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Mt. Franklin Foods employee has fingers amputated in accident

An employee at a manufacturing plant in Sumter County was injured by a machine on Wednesday, officials confirmed. A 26-year-old man had four of his fingers cut off in an incident on April 25 at … more

New John Harris facility to open in Sumter in July

Sumter's only chain brand body shop will soon be moving just down the road and into a new facility to better serve its customers, according to the collision repair store's area manager. David Clark, Charleston area manager for John Harris Body … more

Sheep shearer sheds light on daily farm life at Old McCaskill's

He has been shearing sheep since 1986 (for the public. He learned when he was 15 at the farm where he worked.) He may be an inch shorter than when he was 20, but he can still get through 150 in a day. Chuck Costner, a sheriff's deputy in North … more

Hyatt officially opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's revitalization efforts may have kicked off 10 years ago, picked up speed three years ago and rocket-launched into activity, openings and a new Main Street scene in the last year, but perhaps the most noticeable difference downtown … more

A new place to satisfy your 'snowball fix'

Given its traditional heat and warm weather, Sumter would seem like a perfect spot for a shaved ice snowball shop. Bryan Keller, franchise owner of the new Pelican's SnoBalls at 471 N. Guignard Drive, said Monday he agreed Sumter seems to be a … more

Calm after the storm: Sumter gas station roof damaged on Sunday

BRUCE MILLS / THE SUMTER ITEM A portion of the canopy at the Exxon station at Persimmon Hill lies on ground Monday afternoon after heavy winds and rain blew it off on Sunday. The station is at the … more

Sumter Chamber of Commerce names People of the Year at annual gala

Just yards from construction cones on an old Main Street that is getting a facelift, Sumter's business leaders, community members, educators and industrial top dogs gathered to celebrate their year that was.Sumter has come a long way in the last 10, … more

Sumter employers spark students' interest in industrial careers at expo

Area economic development partners and employers put their best foot forward Friday in trying to spark interest in local manufacturing and technology-related jobs with their second-annual Manufacturers and Technology Expo. In the morning, about … more

Meet your local farmers at USC Sumter's annual market

The second year of the Farmers Market at University of South Carolina Sumter started off with a bang after some vendors sold out of items because of the large crowd of customers. The market is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and features a … more

Students to be 'expo'sed to manufacturing careers

In their continual effort to educate school-age children and their parents on local career opportunities in the manufacturing field, area economic development partners will host the second-annual Manufacturers and Technology Expo on Friday. A … more

Fundraiser donates money from gas pumps to SHS

The Sumter community will have a chance to support a local high school by doing a simple task that is often part of a daily commute. Circle K is holding its Fueling Our Schools fundraiser on Thursday, April 19, and asking drivers to simply get … more

Sumter officials optimistic on 'Opportunity Zone' program

In a business environment where every dollar counts, Sumter and Lee County officials are hopeful a new federal tax incentive program will help spur industrial and commercial development in their … more

2 Sumter businesses will move and rebuild

Sumter City-County Planning Commission recommended approval of two major site plans for Sumter Casket Co. and McLaughlin Ford as both businesses prepare to relocate and rebuild. Sumter County Council approved the sale of 15 acres of county-owned … more

Sumter woman teaches DIY home hacks for organization

Forget spring cleaning. Think, instead, of spring organizing. And if you're going to think of spring organizing, you can't forget about Sandi Davis. The Sumter County resident has been professionally home organizing since 2004, and she says while … more

Hamptons moves to new location on Main Street

Hamptons has a new home. After a few soft openings that included serving to police officers and firefighters, the fine dining restaurant in downtown Sumter officially opened Thursday night after moving to 33 N. Main St. from around the corner on … more

Bynum Insurance in Sumter receives 2 awards

New Sumter Economic Development building opens downtown

Downtown Sumter's newest, most modern-designed building is open for business, and the people who have set up shop within its walls are hoping that means all of Sumter County will welcome more business. Sumter Economic Development, a group made up … more

Board OKs Warren Street bed and breakfast in Sumter

Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St. The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four … more

Promoting tourism in Clarendon County

They aren't natives to Clarendon County, but George and Carole Summers have surely adopted the county as their home. Eat at a local restaurant, visit the library, drive around Manning, Summerton, Turbeville or Paxville, or even Google Clarendon … more

Restaurant inspections for Sumter, Lee, Clarendon: Feb. 26-March 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
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