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    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony slated for Friday, Dec. 6 at Sumter County Courthouse

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    The official Sumter County Christmas tree is in place.

    A team of Public Works employees from Sumter County Government and the City of Sumter this morning hoisted a large cedar tree to the traditional spot in front of the Sumter County Courthouse in preparation for Friday’s Christmas Tree Lighting program.

    Friday’s events will get underway at 4:30 p.m. with County Councilman Eugene Baten slated to offer opening remarks.

    Lt. Col. Stan Smith, the Deputy Command Chaplain of U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base, will offer an invocation before the performances.

    Students from Millwood, Rafting Creek and Lemira Elementary schools will perform, as will students from Pocalla Springs and Kingsbury Elementary, with Furman Middle School’s Show Choir closing out that portion of the program.

    After military and elected officials light the tree, there will be a Walk with St. Nick over to the Sumter County Library. These events are free and open to the general public.

    On Saturday, Dec. 7th, the public is also invited join us for Breakfast with Santa and holiday activities at Salterstown Community Center, 800 Salterstown Road, from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for one adult and child and $5 for each child thereafter. For more information about Breakfast with Santa, call 803-436-2248.

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    Voter Registration & Elections Office releases 2020 Election Calendar

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    Sumter County EMS launches 'Scarves Around Town'

    Nov 26 2019 Sumter County EMS Scarves Around Town 1

    One day last year Brandy Tisdale was crocheting a baby blanket.

    Tisdale, an Emergency Medical Technician with Sumter County Emergency Medical Services, wanted to make something for her best friend’s baby and Mary Pack noticed her obvious skill.

    A simple question led to a new initiative: Can you make a scarf?

    Capt. Pack, a shift supervisor who has been with Sumter County for 19 years, had been talking with Tisdale and others about something they’d seen on social media, whereby folks leave articles of clothing, hats and scarves in public places for the homeless and less fortunate.

    When the cold weather hits, the idea is simple: Leave a scarf tied to a tree, or a lamp, or somewhere easily accessible. Someone who needs it will hopefully find this free offering, and read the attached card, which states: I am not lost!! If you need this scarf to stay warm, please take it! Be warm! Do something to help someone else if you can! From Sumter Co. EMS.

    It’s now known as ‘Scarves Around Town,’ and already several of Sumter County’s Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics have distributed scarves.

    “I think it’s an awesome opportunity to help people in need and for us to give back to our community,” said Chief Bobby Hingst, Director of EMS. “I commend them for coming up with the idea and seeing it through. I hope people get use out of them and stay warm this winter.”

    Tisdale, who has been with EMS for a year, saw crocheting as the chance to make something useful in her downtime, while also realizing “it’s actually a really good stress reliever, believe it or not.”

    Friends and family have donated yarn and she said when she and her husband see yarn on sale, they “buy it up.”

    When she’s off work, she can make two or three scarves a day, she said.

    “She’s quick,” Pack said. “I want her to teach us how to do it.”

    Tisdale’s daughter Alexandrea Rhodes and Pack designed the laminated cards attached to the scarves, which feature a scarf-wearing Piglet, and recommends the recipient pay it forward.

    “You pass on a kind deed and they’ll pass on a kind deed,” Tisdale said.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon said he’s proud of the example being set by the county’s paramedics and EMTs.

    “This campaign to help out the less fortunate is a wonderful idea and shows to our community how much our team at Emergency Medical Services cares about serving Sumter and being a positive force for change,” he said.

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    Sumter County Council's Nov. 26, 2019, meeting

    Sumter County Council on Nov. 26, 2019, approved second reading of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan during its regular meeting.

    City-County Planning Department Senior Planner Jeff Derwort spoke to council members about the Comp Plan, noting it’s a “visionary document” for future land use.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke about an ordinance to convey Manning Avenue property jointly owned by the City of Sumter and Sumter County to the S.C. Department of Transportation to make way for improvements and upgrades.

    Second reading passed unanimously.

    Councilman Chris Sumpter spoke about an Internal Affairs Committee meeting before the regular meeting during which several folks were appointed to boards and commissions.

    Councilman Eugene Baten expressed concern that the boards and commissions should reflect the gender and race of Sumter County’s population.

    Councilman Charles Edens spoke about an earlier Land Use Committee meeting during which a discussion took place about making some minor revisions to the Comp Plan.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. spoke about an earlier Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee meeting, which revolved around Sumter County being considered for a new Veterans Affairs Nursing Home. Information was given about the budget, he said, but no action was taken.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said a recent S.C. Association of Regional Council of Governments conference was informative and Congressman Jim Clyburn spoke about expanding broadband networks to rural areas.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon spoke about an unaudited financial report that shows a preliminary finding that has Sumter County Government about $800,000 under budget for the last Fiscal Year. He said he was extremely proud of staff for their hard work in staying under in a $51 million-plus budget.

    During the public comments portion, George Base advocated for more sheriff’s deputies and improving the roads.

    Jackie Hughes advocated for fighting litter and commended Mixon for attending a litter conference recently.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

    The last County Council meeting of the year will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 on the third floor of Sumter County Courthouse in Council chambers.

    Sumter County Council approves 3rd reading for FILOT as SKF makes $26 million investment, creates 10 new jobs

    Nov 27 2019 SKF - Kaydon expansion

    Sumter County Council on Nov. 26 approved third and final reading of a fee-in-lieu agreement for SKF as the company’s expansion here will see a $26 million investment and create 10 new jobs.

    A few years ago, SKF purchased Kaydon Corporation, though locally many still refer to the two plants here as Kaydon.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke about the fee-in-lieu (FILOT) to members of Council during the Nov. 26, 2019, regular meeting.

    Sumter Economic Development’s Brian Rausenbach said it’s been a pleasure to work with SKF for the past two and a half years to complete the expansion.

    “The company completely counts on Sumter for their continued growth, investment and job creation,” he said.

    Joining Rausenbach was Jenene Morris, the Plant Controller for SKF, and her daughters Jordan and Samantha.

    Council Chairman James T. McCain thanked the company for their continuing contribution to the local economy.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney also thanked Morris, and noted that “we don’t take for granted” what existing industry does for Sumter County.

    SKF is a global leader in bearing manufacturing, and on Wednesday morning, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s office issued a press release touting the expansion.

    “We work hard every day to recruit new companies to South Carolina, but it’s even more exciting to see one of our existing businesses expand. When a company like SKF grows its operations, it sends a message to other businesses that South Carolina is a place where they can thrive. We celebrate SKF’s decision to invest $26 million and create 10 new jobs in Sumter County,” McMaster said in the release.

    SKF Sumter Director of Operations Marcus Jakob said SKF is proud to have a home in Sumter.

    “We are committed to world-class manufacturing and providing a world of reliable rotation through a talented and engaged workforce. We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of local government and community officials in establishing a business-centric environment where SKF can feel confident in investing in our facility and creating valued jobs,” he said. “We look forward to the continued success of our SKF Sumter manufacturing team as they advance the world of next-generation bearing manufacturing.” #SumterCountySC

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

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    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

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    Sumter County partners with Waste Management for new Solid Waste Collection Service

    Effective January 2020, Sumter County will transition from Republic Services to a new solid waste collection provider, Waste Management of South Carolina. Waste Management will proudly provide the unincorporated areas of Sumter County automated cart services for convenient curbside waste collection.

    Waste Management has been a fixture in the Sumter County area for many years and, according to local management, is looking forward to serving the citizens. “We are very excited to collaborate with Sumter residents on this new endeavor and plan to provide the residents with first-class, reliable and courteous service,” said Frasier Saunders, WM Sumter Senior District Manager.

    As part of the partnership, unincorporated Sumter County residents will receive a green 96-gallon cart on wheels. But to receive the cart and to sign up for service, residents will need to contact Waste Management before NOVEMBER 29, 2019, according to Mindy Miller, WM Public Sector Services Representative.  

    “All unincorporated residents need to call Waste Management to ensure a seamless transition. Each resident that subscribes for waste service will receive one new green cart.” Miller said costs for service will include the cart, but if residents do not sign up within the first 90 days between January 1 – March 30, 2020, there will be a one-time cart delivery fee of $50.

    To begin service, Miller recommends contacting the Waste Management Customer Care team Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Potential customers can also contact WM by calling (803) 735-0808 or toll-free (888) 964-9730; email at southatlantic-cs@wm.com or live chat at www.wm.com.

    Cart deliveries will begin early December 2019 and run through the end of the month. Collection will occur the first week of January 2020. Once residents have signed up with WM for collection services, they will receive additional information about the transition including what day of the week they will be serviced.

    ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
    Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also one of the largest residential recyclers and a leading operator of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.
    The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com.



    Gingerbread House Contest winners will be announced Dec. 7 at Sumter County Library

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    December 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

    Gameock County Gazette December 2019

    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

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    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.