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MUSC to partner with Shriners for burn unit in new children's hospital

It appears a new children's hospital being built in Charleston will likely have a pediatric burn unit that uses expertise from a children's orthopaedics, spinal cord injury, cleft lip and palate and burn hospital. The Medical University of South … more

Albertsons, Rite Aid combine forces

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Companies executives said Tuesday that their … more

NAACP looks into Pilgrim's Pride after Sumter workers' strike

The Sumter County branch of the NAACP announced it launched an investigation into allegations a manager at Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Sumter made derogatory statements describing black employees last week. Employees went on strike on Feb. 15 when … more

Putting pieces in place for a better Sumter

Top dogs from agencies, companies, educational institutions, government and military in Sumter County revealed this weekend what they started a year ago with the hope of creating a three-year plan to better the community. Awareness, marketing and … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey names Browne new operations exec

Tim Browne has joined Palmetto Health Tuomey as the hospital's operations executive. Browne has more than 30 years of experience in hospital leadership. He served as chief executive officer of Carolina Pines Regional Medical … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 12-25

SUMTER COUNTY Baker’s Sweets 1089-D Alive Drive, Sumter Date: 02/15/18 Type: Follow-up Score: A   Bojangles #054 1038 Broad St., Sumter Date: … more

Board OKs Warren Street bed and breakfast in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St. The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four … more

Company to launch solar projects in Lee County at $100M

Lee County is entering the new, high-tech, clean energy production realm with the announcement Wednesday of a major capital investment by a solar energy facilities developer, according to officials. Southern Current, based out of Charleston, will … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey leaders eyeing future

COLUMBIA - In the constantly changing health care services industry with ever-increasing costs to do business, it was a move for the better. That's the way Palmetto Health Tuomey Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michelle Logan-Owens described the … more

Bynum Insurance in Sumter receives 2 awards

Regional, Sumter eye doctor's surgery offers life without 'readers'

Want to get rid of those reading glasses? There's a new surgery that's offered by a regional eye doctor, or ophthalmologist, that restores near vision and reduces the frustrations of using those "readers." Dr. Howard Greene of Carolinas … more

The Sumter Item launches website redesign

The Sumter Item launched a new website design this week as part of its continuous effort to give readers a better experience and more ways to consume local news. By going to the same URL,, readers will see expanded listings of … more

Secretary of State honors Osteen Publishing for 124 years of business

The Sumter Item has come a long way since Hubert Graham Osteen first published what was then The Sumter Daily Item in 1894 and even longer since Noah Graham Osteen started working at the paper as a printer's apprentice when he was 12 years old in … more

Walmart's online focus changes

NEW YORK (AP) - Bohemian or traditional? Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of the … more

A perfect day for PIZZA: Deals in Sumter for National Pizza Day

Today marks what may be one of the most popular and most celebrated national holidays 'round the United States - National Pizza Day. Like any other made-up "official" national holiday, it's an excuse to grab a slice (or four), ask your boss to … more

Subway shakes up rewards program, cuts free Footlongs

NEW YORK - Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.The changes, taking place next month, are part of Subway's attempts to revamp its image, lure … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 26-March 11

Following are the restaurant inspections performed between Jan. 8 and 14, 2018 in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon on counties by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

New Sumter Economic Development building opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's newest, most modern-designed building is open for business, and the people who have set up shop within its walls are hoping that means all of Sumter County will welcome more business. Sumter Economic Development, a group made up … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Jan. 29-Feb. 11

Following are the restaurant inspections performed between Jan. 8 and 14, 2018 in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon on counties by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

6 Sumter real estate agents nationally recognized

FROM STAFF REPORTS Six Berkshire Hathaway John M. Brabham Real Estate agents in Sumter recently earned national awards and will be recognized at the agency's annual sales conference in San Antonio, Texas. Millie Welch, Denise Weeks, Charles … more
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