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    'Stash the Trash' litter prevention kick-off slated for Nov. 5

    Stash the Trash flyer FINAL

    'Pink In The City' slated for Oct. 1 at Sumter County Civic Center

    Sept 15 2022 Pink In The City flyer

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    Youth Talent Showcase slated for Oct. 29 at Patriot Hall

    We're excited to announce that Patriot Hall is presenting a Youth Talent Showcase at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2022 
    The registration form can be found on https://www.patriothallsc.org/
    Sept 6 2022 Youth Talent Showcase flyer

    Sumter County Council's Sept. 13, 2022, meeting

    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening dealt with flood map issues and more during its regular meeting.
    Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator Jeff Derwort spoke about an ordinance amendment that would amend relevant portions of the Sumter County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to adopt the Black River Watershed maps and Flood Insurance Study revisions that become effective Oct. 27, 2022.
    The ordinance would make clarifications and corrections required for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program, he said. After some discussion, first reading was approved.
    Sumter County Museum Executive Director Annie Rivers then introduced Molly Fortune, the executive director of the S.C. American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission. The Governor and Legislature have set up a Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Revolution in South Carolina, she said. (More information is here: https://www.southcarolina250.com/)
    Council then approved a Resolution supporting the S.C. American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission and recognizing and establishing the Sumter County 250 Community Committee.
    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke next about an ordinance to approve a utility easement over property located on West Wesmark Boulevard.
    Third reading was approved.
    Councilman Carlton Washington reported on an earlier Public Safety Committee meeting during which EMS Director Bobby Hingst briefed council members that recent changes have increased morale and improved service throughout the county. Washington also spoke about recent safety concerns for pedestrians crossing the highway in the area of North Pike East and U.S. 76/378. Temporary remedies were considered, as were long term solutions, he said.
    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon then gave an update on the Capital Penny Sales Tax, first noting that new pamphlets have been printed and will be distributed throughout the community to inform voters about the proposed projects. Between now and the Nov. 8, 2022, Election Day, each Council meeting will be used to review the four categories of the proposed Penny Sales Tax Referendum – Public Safety, Infrastructure, Quality of Life and Public Buildings.
    County fire trucks, emergency radio upgrades for EMS/Fire/Police, a new Forensic Center for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, city fire trucks and the Stadium Road Fire Station Renovation comprise the Public Safety category, he said.
    There’s 23 fire trucks throughout the county, he said, with an average age of 24 years. A Power Point presentation showed a photo of a fire truck at Dubose Siding Fire Station that’s been in service since the 1980s. This project area would provide five custom engines, six commercial engines, nine tankers and three service trucks and would cost $10 million.
    For the area of emergency radios and fire pagers, this is the communication system for EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement, he said, which is vital and needs to be up to date as technology is continually changing. Total cost would be $8.8 million.
    City fire trucks would see the purchase of four trucks to service the City and local industries for $2.8 million.
    A new Forensics Center would replace the outdated facility behind the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and would see the implementation of new technology. Total cost would be $2.5 million.
    The last area of Public Safety in the proposed third Capital Penny Sales Tax would be a renovation of the Stadium Road Fire Station, which is a joint EMS/Sumter Fire Department facility. Total cost would be $3 million.
    Councilman Washington thanked Mixon for the presentation and said the projects would benefit the whole county.
    Washington also reported he met recently with the new Sumter School District Superintendent, Dr. William Wright to discuss schools in rural areas of the county.
    During the Public Comments, a Wedgefield resident advocated for increased presence of law enforcement and repairing roads.
    A Sumter resident advocated for increased safety measures in the area of North Pike East and U.S. 76/378 and advocated for increasing bus routes through the area. Another resident advocated for debris removal in the Green Swamp in the event of another flood. Another resident advocated for the City and County forming a joint Codes Enforcement entity.
    Chairman McCain noted that counties do not have the same codes enforcement authority, as per state statutes. He’s been trying to get it changed, he said, and is actively working to do so.
    The meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.



    Huth leads Pledge of Allegiance before County Council meeting

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    A Sumter Veteran who served during World War II led the Pledge of Allegiance before Sumter County Council’s Tuesday meeting.
    Frederick L. Huth Jr. served our Nation in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46 and is one of the few remaining WW II Veterans living in Sumter County.
    Sumter County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. noted that Huth is also a Pastor and would lead Council in prayer.
    After Huth’s prayer, McCain thanked him for his service and told everyone that Huth is 97 years old, to which everyone applauded.
    “It is only by God’s grace that I am here,” Huth said. “I did nothing exceptional.”
    He recalled that from his high school class, 14 young men went into military service.
    “Two of us came out,” he said. “That’s God’s grace. I’m thankful for it.”
    “And we’re thankful for you,” McCain replied.
    Huth lives in District 5, which is represented by Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney.
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    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:

    Sumter County Health Department
    Pfizer, Moderna, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     105 North Magnolia Street 
    Sumter, SC 29150
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    Walgreens #11724
    Pfizer, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     201 N Lafayette Dr 
    Sumter, SC  29150
     For more information:

    Walgreens #9276
     1990 Mccrays Mill Rd 
    Sumter, SC  29150
     For more information:

    Tandem Health-Pike West
    Moderna, Pfizer-Pediatrics
     370 S Pike West 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:

    Tandem Health-Lafayette
     1278 N Lafayette Dr 
    Sumter, SC 29150
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    CVS #4184
     1080 Alice Dr 
    Sumter, SC 29150
     For more information:

    Colonial Family Practice
     674 W. Liberty Street 
    Sumter, SC 29150
    For more information:

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

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    June 2022 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

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