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The Sumter Item hires new sales representative

FROM STAFF REPORTS Amid shutdowns and pandemic headlines, The Sumter Item welcomed a new team member. Devin McDonald joined the advertising department as a sales representative to help Sumter, Clarendon and Lee County businesses promote their … more

Sumter restaurants going with the flow to stay open

With restaurants trying to survive a monumental shift in operations posed by efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, restaurants are finding different ways to adapt. The Sumter Item spoke with several local restaurants that have … more

South Carolina jobless claims spike by 1,600% since last week

A state-level report released Thursday confirms South Carolina's economy has already been hit hard with the continued spread of the coronavirus. Initial unemployment insurance claims data released by the state Department of Employment and … more

Business news: Smith for small business relief in U.S. economic rescue package for coronavirus

A small business relief package is a critical component in a new stimulus package being debated this week in Washington, according to a state lawmaker from Sumter. State Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, who also serves as chairman of the House Ways … more

Restaurant news: Food grades for March 12-19, 2020, in Sumter

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for March 12-19, 2020. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit Bojangles #836, 1701 … more

Know Your Sumter: Hodge Systems and Consulting Services provides local technology services from new home downtown

After 19 years of serving the needs of businesses in about 20 counties, Hodge Systems and Consulting Services moved to downtown Sumter in November 2019 to get its name in Sumter's booming business district. "We were located in an industrial park … more

Your guide to Sumter-area takeout and delivery during conoravirus restrictions

On Wednesday,  South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all restaurants and bars to close their in-house dining areas. Local restaurants have become creative, with many offering curbside … more

Crab Spot brings boil in a bag to South Sumter

With only a limited amount of restaurants in South Sumter, an Atlanta seafood chain saw an opportunity to provide more to the area with flavorful East Coast and Southern fixings. The Crab Spot was a seafood chain in Atlanta, Georgia, that was … more

Restaurant news: Sumter food grades for Feb. 27-March 6, 2020

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Feb. 27-March 6, 2020. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit Bojangles #836, 1701 … more

Know Your Sumter Downtown: Owner of Bella at Brick Street says 'It's a one-stop shop'

Since it opened in October 2019, Bella at Brick Street hair salon has been giving clients one-on-one customer service that provides comfort and reassurance when getting their hair cut and styled or getting a facial and nails done. "It's been … more

Prisma to expand by acquiring Camden, Columbia facilities

Prisma Health-Midlands is expanding its footprint. The health care system announced Thursday an agreement for Prisma to acquire KershawHealth in Camden and Providence Health in Columbia from LifePoint Health. The move brings those facilities … more

Former Pizza Hut on Sumter's Broad Street torn down

A demolition site picture may seem like an unusual photo for The Sumter Item's weekly Business News spotlight But a closer inspection shows it's 1120 Broad St. and on Sumter's "Restaurant Row." Longtime Sumterites may recognize the site as the … more

Family-owned Sumter bakery closes after more than 50 years

With rumors circulating of one of Sumter’s oldest bakeries possibly closing, Liberty Street’s Perfection Bakery put those rumors to rest as it did close at the end of February. Since … more

Carolina Grove in Sumter offers Southern favorites with customer focus

It's casual dining with a "fine experience." That's the best way Carolina Grove leaders describe their new Sumter restaurant. That means anybody can come in, whether in a T-shirt and boots or wearing a blazer, and feel comfortable, "but the … more

Know your Sumter: Sumter Laundry and Cleaners under new management

Since about 1920, Sumter Laundry and Cleaners has been a family business in the Sumter area with three different stores across the county. However, a new family is taking over the business but keeping the name and its purpose the same with only a … more

Sumter restaurant food grades: Feb. 13-19, 2020

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Feb. 13-19, 2020. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit China House, 493 N. … more

New gas station in Sumter could spur development at Alice Drive, U.S. 521

An area of town pegged by many for future development took a step forward Monday with the opening of a new gas station and convenience store. Commercial Realtors and other officials spoke Monday after the Refuel gas station and store opened on … more

Nominate now for Best of Clarendon 2020

Back for its second year, The Sumter Item's annual readers' choice contest is ready to be reintroduced to Clarendon County. Nominations are open for Best of Clarendon 2020 at Make sure your favorite business, … more

The Sumter Item producing first-ever Inspire! Festival guide

Sumter is gearing up for its expanded and second-annual Inspire! Festival, and The Sumter Item is producing an official guide for the 11-day event. Inspire! is a multi-event festival spanning two weeks featuring music, art and food that benefits … more

Signing on to join the family: 4 Sumter seniors sign on for program with Continental Tire

De'Andre Lewis says building and fixing things has always just come naturally to him. In elementary school, he said he fixed all his classmates' mechanical pencils, and for that he earned a certificate from the school as "Mr. Fix It." Now, Lewis … more
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