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    Spring Soccer 2022 registration begins Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

    Jan 7 2022 Spring Soccer Date Sheet

    Registration for Spring Soccer 2022 begins Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

    You can register online here: https://reconline.sumtercountysc.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html

    Or you can register in person at 155 Haynsworth Street.

    The form you need is also online, under Recreation Forms on our website.

    If you have any questions, please call 803-436-2248

    Aug 31 2020 Sumter County Soccer at Patriot Park 20

    2022 Capital Projects Sales Tax project request form

    There's a proposed third Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum, and if you are interested in requesting a project, please fill out this form and mail it to:

    Sumter County Administration, 13 East Canal Street, Sumter, S.C. 29150

    Road Paving Request Form can be found here and you can mail this to County Administration as well.

    Citizen participation plan for CDBG-funded projects

     

    1. Sumter County will make this written Citizen Participation (CP) Plan available for public review. This will be accomplished by a public hearing or by a publicly advertised Notice of Availability for Review at a location(s) convenient to residents of Sumter County.  Such Notice will be given to the public at least seven days prior to any public hearing regarding economic development, community development, and housing needs assessments required for participation in the HUD CDBG program.

     

    1. All notices of public hearings will be published in “The Item” newspaper for general local circulation, at least seven days prior to the date of a public hearing. Such notice(s) will be prominently advertised in the non-legal, non-classified section of said newspaper.  Public notices will include a statement regarding Sumter County’s policy on non-discrimination.

     

    1. Should a public health challenge, pandemic and/or national emergency be declared and such circumstances require limiting public gatherings, such as those used to obtain citizen participation, virtual public hearings will be used as the platform for public hearings instead of in-person hearing. The published and/or posted Notices will include a statement regarding the meeting being a virtual meeting to include the toll-free telephone number and participant pass code.

     

    1. Sumter County will, to the extent determined necessary by its governing body, make direct efforts in soliciting the participation of the residents, particularly those low to moderate income residents, and other interested parties in the area(s) in which CDBG funds, if made available, are anticipated to be expended. Possible methods might include requesting appropriate community leaders and public and private non-profit community service agencies to inform their constituents about the proposed use of CDBG funds; distributing of notices in low and moderate income neighborhoods, particularly potential project target areas; posting of notices at U.S. Post Offices and neighborhood businesses, and radio or television public service announcements.

     

    1. All public meetings concerning the CDBG program will be held at times and locations convenient to the citizens of Sumter County, particularly to those who are potential or actual beneficiaries, and no meetings will be held before 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, or 2:00 p.m. on Sundays, or scheduled to begin after 8:30 p.m. The location of such meetings will be accessible to the handicapped or the announcement of such meetings will indicate that assistance will be provided to accommodate the special needs of handicapped persons.

    1. Prior to the development of any application for HUD CDBG funding, the County will assess the community's economic development and housing needs, particularly those of low and moderate income residents. The citizens of Sumter County are encouraged to participate in the assessment process and the results of this Needs Assessment will be documented and presented to the citizens of Sumter County at one or more advertised public hearings.  Citizens' comments will be considered in the preparation of requests for HUD CDBG funding assistance.  An Application public hearing must be held at least seven (7) days following the Needs Assessment hearing.  An application for CDBG funds should include only those activities which address needs identified in the Needs Assessment.

     

    1. At the public hearing(s) where the Needs Assessment results are presented and specific activities are proposed in relation to identified needs contained in the Needs Assessment, the County will also present information concerning the current CDBG Program, including the amount of CDBG funds available, the range of activities that may be undertaken with such funds, an amount of funds that may benefit low to moderate income persons, any proposed activities that are likely to result in displacement of persons, and the local government's anti-displacement and relocation plans.

     

    1. Technical assistance will be provided to the authorized representatives of low and moderate income persons that request such assistance in developing proposals for CDBG funding. This assistance shall be limited to the provision of information concerning the current State CDBG program, and shall be provided on the condition that the activities to be addressed in the proposal are consistent with identified economic and community development, and housing needs, State CDBG funding program guidelines, that CDBG funds are available for funding proposed activities, and that the governing body of Sumter County gives its approval for providing technical assistance.  Sumter County will consider any proposals developed by authorized representatives of low to moderate income persons, following all the requirements for public participation; however, the final determination to submit the proposal to the State for CDBG funding consideration is the prerogative of Sumter County, since the submission of any CDBG application requires approval by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which the proposed project activity will be located.

     

    1. After the development of an application for CDBG funding and prior to submission of the application to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, a public hearing will be held to review the proposal and to solicit public comment upon the proposed activities. Public comments, if provided, will be submitted with the application.

     

    1. If it is determined that 10% or more of the actual or potential beneficiaries of a CDBG project are determined to be non-English speaking, provisions will be made at the appropriate public hearing(s) for translation of comments and documents into the native language of the majority of the non-English speaking residents present. It has been determined that, at present, less than 10% of the residents of Sumter County are non-English speaking and that there are no significant concentrations of non-English speaking residents within the community, based upon the most recent census data.

     

    1. Sumter County will provide for a timely, written answer to written complaints and grievances concerning the CDBG program generally within 15 working days after receipt of the written complaint. Grievances are to be delivered to the Sumter County Administrator, at 13 E. Canal Street, Sumter, SC 29150, telephone number: (803) 436-2102, fax number:  (803) 436-2335, who will then attempt to resolve the reasons for the complaint.  If the complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the aggrieved party, an appeal to Sumter County is the next step available to the party.  Complaints or grievances including State law or policy, State CDBG program guidelines, or federal regulations governing the CDBG program shall be directed to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Grant Programs, for review and appropriate resolution action.  Sumter County will then correct the grievance according to the direction of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  An appeal of any written grievance action to the Division of Community Grant Programs is an option; however, the Division of Community Grant Programs will deny those appeals which involve the consistent application of the Community's local program policies relating to CDBG funds.  Complaints involving local law or program policies will be resolved on the local level.  After the above appeal process has been exhausted, the complainant may seek relief in the appropriate court of law.

     

    1. Citizens will be provided with reasonable access to records concerning any project undertaken with CDBG funds. These records are available at the Sumter County Administrator's office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, upon the submission of a written request stating the reason for requesting access to such records.  Confidential information normally protected under the State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws may not be made available for public review; for example, information not normally available to the public concerning personal or business financial statements, earnings or sources of income.

     

    1. Upon the completion of any project funded with CDBG funds, Sumter County will conduct one or more advertised public hearings to review program performance and accomplishments. At least one public hearing must be held when all activities are completed and prior to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Grant Programs, closing out of the grant.  Project records will be maintained for at least three (3) years following final close-out.

    Shot Pouch Greenway construction Fall 2021

    Community meetings planned for January 2022 to talk Capital Penny Sales Tax

    Public meetings are scheduled in January 2022 for Sumter County residents to learn about the proposed third round of the Capital Projects Sales Tax.

    Known commonly as the ‘Penny For Progress,’ voters twice approved referendums in 2008 and 2014 to add a one-cent sales tax that funds capital improvement projects throughout the county.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon will give attendees a presentation and history of the Penny For Progress 1 and 2, along with the tentative schedule for the proposed third referendum.

    “We want people to come out and listen to what your local governments have funded with the Penny For Progress,” he said. “These projects impact the entire community and we’re happy to explain the entire process.”

    All meetings are open to the general public and people will be able to fill out a form to request a project. The floor will be open for a Question and Answer portion as well.

    There will be a 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at Dubose Fire Station, 3805 U.S. 15 North.

    There will also be a 6 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Ebenezer Community Center, 4580 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell.

    As a result of the first Penny For Progress, the Patriot Park Sportsplex was built, along with the Sumter County Judicial Center, among quite a few other projects. From the second Penny For Progress, roads were paved or resurfaced, Manning Avenue and North Main Street are getting a makeover and a new Public Safety Complex was built for the Sumter Fire Department and Sumter Police Department, among other projects.

    Jan 3 2022 Penny meetings flyer 2

     

     

    Sumter County Council's Jan. 11, 2022, meeting

    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening discussed several land use requests and other matters during a meeting that lasted a little over an hour.

    Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator Jeff Derwort spoke about a request to rezone a 5.8 acre tract of property at 601 Pitts Road from Residential-15 (R-15) to Agricultural Conservation (AC) to establish a Special Events facility.

    First reading was approved unanimously.

    Dewort then spoke about a request to rezone 1.35 acres of land at 4185 and 4189 Thomas Sumter Highway from General Commercial/Agricultural Conservation (GC/AC) to General Commercial (GC).
    Janie Doyle spoke during the Public Hearing and raised questions about traffic safety, lights, sidewalks and foot traffic.

    Chris Patten said he’s trying to develop a used car lot on the property as he’s about to retire from the U.S. Air Force.

    Councilman Artie Baker said a street light was installed at Charles Jackson Street and Thomas Sumter Highway and Dalzell could benefit from the business.

    Second reading was approved unanimously.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke next about an ordinance concerning the County Infrastructure Fund which would provide a mechanism through loans to encourage private development of economic development speculative buildings. No one spoke during the Public Hearing. Second reading was approved unanimously.

    Councilman Carlton Washington gave a report on the Public Safety Committee, which met earlier and received a report from Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis about a grant-funded initiative to put five additional School Resource Officers in Sumter County schools.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. said a Special Meeting earlier concerned discussion of an initial Council Redistricting map based on the 2020 Census results.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney thanked County Administrator Gary Mixon and Clerk to Council Mary Blanding for a Monday evening Community Meeting regarding the proposed third Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum. Constituents also had the opportunity to discuss other matters as well, she said.
    Councilman Washington advocated for improving roads in rural areas.

    Mixon spoke about the Community Meetings and estimated about 150 people have participated thus far. The next phase of the proposed third Penny For Progress will include meetings with the City of Sumter, Town of Pinewood and Town of Mayesville. Meetings with Sumter Economic Development, the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Central Carolina Technical College will follow as well. Soon a cost-estimate analysis of the proposed projects will develop and get passed onto the Commission in charge of steering the Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum. The Commission’s final list will be submitted to County Council, which will have an up or down vote, he said. It’s a lengthy process, he added, but each step along the way is important.

    Councilman Eugene Baten advocated for more people getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

    During the Public Hearing, George Bates advocated for increased manpower in law enforcement, improved roads, increased codes enforcement, increased vaccinations, and social distancing measures.

    Mike Greer advocated for easier building regulations.

    Councilman Washington again advocated for improving the roads.

    Councilman Artie Baker pointed out many of the roads under discussion are state roads. When he first joined County Council, there were 326 miles of dirt roads, he said, and now there are 127 miles of dirt roads and 55 miles of crush and run roads.

    Councilman Baten noted that residents of the City of Sumter also vote for the Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum and therefore have a voice in it. Roads will be a focus, he said.

     

    Dailey leads Pledge of Allegiance before County Council meeting

    Jan 12 2022 Dailey leads Pledge of Allegiance 1

    Sumter Veteran Allen Dailey led the Pledge of Allegiance before Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

    Clerk to Council Mary Blanding read a brief biography of Dailey, whose service to our country began in 1977 when he joined the U.S. Air Force.

    Dailey earned the rank of Staff Sergeant over the course of 9 years while being stationed at Shaw Air Force Base and Eilson Air Force Base in Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1986 and was hired as a Deputy with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 35 years before retiring in 2021 with the rank of Major.

    Dailey graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Leo University in 1983 and obtained a Master’s Degree from Saint Leo University in 2008.

    He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He and his wife Jenny have been married for 21 years and have three sons, two of whom are Veterans.

    Dailey resides in District 3, which is represented by Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd.

    Byrd was unable to attend the meeting, so Chairman James T. McCain Jr. thanked Dailey for his service to our Nation.

    Jan 12 2022 Dailey leads Pledge of Allegiance 2

     



































































































    CDC: Anyone 5 years old and up is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine

    Jan 25 2021 Sumter First Responders vaccinated 4

    All South Carolinians 5 years old and up are eligible for the free Covid-19 vaccine.


    These are the locations in Sumter giving out vaccines:

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    Sumter County Health Department
    Pfizer, Moderna, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     105 North Magnolia Street 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:

    https://cvas.dhec.sc.gov/
     1-855-472-3432
    803-773-5511 
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    CVS #4184
    Moderna
     1080 Alice Dr 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:

    http://www.cvs.com/
     800-746-7287
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    Walgreens #9276

    Moderna
     1990 Mccrays Mill Rd 

    Sumter, SC  29150
     For more information:
    http://www.walgreens.com/covid19vac

    Walgreens #11724
    Pfizer, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     201 N Lafayette Dr 
    Sumter, SC  29150
     For more information:
    http://www.walgreens.com/covid19vac

    Walgreens #6074
    Pfizer
     1000 Broad St 
    Sumter, SC  29150
     For more information:
    http://www.walgreens.com/covid19vac
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    Walmart Pharmacy #0377
    Moderna
     343 Pinewood Rd 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
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    Colonial Family Practice
    Moderna
     674 W. Liberty Street 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    803-773-5227

    Colonial Family Practice
    Moderna
     325 Broad Street 
    Suite 100
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    803-773-5227
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    SupRx Pharmacy #88
    Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
     1455 S Guignard Pkwy 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    www.suprxpharmacyguignard.com
     803-778-5758

    Sup-Rx Pharmacy #90
    Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
     1011 Broad St 

    Sumter, SC 29150
    For more information:
    www.suprxpharmacybroadst.com
     (803) 773-6378

    Sup-Rx Pharmacy #91
    Johnson & Johnson
     114 E. Calhoun St 

    SUMTER, SC 29150
     For more information:
    www.suprxcalhounst.com
     803-775-3020
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    DHEC Mobile Clinic @ Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
    Moderna
     155 Wall Street 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://cvas.dhec.sc.gov/
     (866) 365-8110
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    Sumter Cut Rate Drug Store Inc
    Johnson & Johnson
     32 S Main St 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://register.vams.cdc.gov/?jurisdiction=SC
     803-773-8432
    11am - 2pm Mon-Wed 
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    Tandem Health-Pike West
    Moderna, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     370 S Pike West 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://www.tandemhealthsc.org/covid-19-vaccine/

    Tandem Health-Lafayette
    Moderna
     1278 N Lafayette Dr 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://www.tandemhealthsc.org/covid-19-vaccine/
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    Doctors Care Sumter
    Johnson & Johnson
     2475 Broad St 

    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:
    https://doctorscare.com/covid19-vaccine/

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    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: https://scdhec.gov/covid19
    The DHEC Care Line is 1-855-472-3432

    Jan 25 2021 Sumter First Responders vaccinated 5


    Coronavirus statistics for Sumter County -- Free testing  available

    As of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2022, there have been 1,114,781 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state  department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).

    There have unfortunately been 14,848 deaths and a total number of tests reaching 13,809,016 and 33,724 hospitalizations.

    For Sumter County, we’ve seen 20,955 cases of Covid-19, with 648 hospitalizations and 322 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 264,074.

    State and federal authorities continue to offer simple advice for staying healthy: Wear a mask in public, socially distance from others by staying at least six feet apart, wash your hands often, avoid crowds and crowded places and if you don’t feel well, stay home.

    If you don’t feel well you need to get tested.

    There will be FREE TESTING at Sumter County Health Department (DHEC) at 105 North Magnolia Street, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, Neither an appointment nor a referral is needed, but you can pre-register at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov/en-US/



    There will be FREE TESTING at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Drive, courtesy of Tour Health, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No referral is needed, but an appointment is needed. You can register here: https://www.tourhealth.com/


    Other testing sites that charge a fee include:  Colonial Family Practice, 325 Broad St., CVS Pharmacy, 41 East Calhoun St. and The Integrated Wellness Center, 738 W. Liberty St., Christmas Pharmacy, 1229 Alice Dr.

    For more information, visit the DHEC website: https://scdhec.gov/


    May 6 2020 Sumter County Civic Center coronavirus testing

    December 2021 edition of Gamecock County Gazette now available

    An online newsletter from Sumter County Government is available for free.
    Each month the Gamecock County Gazette will be delivered via e-mail, and for those who wish to receive a digital copy please send your e-mail address to jperry@sumtercountysc.org and our communications coordinator will add you to the list.

    To see the newsletter, click here


    December 2021 Gamecock County Gazette