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Duggie Doggs Express opening in Sumter off Broad Street in December

Duggie Doggs Express is looking to bring hot dogs and delicious milkshakes to Sumter in the last month of the year. Located next to Chick-fil-A on Broad Street, the new hot dog shop's menu features dozens of food choices from Nathan's all-beef … more

Sumter restaurants sink or learn to swim during pandemic

The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Eateries across the county and state have drastically changed their methods to stay in business, and … more

New Sumter Chamber looks to support minority, Black-owned businesses

Earlier this year, Sumter gained a new Chamber of Commerce, this one dedicated to serving minority business owners in the community with a goal to create economic balance. The Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce, a member of the National Black … more

Sumter's Parade of Shops features Sunday deals, prizes

While the typical holiday parade season has been curtailed because of COVID-19, a different kind of parade is still happening, and participation could help you knock out your gift lists early. The Sumter Item's annual Parade of Shops is a way to … more

Chestnut Oaks' Cornelius Blanding named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for October

This is the second in a contest series called Teacher of the Month. Presented by Carolina Grove, the public is asked to nominate their favorite K-12 teachers in Sumter's public and private schools. After the nomination period, the public votes … more

An old building, a new look for One Accord in downtown Sumter

Another downtown Sumter building took on some much-needed upgrades to house a five-year women's apparel and fine arts business that started calling Liberty Street its new address on Monday. One Accord, now located at 1 W. Liberty St., left its … more

Nominations open for October's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove Co-owner Jim Mayes recognized Wilson Hall's Teresa Alexander as September's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online … more

Wesmark Boulevard restaurant brings Cajun flavor to Sumter

Sumter gained a new seafood restaurant, Cajun Claws and Wing, on Wednesday. Located at 321 W. Wesmark Blvd., it offers an abundance of seafood combos and wings with more than 10 flavor options. Owner Hong Ding said she got the space from a … more

Leisure, hospitality jobs in S.C. still hurting the most

Four months into economic recovery from the start of the pandemic, and the leisure and hospitality industry in The Palmetto State to include hotels and restaurants remains the hardest hit among the various sectors. Federal Reserve Bank of … more

Voting is open for Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month

Voting is now open for the first contest in The Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month, presented by Carolina Grove. At least 15 teachers from Sumter's public and private schools were nominated in this first go-round, and four have been selected as … more

Business owner brings sweet taste of Thailand to Sumter

After once owning a salon and Thai restaurant, a 15-year Sumter resident moved on to her next business, providing an abundance of sweet tooth cravings from her home in Thailand right in the City of Sumter. Thai Tea Sumter, 655 Bultman Drive, … more
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