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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

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

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

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

Sumter's 1st butcher shop gets chopping

Traffic into Carnivore Butcher & Bottle was steady Tuesday morning, the new shop's opening day. The store on Bultman Drive is Sumter's only free-standing, full-service butcher shop. Owner Lynn Kennedy thinks "Sumter really needed this type … 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

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

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

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

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

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

Calm after the storm: Sumter gas station roof damaged on Sunday

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM A portion of the canopy at the Exxon station at Persimmon Hill lies on ground Monday afternoon after heavy winds and rain blew it off on Sunday. The station is at the … more
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