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Attention, local job seekers: Have you ever wanted to see some of the top local and regional positions available from top companies all in the same room at one time? Look no further than the Sumter County Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the … more
Bedding and accessories retailer Mattress Warehouse will be opening a new store on Broad Street next to The UPS Store at the end of this month or early October. Tracy Jones, the firm's chief marketing officer, confirmed all the details this week … more
MANNING - A barbecue restaurant that has called Manning home for more than four decades is once again named to Southern Living's Top 50 BBQ Joints in the South. McCabe's Bar-B-Q, 480 N. Brooks St., who made Southern Living's Top 50 Barbecue … more
The Bluffton Sun and Hilton Head Sun have been purchased by a group whose history with South Carolina newspapers dates back to the 1890s. Jack and Kyle Osteen - part of the family that has owned The Sumter Item since its inception in 1894 - … more
SAFE Federal Credit Union is accepting donations for  the residents of Maui, Hawaii, who endured devastating wildfires in early August. SAFE invites members and non-members to contribute … more
Two times the space, two times the charm. A Sumter thrift store has acquired more space for its unique finds. Patricia Caughman grew up with a thrifter's eye. As a little girl, she trailed behind her mother as they ventured to yard sales and … more
When Shannon Strickler interacts with her plants, she does so with care, watering them thoroughly, adjusting them thoughtfully. When Angela Bashline handles her crystals, she, too, does so with lots of care. She's sensitive to their energies and … more
A Mavis Tires and Brakes will be rolling into a prime commercial real estate spot in the middle of Sumter. Rachael Dickinson, a preconstruction project manager with Mavis, spoke Thursday with The Sumter Item on the new automotive service center … more
Growing up as a little girl and playing with hair and makeup led a Manning native to open her own salon. At 15 E. Boyce St. in Manning, Southern Hair and Tan Plus Nails was opened two years ago by Stephanie Amerson after she grew up doing … more
Two downtown Sumter landmarks have now become one with the merger of Alderman Drug Co. and Sumter Cut Rate Drug Store, but that is not the end of their story. Local business owners and now partners Greg Thompson and Roy Flynn spoke recently to … more
In line with the City of Sumter's Downtown Master Plan, the next stage of downtown development is more living spaces in the form of apartments and extended-stay rooms. Sumter business owner Greg Thompson, who has also been a catalyst for downtown … more
Caitlyn McCoy's first candle she ever made is dusty blue, mahogany scented, seated in thrifted glassware and has a tad bit of unwanted tunneling around the wick, something she now knows how to prevent. She won't sell the candle because it's not … more
Top quality will take a business a long way in the world today, and Sumter's largest private-sector employer recently received a banner achievement from one of America's biggest brands. In a ceremony on Thursday, Ford Motor Co. recognized … more
After a public announcement, two longtime downtown Sumter pharmacies will merge into one beginning Aug. 1. Alderman Drug Co., 40 N. Main St., has operated in downtown since 1950. Last week, the drugstore shared on Facebook that it will merge with … more
Coffee drive-through kiosks are becoming a popular option for quick, on-the-go coffee lovers, and Sumter is projected to get not only its first but two soon. Scooter’s Coffee submitted permits … more
The wait is almost over, Sumter. The new Thai restaurant moving into Gateway Plaza on Broad Street is set to open before the end of July. Owner Chai Singkhonket was proud to share Pho Thai Street Food and Bakery, moving into the former Southern … more
Prepare to get “good stuff cheap” in Sumter at the long-awaited Ollie’s starting next month. Ollie’s, at 873A Broad St., next to High Point Furniture, announced with a … more
One Clarendon resident went from playing in the dirt for decades to playing in cake batter. After 30 years of owning her lawncare business, Sandy Jackson, 55, decided about a year ago that it was time to put those tools in the shed and pick up a … more
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