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Sumter City Council: Chick-fil-A looking to expand parking lot

If you've tried going to Sumter's Chick-fil-A but found nowhere to park, Sumter City Council may soon be approving a rezoning request to help remedy that situation. Council held a public hearing Tuesday to consider the first reading of an ordinance … more

Sumter Mayor McElveen presides over final council meeting

The echo of the gavel Tuesday marked more than the end of Sumter City Council's meeting. This time, it resembled curtains closing on a chapter of Sumter history followed by a standing ovation for Sumter's 20-year mayor and 12-year Ward 2 … more

Sumter County Council: Dollar General proposed on Pinewood Road site, Thompson Construction buys North Wise Drive land

At Sumter County Council's meeting Tuesday, council members discussed two land use items and a contract for the county's waste removal services. Dollar General primed for Pinewood Road Land on Pinewood Road was requested to be rezoned to house … more

Santa Cruz Nutritionals expansion to bring 164 jobs, $84M investment in Sumter County

An economic development project will create 164 new jobs in the community after Sumter County Council gave a company the go-ahead to start its expansion process on Tuesday. The council … more

Sumter County Council votes down mask requirement

People will not be required to wear face masks outside Sumter city limits after Sumter County Council voted down another emergency ordinance during Tuesday's meeting. At an October meeting, Councilman Eugene Baten urged council to once again … more

Sumter County to remain without mask requirement

People will not be required to wear face masks outside Sumter city limits after Sumter County Council voted down another emergency ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting. At an October meeting, … more

Sumter County Sunday beer, wine sales in effect after new year

Sumter County residents will be able to fill their fridges on Sundays after passing a beer and wine alcohol sales referendum in city and county retail stores on Election Day, but it won't go into effect right away. Chris Hardy, president of the … more

City of Sumter acquires land for public green space

The City of Sumter's finance department received a national award for its financial reporting of the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2019. City Manager Deron McCormick announced the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial … more

Mask ordinance extended in City of Sumter

To continue its efforts in reducing the spread of COVID-19, Sumter City Council extended an emergency ordinance Tuesday that requires face coverings be worn in retail and food service establishments at a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Colin Davis voting … more

Sumter County Council: Project Lisa to bring 164 jobs, $84M investment

With the exception of a malfunctioning elevator, Sumter County Council voiced satisfaction with their new meeting chambers Tuesday, the first time they met in the renovated Administration Building after more than a year of construction. "This was … more

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
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