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New John Harris facility to open in Sumter in July

Sumter's only chain brand body shop will soon be moving just down the road and into a new facility to better serve its customers, according to the collision repair store's area manager. David Clark, Charleston area manager for John Harris Body … more

Hyatt already proving to be a draw to downtown Sumter

The pieces started being envisioned 13 years ago, and while each is needed to complete the puzzle, the one that was placed Thursday afternoon in downtown Sumter may be the most connected one yet. With the cut of a ribbon in front of 18 N. Main … more

Sheep shearer sheds light on daily farm life at Old McCaskill's

He has been shearing sheep since 1986 (for the public. He learned when he was 15 at the farm where he worked.) He may be an inch shorter than when he was 20, but he can still get through 150 in a day. Chuck Costner, a sheriff's deputy in North … 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-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

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

Manning manufacturer to invest $5.2M, add 31 jobs

A manufacturer in Clarendon County is expanding.  Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain and braking systems, is investing $5.2 million in machinery and equipment and adding 31 jobs at its … 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

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

Mt. Franklin Foods employee has fingers amputated in accident

An employee at a manufacturing plant in Sumter County was injured by a machine on Wednesday, officials confirmed. A 26-year-old man had four of his fingers cut off in an incident on April 25 at … 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 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

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

A new place to satisfy your 'snowball fix'

Given its traditional heat and warm weather, Sumter would seem like a perfect spot for a shaved ice snowball shop. Bryan Keller, franchise owner of the new Pelican's SnoBalls at 471 N. Guignard Drive, said Monday he agreed Sumter seems to be a … 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

'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

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

Luxury apartments coming to Broad Street

Sumter continues to grow west. That is in the western part of the city and in close proximity to Shaw Air Force Base. Berkley Hall Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently acquired about 50 acres at 3290 Broad St. Mike Murray, … more

Hyatt officially opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's revitalization efforts may have kicked off 10 years ago, picked up speed three years ago and rocket-launched into activity, openings and a new Main Street scene in the last year, but perhaps the most noticeable difference downtown … more

Microsoft launches $25 million program to use AI for disabilities

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new "AI for Accessibility" effort as he kicked off Microsoft's annual … more
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