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Lee County Council invites public to hearing on redistricting draft maps

Lee County residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing on the county's redistricting process on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Residents have attended previous meetings to hear Lee County Council introduce the first steps in the county's … more

Sumter City Council: Beach Forest subdivision proposed to get mixed-use commercial developments; residents do not want it

An overflow of more than 50 residents filled Sumter City Council's chambers for its Tuesday regular meeting with seats filled inside, bodies leaning against the brick walls and door frame with several more concerned Beach Forest residents crowding … more

Sumter City Council considers 2022 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget

Sumter City Council was presented with a 2022-23 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget that reflected last year's project. A special meeting was held before council's regular meeting on Tuesday to receive the draft of the new CDBG … more

Making the connection: Work continues on Sumter's Shot Pouch Greenway

Construction of the Shot Pouch Greenway continues as a key stretch from Miller Road to North Guignard Drive has been paved. This Penny for Progress project, funded by a voter-approved initiative to increase the sales tax in Sumter County by 1 cent … more

Sumter Police Chief Roark shares thoughts on racial epithet incident

Before Sumter City Council's regular meeting Tuesday, Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark addressed council, per the mayor's request, about an incident last weekend. "We're not happy about the subject we're speaking about tonight," Roark … more

Daughter of late Sumter County Council chairman to challenge Tim Scott for U.S. Senate seat

Tim Scott, a current member of the U.S. Senate from South Carolina, is up for reelection in November, and he won't be running alone. Catherine Fleming-Bruce, daughter of a late Sumter County Council chairman, Louis Fleming, will be filing to put … more

Clarendon County receives 'clean' audit report for 2020-21

Clarendon County received a clean audit report for its annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021. Clarendon County Council held a special meeting on Tuesday where Lori Salley, with Columbia-based McGregor & Co. LLP, … more

Uncovered: Will 2022 be year for S.C. ethics reform?

COLUMBIA - Months after a newspaper investigation exposed how dozens of political officials across South Carolina get away with refusing to pay their ethics fines, state lawmakers appear to be taking action. A Senate committee will soon debate a … more

Lee County Planning, Taxes, Personnel to review proposed redistricting map Thursday

The Lee County Planning, Taxes and Personnel committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss redistricting of county council's single-member district lines. Every 10 years, by federal law, the county must adjust its … more

Pressure rises for state hate crime bill after Sumter teen is arrested

The need for a hate crime law is on the rise after a digital message board in Sumter was altered to display a racial phrase on Saturday. South Carolina remains one of two states without a hate crime law in the U.S., and Sen. Thomas McElveen hopes … more

Legislators share priorities for Sumter, state this year

Infrastructure improvements and much more may be seen as priority at the state level this year to better communities like Sumter. As public hearings for the state's budget get underway, local officials chimed in on what they hope to see or … more

Clarendon council to hold special meeting for audit report, 2 executive session items

Clarendon County Council will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for the county's fiscal year 2021 audit report and meet in executive session for two items. As listed on the agenda, council will be presented and accept the … more

Lee County redistricting process still underway; process will include nonvoting prisoners

Lee County Council plans to have draft maps ready for its redistricting process in about two weeks. Council moved forward in the process by holding a second reading for an ordinance to start Lee County's redistricting process in setting the new … more

Lee County Council receives 'clean' audit for 2021 fiscal year

Lee County Council received a "clean" audit report for the 2021 fiscal year for its annual financial report on Tuesday. Auditor Marc Wood, a CPA with Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin, presented council with an overall unmodified or "clean" opinion, … more

Rembert councilman wants to see roads fixed in rural Sumter County

After two county residents spoke about roads needing to be fixed before Sumter County Council, the Rembert councilman pointed out that this is a major issue in the county. "I consider that a basic service, and we are horribly failing with roads," … more

Clarendon residents weigh in on redistricting process

Residents expressed their opinions about changing the makeup of Clarendon County Council's district boundaries to single-member districts at Monday's public hearing for the first proposed draft map for the county's redistricting process. Every 10 … more

S.C. House sued for 'racially gerrymandered' redistricting map

Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against South Carolina over its "new racially gerrymandered" state House district maps. The maps - both S.C. House and House congressional - have been criticized by groups like the League of Women Voters … more

Sumter County officials review '1st run' draft of new redistricting map

The discussion of redistricting continued for Sumter County's seven districts with the presentation of a "first run" map during a special meeting on Tuesday. Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon and the county's GIS Coordinator Bruce Haskins … more

City of Sumter recycling services change amid worker shortage

Worker shortages have caused a change in the City of Sumter’s recycling service. "Effective immediately, starting Friday, Jan. 14, the City of Sumter sanitation crews will not be sorting … more

Sumter County holds final community meetings for 3rd round penny sales tax

Sumter County residents will have their last chance to attend a public forum to discuss their ideas about the next Penny for Progress initiative. Sumter County Government held five public meetings in December with two community meetings scheduled … more
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