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    Sumter County Community Grant Programs Applications now available

    Sumter County’s Community Grant Program is now underway.

    Applications for grants up to $15,000 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are now being received by Sumter County Government.

    Please read through the entire packet.

    The due date for applications is Oct. 22, 2021.

    The process of grants being awarded will begin on Nov. 19, 2021.

    You will find the GRANT APPLICATION PACKET HERE

    Gospel superstar CeCe Winans to perform in Sumter on Oct. 29th

    Copy of Club Night flyer

    Tabulation test run slated for Oct. 1; In-house absentee voting for Mayesville election begins Oct. 4, 2021

    Public Service Announcement: The Sumter County Office of Voter Registration & Elections will hold a DS200 Tabulation test run at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2021, at its office in the Sumter County Courthouse, 141 N. Main St.

    In-house absentee voting for the Town of Mayesville’s General Election will begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2021.

    Sept 15 2021 Ballot sample

    Sumter and Shaw AFB hold 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

    Sumter County Council's Sept. 14, 2021, meeting

    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening’s meeting lasted about an hour as land use matters, ordinances, economic development issues and a moratorium were all subjects of discussion and deliberation.

    City-County Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke about a request to rezone .62 acres of land at 614 Floride Street from Residential-9 (R-9) to Light Industrial-Warehouse (LI-W).

    Third reading was approved unanimously.

    A request from the Planning Department to amend minimum setback requirements for communication towers and antennae in residential zoning districts had no changes since second reading, she said.

    Third reading was approved unanimously.

    Franny Heizer of Burr Forman spoke to Council about an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of a $1.3 million Waterworks System Refunding Revenue Bond.

    She said the goal is to refinance existing debt of the Wedgefield-Stateburg Rural Community Water District. There are three outstanding bonds, she said, which are USDA loans which could be consolidated and refinanced with lower interest rates to see a net savings of about $200,000.

    No one spoke during a Public Hearing and second reading was approved unanimously.

    Roodman then updated Council about the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and the progress thereof. An annual recertification process is underway, she said, and the plan has been submitted to auditors.

    Roodman then spoke about an ordinance to declare a Public Safety Emergency in response to a discovery of one or more discrepancies in the Sumter County Zoning and Development Standards Ordinance and the implementation of a Moratorium on applications for “Drinking Place” uses under the Standard Industrial Classification Code section 7299 effective Sept. 14, 2021.

    Council members then heard an annual update of the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition from Terrence Whitfield and Andrew Coston.

    Coston said since 2016, 489 people have come through their program, which aims to engage fathers in the positive support of their children and to enhance support for fatherhood throughout the Midlands.

    Since the program’s inception, the County has saved over $5 million in incarceration costs, he said, noting that incarcerated fathers can’t pay child support.

    More information here: https://www.midlandsfathers.com/

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan then spoke about the Moratorium regarding drinking places and noted the definitions regarding drinking places and special event places were inadequate.

    Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Randall Stewart spoke to Council on behalf of Sheriff Anthony Dennis and Stewart noted that the SCSO wholeheartedly supports the request to institute the Moratorium.

    After some discussion, Vice-Chairman Jimmy Byrd made a motion to approve the Moratorium while also putting the issue before an undetermined committee of Council.

    The motion was approved unanimously.

    Bryan then spoke about a Resolution supporting the reaffirmation of a Fee-in-Lieu of Taxes (FILOT) agreement between Sumter County and Porter’s Group LLC, which is now Maysteel Porter’s LLC.

    The Resolution was approved unanimously.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. then spoke about first reading of an ordinance requiring individuals to wear face coverings in Sumter County, in title only.

    Councilman Eugene Baten made a motion to defer the ordinance, which was approved unanimously.

    McCain then spoke briefly about first reading of an ordinance to require employees of Sumter County Government to receive the Covid-19 vaccine prior to Jan. 1, 2022.

    No action was taken on that matter.

    Councilman Carlton Washington reported on an earlier Public Safety Committee meeting, during which information was given from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office about the proposed mask ordinance.

    Washington said more legal recommendations would be needed before proceeding.

    Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd reported on an earlier Internal Affairs Committee meeting, during which Kevin Robinson was nominated to the Crystal Lakes Golf Course Advisory Board.

    Robinson’s nomination was approved by Council.

    McCain said the Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting met earlier. The Sumter Economic Development team gave a presentation, he said, for informational purposes only and no action was taken.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said the Technology/Personnel Committee met earlier and held a discussion during Executive Session. No action was taken, she said.

    McCain said a Special Meeting was also held earlier and a presentation was given by Assistant Administrator Lorraine Dennis and Finance Director Uvette Pope-Rogers. Council approved staff to move forward with a program to distribute grants under the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

    Council also approved Bryan to send a letter to the S.C. Attorney General regarding an opioid lawsuit.

    Washington advocated for Sumter County residents having more frequent interactions with the Public Works Department.

    County Administrator Gary Mixon said Council approved $500,000 for community mini-grants in the amount of $15,000. The public will have the opportunity to apply for those grants online next week, he said.

    Baten then asked about the Executive Order requiring employers with 100 or more employees to vaccinate their workforce. Mixon said additional information is forthcoming regarding that process.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Sumter County residents advocated for grants to be used for home repairs, including Rodney Brunson and Eloise McGee.

    Frank Kelly advocated for more maintenance to occur along Arthur Gayle Road.
    Dr. Brenda Williams advocated for using ARPA funds for less fortunate residents.

    Sumter Veteran Thompson leads Pledge of Allegiance

    Sept 15 2021 Thompson leads Pledge of Allegiance 1
    Sumter Veteran Harry L. Thompson led the Pledge of Allegiance before Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

    Clerk to Council Mary Blanding read a brief synopsis about Thompson, and noted he served our country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and was wounded in battle in 1968.

    He received the Purple Heart and continued to serve for over 10 years before receiving an Honorable Discharge. Thompson is now the commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #817 in Sumter. He and his wife Odell have been married for over 50 years and have one son, a daughter-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter who is the joy of their life. The Thompsons live in District 3, which is represented by Vice-Chairman Jimmy Byrd.

    Thank you for your service, Mr. Thompson.

    Sept 15 2021 Thompson leads Pledge of Allegiance 2







































































    Phase 2 of Covid-19 vaccinations now underway -- all South Carolinians 12 years old and up are eligible

    Jan 25 2021 Sumter First Responders vaccinated 4

    All South Carolinians 12 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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    Prisma Health Tuomey, 129 North Washington Street

    Prisma info: https://prismahealth.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine

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    Doctors Care at 2475 Broad Street 

    Doctors Care info: https://doctorscare.com/coronavirus-information/

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    Walmart's Pharmacy at 343 Pinewood Road 

    https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
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    The CVS at 1080 Alice Drive 
    And the CVS at 41 East Calhoun Street.

    https://www.cvs.com/

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    Sumter Cut Rate, 32 S. Main St.
    803-773-8432
    For more information:
    https://register.vams.cdc.gov/?jurisdiction=SC
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    Walgreens at 210 North Lafayette Drive
    AND
    1000 Broad Street
    Sumter, S.C. 

    For more information: 
    https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
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    Tandem Health-Pike West
    370 South Pike West
    For more information: 
    https://www.tandemhealthsc.org/covid-19-vaccine/
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    Sumter County Health Department
    105 North Magnolia Street
    For more information:
    https://cvas.dhec.sc.gov/
     
    1-855-472-3432
    803-773-5511 
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    Sup-Rx Pharmacy #90
    1011 Broad Street
    Sumter, S.C. 29150
    For more information:
    http://www.suprx90@ftc-i.net
     
    (803) 773-6378
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    DHEC Mobile Clinic at Cherryvale Community Center
    4343 Confederate Road
    Sumter, S.C.

    ALSO

    DHEC Mobile Clinic at Sumter Original Brewery
    2 South Main Street
    Sumter, S.C.

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    DHEC Mobile Clinic at Eastern Community Center
    3675 E. Brewington Road
    Sumter, S.C. 

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    DHEC Mobile Clinic at Catchall Shaw Community Center
    2680 Peach Orchard Road
    Dalzell, S.C.

    For more information:
    https://cvas.dhec.sc.gov/
     
    1-866-365-8110
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    Colonial Family Practice
    674 West Liberty Street
    AND
    325 Broad Street Suite 100
    Sumter, S.C.
    803-773-5227
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    DHEC Mobile Clinic at Rafting Creek Community Center
    4050 S.C. 261 North
    Rembert, S.C.
    https://cvas.dhec.sc.gov/health/covidvaccinescheduling

    866-365-8110
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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 Sept. 18, 2021, there have been 830,260 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state  department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).

    There have unfortunately been 11,721 deaths and a total number of tests reaching 10,562,292 and 28,023 hospitalizations.

    For Sumter County, we’ve seen 14,617 cases of Covid-19, with 556 hospitalizations and 254 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 196,025.

    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 Central Carolina Technical College, 506 North Guignard 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., Sandhills Medical Foundation, 425 North Salem Ave., CVS Pharmacy, 41 East Calhoun St. and The Integrated Wellness Center, 738 W. Liberty St.

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


    May 6 2020 Sumter County Civic Center coronavirus testing

    August 2021 edition of Gamecock County Gazette now available

    An online newsletter from Sumter County Government is now 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


    August 2021 Gamecock County Gazette