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Continental Tire Sumter plant opens cafeteria

An industrial plant in Sumter County that employs more than 1,200 people now has a new place to eat. The Sumter plant of Continental Tire the Americas LLC, on U.S. 521 South, recently celebrated the official opening of its new cafeteria and … more

Secretary of State honors Osteen Publishing for 124 years of business

The Sumter Item has come a long way since Hubert Graham Osteen first published what was then The Sumter Daily Item in 1894 and even longer since Noah Graham Osteen started working at the paper as a printer's apprentice when he was 12 years old in … more

Turbeville restaurant fails inspection for dead roaches in kitchen

A Turbeville restaurant failed its most recent food inspection for having dead cockroaches throughout the kitchen. Old Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1665 Main St., Turbeville, received a 74 percent on its Feb. 28 retail food establishment inspection … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey leaders eyeing future

COLUMBIA - In the constantly changing health care services industry with ever-increasing costs to do business, it was a move for the better. That's the way Palmetto Health Tuomey Chief Operating Officer Dr. Michelle Logan-Owens described the … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 12-25

SUMTER COUNTY Baker’s Sweets 1089-D Alive Drive, Sumter Date: 02/15/18 Type: Follow-up Score: A   Bojangles #054 1038 Broad St., Sumter Date: … more

Walmart's online focus changes

NEW YORK (AP) - Bohemian or traditional? Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of the … more

Subway shakes up rewards program, cuts free Footlongs

NEW YORK - Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.The changes, taking place next month, are part of Subway's attempts to revamp its image, lure … more

SAFE employee oversees electronic services

SAFE Federal Credit Union announced in a news release the naming of Mandy Baibak as assistant vice president of electronic services. Baibak, who has worked for SAFE for almost 14 years, will oversee all electronic services ranging from debit and … more

Company to launch solar projects in Lee County at $100M

Lee County is entering the new, high-tech, clean energy production realm with the announcement Wednesday of a major capital investment by a solar energy facilities developer, according to officials. Southern Current, based out of Charleston, will … more

Albertsons, Rite Aid combine forces

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Companies executives said Tuesday that their … more

NAACP looks into Pilgrim's Pride after Sumter workers' strike

The Sumter County branch of the NAACP announced it launched an investigation into allegations a manager at Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Sumter made derogatory statements describing black employees last week. Employees went on strike on Feb. 15 when … more

Pilgrim's Pride recalls 50 tons of chicken patties

One of the largest chicken producers in the world has recalled more than 50 tons of ready-to-eat patties that may be contaminated with rubber bits. A customer reportedly filed a complaint against Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas, … more

Regional, Sumter eye doctor's surgery offers life without 'readers'

Want to get rid of those reading glasses? There's a new surgery that's offered by a regional eye doctor, or ophthalmologist, that restores near vision and reduces the frustrations of using those "readers." Dr. Howard Greene of Carolinas … more

6 Sumter real estate agents nationally recognized

FROM STAFF REPORTS Six Berkshire Hathaway John M. Brabham Real Estate agents in Sumter recently earned national awards and will be recognized at the agency's annual sales conference in San Antonio, Texas. Millie Welch, Denise Weeks, Charles … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Jan. 29-Feb. 11

Following are the restaurant inspections performed between Jan. 8 and 14, 2018 in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon on counties by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control … more

The Sumter Item launches website redesign

The Sumter Item launched a new website design this week as part of its continuous effort to give readers a better experience and more ways to consume local news. By going to the same URL,, readers will see expanded listings of … more

MUSC to partner with Shriners for burn unit in new children's hospital

It appears a new children's hospital being built in Charleston will likely have a pediatric burn unit that uses expertise from a children's orthopaedics, spinal cord injury, cleft lip and palate and burn hospital. The Medical University of South … more

Palmetto Health Tuomey names Browne new operations exec

Tim Browne has joined Palmetto Health Tuomey as the hospital's operations executive. Browne has more than 30 years of experience in hospital leadership. He served as chief executive officer of Carolina Pines Regional Medical … more

Hyatt to have cafe, Starbucks open to public

Anyone wanting to stay a night, or a few, in the new Hyatt Place Hotel on track to open this spring in downtown Sumter can now reserve a room. While still on track to open in mid-April, the corporate arm of Hyatt will make the earliest day … more

A perfect day for PIZZA: Deals in Sumter for National Pizza Day

Today marks what may be one of the most popular and most celebrated national holidays 'round the United States - National Pizza Day. Like any other made-up "official" national holiday, it's an excuse to grab a slice (or four), ask your boss to … more
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