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OSHA-mandated vaccine would impact Sumter industries

The lingering COVID-19 pandemic is a topic now that has caused nearly every large employer in the U.S. to begin to scratch their heads and wonder with questions and "what ifs." President Joe Biden's new COVID-19 vaccination mandate has extended … more

Dilts replaces Dickerson at Prisma Health Tuomey after administrative retirement

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital has a new member of its executive leadership team. Dr. Scot Dilts has been named physician executive for the Sumter hospital, which is part of the state's largest health care system and among … more

Palmetto Goodwill, which includes Sumter store, announces new CEO

Brian Itzkowitz was named as the new CEO of Palmetto Goodwill and its affiliate, Palmetto Goodwill Services, starting Oct. 25. He will take the reins from interim CEO Lorna Utley, who has led the organization since April and guided the … more

Restaurant inspections in Sumter, Lee, Sept 7-10, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County and Lee County the week of Sept. 7-10, 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. SUMTER … more

6 Sumter businesses celebrate shared office space with open house

It's not every office space where you can buy a home and walk down the hall to get home insurance or hire a pest management company before moving in. An office located at 261 Broad St. brought together six different businesses with a goal to … more

Sumter restaurant inspections: Sept. 1, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County the week of Aug. 23-26, 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. Cajun Claws & Wings, 321 W. … more

Sumter's Carolina Grove restaurant closes permanently, owners cite prolonged COVID-19 impacts

Citing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumter's Carolina Grove permanently closed its doors on Tuesday. The restaurant, which served homestyle Southern food, relayed the news … more

DHEC restaurant inspections for Sumter County: Aug. 13-20, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County the week of Aug. 13-20, 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. Imperial Dining, 451 Broad … more

Historic Manning cotton gin, once acclaimed, now a focus of criminal investigation

MANNING — A family-owned South Carolina cotton gin that’s been in business for 76 years and was once honored by state legislators is accused of failing to pay nearly $6.6 million to … more

Pilgrim's giving free Central Carolina Technical College tuition for employees, dependents

Pilgrim's Sumter recently announced a partnership with Central Carolina Technical College to provide free tuition to qualifying team members and their dependents. The nationwide program, Pilgrim's Better Futures, removes a major financial barrier … more

Wenzel of Creech Roddey Watson recognized for customer service

FROM STAFF REPORTS Kelly Wenzel, of Creech Roddey Watson Insurance in Sumter, has been named the 2021 Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year. This award is the highest honor in the state for insurance customer service reps who … more

Nominations open for The Sumter Item's 2021 Top 20 Under 40 contest

Nominations are now open for The Sumter Item's annual Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40 contest. The 2021 contest and associated winners celebration event is a partnership between The Item, Young Professionals of Sumter and the Greater Sumter … more

Sumter artist runs only Black-owned tattoo shop, shares space with paint party studio on North Guignard

One year after opening, a local tattoo artist is continuing to leave his mark on Sumterites. Frederick Benjamin, owner of Legendary Art LLC Tattoo Studio, has been a tattoo artist for more than 25 years and opened his shop in July 2020 at 1155 N. … more

AllSouth Federal Credit Union to open 2nd site on Broad Street in Sumter, near Mason Road

If Sumterites are wondering what the new construction project is on Broad Street near Mason Road and next door to Ashley Furniture, it's a new credit union. A spokeswoman for AllSouth Federal Credit Union provided details to The Sumter Item this … more

Sumter County restaurant inspections: June 19-23, 2021

Following are restaurant inspections done by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control in Sumter County the week of June 19-23, 2021. A "C" grade is failing. For detailed reports, visit www.dhec.sc.gov. BT's Cafe, 204 S. Sumter … more

Burlington marks Sumter opening with $5K donation to Willow Drive Elementary School

Andrea Thomas woke up early Friday morning as part of her usual routine, but this time it was special. The Crosswell Drive Elementary School teacher got into her car and drove to arrive an hour and a half early for the grand opening of Burlington … more

Sumter Chamber opens new membership scholarship to minority-owned businesses

A new membership program at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is looking for minority-owned businesses that want to become more involved and active in the Sumter community. According to a news release, the Small Business United Program has … more

Orchard Cafe in downtown Manning sees increase in customers

A white and baby blue building with a bright red door in the heart of downtown Manning is the location for a brand new cafe that is seeing growth this summer. Baltimore native sisters and co-owners Jenny Moody and Julie Opie opened The Orchard … more

Sumter Beauty College closing, leader retires

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter Beauty College is closing its doors as its leader retires after almost 50 years of work and service in the cosmetology field. Faye Smith began her career in 1971 and eventually earned her instructor's license. She has … more

May Teacher of the Month awarded Carolina Grove restaurant gift card

Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr. awards R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy's Alexis Evans with a $50 gift card to the restaurant on Alice Drive on Wednesday. Evans was named May's Teacher of the Month, a contest hosted by The Sumter Item … more
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