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King Machine to expand in Sumter, bring 30 new jobs by 2024

King Machine will occupy the newly constructed Sumter speculative building at 1160 N. Wise Drive with plans to invest $2.6 million and create 30 new jobs over the next several years. Founded in 1951, … more

Shane's Rib Shack to start permit process for new Sumter location

The empty lot at 1120 Broad St. will soon see construction after Sumter's Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request to facilitate a commercial redevelopment on the property Wednesday. About a year after demolishing the building that community … more

Nominations now open for February's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Alice Drive Elementary School's Holly Williamson as January's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday. By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online … more

In-laws combine baking, roasting talents for green-sourced coffee shop in downtown Sumter

For months, a man with a passion for baking and his son-in-law with a passion for roasting have wowed Sumter with their sustainable coffee and fresh sweets as a weekly farmers market vendor. As the business continued to gain popularity, co-owners … more

Chalkin & Talkin is a social getaway with arts and crafts

In a time when large gatherings are frowned upon and residents grow tired of staying indoors, two women opened a shop where Sumterites can escape to socialize in minimal groups while also creating arts and crafts. Chalkin & Talkin is proposed to … more

New bakery to be next 'Sweet Spot' in Sumter

Word spread that a new bakery was coming to Sumter, and it turned out to be true after a cottage baker confirmed she will be moving into the Wesmark Boulevard area in late January. Sweet Spot Bakery and Catering Co. owner Becky Crawford has been … more

Sumter's pottery painting studio attempts to grow amid pandemic

For Matt Dellinger, Pipers Pottery Studio is an opportunity for people in Sumter to enjoy painting and pottery art. Dellinger, a Christian entrepreneur, opened Pipers Pottery Studio last May to pique the interest of artsy residents during the … more

Year in review: How COVID-19 changed the course of Sumter, Clarendon businesses

For many businesses, 2020 was a shock to their world as many have been affected and forever changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic during the last year. The pandemic has taken a toll on all types of businesses from initial lockdown measures to … more

Christmas in January: New Sumter pharmacy readies for opening in new year

Steve Christmas rearranges several prescriptions on the still-empty glass medication cabinets. He takes a glance at his name on the wall with many authentic items sitting proudly on a cabinet behind the front desk. He goes over to check a box of … more

Gift Garden closing after more than 2 decades of business in Sumter

Tomlinson's Gift Garden is saying goodbye, as the 25-year business will soon close its doors for the final time from its storefront in Wesmark Plaza on Broad Street in Sumter. Pink and green signs saying "Going out of Business Sale" were … more

Sumter High's Troy Cato named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for December

This is the fourth in a contest series called Teacher of the Month. Presented by Carolina Grove, the public is asked to nominate their favorite K-12 teachers in Sumter's public and private schools. After the nomination period, the public votes … more

Provalus building soon complete in historic downtown Manning

A year has passed since Provalus, an information-technology support company, announced it was adding an office in Clarendon County at the historic Alderman's 20 Stores in One Space, also known as the … more
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