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Chestnut Oaks' Cornelius Blanding named Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month for October

This is the second 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

An old building, a new look for One Accord in downtown Sumter

Another downtown Sumter building took on some much-needed upgrades to house a five-year women's apparel and fine arts business that started calling Liberty Street its new address on Monday. One Accord, now located at 1 W. Liberty St., left its … more

Nominations open for October's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month

Carolina Grove Co-owner Jim Mayes recognized Wilson Hall's Teresa Alexander as September'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

Wesmark Boulevard restaurant brings Cajun flavor to Sumter

Sumter gained a new seafood restaurant, Cajun Claws and Wing, on Wednesday. Located at 321 W. Wesmark Blvd., it offers an abundance of seafood combos and wings with more than 10 flavor options. Owner Hong Ding said she got the space from a … more

Leisure, hospitality jobs in S.C. still hurting the most

Four months into economic recovery from the start of the pandemic, and the leisure and hospitality industry in The Palmetto State to include hotels and restaurants remains the hardest hit among the various sectors. Federal Reserve Bank of … more

Voting is open for Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month

Voting is now open for the first contest in The Sumter Item's Teacher of the Month, presented by Carolina Grove. At least 15 teachers from Sumter's public and private schools were nominated in this first go-round, and four have been selected as … more

Business owner brings sweet taste of Thailand to Sumter

After once owning a salon and Thai restaurant, a 15-year Sumter resident moved on to her next business, providing an abundance of sweet tooth cravings from her home in Thailand right in the City of Sumter. Thai Tea Sumter, 655 Bultman Drive, … more

Apple is 1st U.S. company to be valued at $2T

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year as the company overcame the shutdown of factories … more

Sumter, Lee and Clarendon businesses affected by pandemic can apply for loans

MANNING - Businesses both large and small that have been affected by COVID-19 may be able to receive assistance through the South Carolina Business Load Fund. "If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, you can apply for assistance," said Ed … more

Clemson grad joins Bynum AssuredPartners

SUBMITTED Catherine Kelley has joined Bynum AssuredPartners as an agent. She is a 2020 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in marketing and an emphasis in sales. Kelley interned with AssuredPartners for two years. At Clemson, she was an … more
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