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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

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

Business news: John Harris Body Shop now in new location in Sumter

Sumter's only chain-brand auto body shop is now operating in its new location. John Harris Body Shop opened on July 2. Where: 2945 Broad St. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: (803) 469-8200 Services Collision repairs and … more

Once you decide to leave your job, make sure to do it gracefully

FROM METRO Deciding to leave a job is seldom an easy decision. However, it's a more common decision than many people may know, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the average worker holds 10 different jobs before age 40. People … 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

Male nursing offers job security, career mobility

From as far back as he can remember, Justin Smith wanted a career in the medical field, possibly as a doctor. Instead, the Sumter native followed a different path to his current career - one that is still considered by many to be non-traditional for … more

Practice 5 effective ways to alleviate job-related stress

FROM METRO Stress affects everyone at some point in their lives and does not discriminate based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, economic status or age. The American Institute of Stress says job-related stress costs businesses millions of … more

Want a real Christmas tree? Have 1 shipped

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year. But a live tree is no paperback book. Amazon says the Christmas trees, including Douglas firs and Norfolk … more

Be more courteous to servers while dining out

FROM METRO Most people enjoy dining out for various reasons, including the opportunity to try new flavors, interact socially and avoid cooking and cleaning up at home. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the first time in … more

The number of women in workforce is declining

FROM METRO At its peak in 1999, the American workforce was dominated by female workers. At that time, 76 percent of women, including those who had children at home, worked outside of the home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The … more

Restaurant news: Broad Street Wendy's in Sumter to be rebuilt

Visitors of the Broad Street Wendy's will see the restaurant brought into the current decade if proposed plans to rebuild the structure are approved at Sumter Planning Commission's meeting on Wednesday. David Ayers, a director for Carolina … more

Restaurant news: Las Palmas opens near Shaw

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant opened on July 9 near Shaw Air Force Base and has overwhelmingly positive reviews online. Where: 1339 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CONTACT: … more

Why Labor Day?

Labor Day - it's often seen as the unofficial end of summer, a brief respite for students and teachers after a few weeks of school, or perhaps a time to shop big sales at our favorite stores. Traditionally, it supposedly marks the time to put away … more

Amazon is 2nd U.S. company to reach $1 trillion market value

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple. Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs … more

Nominations open Monday for new 20 Under 40 contest

A new contest, magazine and celebration event will soon give Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties the chance to recognize and honor young professionals and community leaders. Nominations for the 2018-19 Top 20 Professionals Under 40, a partnership … more

Business News: Team Robinson MMA

Team Robinson MMA, a martial arts, boxing, fitness and health and wellness program in Sumter, has moved and is now open in its new location. The company offers martial arts training with a belt ranking system for youth and adults as well as Zumba, … more

Bubba's Diner closes, owners vow to open again in Sumter

June 12 turned out to be a tough day for Bubba Rabon in more ways than one. As a candidate for the District 2 seat on Sumter County Council, Rabon lost a tight Republican primary race to incumbent Artie Baker, who achieved 51.4 percent of the … more

This is NOT marijuana: Sumter farmer 1 of first 20 selected to grow industrial hemp for state research

Farmers typically want a sure thing and don't take risks, but he's taking one. He's Nat Bradford of the Bradford Family Farm/Bradford Watermelon Co., and he's one of just 20 farmers in the state selected for a pilot program this year to grow … more

Sumter Piggly Wiggly rations bread and water purchases ahead of Hurricane Florence

Luther Jamison, store operator of Piggly Wiggly, 1011 Broad St., said Friday afternoon that his store has been extremely busy with Hurricane Florence preparations since Gov. Henry McMaster … more
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