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Sumter hardware store outfits the National Guard for Florence

The commander on duty for the Sumter operations center of the S.C. National Guard and an assistant were seen shopping in the shoe section at Simpson Hardware on Friday afternoon. Lt. Col. Adrian … more

Business News: Discount Tire coming to Sumter

America's largest independent tire and wheel retailer is coming to Sumter. Discount Tire New construction currently underway at 1055 Broad St., in front of Sumter Mall. Anticipated opening: June 2019 Facility size: 7,680 square … more

Sumter United Ministries seek help for fair concession stand

The Lighthouse Grill concession stand, the only fundraiser run by Sumter United Ministries to build financial support for its cause, will be open for the season at the Sumter County Fairgrounds during the Sumter County Fair at the end of the month. … more

Business news: McMaster appoints Sumter auctioneer Dixon to South Carolina Auctioneers' Commission

Rafe Dixon, owner, auctioneer and broker of J.R. Dixon Auction & Realty of Sumter, was recently appointed to the South Carolina Auctioneers' Commission by Gov. Henry McMaster. The commission administers and enforces the Auctioneers' Law in the … more

Sumter businessman finds gem in his work

John Copeland said he has always been a businessman and found his niche with jewelry almost four decades ago. Copeland, owner/operator of Jewelry Wholesale, started his Sumter jewelry store in 1980 in a small shop on Broad Street. The business … more

Georgia Pacific announces $4.5 million in capital improvements for Clarendon plant

A large area manufacturer is set to begin major facility upgrades and an expansion to ultimately become more high-tech. Georgia Pacific's oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing plant, based in Alcolu, announced Thursday that it will soon begin … more

LIST UPDATED THURSDAY: Closings and cancellations for Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Following is a list of current and upcoming closures and cancelations related to Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties and affecting South Carolina. Keep checking back here for … more

Restaurant news: Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Oct. 25-Nov. 2. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit Church's Chicken #1251, 202 W. … more

Belk charity sale to benefit several Sumter groups

A department store in Sumter is gearing up for its annual charity sale that will offer shoppers discounts and the opportunity to support local charities. The Belk Charity Sale will be on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the store in Sumter … more

Big Lots to reveal remodeled Broad Street store on Friday

The Big Lots on Broad Street in Sumter is one of six newly remodeled stores throughout the larger Columbia area that will celebrate its grand re-opening on Friday. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held at the stores at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, and … more

Sumter Chamber President Hardy named to board of Carolinas Chamber execs for 2019-21 term

One of Sumter's business advocacy and development leaders will for the next few years represent the interests of the Midlands region by gaining continuing education and leadership opportunities. Chris Hardy, president and CEO of the Greater … more

Palmetto Health, Greenville Health System to reveal new parent name, logo

Tuomey will undergo another name change soon — sort of. For decades, the hospital was named Tuomey Regional Medical Center before officially changing its name to Palmetto Health Tuomey a few years ago when … more

Sumter native named tax manager in Columbia

Dustin Scott has joined McGregor & Co., LLP, as a tax manager and will be working out of its Columbia office according to a news release. Originally from Sumter, Scott is a CPA and an IRS enrolled agent. He graduated from Presbyterian College in May … more

Duke Energy proposes rate increase

Duke Energy Progress is requesting to increase customers rates to fund investments to generate cleaner energy and improve reliability and service. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina filing asks for what would come out to an addition … more

Sumter's final Rite Aid to close next month

Sumter's third and final Rite Aid will close soon, according to store employees. The pharmacy at Rite Aid, 1077 Broad St. (in front of Sumter Mall), is set to close Oct. 3. According to an employee, the store's general merchandise area will close … more

WSSC breaks ground for new facility

Sumter Baptist Temple, 2295 Harper St., held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 for the construction of a new studio facility for WSSC 1340AM. WSSC is a non-commercial station that provides all … more

Restaurant news: Pita Thyme opens in Sumter, specializes in Mediterranean food

There's a new restaurant open on Broad Street in Sumter. Pita Thyme, specializing in Mediterranean food, has taken the place of the now-closed Pita Pit. "This is our third day open," Greek-Lebanese owner Danny Oueini said on Friday. "We have … more

Elephant Ear Gallery marks 9th year with book signing, party

The Elephant Ear Gallery will celebrate its 9th anniversary on Thursday with a 3-to-5:30 p.m. reception and book signing by two area authors, Brenda Remmes and David Henry Lucas. The gallery is a … more

Sandhills Medical Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at Indigo Jones in Camden. The foundation is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that offers primary care in a premier doctor's office … more

Amazon launches small business shop

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon wants you to shop small. The online retailer launched a new section of its site Monday called Amazon Storefronts, which only lists products sold by small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. The company says smaller … more
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