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    Jan. 30 is deadline to register to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary


    Registration for the Spring Softball season is underway

    Softball registration is underway for the Spring season in #SumterCountySC
    You can register in person at 155 Haynsworth St. or online through Sumter County's website: https://reconline.sumtercountysc.org/…/webtrac.…/splash.html


    Registration for the Spring Soccer season is underway

    Soccer registration is underway for the Spring season in #SumterCountySC
    You can register in person at 155 Haynsworth St. or online through Sumter County's website: https://reconline.sumtercountysc.org/…/webtrac.…/splash.html

    Spring Soccer Date Sheet 2020

    Sumter County Council's Jan. 14, 2020 meeting

    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening discussed a rezoning request, donation bins, cemeteries, storage units and more during the first regular meeting of the year.

    City-County Planning Director George McGregor spoke to council members regarding a request to rezone about 2 acres of land at 830 Race Track Road from Agricultural Conservation (AC) to General Commercial (GC). The applicant wishes to construct a Dollar General store. The Planning Commission and planning staff recommend approval, he said.

    First reading was approved.

    McGregor then delved into the issue of donation bins and how they’re currently unregulated. There’s non-profit entities that place donation bins in parking lots and public areas, and there’s private, for-profit businesses that also have bins out and about.

    After some discussion, Vice-Chairman Jimmy Byrd made a motion that the issue should be discussed in committee and Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney seconded the motion. The Land Use Committee will take up the issue.

    Council members next discussed a request to permit cemeteries in the Residential-15 (R-15) District as a conditional use.

    First reading was approved.

    McGregor then spoke about a request to reduce minimum parking requirements for mini-warehouse and storage unit businesses. Planning staff conducted a review, he said, and found the required number of parking spaces in Sumter were higher than other places.

    First reading was approved.


    County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke next about an ordinance to transfer Hideaway Court to adjoining property owners. During the public hearing, Louis Watkins spoke against the transfer.

    Second reading was approved.

    Councilman Charles Edens reported on the Land Use Committee, which met prior to the regular meeting. He said there was discussion about mobile home park regulations. There was a request regarding occupancy rates and the parks conforming to standards involving road systems and proximity of the mobile homes. Edens said the committee asked Bryan to draft an ordinance amendment regarding the proposal. The committee also spoke about rezoning properties on Black River Road from R-15 to AC. There was a vote to forward the request to the Planning Commission, he said.

    Councilman Eugene Baten announced the Sumter chapter of the NAACP will host a service on Jan. 20 at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Fellow council member Vivian Fleming-McGhaney thanked County Administrator Gary Mixon, Assistant Administrator Lorraine Dennis, Clerk to Council Mary Blanding and Communications Coordinator Joe Perry for their work on the recent ‘Blue Campaign Day’ on Jan. 10. A brief ceremony was held at the Sumter County Courthouse aimed to raise awareness of human trafficking and to show support for alleviating this problem.

    Mixon reported that Sumter County’s yearly external audit has been completed and he looks forward to a positive report from auditing firm WebsterRogers LLP.


    Louis Watkins once again took issue with the language on Council’s agenda and voiced his opinion the language should be in layman’s terms. He also said deceased animals along the road pose a public health hazard.

    Jackie Hughes said the American Legion Post 15 on Feb. 3 will give out Public Safety awards to outstanding first responders.

    Three deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office – Bryan Rulong, Craig Pomochalek and Nelson Rosario – spoke in favor of a pay raise for sheriff’s deputies.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. noted council members usually don’t respond to public comments, but said they recognize the need to give deputies pay increases. He also said he’d received a document from Sheriff Anthony Dennis on the day of the council meeting, adding that County Council appreciates the job performed by deputies each and every day.

    Baten voiced support for a pay raise, as did Jackie Hughes and Louis Watkins.

    Inv. Randall Stewart expressed concerns about the switch from Republic Waste Services to Waste Management and how it affected garbage collection in his Dalzell neighborhood.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

    Vendor applications for Festival On The Avenue 2020 now available

    Sumter County seeking Requests for Bids for Intersection Improvement project

    The County of Sumter is soliciting separate sealed bids from SCDOT qualified contractors for the Intersection Improvements to Wilson Hall Road (S-692) W. Wesmark Boulevard (S-1074) and Carter Road (S-467).
    This work includes grading, paving and all other work associated with the construction of the intersection improvements. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th, 2020, in the Sumter County Planning Department Conference Room at 12 West Liberty Street Sumter, S.C. 29150.
    Bids will be received until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, in the Sumter County Planning Department Conference Room at 12 West Liberty Street Sumter, S.C. 29150.
    Deadlines for questions will be 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th, 2020.
    Bid Documents may be obtained from the Sumter County Procurement Website.  

    Voter Registration & Elections Office releases 2020 filing fees for public office

    2020 Filing Fee

    Voter Registration & Elections Office releases 2020 Election Calendar

    2020 Election Calendar REVISED 1

    Live Healthy Program offers discounts on prescriptions and healthcare costs for all Sumter County residents

    Caremark card

    Live healthy, Sumter County.

    A free program is available to all county residents and can save you money on prescription medication. The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy program provides residents of Sumter County a free Prescription Discount Card to save money on retail costs on your prescriptions.

    As Sumter County Government is a member of NACo, the Live Healthy program also offers county residents – for a monthly fee – discounts on health and dental costs as well to include vision procedures, hearing aids and screenings, prepaid lab work, diabetes supplies, and more. The Live Healthy discount program is not health insurance and is administered by CVS Caremark.

    “We’re happy to offer this program to residents of Sumter County,” said Sumter County Assistant Administrator Lorraine Dennis. “Striving toward a healthier lifestyle through exercise and better nutrition is an admirable mindset and something we should all do. With this program, Sumter County residents can also realize long-term savings on health care costs.”

    According to the National Association of Counties, the prescription portion of the program continues to grow, with providing an average savings of 32 percent on thousands of medications. Average savings range from 15 to 75 percent. The free prescription discount card is accepted nationwide at more than 68,000 pharmacies.

    The individual health and dental costs are $6.95 a month or $69 a year. The monthly family costs are $8.95 a month or $79 a year. When combining health and dental, the monthly individual costs are $13.90 or $138 a year.  For health and dental, the monthly family cost is $17.90 or $158 a year.

    For additional information, visit www.nacorx.org/ or call 1-877-321-2651

    April 29 2019 Sumter Heart Walk 19

    January 2020 edition of Gamecock County Gazette now available

    A new online newsletter from Sumter County Government is now available.
    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

    Gamecock County Gazette January 2020

    Several County departments now located at Courthouse, County Council will meet there as well

    Sumter County Courthouse Aug 29 2019 

    As there is an ongoing renovation of the Administration Building at 13 East Canal Street, several Sumter County departments have moved to the Sumter County Courthouse at 141 North Main Street.

    Fiscal Affairs, Human Resources, Purchasing and the Administration Departments are now located in the Sumter County Courthouse.

    Sumter County Council will now meet on the third floor of the Courthouse at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for Sept. 10. #SumterCountySC

    Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer's Offices located in Magnolia Place

    Aug 1 2019 Sumter County file art Magnolia Place 2

    The Sumter County Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer's offices are located at 20 North Magnolia Street, now known as Magnolia Place. It is across the street from the Health Department and behind Wendy's. Handicapped parking is available in front of the building, and there's a ramp into the building.
    Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.