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Sumter native Rafe Dixon is known for his seasoned auctioning skills and recently won two awards at the annual South Carolina Auctioneers Association Conference. Dixon won the association's 2023 State Auctioneering Championship Award and also the … more
On Wednesday morning, the air was chilly, the ground was wet, and the sky was gray. Yet that did little to deter nearly 100 eager locals from lining up along the Dunkin' walkway to receive free coffee for a year. Dunkin', at 2567 Broad St., closed … more
Lee County will be home to a new company that serves the animal harvest, food production and further processing industries with its first location in South Carolina. The Upcycle Co., a leading provider of services to upcycle fats, oils, proteins … more
A longtime leader in the Sumter health care community has accepted and started in a bigger but related position in Columbia. In December, Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, the philanthropic arm of … more
The high-traffic, commercial row from U.S. 378's hotel and car dealership cluster heading west to the fast food and restaurant chains heading east to the divide of Bultman Drive has seen new growth, change and projects in recent months. Two … more
For two friends who are both experienced in food, it was destiny to open a food truck together. In the South, it had to be barbecue. Joe Wilson and Jeff Dennis have been friends since they were children. They went to college together but … more
A Sumter candle company that started in a small 300-square-foot building will move into a new, much bigger building in November. For Shanice King, a corporate retail brand was her go-to for perfumes, soaps and candles. That changed when she … more
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, food trucks have popped up across the Sumter County area; one just made it to its one-year anniversary with plans of expansion. What The Food Truck, or better known as the WTF Truck, planted its roots in the community … more
Their day starts at 8 a.m. Before the first customer walks in the door on North Guignard Drive, dinner lists or browsing minds at the ready, there is work to be done. Chopping, slicing, mixing. Wrapping, … more
A new Sumter coffee vendor hopes his unique coffee blend and cozy atmosphere will make Sumterites feel right at home. Meet Jake Gray, owner of Colligo Coffee. Gray, a Texas native, originally came to Sumter to help a few friends move into their … more
Businesswomen of Sumter and surrounding counties are invited to attend a morning of empowerment by listening to a panel of local female leaders. SHE - See Her Empowered will hold its first event since it was installed through the Greater Sumter … more
Dance is defined as to "move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps," but for a Sumter dance instructor, it is much more than that for her and her students. For Kaleigh Pearson, growing up and wanting to dance were a … more
All financial institutions intend to operate as a secure place to store earnings or apply for loans. In some cases, these businesses strive for a larger purpose. Bank of Clarendon is one of those institutions whose leaders see it as more than a … more
After nearly a decade of being open, one Manning flea market owner is excited to share news surrounding the business. In 2013, Moira Kammerer and a friend started Bonanza Flea Market, but unfortunately because of health reasons, her friend had to … more
As Black Business Month comes to an end, local Black business owners encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to work hard, dream big and remain humble. The roots of Black Business Month stems back to August 2004 when two Black … more
With high hopes and good intentions, one Sumter native put on an awards show to highlight local businesses, entrepreneurs and impressive residents in the city. David Dinkins, the organizer of the Sumter Viewers' Choice Awards, described … more
Right now, it's several piles of dirt in the adjacent lot to Zaxby's on Broad Street, but come early next year it will be a redeveloped restaurant offering the restaurant's signature chicken fingers and sandwiches. A franchise management official … more
More than 60 area employers, including leading manufacturers and health care groups, are scheduled to participate in an upcoming job fair on Sept. 7 at Sumter County Civic Center. A four-county regional agency based in Sumter, Santee-Lynches … more
Fishing pros and average joes alike can now get their bait and tackle right in Sumter before heading to the lakes. William Griffith, owner of Hook'em Bait & Tackle, opened his shop at 561 Bultman Drive after realizing the need in the … more
Farmers know "you can't win them all." That is local heirloom seedsman Nat Bradford's perspective after a lost crop of his popular and tasty watermelons. All the rain in the area during the first half of July essentially drowned his melons on … more
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