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Sumterite named SC Deputy of the Year honored

Sumter County Sheriff's deputy Sr. Cpl. Gary Beaver was recognized by Sumter County Council Tuesday for his years of service in the county. On July 12, Beaver was awarded the South Carolina Sheriffs' Association Deputy of the Year award for his … more

Sumter County councilman referenced Robert's Rules of Order on who should talk at meetings. What are they?

Ways of conducting meetings and members' personal responsibilities have been a hot topic for the past couple Sumter County Council meetings. From the chairperson's to the council members' duties, a decent amount of time in recent meetings has … more

Sumter City Council holds 2 public hearings for care facility, country clubs

Returning to the council chambers almost a month since the previous meeting, Sumter City Council had a full agenda and filled seats for two public hearings for the rezoning of a South Main Street property and an ordinance to allow country clubs in … more

Lee County swears in new treasurer

Lisa Baker was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers as she was sworn into office as Lee County's new treasurer at the Lee County Courthouse on Wednesday. The vacancy was created earlier this year by the recent resignation of former Lee … more

Clarendon County reduces road fee to $15 after Greenville-based Supreme Court ruling

Clarendon County residents will see a decrease in their flat-rate service this fall after county council approved reducing their road maintenance fees. The resolution approved at the July 13 county council meeting will reduce residents' road … more

What your government is doing: Lee County Council -- New zoning rule paves way for wildlife facility in Bishopville; solar projects nearing final approval

A new exception to a zoning ordinance will establish legal regulations for Lee County residents wanting to keep and treat certain animals thanks to one wildlife organization's initiative. During the second reading and public hearing, Lee County … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council - Nursing home approved, 1st Sumter Litter Advisory Board meeting set

A veterans nursing home coming to Sumter, the first joint Litter Advisory Board meeting, and a military-style development program open to teens willing to tough it out were all matters discussed at Sumter County Council's Tuesday … more

In observance of holiday, Sumter City Council will not meet on July 6

Out of respect for the weekend holiday, Sumter City Council will not meet on July 6 for its biweekly meeting, according to City Clerk Linda Hammett. The council will meet for its next scheduled meeting on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council … more

As SC town struggles with water issues, Summerton residents wonder why councilman didn't warn them

SUMMERTON — When problems with this small town’s water systems were exposed earlier this year, residents went into a fury. Outside inspectors found years of neglect threatened the … more

Corbett is new Paxville mayor

PAXVILLE - Paxville has a new mayor, but being elected at this time wasn't the way he wanted to return to office. Jamie Corbett, who ran unopposed for the position, was sworn into office on June 18, less than three months after Paxville Mayor … more

Sumter County officials quarrel about party lines on committees, decisions

For months, Sumter County Council members have bantered amid the county's budget process, but tensions continue to rise within council chambers even after the fiscal year budget was passed. Chairman Jim McCain began Tuesday's meeting with a … more

Clarendon County passes $23.3M with 5-mill tax increase; increase will go toward salaries, vehicles, security upgrades

Clarendon County Council unanimously passed a $23.3 million budget on June 14 for the 2022 fiscal year with a tax increase in the coming year. Residents may see an increase in their ad valorem taxes - taxes based on the assessed values of items … more

Sumter County Council: County to revise, combine employee vehicle use policy with sheriff's office policy to create one

Sumter County Government has been operating with the same vehicle policy since 2008, but that is set to change July 1. The outdated policy will be revised and combined with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office's policy to create one. "This … more

Lee County Council approves $13.9M balanced budget; public safety workers will receive raise

Lee County Council unanimously approved a $13.9 million balanced budget Tuesday for the 2021-22 fiscal year with a salary increase for public safety employees. Alan Watkins, county administrator, said the county will see no millage rate - the … more

Sumter County Public Works director retires after 52 years

To be the director of a public works department, one must know everything there is to know about a road system, maintain it amid weather complications, oversee solid waste and sanitation for thousands and put the community and its citizens … more

Clarendon Chamber requests money for tourism promotion, bass tournament

Chief Financial Officer Lynden Anthony again went before Clarendon County Council on Monday to present two requests by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. He said when the state created the accommodations tax fund, it required that 30% of … more

Sumter City Council: 2 public hearings held, 1 removed from agenda prior to meeting

Sumter City Council seats were half filled, with Mayor David Merchant, Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas Lowery and Councilman Gifford Shaw absent for Tuesday's meeting. Hastie led the meeting in the absence of both the mayor and mayor pro tempore and sat … more

Sumter County Council passes balanced budget with 2-mill tax increase; money will fund Sumter litter program, new county positions

Sumter County Government presented a final and balanced fiscal year 2022 general fund budget with a 2-mill increase to fund a litter program and new positions in four county departments on Tuesday. County Administrator Gary Mixon said the … more

Lee County balances budget with pay raise for public safety employees

Lee County Council was presented with a balanced budget Tuesday for the fiscal year 2022 general fund that includes no tax or millage increase. At the last meeting, county council had a deficit of … more

Sumter County Council OKs 2-mill increase for school district

Sumter County Council approved Sumter School District's 2-mill increase on Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled council meeting, but it was not without fireworks. Following a budget workshop two weeks earlier that included 40 minutes of … more
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