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Nova Molecular Technologies to expand, create new jobs in Sumter

Nova Molecular Technologies, a chemical purification company in Sumter, announced its plans to expand and create 25 jobs. The company, currently running a distribution center on South Magnolia Street and a distillation plant on Industrial Road, … more

Sumter County Council to enter tax incentive agreement with 'Project Lisa'

Sumter County Council plans to enter a tax and incentive agreement with a company that could bring millions of dollars in investment and more than 100 jobs to Sumter. A resolution to authorize the fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement for … more

Sumter County Council continues Tiger V project plan

Sumter County Council continued its plans for an economic development project currently known as Tiger V during Tuesday's meeting. Three ordinances regarding Tiger V had second readings during the meeting, which usually undergo a public … more

Sumter Liberty Center governmental offices relocate for renovation

Sumter governmental services offices housed at the Liberty Center downtown have temporarily moved so the building can be renovated. The following city and county departments are now located at Magnolia Place, 20 N. Magnolia St., the former … more

Mayoral candidates debate platform, policies for Sumter

On Thursday, The Sumter Item hosted a mayoral debate in the Sumter Opera House auditorium for the six candidates running in the City of Sumter race. After serving as mayor for 20 years, Joe McElveen made the decision to not run for another term, … more

Sumter County Council: Sumter residents against rezoning for facility that would partner with college

Sumter County Council held three public hearings during Tuesday's meeting, one of which had feedback from community members who were against the request. Concerns arose from area residents during the second reading to rezone about 2.2 acres at … more

Downtown Sumter reaches 20 years in revitalization project

About 20 years ago, the City of Sumter created a 30-year plan to take a vision and turn it into a reality for the downtown area by changing its look and livelihood. Today, city officials say they are two-thirds of the way through the plan and … more

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now

COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that … more

2 men file for Democratic primary for Sumter County Council

Two men will be running for the Democratic seat in the Sumter County Council District 3 race after the original candidate, Ronnie Eldridge, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27. The primary for the Democratic nomination will be on Sept. 29. Anyone … more

The Sumter Item to host mayoral debate Oct. 1

Those wishing for the ballots on Nov. 3 to determine he or she will become the City of Sumter's next political leader will take the stage next month for a candidates' debate. The Sumter Item is set to host a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at … more

Sept. 15 Sumter City Council meeting canceled

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter City Council's regular meeting for today at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled. According to City Clerk Linda Hammett, the meeting cancellation was due to conflicting schedules. The next city council meeting is scheduled at … more

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will … more

'Tiger V' project is proposed with first reading at Sumter County Council

Sumter County Council got plans rolling on an economic development project known for now as Tiger V during Tuesday's meeting. The first reading of an ordinance authorizing a tax agreement between Sumter County and the economic development project … more

Sumter City Council votes to extend mask requirement in city

Sumter City Council passed the extension of four emergency ordinances during Tuesday's meeting after controversy arose about COVID-19 cases being on the rise again with the holiday weekend. One extended the requirement to wear face coverings in … more

Sumter Realtor Bowen running for mayor for 2nd time

A Sumter Realtor announced her candidacy for the mayoral race in this year's election. Debbie Singleton Bowen, also known as "Miss Debbie," has been a longtime resident of Sumter since her father, Rick Singleton, a Sumter native, retired from the … more

Countywide face covering requirement voted down in Sumter

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

Sumter misses All-America City Award, proud of accomplishments

For the second year in a row, Sumter was named a top 20 city in the nation in the 2020 All-America City Award. Sumter was recognized as one of eight silver award communities as a finalist in this year's award, according to Shelley Kile, … more

Victim's advocate running for Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat

A victim's advocate for the Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office in Sumter will be joining the race for the Sumter City Council Ward 2 seat. Talitha Harrison said she feels she is best fit to represent Ward 2 because she feels love and … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council Mask requirement extended in city, amended to match governor's orders

Sumter City Council extended the city's mask requirement during its meeting Tuesday. The ordinance requires customers and staff to wear face coverings in retail and food service establishments in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It … more

Ballots set for Sumter mayor, city council, school board races

The field has been set. Seven elected positions will be decided among 20 candidates in Sumter's nonpartisan races, including a few late filers for mayor and only three incumbents. Sumterites will decide who their new mayor will be on Nov. 3 … more
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