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Downtown Sumter might be getting a new Mexican restaurant, boutique, salon and short-term housing connected to the Hyatt. During the Thursday, May 23, historic preservation design review board meeting, the board approved two requests, both made … more
The public has a chance to provide input to Sumter area transportation officials on revisions to the 2024-25 Unified Planning Work Program and on revisions to the 2024-33 Sumter Area Transportation Improvement Program. The Unified Planning Work … more
Sumter County's budget ordinance passed first reading on Tuesday, May 14, and with that, council also approved first reading of an ordinance to authorize $3.5 million in general obligation bonds to cover requests from departments including the … more
Sumter County council members spent a significant amount of the April 23 council meeting discussing Robert's Rules of Order, pointing out past moments of potential non-compliance, adding that not following the rules of order can be disadvantageous … more
Thursday, May 9, marked the end of the 2024 regular session of the South Carolina General Assembly. Items that did not pass include a hate crimes bill, a proposal permitting medical marijuana use, liquor stores being open on Sundays and expansion … more
The start of the 2024-25 fiscal year is coming up on July 1, and locals will soon see first reading of Sumter County's budget. The budget must pass three readings by council to become official, and the first reading will be on May 14, the second … more
On Monday, the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Sumter Mayor David Merchant and Sumter County Council Chairman James McCain proclaimed May 6-10, 2024, as Small Business Week in Sumter. According to the city's Facebook page, "National Small … more
The clerk and treasurer for the town of Mayesville has been given a termination letter regarding only her job as treasurer. "This removal does not affect your position as Town Clerk," read the termination letter from recently elected Mayor Chris … more
Sumter County officials continue to seek out ways to address the needs of residents living on private roads that are in poor condition, and the most recent strategy that shows some promise is the creation of special tax districts. County … more
July 1, the day on which the city budget must go into effect, is fast approaching, so City of Sumter officials are deep in preparation and have not proposed any millage increase so far. During the Tuesday, April 30, budget workshop, City Manager … more
The six locals appointed to the 2024 Capital Penny Sales Tax Commission have started discussing how the penny might address public safety, transportation and infrastructure throughout Sumter County. They met for the first time as a commission on … more
Sumter County owns property at 13 S. Main St. that officials hope will be converted into a retail and living space. The property, which is located near Sumter Original Brewery, has been vacant for several years. An ordinance authorizing the … more
The City of Sumter received a $1,500 donation from Duke Energy for the city's litter prevention program, according to the city's Facebook page. The money will be used to enhance community cleanup projects and promote a trash-free … more
Discussion on helping Sumter County residents living on private roads in poor condition is still on the table even after council denied a draft of a potential solution in early April. Earlier reporting from The Sumter Item details multiple county … more
The division among town of Mayesville officials is becoming ever more present after the mayor filed a lawsuit against four town officials in mid-April. Communication among town leaders continues to dwindle, as it has been since Mayor Chris Brown … more
The city budget, an annexation and dilapidated homes were topics covered at the Tuesday, April 16, Sumter City Council meeting. City budget There will soon be an opportunity for the public to give input on the 2024-25 city budget. The … more
MAYESVILLE - The mayor of this small town is suing four Mayesville officials, escalating a power struggle that has been brewing since he was elected last year. Mayor Chris Brown wants a judge to confirm he has the power to fire the town clerk he … more
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the first-ever National Drinking Water Standard as part of its commitment to combat PFAS pollution, and South Carolina Department of Environmental Control discussed procedures to do its … more
Late last year, City of Sumter officials tightened the grounds under which a business license could be denied, revoked or suspended as it relates to people with past convictions. This decision sparked conversation at the county level, too, but … more
The East Red Bay Road bridge over Turkey Creek has been out of commission for a while. The South Carolina Department of Transportation deemed it unsafe, closed it and issued a detour. Ken Martin of SCDOT said during the Feb. 16 Sumter Urban … more
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