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No 2 workouts ever same at new Sumter gym

It's a new workout regimen that's a mix of technology, science and community and is growing worldwide, across the U.S. and now in Sumter. Ashley Schwedler, co-owner and general manager of F45 Training, 20 W. Liberty St., recently discussed the … more

Job fair in Bishopville to feature almost 40 employers

BISHOPVILLE - The Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and SC Works and its business partners are hosting a job fair in Bishopville on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Old Bishopville High School Gymnasium, 121 E. College St. Doors will be open to … more

Broad Street Waffle House regains A grade after cockroach violation

After four food grades inspections that included two "As", one "B" and one failing "C" grade, a Broad Street Waffle House has regained its "A" grade standing after a July follow-up inspection. An inspection on July 9 at 1041 Broad St. resulted in … more

This is NOT marijuana: Sumter farmer 1 of first 20 selected to grow industrial hemp for state research

Farmers typically want a sure thing and don't take risks, but he's taking one. He's Nat Bradford of the Bradford Family Farm/Bradford Watermelon Co., and he's one of just 20 farmers in the state selected for a pilot program this year to grow … more

New on-demand delivery app launches at Shaw, in Sumter

An app that lets the community help each other out with everyday errands and necessities has made its way to Sumter. JoyRun is a peer-to-peer social app platform that allows people to pick up items and deliver them to others. Based in Silicon … more

Sumter branch of Waffle House fails DHEC inspection

A Sumter branch of a chain diner received a failing food grade after cockroaches and dirty utensils were repeatedly found in the kitchen. The Waffle House, 1041 Broad St., in front of Sumter Mall received a 93 percent on its most recent … more

'Modern, fresh' Tru by Hilton to open late July in Sumter

A new mid-scale-market hotel is about to open its doors in Sumter. According to Raj Patel, operator of the soon-to-be completed Tru by Hilton on Broad Street, that hasn't happened in a long time in town. Patel said Wednesday he expects his new … more

Sumter-based Merchant Iron Works to expand, create new jobs

A Sumter-based manufacturer is expanding and creating 27 new jobs. Merchant Iron Works, 3215 Beulah Cuttino Road, announced today its making a $2.5 million capital investment into its facility and … more

Bubba's Diner closes, owners vow to open again in Sumter

June 12 turned out to be a tough day for Bubba Rabon in more ways than one. As a candidate for the District 2 seat on Sumter County Council, Rabon lost a tight Republican primary race to incumbent Artie Baker, who achieved 51.4 percent of the … more

Chicken lovers flock to suddenly reopened Sumter Church's Chicken

One thing was for sure this week: Sumterites love their Church's — that's Church's Chicken. The fast food restaurant — known for its hand-battered chicken and sweet honey-butter … more

New Arby's opens on McCrays Mill Road in Sumter

Arby's shift manager Dalexus Dingle, left, hands customer Boyce Hodge his food order Wednesday during the new restaurant's first day of business at 1954 McCrays Mill Road. Stay tuned for more … more

Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations. Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be … more

New McCrays Mill Road Arby's opens Wednesday

A new Arby's fast food restaurant will open on Wednesday on McCrays Mill Road. The Arby's - at 1954 McCrays Mill Road - will officially open at 10 a.m., according to Earl Wilson, franchisee and operator of the new eatery. Construction on the … more

BD $150M investment, 125 new jobs proposal approved

Becton, Dickinson and Co. will be investing millions of dollars into its Sumter facility and creating more full-time jobs now that Sumter County Council approved final reading of an ordinance to authorize a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement … more

BB&T Scott & Stringfellow open new office

PHOTO PROVIDED On May 16, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow held a ribbon-cutting event at its new office location, 216 N. Main St. The event was hosted by financial advisers L. Travis McIntosh, senior vice president; and Charles V. Noyes II, vice … more

Legal notice says Sumter's Project Bulldog is BD

According to a required legal notice of a public hearing at an upcoming Sumter County Council meeting in today's Classified section of The Sumter Item, written by legal counsel for local manufacturer BD (Becton Dickinson and Co.), BD is the company … more

Item holding first-ever Best of Sumter celebration event Gala to showcase this year's winners

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter Item is continuing to celebrate the winners of its biggest reader's choice contest ever with a first-ever gala for winners and their guests. The Best of Sumter 2018: Red Carpet Event is set for Tuesday, June 5 at … more

Sumter-based tech startup looks to hit home with Realtors, homeowners

Two Sumter residents hope a new tech application they've created will satisfy a need in the real estate market locally and nationwide. Husband-and-wife team Anand and Aimee Vora gave a hands-on presentation Wednesday to about 15 local Realtors of … more

Historic Barnett House to become 1912 Bed & Breakfast

Many a person has driven or walked past the stately Greek revival home at 24 Warren St. wishing they could see the interior. From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, thanks to the owners and the Main Street Society, that option will be available to the public for … more

Affordable senior housing complex coming to Sumter in '19

One local residential builder thinks a new courtyard-style, affordable housing apartment complex for seniors on Wise Drive next to ALDI grocery store will be a win for Sumter. Evergreen Villas, which will consist of 49 two-bedroom units at 101 N. … more
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