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New bed and breakfast in Sumter brings Southern history, charm to downtown area

They have always been entertainers, and the empty-nesters missed the joy of hosting. Now, Tracey and Thomas Mclaughlin have re-found that joy. Each time someone arrives, they look at the strangers … more

Sumter's 1st CBD store opening soon

The first store in Sumter to exclusively sell retail products made from cannabidiol, or CBD, is set to open soon. Eugene Jacobs, owner of Your CBD Store-Florence, spoke Thursday on his planned May 4 opening of Your CBD Store-Sumter at 661 Bultman … more

Palmetto Gas wants to help customers add life to their outdoors

With the opening of the second phase of its business earlier this month, Palmetto Gas wants to help area residents "make your outdoor area your favorite room in your house." Founded in 1962, … more

Coldwell Banker real estate agent in Sumter wins international 3 Under 30 award

A commercial real estate agent in Sumter recently received international recognition for her progress in her industry as a young professional. Erricka Jones was named to the Coldwell Banker Commercial 3 Under 30 list at the company's Global … more

Sumter's Project Batch is Florence Concrete Products

A half-century-old Florence-headquartered manufacturing company that has a plant in Sumter is set to expand and become part of the Sumter-Lee Industrial Park. The Sumter County Council gave two final approvals at its regular monthly meeting … more

New practice opens in Sumter

PHOTO PROVIDED A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house took place on Friday for the grand opening of Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine's newest practice in Sumter. The practice at 38 W. Liberty St., Suite A, will be staffed by long-time … more

Sumter Farm Bureau agent wins highest company award of excellence

FROM STAFF REPORTS Farm Bureau Insurance honored Laura Evans, an agent in Sumter County, with its prestigious MAPS award on Feb. 28 at the company's annual sales conference at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Evans was one of two agents … more

State agribusiness grants open through May 1

The state's Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship is calling for the most creative agricultural entrepreneurs to apply for 2019 agribusiness grants, and a priority is being put on rural counties like Sumter. "We are looking for … more

Sumter's Berkshire Hathaway John Brabham Real Estate agents, office recognized

FROM STAFF REPORTS Berkshire Hathaway John Brabham Real Estate office and agents have been recognized for outstanding productivity in 2018, with the Sumter office being named as a 2018 recipient of Berkshire Hathaway's Number One in Region Award … more

New family practice to open in Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and the Department of Family Medicine are opening a new family medicine practice at 738 W. Liberty St., Suite A. A ribbon cutting and open … more

Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police … more

Farm Bureau adds new Sumter agent

FROM STAFF REPORTS South Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Co. recently contracted with a new agent in Sumter. McKenzie Knight will serve the Sumter area at the company's 90 W. Wesmark Blvd. location, according to a news release. The Laurence … more

RESTAURANT NEWS: Wendy's on Broad Street temporarily closed for rebuilding

The Wendy's at 1085 Broad St. in Sumter has been torn down and will be rebuilt in the fast-food restaurant chain's newer, modern franchise model. Features of the new eatery include the building being centered on the property, improved parking and … more

Two Kmart employees reflect on 43 years working at big-box store shuttered Sunday

A yellow sign displaying "LAST 4 DAYS!" in blue was the first thing you saw upon entering Sumter's Kmart on Broad Street on Thursday, tape holding the placard in place. Today, that number has receded to one. In the subsequence from Sears … more

Sumter chamber's industrial group unveils recruiting tool on wheels

Manufacturing companies in Sumter have a new voice to get the word out on their available jobs and careers with a techy, new-age, recruiting kiosk. Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce staff showcased the new all-in-one touch station - which is … more

Attention to detail is Kenny's goal for cleaning at Kenny's Car Wash in Sumter

This series is in honor of Black History Month, where each February, as designated by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as The Library of Congress, an … more

Payless files for bankruptcy, Sumter's Broad Street store among closings

NEW YORK (AP) - Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America including the Sumter store at 1021 Broad St. The filing on Monday came a day after the shoe chain began … more

Sumter Restaurant News: Food grades, Feb. 7-15

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Feb. 7-15. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit Alderman Drugs, 40 N. Main St., … more

The Sumter Item is hosting its 1st-ever Best of Sumter nominee expo

Best of Sumter 2019 is well underway, with a record number of votes already having been cast, and the public will soon have the chance to meet some of the nominees and the services they provide. A nominee showcase expo is set for Thursday at … more

The Sumter Item's sales department welcomes 2 new members

The Sumter Item has added to its sales department, hiring two new sales representatives to serve the needs of advertisers and continue to grow The Item's reach in Sumter and the surrounding community. Publisher Vince Johnson announced the … more
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