The City of Sumter works to ensure residents receive as much information as possible about all things relating to the City in a timely manner. In the News Room, you will find official press releases from the City, awards to the City, important services and project information from the Mayor, public service announcements, official city photos, links to social media accounts and more.

Contact Info:

Shelley Kile
Communications Director
(803) 774-1661

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The Communications Department at the City of Sumter is charged with providing news and information to council, administration, departments, dignitaries and elected officials, community and local, regional and national media outlets. The Communications Department fields all questions from the media and provides opportunities for interviews with leadership and experts on specific topics, as well as provides media support for many events, activities, and services throughout the community.

Additionally, the communications department tells the story of the City of Sumter through written stories, photos and videos on the more than 30 departments across the city, provides support to Team Sumter and oversees the City of Sumter's social media pages, the city website and the city's employee portal.

Use of any City of Sumter logos or seal is reserved for official City of Sumter business only. 

For media requests, please call (803) 774-1661 (Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) or email

News & Media

The South Carolina Department of Transportation’s scheduled public information meeting this evening for the proposed replacement of the Manning Avenue bridge over CSX Railroad has been postponed. The postponement is due to the possibility of extreme weather this afternoon, and SCDOT said the...Read more

SUMTER, SC (March 4, 2022) – City of Sumter Mayor David Merchant participated in National Read Across America Day on Friday, March 4, taking the opportunity to share two stories with students at Lemira Elementary School. “I’m excited to be a part of this,” stated Merchant.

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Thank you Clemson University Extension and Duke Energy for hosting another Bradford Pear Bounty this weekend at Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Over 110 SC residents registered for the event, some exchanging multiple cut Bradford Pear Trees for more native species to South Carolina. Additional exchanges...Read more


Sumter, SC (Saturday, Jan 22, 8AM) --

Due to slippery conditions, All City parks will remain closed today (January 22).

Sumter, SC (Friday, Jan 21, 9 AM) --

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Sumter, SC (January 12, 2022) -- Effective immediately, starting Friday, January 14, 2022, the City of Sumter sanitation crews will not be sorting recycling at the curb.

Until further notice, please bag your recycling items and place them in the same container as your regular trash. This will...Read more