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Dear Readers,

us at any time to help with any need you might have. We don’t succeed unless you succeed. We have an ever growing array of Just 14 short years ago the annual Readers Choice Awards products these days so don’t be shy about letting us show you began here at The Sumter Item. It continues to be the most what we can offer. popular section we do for both our readers and advertisers. Your local newspaper is here to stay (hopefully for another Ballot after ballot come in the doors up until the last minute. 120 years) and the entire Sumter Item staff, whether they work Virtually all Sumter Item employees, especially the advertising in advertising, the newsroom, circulation or the business office, department, help in counting ballots and making sure the are here to help you. We understand that a strong business contest is done fairly and accurately. environment is critical to the success of the Sumter area The Sumter Item continues to make sections like Readers community. The Sumter Item has played a significant role in the Choice not only better each year from a visual standpoint but helpful in terms of locating local businesses to spend your hard growth of Sumter for nearly 120 years and we will continue to do so. earned dollars. And of course, the most “bang for your buck” So finally and most importantly, thanks for reading today’s is going to be advertising in The Sumter Item newspaper, our Sumter Item and we hope you enjoy the 14th annual Reader’s website (soon to be new and improved) and the many other Choice Awards special edition. products we offer on a regular basis. Between The Sumter Item Jack Osteen is Editor and Publisher of The Sumter Item newspaper and our website, we reach over 53,000 readers every Newspaper. He can be reached at 803-774-1238 or single day. No other advertising medium in this market can Jack@theitem.com. make that claim. The advertising department is here to help you, the business owner, to grow your business and help bring more customers into your doors. That’s our job so don’t be afraid to call on any of

Jack Osteen, Editor and Publisher

Congratulations THIS YEAR’S $100 WINNER IS

MITCH HANSEN

2014 Readers’ Choice Awards Publisher

Sales Manager

CEO

Layout & Design

Jack Osteen Larry Miller

Waverly Williams Cary Howard

Sales Staff

Karen Cave Paige Macloskie Mark Pekuri

Ad Design

Manon Barwick Rosie Peavy


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ASSISTED LIVING APARTMENT FACILITY COMPLEX Covenant Place Piedmont Plantation

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The

BEST


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AUTO BODY SHOP McLaughlin Ford AUTO DEALERSHIP (NEW) McLaughlin Ford AUTO DEALERSHIP (USED) McLaughlin Ford AUTO REPAIR SHOP McLaughlin Ford AUCTION COMPANY Dinkins Auction


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BABY STORE Belk

BOOK STORE Books A Million

Bar/Grill Chili’s

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Kyla Ann’s Bridal Boutique

BOATING & BOAT SUPPLIES McLean Marine Inc.

CABLE/SATELLITE Time Warner Cable


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CATERING CO. Serendipity Catering & Cafe

CHURCH Alice Drive Baptist Church

COUNTERTOPS CO. Walton Countertops

CUSTOMER SERVICE Aycock-Richardson Monument Co.


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DANCE SCHOOL Miss Libby’s School of Dance

DECKS AND PORCHES Aycock Construction, LLC

DAY CARE Warth Child Care

DEPARTMENT STORE Belk


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DRIVE THRU WINDOW SERVICE Chick-fil-A DRY CLEANERS Polar Bear Cleaners EMPLOYMENT AGENCY Norman Williams & Associates

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTION/BANK SAFE Federal Credit Union FLEA MARKET Sumter County Flea Market FLOORING CO. Dixie Carpets FLORIST Gary’s Florist LLC FRAME SHOP Michael’s

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FRIENDLIEST BANK SAFE Federal Credit Union FUNERAL HOME Bullock Funeral Home & Crematorium GARDEN/NURSERY Treehouse Nursery GAS PRICES Tanners, Inc. GROCERY STORE Piggly Wiggly

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GUNS & FIREARMS DEALER Simpson Hardware GYM/FITNESS CENTER YMCA HAIR SALON 3:16 Salon & Spa

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HARDWARE STORE Simpson Hardware HEATING & AIR CO. Hatfield Heating & Air Conditioning Co.

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HOME SECURITY CO. Palmetto Security Company Inc. HOSPICE Caris Healthcare HOTEL/MOTEL Comfort Suites


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COLLEGE University of South Carolina - Sumter INSURANCE COMPANY State Farm INTERIOR DECORATING CO. Nicole Norris Design Studio INVESTMENT FIRM Edward Jones IRRIGATION/ LANDSCAPE Smoak Irrigation


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JEWELRY STORE Galloway & Moseley LASER/SKIN FACILITY Colonial Aesthetics LIGHTS & FAN STORE Sumter Light House


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LOCAL CELLULAR CO. MARTIAL ARTS FTC Sumter Tae Kwon Do MANUFACTURED HOUSE DEALER Central Carolina Homes

MEDICAL CENTER/ CARE FasteER Care


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MORTGAGE CO. BB&T NAIL SALON Destination Spa NIGHTCLUB Chuckwagon

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NURSING HOME NHC Healthcare

PEST CONTROL CO. Terminix

OFFICE EQUIPMENT Staples

PET BOARDING KENNEL My Buddy Boarding Inn

PAWN SHOP Reliable Pawn Shop


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PET SITTER Carolina Comfort Pet Sitting PET SUPPLIES PetCo PHARMACY Walgreens

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PHOTOGRAPHER/ STUDIO Megan Manus Photography PLACE TO WORK NHC Health Care


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PLUMBER Hill Plumbing & Electric Co. Inc. POOL COMPANY Charpy’s Pools & Spas PROSTHETICS CO. Reliable Medical Equipment PRIVATE SCHOOL Wilson Hall PUBLIC SCHOOL Sumter High School


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REAL ESTATE AGENCY SEPTIC TANK CO. ERA Wilder Realty T&N Septic Tank Co. Inc. RESTAURANT Outback Steakhouse SIGN CO. Sign Wave ROOFING CO. Fort Roofing


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STRAWBERRY FARM Stafford’s TOBACCO STORE El Cheapo TANNING SALON LaMer Tanning Salon

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TATTOO STUDIO Southern Ink Tattoo

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TREE SERVICE State Tree Service

TAX PREPARATION CO. UTILITY BUILDING CO. Jackson Hewitt Dixie Products Inc. TIRE DEALER Ace Parker Tires

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Weight Watchers


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BEST ...and the Individual

ACCOUNTANT Al Barrineau AESTHETICIAN Amanda Hardee

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winner is Bar Tender Jenn Smith at Chuckwagon


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BOSS Jeannie Crotts at NHC Healthcare CONTRACTOR Aycock Construction LLC Dentist Dr. Gee Rabon HAIR DRESSER Nikki Brown Great Clips

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INSURANCE AGENT Celia Dunlap Lawyer John S. Keffer Michael Jordan Tie


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MASSAGE THERAPIST PHYSICIAN Tracie Jones Dr. James M. DuRant, Jr. Sumter Pediatrics, P.A. OPTOMETRIST Dr. Larry M. Scheele REAL ESTATE AGENT Billy Aycock, Jr. PHYSICAL THERAPIST Agent Owned Susan Duran


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SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Debbie Nix, TSA TEACHER Julia Owens VETERINARIAN Dr. Lester Bell Animal Medical Clinic WAITER/WAITRESS Linda G. Baker Chuckwagon


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BEST Place for

BAKERY/DESSERTS BBQ Baker’s Sweets Bakery Wards Bar-B-Q & Cafe LLC


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BREAKFAST Shoney’s BUFFET Golden Corral CHICKEN KFC COUNTRY COOKING Guignard Diner CUP OF COFFEE McDonald’s


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DINNER Outback Steakhouse FAST FOOD Chick-fil-A FRIENDLY SERVICE Chick-fil-A HAMBURGERS Cook-Out HEALTHY MEAL Chick-fil-A HOT DOGS Sonic


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ITALIAN FOOD Sambino’s

LIVE MUSIC Chuckwagon

KID’S MEAL McDonald’s

Mexican Food Yucatan

LUNCH Mary Ann’s Deli

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MILK SHAKES Cook-Out ORIENTAL FOOD Lucky Corner PIZZA Pizza Lane

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PRODUCE Bradley’s Market


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SALAD Zaxby’s SEAFOOD Red Lobster STEAK Outback Steakhouse

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SANDWICHES Mary Ann’s Deli SWEET TEA McDonald’s WINGS Leo’s

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BEST ...and the Place to Buy

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ANTIQUES Broad Stone Manor Antiques

APPLIANCES Ard’s Appliance Sales & Service


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AUTO PARTS CarQuest Auto Parts BEER/WINE & LIQUOR Marketplace Spirits CAR ACCESSORIES Dixie Products

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CHILDREN’S CLOTHING Belk COMPUTERS Computer Upgraders CONSIGNMENTS The Clothing Exchange, Inc. ELECTRONICS Walmart FORMAL WEAR James Formal Wear

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FURNITURE Discount Furniture Outlet GIFTS The Gift Garden MATTRESSES Discount Furniture Outlet


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MEN’S CLOTHING Belk MOTORCYCLES/ATV’S Honda of Sumter OIL CHANGE Ace Parker Tires

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PAINT Lowe’s PROPANE & ACCESSORIES Simpson Hardware Suburban Propane Tie SHOES Jack’s Shoes

SPORTING GOODS Simpson Hardware

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TOYS Walmart UNIFORMS Unifirst WOMEN’S CLOTHING Belk

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Simpsons


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