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City of Sumter face mask mandate expires; council downgrades it to encouragement but businesses can still make it a rule for entry

Face coverings are no longer required by state law or city mandate in food and retail establishments in the City of Sumter following Sumter City Council's decision to not extend its local mask mandate. Last Friday, the City of Sumter's mask … more

City of Sumter dedicates 4.7 acres of property to Lemira Elementary School

Lemira Elementary School added almost 5 acres of land to its property after the City of Sumter dedicated three parcels of land to the school on Friday. The City of Sumter hosted a dedication ceremony on Lemira Elementary School's new green space … more

Sumter County Council approves 3 projects for submission to House Appropriations Committee

A resolution to support Sumter County's application to the House Appropriations Committee to fund several community projects was unanimously approved by council at Tuesday's meeting. U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, a Sumter native, asked the … more

Clarendon County Council presents 1st draft of fiscal year 2022 budget

As summer approaches, Clarendon County now enters its "budget season," as Clarendon County Council members were presented with a first draft of Clarendon County's fiscal year 2022 budget at Monday's meeting. About $101,600 is left for county … more

Sumter County Council reviews its 1st fiscal 2022 draft budget

Budget season is in full swing for local government agencies, and Sumter County Council held its first workshop on Tuesday to review a draft budget for fiscal year 2022. Last year the county passed a balanced general fund budget at $51,059,854 … more

Sumter city-county offices relocate to newly renovated Liberty Center

Starting April 15, City of Sumter and Sumter County Government offices will relocate to the renovated Liberty Center. Sumter governmental services offices were temporarily located at Magnolia Place, 20 N. Magnolia St., since mid-October last … more

Lee County Council approves 1st reading of county economic development project, temporary contract between sheriff's office and Bishopville Police Department

To help with the growing trend of economic development in Bishopville, Lee County Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance called "Project Bishopville 2030," an economic development comprehensive plan addendum, during Tuesday's … more

Sumter County Council provides site to memorialize missing people

Breaking down in tears, Angel Brown couldn't find the words to thank Sumter County Council. Before discussing the county's proposed budget for the fiscal year 2022, council unanimously approved a site to house a memorial to honor Sumter's missing … more

City of Sumter reviews 1st draft of budget for fiscal year 2022 starting July 1

A draft of the City of Sumter's fiscal year 2022 budget was presented before Sumter City Council during its Tuesday meeting with about $3.4 million left to balance out before the beginning of the new fiscal year. As the City of Sumter enters into … more

City of Sumter to resume collecting recycling after COVID-19 hiatus

Just in time for Earth Day, the City of Sumter plans to start back up its recycling operation on April 19 after it was shut down for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The way we do recycling is we separate recycling at the … more

Gov. McMaster names former Medicaid director to lead agency again

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday that he will nominate a former state Medicaid director to return as the agency's leader. Robert Kerr, who headed the Department of Health and Human Services between 2003 and 2007, … more

Sumter's state leaders focused on education, community support ahead of crossover day for bills at the Statehouse

Local state leaders have been put to work at the South Carolina Statehouse with the General Assembly's crossover deadline Thursday, when any bill that passes the House or Senate after the deadline must get a two-thirds vote in the other chamber to … more

What your government is doing: Sumter City Council CDBG funds approved for low-moderate-income communities; joint litter board nearly finalized

Sumter's low- and moderate-income communities will receive a hefty portion of federal funding being allocated to the city after Sumter City Council unanimously approved its 2021-22 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget … more

Sumter city, county officials looking into litter vacuum truck

On Wednesday, both the City of Sumter and Sumter County Government witnessed a demonstration that could help alleviate the litter crisis in the community. Jet-Vac Equipment Co. in Sumter showcased one of its small vacuum trucks on Deschamps Road … more

Sumter deputies to host community litter cleanup day with city, Palmetto Pride

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is asking the community to create teams and help clean county roadways with Operation Pride, a joint city-county cleanup day with Palmetto Pride, on April … more

What your government is doing: Sumter County Council -- 5 public hearings address proposals near Shaw, on Camden Highway, Edgehill Road

Sumter County residents filled the chamber seats and crowded the halls for five public hearings that were held during Sumter County Council's Tuesday meeting for three rezoning requests and two ordinance amendments. Real estate office … more

City of Sumter gets $4.8M for stormwater infrastructure, drainage improvements

The City of Sumter has been awarded a grant for stormwater infrastructure and drainage improvements from the state. The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is in the process of allocating $162 million in federal funding for mitigation efforts … more

Community Development Block Grant funds to benefit people with moderate, low income in Sumter

The low- to moderate-income population in the City of Sumter is poised to receive almost 85% of the Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Budget. City staff and Sumter City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the CDBG … more

City of Sumter mask ordinance extended; water bills to increase over 5 years

Sumter City Council extended its mask ordinance Tuesday another 30 days. On March 5, McMaster lifted the requirement for masks to be worn in state government buildings and restaurants after health officials reported a steady decline in COVID-19 … more

Sumter native named 1st chief of S.C. Resilience Office

To be resilient means to have the capability to recover from difficulties, and one Sumter native has the honor to uphold this meaning at the state Cabinet level. Ben Duncan, who currently directs the state's Disaster Recovery Office, was named … more
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