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Manufacturer to create 25 new jobs with expansion in Lee County

Agtruss Inc., a leading manufacturer of agricultural trusses for the poultry and livestock industries, is expanding its Lee County operations in a $2.8 million investment, creating 25 new jobs. Since its establishment in 1995, Agtruss has added … more

Sumter's Top Hat Chimney Sweep celebrates its 35th anniversary

Top Hat Chimney Sweep of Sumter, which was founded in October 1983 by Matt and Linda Matmiller, is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Over the years, the Matmillers expanded their services to Lee, Kershaw and Clarendon counties. In October … more

Sumter Laundry to sell unclaimed clothes Saturday

Have you ever wondered what happens to clothes left at the laundromat and unclaimed? Sumter Laundry and Cleaners' manager Neill McKinnon says in the past he's donated them to various charities, but Saturday his downtown store will have its … more

GM to slash 14,700 jobs in North America

DETROIT - General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes … more

Restaurant news: Food grades for Nov. 15-21

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Nov. 15-21. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. China Buffet, 1059 Broad St., … more

'Tis the season for Honeybaked Ham in Sumter

As in recent years, Honeybaked Ham has opened a holiday kiosk store on Bultman Drive, near Mary Ann's Deli Restaurant. According to Rhett Munn, owner of Honeybaked Ham in Florence, the Sumter location - at 532 Bultman Drive, Suite 2 - will be … more

Tree seedlings still available at special pricing for S.C. landowners

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging landowners to place their tree seedling orders for winter planting while they are still available. ArborGen's Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County has … more

Caterpillar Precision Pin Products facility celebrates 20 years in Sumter

Caterpillar Precision Pin Products facility in Sumter recently celebrated 20 years in operation with its employees and their families at the 210,000-square-foot facility. The facility opened its … more

WSSC breaks ground for new facility

Sumter Baptist Temple, 2295 Harper St., held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 for the construction of a new studio facility for WSSC 1340AM. WSSC is a non-commercial station that provides all … more

Sumter Chamber President Hardy named to board of Carolinas Chamber execs for 2019-21 term

One of Sumter's business advocacy and development leaders will for the next few years represent the interests of the Midlands region by gaining continuing education and leadership opportunities. Chris Hardy, president and CEO of the Greater … more

Sumter to add 1 more hemp farmer for 2019 program

The state Department of Agriculture recently released its expanded list of farmers for its 2019 industrial hemp pilot program. This year, the program gave 20 farmers from across the state, including one from Sumter County - Nat Bradford - permits … more

Simpson Hardware holds 16th-annual Ladies Night Out

Simpson Hardware & Sports held its 16th- annual Ladies Night Out recently, where customers lined up out the door to get their hands on deals, doorbusters and door prizes throughout the store. DJ Howie D entertained shoppers, and there was free food … more

Restaurant news: Food grades for Nov. 2-9

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Nov. 2-9. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. China Buffet, 1059 Broad St., … more

Duke Energy proposes rate increase

Duke Energy Progress is requesting to increase customers rates to fund investments to generate cleaner energy and improve reliability and service. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina filing asks for what would come out to an addition … more

Don't miss Sumter's Parade of Shops on Sunday

Though Christmas is more than a month away, Sumterites can get a head start on their holiday shopping during the annual Parade of Shops between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shoppers can tour local businesses on Bultman Drive, Wesmark Boulevard … more

Women's boutique moves to Sumter Mall

Dozens visited Sumter Mall on Saturday for the grand opening of its newest store, Foxy Ladies Boutique, making one Sumter native's dream come true. The boutique sells women's clothing, shoes, shape wear, accessories and cosmetics. The clothing … more

Restaurant news: Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the food grades for local businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Oct. 25-Nov. 2. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. Church's Chicken #1251, 202 W. … more

Sumter native named tax manager in Columbia

Dustin Scott has joined McGregor & Co., LLP, as a tax manager and will be working out of its Columbia office according to a news release. Originally from Sumter, Scott is a CPA and an IRS enrolled agent. He graduated from Presbyterian College in May … more

Comfort Keepers Sumter owner honored with award

David M. Coker was recently honored as part of the Comfort Keepers President's Club during the 2018 Comfort Keepers Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The award is presented to the top 25 Comfort Keepers franchisees who have generated … more

Restaurant News: Food grades for Oct. 19-26

Following are the food grades for Sumter businesses inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Oct. 19-26. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.com. Church's Chicken #1251, 202 W. … more
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