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Turbeville restaurant fails inspection for dead roaches in kitchen

A Turbeville restaurant failed its most recent food inspection for having dead cockroaches throughout the kitchen. Old Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1665 Main St., Turbeville, received a 74 percent on its Feb. 28 retail food establishment inspection … 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

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

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

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

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

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

SAFE employee oversees electronic services

SAFE Federal Credit Union announced in a news release the naming of Mandy Baibak as assistant vice president of electronic services. Baibak, who has worked for SAFE for almost 14 years, will oversee all electronic services ranging from debit and … 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

Hamptons moves to new location on Main Street

Hamptons has a new home. After a few soft openings that included serving to police officers and firefighters, the fine dining restaurant in downtown Sumter officially opened Thursday night after moving to 33 N. Main St. from around the corner on … 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

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

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

Continental Tire Sumter plant opens cafeteria

An industrial plant in Sumter County that employs more than 1,200 people now has a new place to eat. The Sumter plant of Continental Tire the Americas LLC, on U.S. 521 South, recently celebrated the official opening of its new cafeteria and … 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

Promoting tourism in Clarendon County

They aren't natives to Clarendon County, but George and Carole Summers have surely adopted the county as their home. Eat at a local restaurant, visit the library, drive around Manning, Summerton, Turbeville or Paxville, or even Google Clarendon … more

Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis. The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while … more

Hyatt to have cafe, Starbucks open to public

Anyone wanting to stay a night, or a few, in the new Hyatt Place Hotel on track to open this spring in downtown Sumter can now reserve a room. While still on track to open in mid-April, the corporate arm of Hyatt will make the earliest day … more

Pilgrim's Pride recalls 50 tons of chicken patties

One of the largest chicken producers in the world has recalled more than 50 tons of ready-to-eat patties that may be contaminated with rubber bits. A customer reportedly filed a complaint against Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas, … more

Bynum Insurance in Sumter receives 2 awards

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