on the countywide litter concern after Sumter City Council passed the final reading of the Sumter City-County Litter Advisory Board. Sumter County Council approved the … more

City of Sumter face mask mandate expires; council downgrades it to encouragement but businesses can still make it a rule for entry

Face coverings are no longer required by state law or city mandate in food and retail establishments in the City of Sumter following Sumter City Council's decision to not extend its local mask mandate. Last Friday, the City of Sumter's mask … more

City of Sumter dedicates 4.7 acres of property to Lemira Elementary School

Lemira Elementary School added almost 5 acres of land to its property after the City of Sumter dedicated three parcels of land to the school on Friday. The City of Sumter hosted a dedication ceremony on Lemira Elementary School's new green space … more

Sumter County Council approves 3 projects for submission to House Appropriations Committee

A resolution to support Sumter County's application to the House Appropriations Committee to fund several community projects was unanimously approved by council at Tuesday's meeting. U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, a Sumter native, asked the … more

Clarendon County Council presents 1st draft of fiscal year 2022 budget

As summer approaches, Clarendon County now enters its "budget season," as Clarendon County Council members were presented with a first draft of Clarendon County's fiscal year 2022 budget at Monday's meeting. About $101,600 is left for county … more

Sumter County Council reviews its 1st fiscal 2022 draft budget

Budget season is in full swing for local government agencies, and Sumter County Council held its first workshop on Tuesday to review a draft budget for fiscal year 2022. Last year the county passed a balanced general fund budget at $51,059,854 … more

Sumter city-county offices relocate to newly renovated Liberty Center

Starting April 15, City of Sumter and Sumter County Government offices will relocate to the renovated Liberty Center. Sumter governmental services offices were temporarily located at Magnolia Place, 20 N. Magnolia St., since mid-October last … more

Lee County Council approves 1st reading of county economic development project, temporary contract between sheriff's office and Bishopville Police Department

To help with the growing trend of economic development in Bishopville, Lee County Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance called "Project Bishopville 2030," an economic development comprehensive plan addendum, during Tuesday's … more
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