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305,091 VOTES

338 WINNERS

2021 THE SUMTER ITEM

#BESTOFSUMTER


THANK YOU for voting us BEST AIR & HEATING SERVICE

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STAFF PUBLISHER Vince Johnson EDITOR Kayla Green PHOTOGRAPHY Micah Green VIDEOGRAPHY Ty Cornett

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AD DESIGN Ryan Galloway Janel Strieter MAGAZINE DESIGN Janel Strieter AD SALES Karen Cave Devin McDonald Mark Pekuri Kathy Stafford COPY EDITING Rhonda Barrick Melanie Smith

Welcome to BEST OF SUMTER 2021, widely recognized as one of the best citywide contests in the nation. Throughout this magazine, you’ll find more than 300 winners across business and industry, public service, education and more. These winners have been chosen by The Sumter Item readers casting more than 300,000 votes in the contest’s 21st year. Winners are your neighbors and your friends. In 2021 as our region and world bounce back from the pandemic, these winners stand apart as a beacon for resilience and local prosperity. Use this magazine and our winners’ website at theitem.com/bestof throughout your life. Find an accountant, a hair stylist or place to take the kids. Promote your favorites by using #BestOfSumter on social media. Sumter is a special place, and being named Best of Sumter is a celebration of everything going right in our community. At The Sumter Item, it’s our honor to promote these valuable local businesses and organizations, and it’s been our privilege to serve our Sumter region for more than 126 years. Eat local. Read local. Shop local. Support local. Sumter is a vibrant place to live, work and play. To our winners, thank you for setting the standard.

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Best regards, Vince Johnson Publisher, The Sumter Item

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Air Solutions continues growth from garage office to Best of Sumter We at Air Solutions Heating and Cooling are a locally owned and operated HVAC business that was started in 2013 by Jimmy Davis and Richard Cook. With only a home garage as our initial office base, we hit the ground running. We worked hard to build our business and provide quality installation and heating services as best we could. Over the last eight years, our company has grown our business to 33 employees operating 21 vehicles, specializing in residential change-outs and new construction for more than 3,000 customers. We operate with a sense of urgency for every customer’s needs. Our 24-hour, on-call service technicians make sure that when people call, day or night, their questions are answered or their needs are met in the most timely manner possible. In an effort to be thorough from start to finish, we follow up with customers to make sure they had the best experience and service possible or ask how their experience could have been better. This helps us modify and improve the ways in which we serve our future clients. We at Air Solutions are

honored to employ veterans, as well as participate in the military appreciation picnic put on by Shaw Air Force Base to show our support of troops and their families both locally and abroad. We have been honored to have donated more than $10,000 in 2019 to such causes. Some of those community events include Sumter Feeds My Starving Children MobilePack, where we donate monetarily as well as volunteer a couple of hours to help pack hundreds of meals for some of God’s hungriest children around the world. In November, we participate in Operation Christmas Child by providing boxes filled with necessities and fun items to encourage and spread the Gospel to children worldwide. As far as local community outreach, we sponsor and provide HVAC services to the Sumter Pregnancy Center, which strives to support and educate women and men undergoing unplanned pregnancies. We also donate to the American Heart Association through various local events such as the always-fun Sumter Derby Day. We also participate in the Festival of Trees at Christmastime, which is put on by the Tuomey Foundation and benefits such services as hospice care provided by Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Thank you for honoring us with your vote. We are thrilled to be voted Sumter’s Best Air and Heating Service!

Thompson family of companies growing along with Sumter We are thrilled and so honored to be named Sumter’s Best Local Industry for 2021! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in our amazing community as well as our valuable customers and dedicated staff. Since 1986, Thompson has grown from a modest industrial service business into one of South Carolina’s largest construction and service-related companies. After over 30 years in business, our Sumter roots have now expanded to cover the Southeastern and Central United States with specialty services that even span the globe. Our growing family of companies now has 3,000 employees and covers nearly every facet of the construction and industrial service sectors. We continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community. We value all of our customers and serve them with the highest standards in safety, quality and integrity. We have come a long way, but Sumter will always be our home, and we are committed to serving our city as proudly as we serve our customers. A few projects we are particularly excited about are happening right in the heart of downtown Sumter on Main Street. Thompson Turner Construction completed construction of Sumter Original Brewery last year, and the community has loved the brews and bar bites so much since March 2020 that SOB is this year’s Best Bar A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

and Best New Business. The Thompson family of companies does everything from major construction to equipment maintenance and industrial cleaning services like hydro-blasting, vacuum excavation and COVID-19 disinfecting. Learn more about what all of the Thompson companies and divisions have to offer: • Thompson Industrial Services – safe, comprehensive industrial cleaning services, including disinfection cleaning services specific to the COVID-19 pandemic • Thompson Construction Group – self-performed industrial construction • Thompson Turner – Commercial and industrial general contracting • Thompson Power Services – Boiler and major gaspath equipment installation, repair and replacement • Thompson Maintenance Services – equipment and facility maintenance and operations support • Thompson Disaster Recovery Services – recovery solutions for state and federal agencies Again, thank you to our personnel, voters and customers, because you are the reason we strive to be the Best of Sumter. You can reach us 24 hours a day at (803) 849-8040 or www.thompsonsoutheast.com. BEST OF SUMTER 2021

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Archway Academy starts a lifetime of education on solid ground The Archway Academy team is honored to be named Sumter’s Best Child Care Center for 2021! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and appreciate the confidence you have in what we do for the youngest members of the Sumter community – our children. Archway Academy is celebrating 36 years serving the Sumter community since 1985 by providing quality early care and education and engaging afterschool programs. Our mission is to provide a solid foundation for a sound education. Through an emphasis on leadership development and teacher training, Archway Academy strives to ensure our team stays up to date on the latest developments in early childhood education. Our team of dedicated early childhood professionals works hard to ensure all students attending Archway Academy enjoy enriching, fun-filled experiences to take with them for a lifetime. The relationships built here with our school family are treasured for years to come. Students attending Archway Academy enjoy unique experiences with our Farm to Preschool Program, including a curriculum based on nutrition, activities involving

food and gardening by the children. The children enjoy planting, growing and eating the food they grow. In addition, Archway Academy is home to the award-winning Camp BBC, a summer day camp for school-age children. The motto of Camp BBC is to create FUN! Archway Academy is family owned and operated and now serves children of children from years past. We call them our legacy families. Again, thank you to our voters and families because you and your children are why we work to be the best at what we do. Archway Academy has two locations in Sumter: 2049 McCrays Mill Road in Sumter and 416 S. Wise Drive, "formerly Bright Beginnings," and three locations in the Summerville area. Please call (803) 773-6480 or (803) 773-4300 to contact a director for enrollment information. Find us on our Facebook page, www.facebook. com/archwayacademy. For more information about Archway Academy programs or career opportunities, please visit our website at www. archway.academy.

Dr. Capers Lee finds service to God in dental profession Capers Lee, DMD, is a 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina and attended dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated in 1986 and recently completed his 35th year practicing dentistry. When Dr. Lee met a fellow dentist on a dove shoot in September 2003, little did he know that his life was about to radically change. Danny Gardner, a dentist in Charleston and an avid supporter of foreign and domestic mission work, mentioned taking a trip to Venezuela in the spring, and the rest is history. Dr. Lee contacted Dr. Bill Sasser of Charleston, a veteran servant with the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and away they went. For the past 20 years or so, Dr. Lee has been able to tap into Dr. Sasser’s trips abroad with the CMDA about two or three times a year, serving in Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador and his favorite, Honduras. “I really think that God is leading me to do this a lot more often, and I am waiting to see how He would work that out,” Lee said.” I could never have even dreamed of the blessings He has showered on our family since we started serving the world’s poor so intentionally.” He is in his 35th year of marriage to his sweet wife, Tilly. They have three sons, Hunter, Banks and Myles, as well as three wonderful daughters-in-law, Anna, Molly 8

and Bailey. They also have three young grandsons, Carson, Miller and Capers, and two granddaughters, Sutton and Addison. Hunter is a U.S. Air Force dentist stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, and Banks is a U.S. Air Force dentist stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Myles is a College of Charleston graduate employed by Bynum Insurance in Sumter. “I can’t wait to see what God will do next,” Lee said. “I’m really looking forward to continuing to serve Him the rest of my days on Earth.”

Dental Team of Sumter 5635 Broad St. Ext. Sumter, SC 29154 (803) 494-8466 www.DentalTeamofSumter.com

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Best Dentist Office 3 Years in a Row!

Family Oriented Warm, Friendly Atmosphere • Painless Experience Single-visit crowns • Smile Enhancement • Preventative Care

Dr. R. Capers Lee

803.494.8466

5635 Broad Street Ext. Sumter, SC 29150 on the corner of 378 & 441

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... 2021

Auto & Transportation

Commercial Contractor

Oil Change

Commercial Real Estate Company

RedLine Powersports Ace Parker Tire

Rims / Wheels Store

Aftermarket Auto Repair

DCB Tire & Wheel LLC

Auto & Boat Upholstery

Andrews Small Engine

Auto Body Shop

J & J Towing of Sumter LLC

Newman's Automotive

Gandy's Trim & Upholstery

Small Engine Repair Towing Service

Jones & McIntosh

Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone

Dance Studio

Miss Libby's School of Dance and Gymnastics

Day Spa

Destinations Spa

Carolina Collision Center

Used Car Dealership McLaughlin Ford

Dry Cleaners

Auto Parts

Business

Employment Agency

Carquest Auto Parts

Boat Dealership McLean Marine

Car & Truck Accessories Dixie Products Inc.

Car Audio & Electronics Power Audio

Car Salesperson

Jay Carter-Jones Buick GMC

Dealership Service Dept Jones Buick GMC

Limousine Service

Platinum Limousine - Sumter

Luxury Car Dealership

Bilton Lincoln

Motorcycle / Moped Dealership Honda of Sumter

New Car Dealership McLaughlin Ford

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Off Road Dealership

Adult Day Center

Active Day of Sumter

Air Purification Company Aire Serv

Auction Company

J R Dixon Auction LLC

Bail Bond Company

24Hr Martin Bail Bonding LLC

Little's Personal Cleaners Norman Williams & Associates Inc.

Fire Extinguisher Service Pye-Barker Fire & Safety

Fitness Center / Gym YMCA of Sumter

Floral Company

A Ring Around the Roses

Funeral Home

Banquet Facilities

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home

Barber Shop

Golf Course

Building Design Company

Hair Salon

Car Wash

Health Care Insurance

The O'Donnell House The Mancave

Gainey Construction Tidal Wave Auto Spa

Child Care Center Archway Academy

Children's Fitness

Miss Libby's School of Dance and Gymnastics

The Links at Lakewood KaCy J Salon Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Inc.

Heavy Equipment Rental Black Oak Equipment Rental LLC

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at TheItem.com/BestOf.

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! u o y k n a h T 2021

Murrell MurrellSmith Smith Best Elected Official “Best Elected Two Years in a Row! Official”

Thank you, Sumter County, for allowing me the honor to represent you in the South Carolina House of Representatives. In my role as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and as District 67’s Representative, I promise to continue to be an effective voice on your behalf and on behalf of all the citizens of South Carolina. Thank you for your continued support! 126 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Online-Based Business

Tree Service

Paralegal Firm

Trucking Company

Paving Company

Web Design Company

Hotel

Pest Control

Window Tinting

Internet Service Provider

Pet Boarding

Irrigation Company

Pet Grooming

Community

IT Company

Pet Hospital

Junk Removal Service

Pilates / Yoga Studio

Life Insurance Company

Printing & Graphics Company

2021 Home & Auto Insurance

Bynum Insurance / Assured Partners Hyatt Place Sumter/Downtown FTC

Smoak Irrigation Company Computer Upgraders Waste Management

Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Inc.

Bryan Law Firm

Charles Smith Company Kelly's Termite & Pest Control SPCA/My Buddy Boarding For Pet's Sake Grooming Animal Medical Clinic Southern Bliss Yoga Hill Printing Co.

Lumber Company

Self Storage Facility

Manufacturing Plant

Septic Tanks

Martial Arts

Sign Company

Team Robinson MMA

Sign Wave LLC

Massage / Massage Therapist

Storage Buildings Dixie Products Inc.

Mobile Device Repair

La Mer Tanning Salon

Monument Company

Southern Ink Tattoos

Jefferson Barns & Lumber BD

About the Body Day Spa Computer Upgraders Aycock-Richardson Monument Co.

Nail Salon

TripleT Nail Salon and Spa

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Bella Bee Boutique

Shaw Parkway Storage T&N Septic Co.

Tanning Salon Tattoo Studio

Transportation Services Zimco

Travel Agency

State Tree

Hodge Distribution & Logistics Barnabas Marketing The Tintman Gill LLC

Art Gallery

Sumter County Gallery of Art

Charity Event

Epps Orthodontics K9-5K

Church

Bethesda Church of God

Civic Club

Sumter Rotary Club

Community Event Iris Festival

Elected Official

State Rep. Murrell Smith

EMT

Carey Turner

Event Entertainment DJ Howie D's Event Entertainment

Event Venue Bridlestone

Family Entertainment Dorr Farms

Firefighter

Robbie Rickard

Sully's Travel Agency

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Rep. Murrell Smith works through pandemic and state budget I am humbled to be acknowledged by my community in the Best of Sumter 2021 publication for the second year in a row. Thank you for the honor. As your voice in the S.C. House of Representatives, I have always worked to provide Sumter County with a level of public service for which it can be proud. The residents of our great community have given me the privilege of representing it on issues that will impact our future. My family and I cannot thank you enough for your faith in me. The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone. Aside from the expected challenges of improving education, modernizing infrastructure, attracting and keeping business and industry and protecting our environment and quality of life, we have had to suffer through a devastating global pandemic. As chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, I saw firsthand the problems with writing our state budget in uncertain economic times. We were presented with the unenviable task of creating an appropriations bill without really knowing how the pandemic would affect revenue. We had to make tough decisions that left many state needs unmet. I am pleased to say that by restricting spending to essential government services and bulking up our reserves, we were one of the few states that did not have to cut budgets during the pandemic. I believe the state has weathered the worst of the storm and that our economy is poised to bounce back quickly this year. I look forward to a rapid resumption of growth and opportunity for both Sumter County and the state. While the obstacles and hardships we have faced have been

tremendous, it is important that we not lose sight of the silver lining that has arisen from this situation. Our nation, state and community pulled together to overcome this frightening virus. We are now experiencing the beginning of a return to normalcy, and I am confident that we will continue to work together to solve our collective issues. While I serve Sumter at the state level, my first priority will always be to the people of our community. For that reason, I have emphasized the pivotal role that quality of life plays in our county. By investing in improvements to local parks, trails and sports facilities, we have enhanced our recreational opportunities and made Sumter a more desirable place to live and visit. I want to thank my fellow Sumter Delegation members, Rep. David Weeks and Sen. Thomas McElveen. We work closely together with other locally elected officials as part of Team Sumter. I also want to thank my colleagues at the Smith Robinson Law Firm for their dedication and support, which allows me to work and serve in elected office. Most importantly, I could not do everything I do without the love and understanding of my wonderful wife, Macaulay, and our children, Bee and Murrell III. Thank you again for this recognition. It is an affirmation that we are on the right path, and it is a testament to the strength and resiliency of our great community. Murrell Smith Member, S.C. House of Representatives

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At Carquest, we’re honored to be a part of the Sumter community

Once again, the great people of Sumter have spoken and chose Carquest Auto Parts (Auto Parts of Sumter and Patriot Auto Parts) as the best place to buy auto parts in 2021. We are truly beyond blessed with the best customers this state has to offer. It never gets old winning this award. It speaks volumes to what we strive to do, and that is provide the best customer service in Sumter hands down. We truly love our customers, and we strive to make their experiences with us the best possible. I would not want to work in any other town than Sumter, and it is because of the relationships that have developed over the last 10 years that make me feel that way. Our customers are like an extension to our families, and we truly feel that way about each and every one of them. 2020 was a hard year for us all but especially for those who lost loved ones to the coronavirus. Our hearts truly break for the ones who have had to deal with such loss. That is one of the things that is so special about this community: we pray for one another and love one another as our Lord and savior Jesus Christ would have us do. This award has given the community a voice to show all the different businesses just what we mean to them, and I for one am truly honored to be a part of this community. We continue to offer many different services. We mix automotive paint, we make hydraulic hose assemblies, we can package factory colors in aerosol cans, and we are

Find the health and life insurance coverage you need at CRW

We here at Creech Roddey Watson Insurance are honored to be voted as the Best of Sumter in Health Care Insurance and Life Insurance for 2021! Creech Roddey Watson has been serving our Sumter and surrounding communities since 1936 by providing exceptional customer service to our clients. We look forward to continuing that service to Sumter and its surrounding communities for years to come. We appreciate each person who has taken the time to vote for us this year! We strive to provide the best customer care with positive attitudes and a welcoming, family oriented environment. We are beyond blessed with the staff we have and how they go above and beyond for their clients. Creech Roddey Watson is locally owned and operated, and we enjoy serving anyone in need of assistance with their health insurance or life insurance. We provide health insurance services through multiple carriers for small groups, individuals and families and even Medicare needs. We provide life insurance for groups or individuals through multiple carriers also. We here at Creech Roddey Watson again want to thank all our customers and voters. It is because of you that we work as diligently as we do to provide you with the coverage and care you deserve. A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

a VP racing fuel jobber as well. We take pride in our work, and we stand behind our products. By doing so, it shows the overwhelming support you guys have shown to us. Our parts professionals have over 30 years of experience in each of the stores, so we know what we are doing, and we do it to the best of our abilities. We are thankful to have our first responders and our military as some of our best customers, and we truly thank you for your service and for the freedom and safety you all provide. Auto parts are what we sell, but customer service is and will always be our top priority. God bless this great community, first responders and our great military. My prayer has not changed for my business for many years now, and that is to represent Sumter by truly being one of Sumter's best in 2021. Thank you, Dale Player and Lee Brown

4494 Broad Street 803.494.4444 816 S. Guignard Drive 803.778.1841

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... 2021 Law Enforcement Officer

Peyton Way and K-9 Tank Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Eat & Drink

Deli

American

Family Restaurant

Sylvia Jo's

Asian

Mon Cafe Japan

Library

Bar

Live Theater

Barbeque

Sumter County Library Sumter Opera House

Networking Group

Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce

Sumter Original Brewery Triple B's Big Bad Bob's BBQ (Christopher Armstrong)

Breakfast

Eggs Up Grill

Nonprofit Organization

Breakfast Buffet

Park

Brunch

Place for a Girls Night Out

Buffet

Place for Kids to Have Fun

Burger

Place to Take a Visitor

Business Lunch

Place to Volunteer

Butcher

Sports League

Cake & Desserts

Sumter United Ministries Swan Lake-Iris Gardens Sip & Gogh

Dorr Farms

Ricochet Range

Sumter United Ministries Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department

Summer Camp Camp Burnt Gin

Wedding Venue Bridlestone

Shoney's of Sumter Baker's Sweets Pizza Lane J. O'Grady's Simply Southern Bistro Carnivore Butcher & Bottle Baker's Sweets

Catering

Tasteful Kreations Catering and Event Planning LLC

Chicken

Chick-fil-A

Coffee Shop

Baker's Sweets

Country Cooking

Mary Ann's Deli Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Fast Food Chick-fil-A

Food Truck

Susie's Chicken & Fries

French Fries Five Guys

Frozen Yogurt Sweet Frog

Grocery Store Piggly Wiggly

Happy Hour

Savannah Break

Health Food Be Fit Eat Fit

Hot Dog

Duggie Dogs Express

Ice Cream Store Baskin Robbins

Italian

Georgio's II Famous Pizza

Liquor Store

Mac's Place Spirits

Local Produce Farm Dorr Farms

Mexican

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Nightclub

Brewers Bar & Grill

Pizza

Pizza Lane

Guignard Diner 16

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SHOOTING LEAGUE WINNERS

• GUNS • AMMO • CWP CLASSES

2021

1410 US Hwy 15 South Sumter, SC 29150

803-938-5713

From our friends to your family at Sumter’s 1st indoor range

Ricochet Range is the product of a lifelong friendship, a crazy idea, a love for training and a feeling of home within the community. Together, these four friends decided to give Sumter something it really needed: an indoor shooting range! With a lot of hard work, sweat and absolute determination, Ricochet Range is Sumter’s first premier indoor shooting range and training spot! A fully enclosed 10-bay range and retail space for all of your firing needs. An RSO (range safety officer) is always on duty to help with your safety and to help navigate the range. Friendly Top Shot competitions and Firearm Leagues help our members to have loads of fun while improving accuracy and honing their skills. We sell firearms, ammunition, offer CWP classes and much much, more! Stop by today and see what Ricochet Range can offer you.

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Thank you, Sumter, for voting us Best Fitness Center/Gym! Join the excitement, find us online, visit or call us! www.ymcasumter.org 510 Miller Road

Facebook/Sumterymca 803.773.1404

The Staff of Cherryvale Elementary School Congratulates Dr. Cynthia Graham for Being Voted Best School Teacher for the Best of Sumter!

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Thank you for choosing us Our physicians, providers and care team members work together to bring you and your family the broadest range of healthcare services in Sumter and the surrounding communities. We are proud to be part of this community and to provide compassionate care at our local practices, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital and across Prisma Health. All so you get the very best care at home in Sumter.

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We truly appreciate the readers of the Sumter Item for recognizing us as the best in healthcare.

Best of Sumter 2021 winners Best Hospital .......................................................Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital Best Cosmetic Surgeon ......................................Emily Clark, MD Best General Surgeon .......................................Henry Moses, MD Best Infectious Diseases Specialist .................Bhatraphol Tingpej, MD Best Obstetrics & Gynecology ........................Sumter OB/GYN Best Orthopedic Surgeon ................................Danny Ford, MD Best Vein Specialist ............................................Michael J. Naylor, MD

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Caring for the Sumter community for more than a century At Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, we’re dedicated to putting our community first. Our fully equipped facilities offer diagnostic and treatment capabilities for cancer, heart care, maternity, orthopedics and surgery. Established more than a century ago, Tuomey Hospital today is a 283-bed Joint Commission-accredited medical center located in the heart of Sumter. Our active medical staff includes more than 150 doctors representing more than 25 medical specialties. Our facilities include a 36-bed nursery, an expanded ICU, 10 operating suites, an outpatient surgery center, an awardwinning day surgery unit, a beautiful women and infants pavilion and a satellite medical park. Our services: • Cancer care • Heart care • Orthopedics • Rehabilitation and physical therapy services • Surgery • The Birthplace at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital • Wound care

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital 129 N. Washington St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 774-9000 www.PrismaHealth.org

Thank you for voting us best church! We are a multicultural, multigenerational church that exists to WIN people to Jesus Christ, TRAIN believers to be disciples, and SEND them out to impact the world. We are a church for EVERYONE.

Welcome Home. Proudly serving the Sumter and surrounding communities since 1946.

Join us Sundays at 9am & 11am

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Adult Education

Pizza Delivery

USC Sumter

Produce

Archway Academy

Papa John's Pizza The Farm Store

Restaurant Drive-Thru Chick-fil-A

Romantic Restaurant Carolina Grove

Salads

Willie Sue's

Sandwiches Sub Station II

Seafood

Palmetto Oyster House

Smoothie

Johnny's Garden & Juice Bar

Snow Cones / Shaved Ice Pelican's SnoBalls Sumter

Sports Bar

Shuckers of Sumter

Steak

Logan's

Sushi

Kobe Japanese Steak House

Sweet Tea Chick-fil-A

Takeout

Chicken Shack

Tex-Mex

Moe's Southwest Grill

Wings Leo's 20

Education

After-School Program College / University

Central Carolina Technical College

College Professor

Pamela Dinkins - Central Carolina Technical College

Driving School

Potts Driving School

Elementary School Wilson Hall

High School

Sumter High School

Middle School

Alice Drive Middle School

Preschool

Westside Christian Academy

Private School

Air & Heating Service

Air Solutions Heating and Cooling

Apartment Complex The Retreat at Sumter

Assisted Living Community

Covenant Place of Sumter

Audio Video Solutions Computer Upgraders

Bank

Bank of Clarendon

Bookkeeping Company

Ingram & Associates Tax Firm

Cable/Satellite Company FTC

Carpet Cleaning

Rickard Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning Company (Residential)

Beeee Clean, The Professional Cleaning Service

Contractor / Remodeler

School Administrator

Trapp Construction & Remodeling

School Teacher

Walton Counter Tops

Wilson Hall

Fred Moulton - Wilson Hall Cynthia Graham - Cherryvale Elementary School

Tutoring Center

H.Y.P.E. After School Program

Home & Finance Accounting

Barrineau Accounting

Countertops Company Credit Union

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Decks & Porches R&M Remodeling

Drive-Thru Banking

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Electric Company

Black River Electric Co-op Inc.

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Thank you, Sumter for voting us

#1 Outpatient Surgery The following Outpatient Surgical Procedures are offered: Urology Ophthalmology ENT Gastroenterology

Your Health. Your Choice.

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Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center puts patient care above all The staff and surgeons of Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center want to extend a big thank you to the people of Sumter and the surrounding areas for voting us the Best Outpatient Surgery. Our No. 1 priority is to provide outpatient surgical care that is quality, safe, economical, convenient and dramatically different from any other experience. When you or your family members are scheduled for a surgical procedure, we realize this can be a very anxious time. It is a true honor that so many of you have placed your trust in us for your health care needs.

Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center is specially designed to perform same-day procedures – those requiring more care than can be offered in a doctor’s office but do not require an overnight hospital stay. Your care will be performed by the same highly skilled personnel with the same quality care and safety found at larger facilities. The surgery center provides a variety of surgical procedures within the following specialties: gastroenterology, ophthalmology, ENT and urology.

THANK YOU SUMTER

for voting us BEST Air Purification Company Locally Owned Business • Jim Fetter –Best Boss

For All Your Sign Needs!

Thank You For Voting Sign Wave the Best Sign Company in Sumter.

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Thank you for voting us best church! A place for you.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Real Estate Company

Fence Company

Mold Treatment

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices John M. Brabham Real Estate

Financial Advisement

Mortgage Lender

Kevin Watford-HouseMaster

Moving Company

Callen Roofing

2021 The Fence Company Linda Schermerhorn Upstream Financial Services

Oakwood Homes SERVPRO

Gateway Mortgage Group

Real Estate Inspector Roofing Company

Flooring Installation Company

J&T Movers

Senior Care

New Home Construction Company

Tax Preparation

Garage Doors

Great Southern Homes

Glass & Mirror

Covenant Place of Sumter

Grading & Hauling

Jon Sill's Custom Paint Works

Gutter Maintenance

Waterworks Pools and Spas

Home Accents Company

T-N-T Quality Lawn Service

Home Security Company

Palmetto Gas Corporation

Dixie Carpets & Flooring Advance Doors LLC Glass Doctor of Sumter Charles Smith Paving & Grading Jonathan E. Goff - Seamless Aluminum Rain Gutters Sumter Lighting and Home

Palmetto Security Company

Interior Decorating Company

Nicole Norris Design Studio

Nursing Home

Medical

Pressure Washing Company

Propane / Gas Company Property Management Company Southern Touch Property Management LLC

Real Estate Appraisal

Metro Mortgage Corporation

Locksmith

Accurate Lock & Key

Window Cleaning

Pool Company

Landscaping

Loan Company

Barrineau Accounting

Painters

Investment Company Clean Cut Lawn Care

Comfort Keepers

Clean by Design Cleaning Service LLC

Real Estate Agent

Edward Jones

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Manufactured House Dealer

Brooke Braswell

Endodontics

Michael W. Nimmich, DDS

Audiologist

Sumter Hearing Associates

Cardiologist

Dr. Ryan Garbalosa - McLeod Cardiology Associates

Children's Dentist

Carolina Children's Dentistry

Chiropractor

Sandhills Chiropractic & Functional Health Center

Cosmetic Dentist

Greg Stone Appraisal Company Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Real Estate Closing

Attorney

Frank Shuler

Cosmetic Surgeon Emily Clark, MD

Dentist

Dental Team of Sumter

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HouseMaster is the inspector Sumter’s most respected Realtors trust

Reliable Pawn Shop earns reputation for honesty and respect

We are honored to have been once again voted Best Real Estate Inspector for Sumter. Thank you to all of the real estate professionals and clients for continuing to recommend our services. Since 1992, we have provided Sumter and the surrounding areas with the most comprehensive and thorough inspections in the industry. HouseMaster inspectors have completed over 3 million home inspections nationally, and our unique level of experience, training and annual testing are just a few of the many advantages that HouseMaster customers remember and appreciate. It’s no wonder the most respected real estate professionals feel confident in telling their clients about HouseMaster, knowing they are selecting a professional home inspector who has been there yesterday, today and, most importantly, tomorrow. So, whether you are purchasing, selling or investing, call us today to schedule your inspection, or visit our easy-tonavigate website at www.housemaster.com and schedule online. Thank you again, Sumter, for voting us the Best Real Estate Inspector, and we look forward to serving you for many years to come. For maintenance tips or more information about your home, visit our website at www.midlandsc.housemaster. com, and feel free to like us on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/HouseMasterSCMidlands.

Reliable Pawn Shop has been locally owned since it was established in 1946. We lead the pawn industry as one of the oldest licensed pawnbrokers in the state of South Carolina, and we are thrilled to be celebrating our 75th anniversary in the community. As active members of the South Carolina and national pawnbrokers associations, we hold ourselves to the highest standards. As a result, we have earned the reputation of treating our clients honestly and respectfully. Our retail inventory includes electronics, power and hand tools, musical instruments, audio/video equipment, DVDs, car audio, holsters, ammo, air conditioners, TVs, computers, lawnmowers, microwaves, fax machines, printers, cameras, bicycles, fishing equipment and much more. We specialize in firearms and jewelry, with new and pre-owned fine jewelry gracing each of our stores in Sumter and Manning and selections that are unrivaled in the area. At Reliable Pawn Shop, we are happy to help you overcome any cash flow interruption with a collateral loan. We are staffed with experienced pawnbroking professionals to match our services to your specific situation. Thank you for voting for us!

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Wright Way Plumbing gets it done right the first time Thank you for voting us Best Plumber for 2021! At Wright Way Plumbing LLC, we are dedicated to providing excellent service for all your residential plumbing needs. We are licensed and insured with over 20 years experience in Sumter and surrounding areas, so you’re in good hands with Wright Way Plumbing. We’ll give you a free estimate paired with a satisfaction guarantee. When we set out to complete a job, we get it done right the first time. We are your reliable, local plumbers serving Sumter and the surrounding areas. We deliver a comprehensive list of plumbing services that will meet all of your home’s needs without breaking the bank. Our team of plumbing professionals is always ready to tackle your plumbing requirements, no matter how complex they are. From small repairs and maintenance to system troubleshooting and installations, we’ll get the job done on time and on budget. Call us for any type of plumbing repair! No job is too big or too small, from a leaky faucet to replacing a main drain. We offer 24-hour service. We will also install your new tub, toilet and more – everything AND the kitchen sink!

We can service your gas or electric water heater so that it operates at peak performance and energy efficiency. We can also install a new one if your current one is beyond repair. We also offer tankless water heaters, also known as inline, on-demand or instant-on water heaters, which are an energy-efficient choice to consider when replacing your old one. We’re happy to advise you on the best options for your needs. When conditions arise outside of a homeowner’s control, such as hydrant flushing, municipal pressure drops and service breaks, undesirable contaminants can be introduced into the home’s water system. We are trained to assess, install, test and repair the devices used to prevent this from happening. If you are remodeling your bath or kitchen, let our experienced plumbers help with installation or replumbing needs. Give us a call today to discuss your remodeling project, and we’ll provide a free quote! Call us today at (803) 499-4108 or visit our website at www.wrightwayplumbingllc.com.

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Thank you, Sumter citizens, for voting us Best in Sumter Quality plumbing services in Sumter, SC

“The Right Ones to Count On”

Sewer & Drain Cleaning Backed up or slow drains? Call us today for quick, 24-hour emergency Call today to discuss your service! remodeling project and get a free quote!

Plumbing Repairs Call us for any type of plumbing repair! No job is too big or too small, from a leaky faucet to replacing a main drain or water heater. We offer 24-hour service & FREE estimates!

Backflow Testing & Repairs Backflow occurs when certain conditions, outside of a homeowner’s control, arise such as hydrant flushing, municipal pressure drops, service breaks, etc. These can cause water to flow in the direction opposite of its municipal source. Undesirable contaminants can be introduced into the home’s water system when this happens. The devices used to prevent this from happening are called RPZ, or Reduced Pressure Zone valves. We are trained to assess, install, test and repair these devices.

Tankless Water Heaters Tankless water heaters — also known as inline, on-demand, or instant-on water heaters – are an energy efficient choice to consider when replacing your old water heater.

New Installation Remodeling or just need to upgrade your bathroom or kitchen? We can replace damaged or dated fixtures with beautiful new ones. Upgrading a few fixtures can be a lower-cost alternative to a full renovation job and can increase the value of your home. We will install your new sink, tub, toilet, water heater, and more--everything including the kitchen sink!

SPECIALTIES: REPAIRS •REMODELING •WATER HEATERS • TANKLESS WATER HEATERS BACKFLOW TESTING & REPAIRS • BURST PIPE REPAIR • NEW CONSTRUCTION •SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING

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Voted Best Home Health and Best Hospice Care! HOME HEALTH

3481 Declaration Blvd. Sumter, SC 29154 Call Us: (803) 720-5244

HOSPICE CARE

198 E. Wesmark Blvd. Suite 2 Sumter, SC 29150 Call Us: (803) 774-4036

Home Health

Whether your recovering from surgery, illness or injury; living with an ongoing condition like diabetes, heart disease, or COPD; or dealing with multiple diagnoses, Amedisys Home Health Care in Sumter is here to help. We can help you recover, manage your condition and live as independently as possible. Following the plan of care developed with your doctor, our home health care team of skilled nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers and home care aides can deliver the care you need where you need it most – at home.

Hospice Care

Amedisys Hospice Care in Sumter gives patients facing a terminal illness the freedom to live each day to its fullest by offering comfort, dignity, quality of life and time. We work in close coordination with you, your family and your doctor to deliver high-quality hospice care, and we’re here for you around the clock. We are blessed and humbled to be part of each patient’s journey and will treat you and your loved ones with the highest respect.

When it comes to your health, you need a team you can trust. Whether you need home health care, hospice care, palliative care or personal home care, you’ll receive high-quality care from a team of compassionate health professionals. We take the time to get to know you and tailor care to your goals and needs. When you invite us into your home to care for you, you’re more than a patient. You become a member of our extended Amedisys family.

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Amedisys offers the best in tailored home and hospice care

Thank you to the Sumter community for voting us Best Home Health for the past three years ('19, '20, 2021) and Best Hospice Care for 2019 and 2021. These wins reflect our commitment to the community and mean so much to our staff. At Amedisys Hospice and Home Health Services in Sumter, we provide high-quality services tailored to your needs. We believe health care is a relationship built on trust, respect and a commitment to meeting your needs. You’ll receive care from an experienced team that makes your needs and wishes their highest priority. If you need help taking care of yourself or a loved one at home, we’re here for you. We provide: • Hospice care – For those who aren’t expected to recover from an illness or no longer wish to pursue aggressive treatments for a terminal illness, our hospice care teams learn what matters most to you and create a plan to meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. • Home health care – Are you or a loved one recovering from surgery, illness or an injury or trying to manage one or more serious health conditions? Our skilled staff of nurses, therapists, social workers and home care aides can help you feel better, avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital and stay independent, all in the comfort of your own home.

We are here to serve you on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You have the freedom to choose the hospice and home health in Sumter that best meets your needs. Here are a few reasons we hope you’ll choose us: • We’re one of the largest and most trusted providers of personal home care, home health care, palliative care and hospice care in the U.S. • We are Sumter’s ONLY 5-Star home health agency for quality as rated by the Center for Medicare. • Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies typically cover the cost of home health care and hospice care in Sumter for eligible patients. • Our hospice care and home health care centers consistently rank at or above the national average for patient satisfaction and quality. • We’re on call 24/7. • Our commitment to quality patient care has earned us accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. • We provide education and resources for families and caregivers. To learn more about us, visit locations.amedisys.com/sc/ sumter, or call (803) 774-4036 for our hospice care team or (803) 720-5244 for our home health care team.

Thank you, Sumter for Voting us #1 Manufactured Home Dealer. 2021

We take pride in offering Quality Homes & Service and look forward to meeting housing needs in Sumter this year and years to come.

5 Years Straight! 3590 Broad Street, Sumter, SC

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Laser / Skin Care

2021 Dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Parra

Dialysis Company

Colonial Aesthetics Advanced Laser & Day Spa

Lasik Surgery

Dr. Gregory A. King, MD Sumter Eye Center

Podiatrist

James B. Cahill, DPM, LLC

Prosthetics Company

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

Psychiatrist

Fresenius Kidney Care

Medical Center

Durable Medical Equipment

Tandem Health

Dr. David Justice, Tandem Health

Nurse

Psychologist

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

Stacey Pack

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sumter Behavioral Health Services

Occupational Therapist

Colonial Neurology

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Sumter ObGyn

Esthetician

Sumter Physical Therapy Clinic

Urgent Care

Family Practice

Optometrist

Vein Specialist

General Surgeon

Oral Surgeon

Hearing Aid Center

Orthodontist

Professionals

Dr. Paul A. Evangelisti, MD Karen Watts - About the Body Colonial Family Practice Henry Moses, MD

Sumter Hearing Associates

Home Health

Amedisys Home Health

Hospice Care

Amedisys Hospice Care

Hospital

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Imaging Services

Palmetto Adult Medicine

Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Bhatraphol Tingpej

In-Home Care

At Your Service Home Care

Internal Medicine

Dr. James A. Goodson III, MD Richard S. Marks, PA Dr. Thomas Epps Epps Orthodontics

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Danny Ford

Outpatient Surgery Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center

Outpatient Therapy Clinic Sumter Physical Therapy

Pediatric Practice

Sumter Pediatrics, P.A.

Periodontics

Dr. Wallace L. Marshall, DDS

Physical Therapist

Access Physical Therapy

Sleep Center Faster Care

Dr. Michael J. Naylor

Bankruptcy Attorney Paul Held Law Office

Bartender

Cookie Tarantini Savannah Break

Chef

Raffaele Dall'Erta - Hamptons

Civil Attorney

Thomas McElveenBryan Law Firm

Consultant

Hodge Systems and Consulting Services LLC

Counselor

Matt Wilkie - The Well

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Oakwood Homes opens the door to a better life

With Tasteful Kreations, be prepared to be wowed

At Oakwood Homes of Sumter, our mission is to open doors to a better life and help families build happiness through homeownership. We are proud of our dedication to innovation and providing affordable, quality-built homes, and we’re also so proud to be voted the Best of Sumter four years in a row! Our voters may be some of hundreds of happy customers who choose to save big on energy bills and keep their money in their wallets, and you can be, too. Upgrade to the Energy Smart Home package to increase the energy efficiency of your new home with features like upgraded insulation, low-e windows and more. Visit Oakwood Homes in Sumter and browse our modular homes and mobile homes for sale. Create your dream home with our customizable features. Stop by today and tour our homes on display. Our team of Doug Peyton, general manager, and home consultant David Weston appreciate you trusting us with your family’s home and dream. You made us the Best of Sumter for 2021 because you are the best. If you don’t know us yet, let us help you open the door to a better life, one home at a time.

Tasteful Kreations Catering, Event Planning and Private Chef Services is a locally owned company established in November 2015. Chef Torey Shannon has over 15 years of catering, short order, casual dining and fine dining experience. Our menu consists of Southern-fusion dishes with a fine dining flair and soul food tastes, such as Lowcountry shrimp and grits with etouffee sauce and our famous three cheese mac and cheese, and our smoked brisket is sure to warm your heart. Our motto is "Creating Your Cuisine Memories, Tastefully." We understand that our clients have specific needs and tastes. We endeavor to leave our clients in awe and wanting more with "Kreative Cuisine." Our private chef services, the Kreative Chef eXperience, was launched in May 2020 and has grown into a great idea for small, intimate dining. New menus are published quarterly and range from seafood to vegan dishes. Whatever your needs, Tasteful Kreations Catering offers something to wow you and your guests. From our family to yours, thank you Sumter and surrounding counties for allowing us to serve you. We look forward to hearing from you soon. What does your next meal look like? Unleash your palate. “Kreate” a memory with Tasteful Kreations Catering and the Kreative Chef eXperience.

3590 Broad Street, Sumter, SC

803-494-5700

www.oakwoodhomesofsumter.com

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BEST CATERING 2021

CREATING YOUR CUISINE MEMORIES… TASTEFULLY

CHEF T. SHANNON

(803) 565-2434

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Providing a personalized service to honor the life of each person

We are thrilled and so honored to be named Best Funeral Home for 2021. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home proudly serves the communities of Sumter County, Shaw Air Force Base, Lee County and Clarendon County. We are proud to embrace traditional values, diversity and innovation in honoring the spirit of each person we serve. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home has a full selection of funeral and memorial services, burial and cremation services and celebration services. Our funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to your inquiries. Again, thank you to our voters and customers because you are the reason we strive to be the Best of Sumter.

ElmoreCannonStephens Funeral Home 515 Miller Road Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 7757500

Thank you for voting us Best Automotive Repair 3 years in a row! Call Today! (803) 773-3379 • Oil Changes • Tune-Ups • Computer Diagnostics • Brake Service & Repair • Tires • AC Service

• Wheel Balance • Starters • Radiators • Shocks & Struts • Belts and Hoses • Alignments

www.newmansautomotivesumter.com

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Best Funeral Home

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Thank you for voting us “Best of Sumter” BD Sumter is a world-class manufacturing facility, producing billions of medical devices annually since 1970

BD Sumter 240 Jefferson Road Sumter, SC 29153 www.bd.com

We’re focused on advancing the world of health by delivering our customers complete solutions from discovery to diagnosis.

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Sumter BD plant advancing the world of health Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the front lines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 70,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of health care delivery processes, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers’ capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. Every one of us plays an important role in bringing the BD brand to life by seeking new and better solutions that address our customers’ unmet needs, improve patient outcomes, reduce the cost of care, and expand health care access. The devices we manufacture at BD’s Sumter facility are, in large part, used by health care workers in acquiring, containing and preparing a patient’s sample for diagnostic testing. As an example, if you’ve ever had

THANK YOU For Voting Us The Best Jewelry Store

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your blood drawn, it’s very likely your health care provider used a BD needle, several BD tubes or both. Those are the devices that we manufacture at BD Sumter. BD began operations in Sumter 52 years ago with 125 associates and has steadily grown to nearly 1,000. Over the years, BD Sumter has employed thousands of people from Sumter and surrounding counties, and they have produced many hundreds of billions of medical devices in return. Our associates take pride in BD’s purpose and make it their own. And we feel that’s why our average employment tenure exceeds 17 years of service. In addition to their incredible work at BD, many of our associates also participate in various communityminded philanthropies and regularly serve as leaders in organizations throughout our community. On behalf of our BD leadership team, I’d like to extend a big thank you for our BD associates! Your efforts are making a world of difference. And to the citizens of Sumter, thank you! We are honored and take great pride in knowing that you acknowledge us as an employer of choice here in the region. We are BD. We are focused on “Advancing the World of Health.” #BDWayAllTheWay

Newman’s Automotive takes the win in Aftermarket Auto Repair for the third year

Woody Newman and his team at Newman’s Automotive want to extend a huge thank you to the citizens of Sumter and the surrounding communities for voting them as the best in Aftermarket Auto Repair for the past three years. Woody and his team work hard to please their customers, most of whom have become like family. Some businesses do a service and the customer leaves, but at Newman’s Automotive, the team tries to go above and beyond to truly make the customer happy, and it works. From the front office crew to the guys in the shop, the atmosphere is friendly and personable. 2020 was a hard year for all of us, and as a small business we faced challenges. Newman’s Automotive worked hard to continue assisting its customers and keeping everyone safe. The business continues to grow and offer all the new tools to keep up with the growing trends in automotive repair. If you have not given Newman’s a visit, we would love to help you with your next vehicle service or repair. We are grateful and thank you again, Woody, Stacy, Brandon, Larry, Toby and John. BEST OF SUMTER 2021

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Feel like you're always living in a dream with luxury housing at The Retreat For almost three years, the City of Sumter has enjoyed these stylish apartments nestled on over 40 acres with the best of the city just minutes away. Our community offers spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes to suit all your wants and needs. Located conveniently on Broad Street, The Retreat is situated within Sumter School District, is convenient to the best dining, shopping and entertainment the city has to offer and is less than 5 miles from Shaw Air Force Base. With phase two completed and a third expansion imminent , The Retreat has more to offer than ever before. From the zero-entry luxury pool to the freestanding Crossfit gym to the fully furnished guest suites, which come with the flexibility of a hotel but the comfort of a house, this community has been designed with you in mind. Conveniently open six days a week, we invite you to stop by for a personal tour and find out why this property is truly a retreat!

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Thank You for voting us BEST Assisted Living Community & BEST Nursing Home

Sumter’s Only Full Service Continuing Care Retirement Community

CovenantLiving Place at its best

COVENANT PLACE

Open for visits & welcoming new residents

Lifestyle Options: •Apartment Homes •Assisted Living

2021

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Call us today to learn more about our lifestyle options!

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Covenant Place is the best for retirement living Covenant Place of Sumter has been voted the Best of Sumter year after year as the No. 1 choice for retirement living! Thank you, Sumter and surrounding areas, for your votes and continued support of Sumter’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community. A group of caring people in Sumter, South Carolina, made a unique promise, a covenant, to the Sumter community to create a Continuing Care Retirement Community where the needs of mature adults and their loved ones could be met. The result of that promise to Sumter is Covenant Place – a warm, inviting retirement community whose doors opened in the spring of 1994. Tastefully designed to reflect Southern charm and hospitality, Covenant Place has maintained its neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy over the years. As a not-forprofit 501(c) (3) Continuing Care Retirement Com-

munity, Covenant Place of Sumter Inc. offers the perfect lifestyle options for those who enjoy their independence with security for the future. Covenant Place provides a range of lifestyle options, including independent living in apartment homes, assisted living, Connections Memory Care, skilled nursing care and outpatient rehabilitation. Fundamental services, such as meals, housekeeping, laundry transportation and so much more, are included in affordable monthly service fees. As the only Continuing Care Retirement Community in the area, Covenant Place of Sumter is a rental community with no buy-in fees or long-term contract. Local area leaders serve on the Covenant Place Board of Trustees and work together with our management team to maintain our unique retirement community located in the heart of Sumter at 2825 Carter Road – between Shaw Air Force Base and beautiful downtown Sumter. Schedule your personal visit today to discover why Covenant Place of Sumter has been voted the Best of Sumter in The Sumter Item’s readers’ choice year after year and why so many have made Covenant Place their home! Contact Melissa Bean at (803) 469-7007 or www.covenantplace.org, or find us on Facebook for more information.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Private Investigator

2021 Criminal Defense Attorney Chip McMillan

Electrical Contractor C2 Electric

Veterinarian

Dr. Lester Bell - Animal Medical Clinic

Wedding Coordinator

Estate Planning Attorney

Sharon Rogers Southern Wedding Decor

Event Planner

Shopping & Commerce

Frank Shuler

Anna Kate Sherrill Parte Events and Design

Family Law Attorney

The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick

Insurance Agent

Bobby Beatson - Allstate

Loan Officer

Chris Lee - Bank of Clarendon

Pediatrician

Dr. James M. DuRant Jr. - Sumter Pediatrics

Personal Injury Attorney Marc Brown

Personal Trainer

Derek Spann - Team Robinson MMA

Pet Sitter

Kim West - Doggie Do's

Pet Trainer

Dog Training with Paula

Photographer

Megan Manus Photography

Plumber

Wright Way Plumbing

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Charles "Eddie" Drayton Drayton Investigations

Consignment Store

The Clothing Exchange

Cosmetics Store

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

Department Store Belk

Feed Store

Tractor Supply Co.

Fishing Store

Antique Store

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Appliance Store

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Broadstone Manor Antiques & Interiors Ard's Appliance Sales & Service

Arts and Crafts Store Michaels

Battery Store

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Bookstore

The Olive Tree and Doolallies

Boutique

Silverpaper

Bridal Shop

Kyla Ann's Bridal Boutique

Carpet / Flooring Store

Dixie Carpets and Flooring

CBD Retailer

Alderman Drug Co. & Medical Supplies

Children's Clothing Store The Clothing Exchange

Computer Store

Computer Upgraders

Fitness Store Flea Market

378 Flea Market

Furniture Store

Discount Furniture Outlet

Gas Station Tanners

Gift Store

The Olive Tree and Doolallies

Guns & Firearms Dealer Ricochet Range

Hardware Store Wally's Hardware

Jewelry Store

Galloway & Moseley

Lighting & Fan Store

Sumter Lighting and Home

Local Cellular Company FTC

Mattress Store

Discount Furniture Outlet

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at TheItem.com/BestOf.

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Furry and feathered friends always welcome at For Pet’s Sake All of us here at For Pet’s Sake would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude for the honor of being voted Sumter’s Best Pet Grooming. Since opening our doors in April 2015, we have built many special relationships with our furry and feathered friends and their owners. Our pets and people are most precious to us. We feel we have something to offer that other salons don’t because we cater to all pets. We groom dogs and cats, but we also know that birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and more need grooming, as well. A good grooming regimen is a top priority in caring for these loved ones in our lives. We carry an assortment of bling and leather collars and leashes, dresses and shirts for our furry friends, as well as bow ties and treats. Visit our website at www.forpetssakegrooming.com and don’t forget to like us on Facebook. Thank you again for making us No. 1 in Sumter. If you have not yet visited us, stop by and say hello. We are located at 1155 N. Guignard Drive.

A leader in the mortgage industry since 1987 Metro Mortgage is honored to have been voted among the Best of Sumter again. Martha Neal and her team have helped thousands of families purchase and refinance homes in the Sumter and Shaw communities. Since starting in the mortgage business in 1987, Martha has been a leader in her field and quickly became an expert in working with members of our armed services community. Martha joined Metro Mortgage shortly after the company was founded in 1993 and has grown the business through referrals from satisfied customers and real estate partners. Martha readily shares, “The best feeling is hearing from a former customer that is ready to buy another house or refinance their home and knows that Metro is going to take care of them, AGAIN! We have done as many as 10 loans for one family over the years.” In addition to VA loans, Metro offers conventional, FHA and USDA programs. Each member of the Metro team is customer focused, working with homeowners to find the mortgage solution that best fits their needs. By keeping the processing and closing in house, Metro is able to provide exceptional service, update clients on the status of their loan in real time and close loans quickly. Experience, communication and personal service are the standard at Metro Mortgage and set it above the rest!

Your local mortgage professionals since 1993!

NMLS# 296204

Proud to be voted the Best in Sumter again!

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Party Supply Store Let's Party!

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Pawn Shop

Men's Clothing Store Mayo's Discount Suits

Music Store Seaco Music

Nursery

Front Porch Botanicals

Office Equipment

Office Church School Supply Co.

Outdoor Furniture & Accessories Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Paint Store

Sherwin Williams

Party Rentals Let's Party!

Reliable Pawn Shop

Tool / Equipment Rental Store

Black Oak Equipment Rental LLC

Pet Store

Tuxedo Rental

Pharmacy

Vape Store

Shoe Store

Vitamin / Supplement Store

James Formal Wear

Petco

Alderman Drug Co. & Medical Supplies Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Sully Vapes

BJ's Health Food Store

Wig Store

Diamondz Luxury Hair Extensions

Window Company

Thrift Store

Glass Doctor of Sumter

Tire Store

TJ Maxx

This N That Thrift Store

Women's Clothing Store

Ace Parker Tire

Tobacco Store

Sir Williams Tobacco

Congratulations Best of the Best

Best Boss

Best Locally Owned Business

Best Customer Service

Best New Business (opened in 2020)

Best Local Industry

Best Place to Work

Jim Fetter Aire Serv FTC

Thompson Construction

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Aire Serv

Sumter Original Brewery

Central Carolina Technical College

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at TheItem.com/BestOf.

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Thank you, Sumter, for the 2nd year as Best Pet Trainer

As a professional instructor and an AKC-approved evaluator, Paula Cearley has more than 35 years of training experience with multiple obedience titles. She teaches a positive, reward-based program that will create a happy and well-mannered dog, whether it is a stay-at-home pet, a world traveler or a Dog Sports Competitor. The goal of Dogs in Training with Paw-la is to provide a reasonably priced training program that is both fun and educational. The hugely successful ’30 Day’ Program was developed by Paula to meet the needs of the average pet owner, yet it still provides a foundation for future advanced training. This program is now online and offering homeschool options to accommodate our less-mobile population and shelter-in-place citizens. Both programs address impulse control issues and teach attention skills along with all basic commands. Train your own dog, in your own home … in your own time. Services available include workshops, group classes, private sessions and online programs at every skill level. Also testing for Canine Good Citizens, STAR Puppy, Tricks Title and Farm Dog Title. Proud to be the trainer that other trainers support.

When they don’t learn the way you are teaching... Then teach the way they can

LEARN! Basic Manners to g Show Rin y d Rea

WALTON COUNTER TOPS Granite | Quartz | Marble | Solid Surface

Thank you for voting us the Best Counter Tops! WADE WALTONowner

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Wade Walton: (803) 518-0696 Layton Watts: (803) 795-9896 SHOP: (803) 775-2080

waltoncountertops.com

DOGS in TRAINING with Paw-la AKC Approved Evaluator/Instructor

(803) 983-0902

dogsintrainingwithpawla@gmail.com

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Dixie Products is glad to have Sumter as its business family Our family has been operating our business, Dixie Products, for more than 50 years. We are deeply grateful for the many wonderful people of Sumter and Shaw who have supported us as customers and friends. You trusted us to help supply your truck accessories, utility buildings, trailers, toolboxes and lawnmowers from our truck side and invited Dixie Carpets into your homes and business to help you choose your new flooring! And still today, having weathered the threat of COVID-19, surely a “worst of times” year for us all! We are so very proud of our city! The wonderful spirit of Sumter is still alive and well! Our son, Rob, will continue to help you gentlemen equip your vehicles with hitches, step-bars, toolboxes, etc. He will keep on making it easy for you ladies to pick out gifts to dress up those beloved trucks on special occasions. The Dixie Blondes will still strive to make it easy and frugal to choose the best-quality flooring from our many new products. Once again, we at Dixie – Jan, Rob, the DuBose family, faithful employees and installers – thank each of you personally for your very special, valuable vote of confidence in us! We pray God’s favor and blessing on your life, today and every day!

Thank you Sumter for voting us

Best Family Practice! Our primary care providers specialize in family medicine and strive to keep our patients, young and old, healthy all year long.

We Will See You Today! CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

(803) 773-5227 www.colonialhealthcare.com

Thank You for voting Dixie in 4 categories! TRUCK ACCESSORIES • BEST FLOORING Come See T he Dixie Blondes!

STORAGE BUILDINGS • FLOOR INSTALLATIONS

Dixie Products & Dixie Carpets 1255 N. Lafayette • Sumter • 775-4391 Current Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday

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We would like to thank Sumter & our neighboring communities for voting us BEST OF SUMTER. SUMTER.

Thomas McElveen

Michelle Stone, Elizabeth Nesbitt, Julie Long

Personal Injury including Automobile, Trucking, and Motorcycle Wrecks; Workers Compensation; Criminal Defense; and more

17 E. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC

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Bryan Law Firm – serving our clients; serving our community. Located at 17 E. Calhoun St., the Bryan Law Firm has called beautiful downtown Sumter home since 1962. From the very beginning, our founding partners, Art Bahnmuller and Werber Bryan, instilled within our firm a commitment to providing zealous representation for our clients while serving and giving back to our community. To this day, that commitment is at the heart of who we are and what we do. Thank you to Sumter and our neighboring communities for recognizing this commitment by voting Thomas McElveen Best Civil Attorney and voting the Bryan Law Firm Best Paralegal Firm for Best of Sumter 2021! Thomas McElveen and attorneys John Moorman, Joe McElveen and Howard King are experienced litigators residing right here in Sumter who are supported by dedicated and friendly staff members Elizabeth Nesbitt, Michelle Stone and Julie Long. We handle a wide array of cases, including wrongful death and injury cases resulting from automobile, trucking and motorcycle wrecks; premises liability incidents; and dog attacks. Our practice also includes the areas of worker compensation, criminal defense and business litigation, and we offer mediation services as well. We are not limited to those areas of practice, and we are regularly associated by

other attorneys and law firms as local co-counsel. We encourage you to give us a call at (803) 775-1263 or visit our office for all of your legal needs. Our dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys and staff welcome the opportunity to serve you! If we cannot assist you, we will do our best to help you find someone who can, and there is no charge for the initial consultation. Thank you for trusting and supporting your local, hometown attorneys from Sumter for the past 59 years! We look forward to serving you and your loved ones for many years to come!

(803) 775-1263

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US # 1 !

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Your one-stop shop for all your electronic service and repair needs Computer Upgraders LLC has been repairing electronics for Sumter and surrounding areas since 1994. We are thankful for all of our loyal customers. We offer a multitude of services and repairs for most electronics, as well as onsite services, including but not limited to: • Complete diagnostics on all electronics • Full system cleanup • Software installation and updates • Hardware upgrades and part/ component installation • Data recovery • Transfer of recovered data to portable devices • Television repairs • Printer repairs • Phone and tablet repair

• Pickup and delivery, setup and installation, plus explanation of use • At-home tutoring on everything from basic computer use to specific software issues; setting up of wireless and wired networks; setup of printers, webcams and other computer accessories; and troubleshooting hardware and software issues onsite

On commercial field calls, we provide network infrastructure maintenance and upgrades (setting up servers, running network cables, installing routers, patch panels, repeater and switches, etc.). We offer onsite estimates of upgrades to existing infrastructure (diagnostics of all computers and hardware), point-of-sales systems (setup of cash registers, bar-code scanners and pole display) and hardware installation (setup of printers, workstations and other devices). Doug Jones, president

The TintMan offers quality services in a family friendly, affordable atmosphere At the TintMan, we treat every vehicle like it’s our own. The TintMan also offers commercial and residential tinting. We take pride in being able to offer quality products and services at an affordable price. The TintMan Gill LLC is a family owned business that goes above and beyond when it comes to accommodating the customer’s needs. This is done, in part, by opening on most Saturdays by 6 a.m. because we understand that not all customers are capable of utilizing our services on weekdays. Saturday services are first-come, first-served basis with no appointment necessary. The TintMan’s weekday calendar is usually booked, but the service is definitely worth the wait. Some AfterHourz services are available upon request. Call or stop by to inquire about other services offered by the TintMan. The TintMan is located at 470 S. Guignard Drive, Suite 5. You can reach the TintMan by phone at (803) 8479015. The TintMan is a proud member of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

Computer Upgraders Thanks our Customers For Their Support

COMPUTER UPGRADERS

PC, Apple, Custom Builds, Notebook, Phone, Tablet, TV, Printer, Cellphone Repair, Electronic Repair and Sales LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

19 Pinewood Road, Sumter, SC 29150 (Across from Millwood Elementary)

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US

through the COVID-19 pandemic & again voting us “Best Country Cooking”

T HANK Y OU THANK YOU

GUIGNARD DINER “Country Cooking”

439 Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC

803-418-5532

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W e tr u ly a pp re ci a te yo u r vo tes f or u s a s B e st in T r ee S e rvi ce f or 1 1 ye ar s i n a r ow. 1455 N. PIKE E. SUMTER, SC STATETREE.NET 803-773-1320

The place where kids actually like going to the dentist Let’s face it: Not every child likes to go to the dentist. That’s where Dr. Felicia Goins, Dr. Lisbeth Poag, Dr. Shari Martin and Dr. Joshua Durrant step in to make a difference. This team of dentists has over 80 years of combined dental experience and provides a full range of dental restorative and hygiene services for patients starting at birth through adolescence. They specialize in unwrapping the fears of their young patients one at a time until they have a child well-equipped to handle whatever dentistry can throw their way. By customizing care to meet each child’s individual needs and offering a fun, kid-friendly environment, the doctors and staff are successful at establishing lasting relationships and providing pleasant dental experiences. Building relationships both with the patients they serve and their families is one of the major goals at Carolina Children’s Dentistry. Knowing where their parents are coming from is part of the key to treating each patient as a whole, not just “the tooth” in front of you. The team members at Carolina Children’s Dentistry are truly the magic-makers. From playing with a new

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patient to providing a loving sedation visit to assisting parents with their insurance and scheduling, this gifted and passionate team is what truly makes us stand out and what makes the doctors honored to come to work each day. They have a love for children and work to make each child realize his or her own capabilities at each visit. Carolina Children’s Dentistry understands that providing quality dentistry along with proper oral hygiene education for the patients and parents is key to ensuring optimal dental health. The ultimate goal for Carolina Children’s Dentistry is to make beautiful smiles and to help each child gain the confidence to develop his or her strengths and grow into the person he or she is meant to become.

Carolina Children’s Dentistry 500 Physicians Lane Sumter, SC 29154 (803) 775-4793

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Dr. Beth Poag

Dr. Felicia Goins

Dr. Sharlene Martin

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Dr. Joshua Durrant

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Tanners is more than a gas station. It’s a place where the community is served. It has always been my dream, since I came here when I was 13, to help people in the community. Being here every day at Tanners allows me to send people to work in the morning and home in the evening with a smile on their face. I’ve worked hard to be able to own my own store to serve Sumter, Manning and the surrounding area with all your fuel-up, snack and convenience store needs, and I love talking to all of you every day and seeing your faces come back again and again. Starting out as an accountant, I always knew I wanted to be in retail. In 2010, my dreams came true, and I thank all the loyal customers and the staff at Tanners for making it the Best Gas Station in Sumter for 2021 and now seven years in a row! Whether you need gas or an on-the-go phone charger, breakfast, lunch or a hot dinner, a refreshing drink or a quick snack, it is my responsibility to send you away satisfied. Tanners offers a variety of fuel, including regular gas, propane, small engine fuel and race gas. Our store is packed with anything you’d want fast, from candy and chips to cold beverages. Our pizza and wings are hot and ready to take out or eat here daily. So, whether you need a graband-go or to sit back and relax for a bit, we have it at Tanners. We recently bought Sportsman's Stop & Shop to offer your bait and tackle needs and have exciting plans for future expansion to continue bringing you what you want and need. You, the customers, are the most important part of my business. My reliable and caring staff has been here through hurricanes and snow, using a generator to provide food and gas knowing others may be out and in need. Through COVID-19, we have been here for you. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank the voters enough for honoring me with the Best of Sumter 2021 award for Best Gas Station. It means the world to me because you mean the world to Tanners. If you haven’t been out to see us at either of our locations on U.S. 15 South in Sumter or U.S. 301 in Manning, please come visit to learn about everything we have to offer. If you’ve been with us for a while now, we can’t wait to see you soon.

Having a party? Put DJ Howie D on the list for the best time!

No one wants to go to a party and be lulled to sleep by the music choice or feel awkward when the DJ makes you uncomfortable. If you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, school event, anything, make sure that does not happen by booking DJ Howie D Entertainment DJs. Splitting his time between DJing and his job as a detective with the Sumter Police Department, DJ Howie will make sure guests are on their feet dancing, laughing

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and having fun the whole time. They won’t want to go home! We entertain guests of all ages and bring the party to any occasion, with music, entertainment, games and a state-of-the-art photo booth. Weddings, birthday parties, karaoke, music videos, prom and school events, holiday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and any other special occasion imaginable. You name it, DJ Howie will bring the fun.

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This guy is wonderful, and he’s got moves on the dance floor. A true entertainer and a master to his craft.” – LaTonya on The Knot

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I was impressed with the DJ service and would use them again. They kept us all entertained and followed my instructions to a T! Loved everything about them!” – April on The Knot

We had such a mix of people at our wedding, but that didn’t matter. EVERYONE was on the dance floor. That was my one fear was that people would not dance or there would only be a few people dancing, but Howie made sure everyone was comfortable and having fun!” – Caitlyn on The Knot

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• Weddings • Birthday Parties • Karaoke • Music Videos • Proms/School Events • Holiday Parties • Bar Mitzvahs • Any Special Occasion

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CCTC takes pride in student support, ability to adapt to continue education What an honor it is to be recognized as not only the Best College/University, but also the Best Place to Work and as having the Best Professor. While our students are what drives us to be our best each day, it’s the faculty and staff who work as a team to ensure each one receives the attention and encouragement he or she deserves. It’s even more amazing to win the Best Place to Work award in a year when our employees have been tested like never before. Everyone has remained committed to our shared mission of providing pathways to success, and together we have created a caring and supportive culture that serves students even in this remote and online environment. Moving to a virtual format in 2020 meant professors had to learn how to teach and reach students in incredible new ways. Sometimes that meant a student would have a baby in his or her lap or a cat on the desk, but they persevered and so did we. Staff had to learn to support students using methods that were only previously reserved for special occasions. Everyone from custodians who worked to keep classrooms clean to the new president who got his start in early 2021 has learned to adapt and change along with the students. It’s that

adaptability that makes CCTC unique. We were one of the first technical colleges in the state to fully come back to the campus to be there for the students and each other. We did everything in our power to host an in-person graduation in 2020 because we know how much that walk across the stage means to our students. We take pride in knowing that we continued to educate frontline workers like nurses, pharmacy technicians and medical assistants in times when they are needed most. And we look to the future to impact the workforce in highdemand trades and occupations. Our Best Professor designation proudly goes to Pam Dinkins, the dean of Business and Public Service. Her tireless attention to student needs earned her this distinguished title twice. Pam is one of those rare people whose sincerity oozes from her with just one meeting. She is genuinely interested in her students not only while they are at CCTC, but long after they leave. We are looking forward to brighter days ahead. When students can roam the halls, ask for help in person and enjoy time on campus with friends. This is what college is about, after all, and why we are more than proud to say we are simply the best!

Charles Smith Co. sets the standard in project time, budget

We are ecstatic to be named Best Paving Contractor for 2021. Our sincere thank you to all our friends, colleagues and clients who voted for us to receive this honor for the fifth year! Being recognized this way is a testament to the excellent service our company has provided to clients across South Carolina. Charles Smith Co. LLC is a fully licensed and insured paving company that has been in business since 2004. Charles has dedicated his complete focus on building a quality, conscientious group of employees with state-of-theart equipment who ensure exceptional service to every customer. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our management team stands ready to handle any of your project needs. At Charles Smith LLC, “Our Standards Set the Grade” with an emphasis on producing quality projects on time and under budget. Again, thank you to our voters and customers because you are what make being the Best of Sumter possible.

The Best Employment Agency for 17 years

Norman Williams & Associates, Inc. Proudly serving Sumter for over 40 years

344 W. Liberty St. • Sumter, SC • 803-775-5308 • Fax: 803-773-3854 www.williamstemporary.com Email: Jess@williamstemporary.com A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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Monica Phan OWNER

TANNERS IS YOUR ONE STOP SHOP 2 LOCATONS TO SERVE YOU

2605 WAREHOUSE BLVD. (HWY 15 SOUTH), SUMTER, SC • (803) 506-2804 3088 ALEX HARVIN HWY. (HWY 301 & RACCOON RD.), MANNING, SC • (803) 473-2050

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WE INVITE YOU TO SEE WHY TANNERS IS VOTED #1 FRIENDLY SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON...

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I, Monica Phan, owner, would like to thank all my wonderful customers for voting us as

TANNERS #1 GAS STATION IN SUMTER

7 Years In A Row!

DAILY KITCHEN SELECTION • • • • • •

100% Gas 87 Octane 100% Gas 90 Octane CAM2 Race Gas Regular Gas On Road & Off Road Diesel Propane Fill Station

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Great Foods • Pizza Hamburgers • Subs Hot Dogs • Chicken Wings Hot Bar–Breakfast and Lunch

FULL SERVICE CONVENIENCE STORE

Beer • Wine • Cigarettes Lottery • ATM Clean Bathrooms

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Serving Sumter and Shaw’s residential, commercial and rental real estate needs since 1954 We at Berkshire Hathaway John M. Brabham Real Estate are thrilled and humbled to be voted Best Real Estate Company in Sumter. We are a full-service real estate company handling both residential and commercial sales and leasing. Our property management division is comprised of five full-time employees with over 1,100 commercial and residential properties under management. We have been serving Sumter since 1954 and appreciate the Sumter and Shaw support through the past 66 years! Please visit our website at www.wesellsumter.com or drop by the office at 1081 Alice Drive.

Thank you for voting us Best Paving Company

5 years in a row!

charlessmithcompany.com

Our Standards Set The Grade

• Paving • Parking Lots • Sidewalks • Concrete

• Grading • Repaving Existing Lots • Seal Coating • Line Striping

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We are thrilled and so honored to be voted Best Real Estate Company in Sumter for 2021! We appreciate those we served in 2021 and look forward to a great year. Thank you for letting us serve the Sumter community for over 66 years now.

Buddy Gulledge

Charles Edens

Denise Weeks

Dylan Reese

Gail Dennis

JB Brunson

Jo Anne Littleton

Julie Pedersen

Katharine Rauch

Katie Shaw

Millie Welch

Mollie Oswald

Phil Richardson

Susan W. Osteen

Marjie Hill

Morgan Heideman

Sherry Jones

Sterling Mitchum

Realtor/ Land and Commercial Specialist

REALTOR

Wayne Dennis REALTOR

Broker

REALTOR

James Miller

Property Management Inspector

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR

Joe Davis

REALTOR

Property Manager

REALTOR

Property Management

John M. Brabham, Jr. GRI, Broker-in-charge

Property Management Customer Service

REALTOR

REALTOR

Property Manager

ABR, REALTOR

REALTOR

Sales Support

Vickie Anglin Office Manager, Relocation

1081 Alice Drive • Sumter, SC 29150 Sales: 803-775-1201 • Rentals: 803-774-RENT www.wesellsumter.com

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Keeping Sumter’s seniors safe in a year of uncertainty Thank you, Sumter, for voting us Best Senior Care! It has been an honor and privilege to serve the seniors of Sumter for the past 12 years. This year has been full of so much uncertainty, but Comfort Keepers' goal of keeping seniors safe and happy in their own homes has remained steadfast. We are looking forward to the future and many more years of providing quality care for this wonderful community!

1216 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 803.773.0099 Home + Life + Care

ComfortKeepers.com

Epps Orthodontics gives cutting-edge care to all ages Thank you for voting Epps Orthodontics the Best of Sumter! Since 1987, Dr. Thomas E. Epps has been providing children and adults with exceptional orthodontic care. Dr. Epps received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Clemson University and his Doctorate of Medicinal Dentistry from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dentistry. He was ranked No. 1 in his dental class and completed a residency program at the University of Florida. Dr. Epps feels it is important to stay on the cutting edge of orthodontics. He strives to continue his education by attending orthodontic seminars, reviewing current dental/orthodontic literature and reading and researching the latest and constantly changing orthodontic technology. Dr. Epps also maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations. He is currently a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontics, South Carolina Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association and the Tri-County Dental Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Speech and Hearing Clinic. We would be happy to help you and your family with braces or any orthodontic appliances. Call us at (803) 775-5500 to schedule your appointment today.

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US

Best Breakfast Buffet 3 YEARS IN A ROW

Proudly Serving Great Food & Friendly Smiles For Over 36 Years!

226 S. Pike West (378 Bypass) (803) 773-3321

Family Owned and Operated

Over 50 Years in Carpet & Flooring

(803) 481-5257

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Carolina Collision Center THE #1 AUTO BODY SHOP

3745 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29154 • carolinacollisioncenterofsumter.com

Thank You Sumter for voting us #1 In Senior Care!

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Quality towing service for 30+ years

Thank You

FOR VOTING US #1 HEALTH FOOD STORE 103 W LIBERTY ST. SUMTER, SC HEALTH FOOD STORE 803-773-5814

Thank you For letting us serve you for 30+ years. — BARBARA, PAM & JAMIE

J & J Towing of Sumter LLC is your preferred towing and shed hauler of Sumter with over 30 years of serving the Sumter area with excellence. Our mission is to provide exceptional services to our community. We offer a wide range of services: towing, tire changes, fuel deliveries, lockouts, jump starts, building deliveries and cash for unwanted cars. We offer clean trucks and quick and prompt service. We know the value of our customer's time, so we strive to deliver the best arrival time and help to get you on the road again. Our drivers are professionally trained and take pride in serving our community. We work closely with law enforcement and our military base for their daily needs. J & J’s tow trucks also bring awareness to breast cancer and autism, just a few things near and dear to our hearts. If you’re looking for a winning team, J & J Towing of Sumter LLC is here to serve you at (803) 506-4858 to schedule your towing needs.

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Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter, where our patients are family members

Thank you for voting us Best Hair Salon 4 years in a row! We love and appreciate all of our guests!

The Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter was founded in 1981 by Dr. Lester Bell and has been dedicated to providing quality care to your pets since its doors first opened. Dr. Bell has 41 years of experience in veterinary medicine and has handpicked a group of doctors and technical staff who are compassionate and stay abreast in the latest advances in veterinary medicine and surgery. The Animal Medical Clinic strives to bring those advances as well as human touch to all our patients. This is reflected by being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for more than 28 years. The staff is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Our goal is to offer the best of veterinary care to Sumter and surrounding areas. We believe our patients are our family members. Our mission statement has always been “Excellence in Veterinary Care.” We have supported our local Humane Society (SPCA) and several rescue groups for 35-plus years and continue to offer our support by volunteering, having performed more than 5,000 surgeries on their behalf.

Our team specializes in: Color Corrections Fantasy Hair Color Certified in Brazilian Blowouts Certified in Various Extensions 1165 N. Guignard Drive Sumter, SC 29150

803-774-9996

www.KaCyJSalon.com

You want the best for your pet.

So Do We. Caring for animals isn’t what we do…

Lester M. Bell, DVM

James R. Breland, MS, DVM

Addie K. Williams, MS, DVM

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Brianna Sprott

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It is who we are.

We are fur-ever grateful for your continued trust in us.

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Globally Recognized Office Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone was formerly an office of Seaboard Properties, which was founded in 1993. It was built on the principle of bringing the same professional commercial real estate services, typically found in larger markets, to medium-sized markets like Sumter. The principals and staff bring a diversity of real estate experience together with a very singular purpose: “To provide the finest client service and satisfaction through expertise, commitment, and professionalism in all facets of real estate marketing, management, and development.”

Hugh Jackson | Heather Tickel | Andrew Smoak | Jack Osteen Angela Rosenmeier | Jay Davis | Stephen Deschamps SUMTER’S EXCLUSIVE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FIRM

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Find global expertise, hometown devotion in your commercial real estate needs Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone is honored to be named Best Commercial Real Estate Firm in Sumter! We would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for us for this award. We are grateful to all of our clients and customers who, for the past 20 years, have helped grow Cornerstone into the successful business it is today. Cornerstone was built on the principle of bringing the same professional commercial real estate services, typically found in larger markets, to mediumsized markets like Sumter. This exclusive commercial focus has proven to be successful because of our comprehensive market and industry knowledge, an extensive community and professional network, our inoffice teamwork, and devoted service to our clients. Our team of professionals has extensive real estate experience and knowledge that, along with the support and international presence of the Coldwell Banker Commercial franchise, enables us to provide expert assistance with any type of commercial real estate transaction or consulting. We are extremely fortunate to be involved in Sumter’s continued growth and expansion. Thank you again to the voters, our customers, and our clients. Our community is why we strive to be the “Best of Sumter!"

Globally Recognized Office

Globally Recognized Office

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f the Chicken Wing!

“Home of the Chicken Wing” Eat In or Take Out

Thank You For Voting Us The Best Place For Wings! 19 years in a row!

1961-B McCrays Mill Rd. Gamecock Plaza • 775-6538

Thank you for voting us Best Home and Auto Insurance in Sumter. We were there when you first decided to follow your passion. Today, we’re still here keeping all you have built Safe. Sound. Secure®. Call or visit us.

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ELECTRICIAN

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FasterCare has more than a decade of serving the community We are honored to be named Best Urgent Care for 2021! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. We have been serving the Sumter community since 2005 by providing quality patient care. We are proud to be a locally owned and run urgent care center with many capabilities, including CT scans, X-rays and outpatient laboratory testing. We appreciate our patients who place the trust of their care in the hands of our empathetic and knowledgeable staff. Thank you to all who voted, because you are the reason we work to be the Best of Sumter.

(803) 905-FAST (3282) 3440 Declaration Blvd. Sumter, SC 29154 www.FasterCareSumter.com

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for making PO House

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Thank You Sumter for Voting Us “Best Urgent Care”

2021

Our Services Include:

* Urgent Care * Outpatient Labs, Ultrasound, CAT Scan & X-rays * Workman’s Compensation Injuries * Physicals * D.O.T. Physicals Open: Monday-Friday 8 am - 7:30 pm

(803) 905-FAST (3278)

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“ C a r i n g f o r Yo u r I n v e s t m e n t ”

VoTed BeST of SuMTer ProPerTy ManageMenT ero Experiences 2018 Thru 2021!

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Yucatan Mexican Restaurant among most decorated Best Of Sumter winners We would like to thank you for voting us Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Family Restaurant in the 2021 Best of Sumter contest. Family owned and operated for 22 years, we have strived to provide the best restaurant experience possible. Our team prides itself on providing great-tasting food and a comfortable family environment in which to enjoy it. The staff enjoys getting to know our guests, and we are truly honored to have the opportunity to serve you each day. Thank you again to our loyal customers. We look forward to serving the Sumter community in the years to come. – Hector Reyes and the Yucatan staff

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Our team prides itself on providing great-tasting food and a comfortable family environment in which to enjoy it.

u o Y k n a h T Sumter, Shaw Air Force Base, and Surrounding Communities for voting us

“The Best of Sumter 2021” Dance Studio and Children’s Fitness

www.MissLibbys.com

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“BEST PLACE FOR MEXICAN FOOD”

& “BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT”

2021

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Thanks for choosing us again Sumter! Southern Touch Property Management is a veteran, family owned company proudly serving all of Sumter County and surrounding area. We are fully licensed and offer full-service property management. We specialize in the management of single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, condos and offices.

Why choose Southern Touch Properties?

✔ Professional and responsive service to all our clients ✔ Competitive pricing ✔ We maintain low vacancy rates and consistent rental income ✔ Up-to-date understanding of the rental market conditions resulting in optimized market pricing and income generation ✔ Available on the weekends and after hours ✔ Easy to find near Swan Lake

We also offer in-house real estate selling/buying services

Caring for your investment Michelle Schneider

Southern.Touch.pmic@gmail.com 5 Medical Ct. • Sumter, SC 29150

803.847.3794

Thank you for voting us the best!

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Your dream home, made for you with care and quality

Established in 2011 by owner David Trapp, we strive to give our clients a positive and rewarding project experience, whether it is the home of your dreams, a vacation home, a renovation, addition or an upgrade. David is a Sumter native, and Trapp Construction & Remodeling is a family owned business with over 35 years’ experience in the construction sector. David has a culmination of architectural and construction experience in both commercial and residential. However, he is now concentrating his efforts on residential building, designing, estimating, construction and project management and job site knowledge. His experience began early in his career in Sumter, the Hill Country of San Antonio, the Blue Ridge Mountain area, Charleston and Dallas, Texas. Trapp Construction & Remodeling is a full-service, licensed and bonded and fully insured general contractor in the Midlands of South Carolina. We will strive to give you high-quality work, personalized to your exact specifications. Our services range from new home construction, additions, kitchen and bath remodels and outdoor living. Trapp Construction & Remodeling is thankful for its team of specialized and preferred contractors and vendors who contribute to the quality building desired by all involved. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for your next home project.

Learn about home dialysis options with Fresenius Kidney Care Two types of home dialysis options can be done by yourself or with the support of a care partner. Home peritoneal dialysis (PD) — filters your blood naturally, using the lining of your abdomen (peritoneum). Home hemodialysis (HD) — filters your blood through a dialysis machine using a dialyzer. The right fit for you may depend on considerations like your daily schedule, travel preferences, work commitments and lifestyle. Benefits of home dialysis • Schedule your treatment around your life • Enjoy fewer food and drink restrictions • Take fewer medications • Make fewer trips to the dialysis center • Keep the social, school or work life you love Take our free class to learn about living with CKD. Knowing what to plan for after diagnosis can help you figure out what steps to take now or in the future. Our free class covers: • Symptoms and stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) • Treatment options • Eating well with kidney disease • Coping and getting support • Resources available to you Learn more. Take steps. Live well. Come learn how to manage your kidney health.

Ready to thrive on home dialysis? We’re ready for you Fresenius Kidney Care treats the whole you, offering quality home dialysis options, as well as education, support and inspiration to help you live a full life.

Fresenius Kidney Care Sumter Home 653 W Wesmark Blvd Sumter, SC 29150

Make an appointment today. Learn more about your treatment options and how you can thrive on dialysis. Stop by or call 1-803-905-4267. FreseniusKidneyCare.com © 2019, Fresenius Medical Care, All Rights Reserved.

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Putting People First When you are looking for smart home loan solutions combined with a local and caring mortgage team, turn to Gateway.

2021

Thank you to all the readers of Sumter ITEM for voting us The Best Mortgage Company SIX Years In A Row!

Contact Us Mary Kolb | NMLS 415199 Mortgage Sales Manager

Lauren Locklear | NMLS 1130284 Loan Originator Assistant

Office 803.626.0104 Mobile 803.464.4445 Email Mary.Kolb@GatewayLoan.com

Office Email

803.626.0118 Lauren.Locklear@GatewayLoan.com

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Gateway Mortgage, a new kind of financial institution Gateway First Bank was born from the legacy of a 100-year-old community bank, Farmers Exchange Bank, and one of the top mortgage companies in the nation, Gateway Mortgage Group. This 2019 merger created a new kind of financial institution – one that thrives on an entrepreneurial spirit and offers personalized financial services and expertise to our customers, employees and partners. At Gateway, we weave the knowledge and expertise of our local mortgage professionals together with stateof-the-art technology and the powerful resources of a national company to make your homebuying experience easy, reliable and fast. My promise to my clients is to provide transparency, timely communications and excellent service. I am committed to building stronger communities and families one home at a time. Call me today, and let’s get started!

Mortgage Sales Manager | NMLS 415199 (803) 626-0104 – office www.GatewayLoan.com/mary-kolb

Mary Kolb

Gateway Mortgage Group, a division of Gateway First Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 7233. | 665 Bultman Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

for voting us Best of Sumter for all of your Tuxedo rental needs Serving Sumter 39 Years

8 W. Hampton Avenue

773-2320

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James Formal Wear is the perfect fit for any occasion Thank you, Sumter! The James family has been renting and selling quality tuxedos in the Sumter area since 1957 with integrity and dependability. Come see us for a large selection of tuxedos with competitive pricing and exceptional service. Being an independent store, we are not obligated to any one company or style. If you need a special color of tuxedo or vest and we don’t have it, we will find it for you. Accommodating the customer is our No. 1 priority. But, the fit of the tuxedo is the most important reason for coming to James Formal Wear. Our experienced sales staff will measure you correctly. On your special day, you will feel comfortable and confident while walking down the aisle or for any other formal occasion. Visit us at 8 W. Hampton Ave., Sumter, SC 29150, or call (803) 773-2320.

From customer service to technology, FTC is committed to you

Thank you for voting FTC the Best Internet Service Provider, Cable/Satellite Company, Local Cellular Company, And Best in Customer Service. We take your votes of confidence seriously. A new award added in 2021, Best Customer Service, is particularly special because it says to us that our efforts have not gone unnoticed. And we are striving to make your customer experience even better. For our five core products of internet, wireless, voice, security and digital TV, we are continuously upgrading our network and equipment in order to offer the latest in cutting-edge technology. An example of our commitment to Sumter, Clarendon, lower Florence, Lee and Williamsburg counties is the $70 million, five-year fiber project we recently launched, paving the way for the best connection and fastest symmetrical internet speeds available. Many members already have access to the fiber network, and this initiative will increase that percentage to about 80%. We are continuing to evaluate the best solution of getting a similar connection to the remaining 20%. Like all of you, we seek quality at an affordable price. So, combine any of those five core products and save up to $40 a month. Military discounts are also available. Again, thank you for these honors! This recognition is as important to us now as it was when we won the first time in 2009! 72

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FTC

THE BEST OF SUMTER! Best Internet Service Provider Best Local Cellular Company Best Cable/ Satellite Company Best Customer Service

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Baker’s Sweets finds its sweet spot in the Sumter community

Baker’s Sweets opened in the year 2000 and has been growing ever since. At 30 years old, Jennifer Baker opened shop. Starting with just a few sticky buns, muffins and, of course, the famous Nutty Praline cake, business started to thrive. Fast forward to the Baker’s Sweets that everyone knows today with tasty treats that are spread across a 12-foot display, not to exclude the full menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner. We now offer online ordering via our website, or you can download our new Baker’s Sweets app. With the pandemic came new ideas, which led to our curbside pickup and delivery options for our everyday menu. Despite the chaos of 2020, we are in the process of putting the final touches on our fourth location that will be nestled in downtown Sumter. We are so thankful for all of Sumter’s support, especially within the past year. The staff and management of Baker’s Sweets is beyond honored to have been nominated for and declared the Best of Sumter for 2021. Please continue to support all small businesses and shop local.

Sumter: Thank you for your trust and vote of confidence. We’ve done it again!

BEST BANK BEST LOAN OFFICER Chris Lee

Website: www.bakerssweets.com Text BAKERSS to 33733 for a link to the Baker's Sweets app BUSINESS

BAKER'S THANK YOU for supporting us and all small SWEETS businesses throughout the pandemic! BAKERY AND BISTRO

story by Ashley Elvington

Baker’s Sweets Bistro & Bakery, LLC

1089 Alice Dr. | (803) 775-6016

DOWNTOWN LOCATION OPENING SOON!

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Sumter/ Downtown

The tree-lined sidewalks of historic Main Street lead to Hyatt Place Sumter / Downtown. Steps from our hotel, discover local restaurants, shops, centuries-old churches, and the Sumter Opera House, constructed in 1895.

18 N. Main St. Sumter, SC

-93 Guest Rooms -Free WiFi -2 Meeting Rooms -Outdoor Heated Pool

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Stay in Sumter’s best hotel in the heart of downtown attending an event at the historic Sumter Opera House, enjoying a delicious dinner at Sidebar or Hamptons or enjoying a beverage at the new Sumter Original Brewery its second-floor gaming level and rooftop bar. Make a staycation out of the experience in one of our spacious king- or queen-bedded rooms. We offer a full bar, Starbucks, complimentary breakfast, fitness center, two meeting rooms and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Our inviting courtyard is a great place to watch the sunset or just relax in our fabulous spring, summer or anytime weather. Again, thank you for this huge compliment! We look forward to serving you soon! The Hyatt Place is honored to be the Best Hotel for the third year! Since opening in 2018, we have been privileged to serve your fellow business travelers, your wedding guests, your class and family reunions, our military and our many sporting events held at one of Sumter’s cutting-edge sports venues. It has been a delight seeing the reaction of Sumter natives returning to their hometown to see the transformation of our exciting downtown! As an integral player in the revitalization of downtown, we urge you to join us for an evening

Thank you Sumter for voting T&N Septic Tank #1 in the #2 Business.

Sumter/ Downtown

18 N. Main St. Sumter, SC

(803) 774-8100

BEST MATTRESS STORE BEST FURNITURE STORE

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We are glad to be serving Sumter these many years and look forward to helping many more.

T&N

Septic Tank Company Inc.

2891 BROAD ST., SUMTER, SC 29150 LAYAWAY AVAILABLE

803-469-8733

CALL 803-481-2428 or 803-481-2421 Family Owned & Operated Since 1963 • www.tandnseptic.com State Board Of Health Approved • Licensed • Insured Serving All Counties

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McLeod cardiologists offer expert heart care The physicians of McLeod Cardiology Associates in Sumter offer expert heart care to the patients of Sumter County and surrounding areas. Cardiologists Dr. Ryan Garbalosa and Dr. Dennis Lang and Electrophysiologist Dr. Prabal Guha provide the highest-quality adult cardiovascular care utilizing the latest techniques. Our care involves diagnoses and treatment of a wide array of conditions. From medication therapy to necessary medical procedures, we work closely with our patients to determine the best course of action for their health. We also focus on strategies for prevention of risk factors for heart conditions. There are many risk factors that can’t be controlled, like family history, age and gender. But many heart conditions can be influenced by lifestyle choices. We believe in building strong relationships with our patients that allow for discussion on lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk of dangerous diseases. For advanced heart care, you can trust McLeod Cardiology. McLeod Cardiology Associates welcomes new patients. Appointments can be made by calling (803) 883-5171. Physician and self-referrals are welcome. McLeod Cardiology Associates cares for patients in Sumter at 540 Physicians Lane and in Clarendon County at 21 E. Hospital St., Manning.

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McLeod Cardiology Associates thanks you for voting Dr. Ryan Garbalosa as Best Cardiologist in “Best of Sumter 2021”. Our entire team of highly-skilled physicians is dedicated to providing our area with the highest quality adult cardiovascular care utilizing the latest techniques and treatments. McLeod Cardiology Associates welcomes new patients. To make an appointment, call 803-883-5171. Physician and self-referrals are welcome.

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Find what you need to gain confidence, strength in home treatment, recovery The staff at Reliable Medical Equipment wants to give a huge thanks to everyone who voted us Best Durable Medical Equipment and Best Prosthetics Company for 2021. It’s an honor to serve the Sumter community, and we take these wins as votes of confidence that we are providing the area with the best home medical equipment and promise to continue raising the bar for you and your loved ones. Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina is locally owned and operated by Jeff Reed and Murrell Smith. Whether it’s oxygen, CPAP/BiPap machines, artificial limbs or bracing, our caring staff – consisting of a respiratory therapist, certified prosthetics/orthotist and certified orthotic fitter – is dedicated to your health and well-being and to offering a wealth of services to help you gain confidence and strength in your treatment or recovery. We offer a full range of DME, respiratory, orthotics and prosthetics. There is a reason why we have been voted Best Durable Medical Equipment company and Best Prosthetic company 15 times. We are your trusted company when it comes to the health care you need at home. If you would like to discuss our options, give us a call today! Our 24-hour emergency call service is always available for you as well. Please come visit us at our new location at 2580B Lin-Do Ct, or call us at (803) 934-9212. Learn more about our services at www.reliablemedicalequipment.cm.

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1121 Broad St. Suite 11 Wesmark Plaza Monday-Saturday 10-7 • 803-773-2262

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THANK YOU!

for voting us the BEST Durable Medical Equipment & Prosthetics Company

15 YEAR WINNER

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THANK YOU, SUMTER, FOR VOTING US THE

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2021

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Private Wealth Manager

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618 Bultman Dr., Ste. B Sumter, SC 29150 Office: (803) 774-2212 Fax: (803) 774-2211 www.upstreamip.com

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KELLY’S Termite & Pest Control

“Bugs are what we know & we can make them Go!”

Thank you for voting Kelly’s Termite & Pest Control Best Pest Control Business

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McLeod Health and Palmetto Adult Medicine – health care you can trust The physicians of Palmetto Adult Medicine, Dr. Ansel McFaddin, Dr. Harry Jordan, Dr. Andrew Reynolds and Dr. Hugh Stoddard, are trusted members of our community and bring years of experience providing quality care to the residents of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Williamsburg counties. Together, McLeod Health and Palmetto Adult Medicine provide the highest level of expertise in diagnosis and treatment of adult medical conditions. Specializing in: Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Cholesterol & Diabetes Management High Blood Pressure & Heart Disease Geriatrics & Medicare Wellness Visits Osteoporosis Pulmonary Disease Well visits, physicals Women’s Health Palmetto Adult Medicine is now offering Televisits, a convenient option for a virtual medical visit using a mobile device from your home. To schedule an appointment, please call (803) 905-6800.

Thank You for voting us BEST Travel Agency 3 Years in a Row

1345 Peach Orchard Rd Suite C . Sumter, SC

803-494-2322

VOTED BEST OIL CHANGE & TIRE STORE

YEAR AFTER YEAR

TIRE STORE

OIL CHANGE

ACE PARKER TIRE SERVING SUMTER & THE SURROUNDING AREAS FOR 42 YEARS!

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PALMETTO PALMETTO ADULT ADULT MEDICINE MEDICINE

1295 1295 Wilson Wilson Hall Hall Road, Road, Sumter, Sumter, SC SC 29150 29150 || 803-905-6800 803-905-6800 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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At SAFE Federal Credit Union, you’re part of the family At SAFE Federal Credit Union, our members come first. Unlike big-box corporate banks, we focus on helping our members save the most on loans and earn the most on their hard-earned savings. That’s why we are so grateful for being named the top credit union in Best of Sumter 2021. Thank you for your vote of confidence! SAFE has come a long way since 1955 when 15 Shaw Air Force Base civilian employees gathered their savings to start a credit union. Today, SAFE is one of South Carolina’s largest credit unions with more than 126,000 members and $1.3 billion in assets. Part of our forward vision is making sure our members have the most convenient account access possible. That includes 17 branch locations throughout the Midlands. We also now offer the latest technology for fast online and mobile banking as well as tap-to-pay digital wallet options. Connect with us online at www.SAFEfed.org and follow us on social media. If you’re not already a member, now is the time to join our SAFE family!

Preparing students for college and successful life beyond Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall is a small school by design, giving teachers and students the opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal level. We help students develop their academic and intellectual capabilities by maintaining a challenging curriculum and a professional faculty in a supportive, family friendly atmosphere. But Wilson Hall is about much more than just academics. It is about teaching students to become well-rounded individuals with a strong sense of ethics and morals. It is about character development. It is about encouraging students to become leaders and active members of the community. It is about an authentic, complete education for each student who steps onto our campus. This year, we are proud to say we have been named Best Elementary School and Best Private School for 2021. Wilson Hall is located on a 17-acre campus in historic Sumter, South Carolina, and is within 10 minutes of Shaw Air Force Base. Situated in the western suburbs of Sumter, the school is surrounded by well-established residential neighborhoods. To learn more about it, call (803) 469-3475 or visit www.wilsonhall.org.

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Congratulations Headmaster Fred Moulton for being named Best School Administrator Wilson Hall is an independent, co-educational school for students in three-year-old preschool through 12th grade.

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Making a better world, one smile at a time Since inception, Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has been devoted to the highest level of patient care while maintaining a friendly, family atmosphere. Our clinical teams in Sumter and Columbia are highly trained and equipped to provide quality treatment for virtually any dental need. We have integrated the latest technology to include low-dose 3D imaging and digital scanning to minimize treatment difficulty and increase accuracy in diagnosis. Services that include 3D guided implants, cosmetic procedures, Invisalign, sleep apnea treatment, complex restorative options and same-day service on most crowns, bridges and veneers set our doctors apart. Our hygienists provide optimum preventive care and a full scope of periodontal therapy to help our patients maintain a healthy mouth. Our clerical team members are all extremely knowledgeable and ready to assist with any scheduling or financial need. Everything is done in a gentle manner in a Christian environment. While our commitment to our patients is unmatched, we at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry pride ourselves in the manner in which we support the wellbeing of our community and those around the world. Our participation in community projects, events and local churches keeps us connected to those around us while our partnership with One World Health affords 84

us opportunities to help provide quality, sustainable health care in impoverished areas around the world. This involvement also provides opportunities for mission trips where we can serve and give to those who have no access to care. We at Palmetto are excited about our work, the manner in which we care for those around us and the opportunities dentistry allows us to love the world. In the spirit of the love of Jesus, we exist to make the world better with everything we do. Love others genuinely; serve others with kindness; and SMILE BIG!

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The 4th B in Triple B’s BBQ? It’s the Best of Sumter.

Wally's Hardware has items for professionals and DIY projects alike

Want barbeque? Triple B’s (Big Bad Bob's) BBQ is the place to eat! Learning my roots of barbeque from Dad (Bob) has transformed into a dream that is quickly becoming a reality. Triple B’s takes pride in serving people a quality product and service from our trailer. We offer a variety of pit-smoked meats and Southern fixin’s. Although we would LOVE to serve on a more consistent basis, our full-time jobs tend to get in the way. We would like to say THANK YOU to the people from near and far who have supported us as this is only the beginning of bigger things to come in Sumter. We look forward to serving the community for years to come. Be sure to follow us on social media to get the best barbeque in Sumter in your belly! Thank you to ALL who voted each and every day!

Thanks, Sumter, for voting us Best Hardware Store in town! Wally's has been serving Sumter and the surrounding areas for over 40 years and has been locally owned and operated since day one. We pride ourselves on the personal attention that we devote to each and every customer who walks through our doors, providing individualized service to regulars and first-timers alike. We would like to thank our many faithful and loyal customers we have had over these years. Our inventory covers a wide range of products, whether you are building your own furniture or starting a simple art project. Our products are easy to use and affordable, which has helped us become the go-to business for everyone from seasoned professionals to those looking to start new do-it-yourself projects. Our staff is dedicated to your project, whether it’s big or small. At Wally's, we care about more than just selling our products – we care about answering your questions and helping you improve your home and life. We know we would not have been voted Best Hardware Store for years in a row had it not been for our dedicated work team and you, our great customers. Thanks again, Your Best Hardware Store

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We are locally owned and operated and would love to serve anyone in need of physical or occupational therapy. Again, thank you to our voters and customers, because YOU are the reason WE strive to be the Best of Sumter.

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More than 40 years of providing top-notch in-home health care At Your Service Home Care is so honored to be named Sumter’s Best In-Home Care, marking the company’s sixth-straight year to be honored in various categories. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in our community as well as thank our unbelievable teammates at AYS for their dedication and professionalism. Since 2015, owners Jeff Reed and Dr. Chris Mahr have combined their over 40 years in the medical field to be the link between what a family needs and the resources to achieve these goals. AYS and its employees meet all DHEC requirements for home care. AYS is the preferred provider of the Veterans Administration. We take great pride to serve our veterans who have given their service to protect all our families. There are many benefits in home care available to our veterans, and we help assist you through the process. In addition, AYS is honored to employ military veterans and spouses. AYS services include bathing/dress support, dementia care, feeding, medicine reminders, toileting care, grocery shopping, errands, light housekeeping, laundry and much more. We accept VA, CLTC, Santee-Lynches, long-term insurance and private pay. You can reach us at (803) 6079677, visit us on the web at www.ays-homecare.com or stop by our new facility at 2580A Lin-Do Court. Again, thank you, Sumter.

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The physicians and staff of Sumter Pediatrics, P.A., continue to be honored that our practice has been voted Best Pediatric Practice for the third-straight year in the Best of Sumter 2021 contest. Our group of dedicated providers has been providing care for Sumter, Shaw Air Force Base and the surrounding communities for over 50 years. We continue to offer a full range of services to care for your child no matter what age. We would also like to take the time to thank Sumter for voting James M. DuRant Jr., MD, the Best Pediatrician for the third time in the Best of Sumter contest. Dr. DuRant and his colleagues are here to serve you and provide the very best possible care Sumter has to offer. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Jason Reddick voted best for family law Sumter County has been trusting The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick LLC with its legal matters since 2012, and we are thankful for everyone who voted us Best Family Law Attorney in Sumter for 2021. Our office is located in the heart of historic downtown Sumter. Our highly qualified team takes special pride in serving members of the Sumter community and armed forces with regard to military divorces, civilian divorces and custody agreements. We also represent clients in criminal defense, civil litigation and probate matters. Jason has been proud to serve Sumter County and the surrounding communities since his return to Sumter in 2012 following his graduation from law school at the University of South Carolina. We can make special arrangements for home visits, if necessary. We also serve clients throughout the state of South Carolina. Helping you to get the best legal outcome you deserve is our highest priority. Please contact us at (803) 795-4467 to schedule a consultation. Again, thank you for putting your trust in us. We constantly aim to do the best by you, and we truly appreciate the honor you’ve given us.

The best in the hair extensions industry found right here in Sumter At Diamondz Luxury Hair Extensions, bringing you the best hair quality is our greatest intention and goal. It’s our No. 1 priority. We thank you for trusting us with the No. 1 thing that’s noticed at first glance: your beauty and grooming. We at Diamondz Luxury Hair Extensions are always working hard to consistently provide great bundle deals as well as topquality hair and wig units for all customers globally, giving you luxurious beautiful hair for your buck. Our hair line textures range from curly to straight, wavy, frontal styles, ombré colors accessories and so much more with our raw Indian hair textures being the top in the hair industry. Our raw Indian hair is directly from Indian hair donors and lasts over three years guaranteed. Our CEO, Miss Fredericka Stone, is an alopecia hair loss specialist and licensed stylist, which prompted the vision and need for natural-looking hair in women across the globe. We have licensed stylists in our staff also with decades of combined experience in the beauty industry at your fingertips waiting to provide hair installation and hair extension services to you. I mean the top of the hair game. Shop online at http://www.diamondzluxuryhairapparel. com/. Find and shop with us on Facebook, Instagram and Google. Our storefront is located in beautiful Sumter at 110 W. Wesmark Blvd., Ste E. Sumter, SC 29154. Ask how you could also become a distributor with our 10-bundle deals starter package.

The Law Offi ce of Jason L. Reddick, LLC Would like to thank you for voting us Best Family Law Attorney The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick, LLC is a general practice law firm representing residents of the State of South Carolina with their legal needs as they may arise. • Divorce • Child Custody • Child Support • Adoption • Name Change • Restraining Orders/Orders of Protection • Criminal Defense • Simple Wills/Living Wills/Powers of Attorney

• Business Formation Consulting (LLCs, Partnerships, etc.) • Personal Injury/Automobile Accidents • Guardian ad Litem • Contract Formation and/or Review • Debt Collection • Magistrate Court/Summary Court

If you need help in any of the above legal areas, do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you do not see a specific issue listed, feel free to contact us to see if we are able to assist you. If we are unable to assist you, our office will likely be able to refer you to a qualified attorney who can handle your situation appropriately.

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THANK YOU for voting us Best Painters

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2020

Finding ways to celebrate the good

The way we celebrated our Best of Sumter 2020 winners was unlike any other year because of the coronavirus pandemic. While we had to move our red carpet event to Zoom and our living rooms, we wanted to make sure we gave everyone the chance to walk – or drive – on a red carpet in a year when highlighting the positives was so important. So, we set up our massive banner, in our newsroom while our reporters worked from home, for winners to pose on the red carpet. Then we held a drive-through red carpet event in the parking lot of The Sumter Item to let winners pick up their winner's plaque and other goodies and take a photo on the red carpet – either standing or in their vehicle. We hope we’ll never have to do that again, but it sure was one for the books!

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virus cases in a day BY KAYLA GREEN kayla@theitem.com

statewide total included 27 from Sumter. Friday’s update eclipsed the previous single-day high, which came on July 18 with 2,322 cases. The biggest increases in this wave continue to be in the Upstate and Midlands regions. Sumter is considered in DHEC’s Pee Dee region. Statewide, nearly 211,000 South Carolinians have now tested posi-

tive for the virus, and 4,175 have died. “Our state’s hospital systems are becoming increasingly burdened in caring for all of those who are severely suffering from this deadly virus. Nationally, case counts, percent positivity, hospitalizations, patients on ventilators and deaths are

Take the newspaper Sumter honored as Purple Star School District for supporting military families with you South Carolina can no longer say COVID-19 cases peaked during the summer. On Friday, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 2,470 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the most in a single day ever. That

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COVID-19 one year later: The Item is all in for Sumter The last year has been simultaneously a blur and a lucid dream, somehow at the same time going in the blink of an eye and at a glacial pace, but I will always remember the day it really hit me we were in for something unlike anyone alive has ever experienced. It'll be a question we can all answer years and decades from now. Where were you when you realized this novel coronavirus would change our lives in the present and for the future? I've covered crisis. Shootings, fires, weather. Those are terrible, but they come and go, and I've never been personally impacted by them in real-time, allowing me to look into the room as a spectator only.

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"The Sumter Item will be there to tell your stories. Because it's our story, too." This has been different. Don't get me wrong. I've been privileged. I have been able to work mostly from home, and our operations haven't dramatically changed. My husband and I haven't gotten sick, and other than my dear professional friend Ken Bell who passed away in January, my family and friends who have become sick from COVID-19 have recovered without hospitalization. Health officials announced South Carolina's first two cases of COVID-19 on March 6, 2020. We reported the first cases in Sumter and Lee counties in The Sumter Item on March 19, 2020. Since those first cases came to light, hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians have tested positive for the virus, and thousands have died. Since then, events have been canceled, schools have struggled to connect with students, businesses have shuttered. People have lost jobs or stood on the front lines daily. We stopped hugging and started Zooming. This virus has exacerbated disparities that were already present in our society, showing us the glaring economic and racial gap between that has placed a disproportionate burden on rural communities, people of color and those who cannot work from home. Through it all, our team at The Sumter Item has both been experiencing the pandemic while at the same time telling your stories. In this last year from roughly March 2020 to March 2021, our small news team wrote nearly 850 articles and produced about 120 Sumter Today episodes about COVID-19, from providing information on testing and vaccine clinics to reporting mandates, updates and ordinances. We told stories of businessowners and classrooms trying to adapt. We talked about how the virus is impacting every aspect of our lives, from

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domestic violence to the burden on nurses to volunteers holding drive-by birthday parades. We memorialized neighbors and friends. One year later, our mission has only become more resolute as vaccines show a light at the end of the tunnel. We think local news is critical to a community. Without it, you wouldn't know what's happening in your children's schools, in the offices of local officials you elected, in your neighborhood and around town. One of the reasons I love working in local news is the opportunity to meet people I never would. In the past year, our team met nurses who are putting their lives on the line to care for others, teachers finagling students in the classroom and on a computer and people trying to help those in need. It has been an honor to tell their stories. One of those storylines has been the redevelopment of downtown Sumter. On such an upward trend, a major milestone was the opening of the county's first brewery and taproom. That's the day I will always remember. Prepared to walk over from our office to cover Sumter Original Brewery's opening day on March 17, 2020, our newsroom instead was dulled as we watched Gov. Henry McMaster stream a press conference to announce all restaurants and bars must close dine-in services, effective the next day. I think there's no way we go back to life completely as it was before. One day, hopefully sooner than later, we can all gather, maybe even hug. Businesses can flourish, and we can talk about progress. Until then and after, The Sumter Item will be there to tell your stories. Because it's our story, too.

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The Sumter Item wins 25 awards in 2020 South Carolina Press Association contest

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ocal journalism brings you information you need to know in your community to make informed decisions for you and your family daily. Only local news does that. We spent the last year covering a global pandemic, an election and national calls for racial justice, and we told stories in each of those realms that wouldn't have been told anywhere else, whether that was reporting first-hand knowledge of what's happening in front of the city's police department, delving into who are the candidates seeking your vote for local office or telling you where you can get tested for COVID-19 or memorializing our family and friends the community has lost. The Sumter Item was recognized on a state level for its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic among 25 awards the newsroom earned from the S.C. Press 100

Association's annual news contest for work done in 2020. Awards earned this year, which were publicly released in March, spanned the newsroom from sports to news writing, from print design and photography to video, from individual to staff recognitions. "Two of the recognitions we received involved the entire newsroom: our COVID-19 coverage and the general excellence category, which earned second place and looks at the entire newspaper that was produced on two specified days. Also, every person who submitted an individual piece for the contest earned recognition," said Kayla Green, executive editor. "To me, that speaks to the strength of our entire newsroom and our ability to work together to bring our readers the best. In a small, family owned business like The Sumter Item, which has been

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around for 126 years, every person plays a crucial role, and I'm so proud of the dedication our newsroom has shown day after day during such a hard year where reliable, local news is so important." The Item's first-place win for its coverage of the pandemic considered all platforms and all content published involving COVID-19. The staff submission included articles from every reporter on every beat; how the newspaper was designed to present information and tell stories; video coverage; photography; and social media. Also included in the submission was a special magazine The Item published in August 2020 called "Community & COVID-19" that included information people could use to make decisions for themselves and their family as well as features on and a photo story of people in the community to share their experiences. It was mailed to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. The Item's continued COVID-19 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

coverage can be found centralized in one place on our website at www. theitem.com/coronavirus. Bruce Mills was recognized for the second year in a row for his education reporting. After winning the reporting in-depth category last year for his coverage of Sumter School District's former financial crisis, he was awarded first place for the education beat this year, with specific articles discussing the district's reopening plan, a look into a hybrid classroom and the process of Brewington Academy's move to the Crosswell community. Shelbie Goulding, in her second year as a reporter with The Item and after being recognized in her first as well, won two awards this year: first place for her coverage of the local government beat with articles detailing mayoral candidates' public records, potential election result scenarios and the legality of live-streamed government meetings based on the Freedom of Information Act. Goulding won second place for her police beat reporting with articles discussing the sheriff's office's push for salary increases, telling the story of a former state corrections officer who was shot in an attempted inmate-orchestrated hit and a look back at a fatal Halloween shooting that changed the nation's view of trick-or-treating. Melanie Smith won second and third place for front page design featuring 2020 U.S. Census information and the Sumter Opera House's 125-year anniversary. Micah Green earned six individual awards, including first place in spot news for a photo of a mother and her two children, one wearing a firefighter's helmet, looking on as firefighters exit their home after putting out a fire. Green's second-place awards were for a portrait of a respiratory therapist at Prisma Health preparing to conduct a pulmonary function test outside a mobile health unit in COVID-19 personal protection equipment and for a pictorial shot of two swans forming a heart shape at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. His third-place awards were in spot news for a photo of a man guiding two women in a canoe from NHCSumter after rain from Hurricane Sally flooded their parking lot; for a

sports feature photo of Sumter High School's Justus Boone in their 5A state playoff loss to Gaffney; and for a photo story of Cpl. Andrew Gillette of Sumter County Sheriff's Office being remembered and laid to rest after being killed in the line of duty. Sumter Today, produced and created by Ty Cornett and Micah Green and hosted by Kayla Green, won five awards, including first place for news video of a Prisma Health community testing site and second place for news video of a community march against racism led by local pastors and law enforcement. The daily online video news show also earned second in feature video for showing how people found ways to celebrate from a distance; second in sports video for a feature on two former Crestwood High School students' trip to the NFL; and third in sports for high school football players' #WeWantToPlay practice. The three also won third place for a video called Community Conversations, which brought together a panel to talk about racism and being Black in Sumter and America. In sports, Dennis Brunson won first place for his column writing on USC and Clemson football, and Tim Leible earned second place for sports page design. Kayla Green earned first and second place for obituaries honoring Gillette and Kelvin Cooper, a Sumter native who died in April 2020 from COVID-19. She also received second place in profile feature writing and arts and entertainment writing for a profile on Selena Smith's journey to becoming the Sumter Fire Department's first Black woman to be promoted to lieutenant and Miyah LaGrant being the first dancer in a decade from Sumter to be cast as the lead in Columbia City Ballet's Nutcracker. Item staffers who also contributed to staff awards include Rhonda Barrick, Ryan Galloway, Sandra Holbert, Vince Johnson, Janel Strieter and Kareem Wilson. To contact anyone on The Sumter Item’s staff, find us at www.theitem. com/contact.

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With unseasonably low temperatures at night in the tri-county region since Monday, residents have been buying up portable space heaters and pipe fittings and related parts for burst pipes, according to local hardware stores. Staff at Lowe’s, Tractor Supply and Simpson Hardware & Sports said Thursday that space heaters have been big sellers all week. Simpson was the only one that reported Thursday afternoon to still have an assortment of heaters on hand. After Wednesday’s snowstorm dropped 4 to 6 inches of snow throughout Sumter County and about 3 inches in Clarendon and Lee counties, utility providers only reported a limited number of home power outages in the tri-county region. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said the provider only had a handful of reported outages associated with the cold and snowstorm on Wednesday night in the three counties. Black River Electric Coop. representative James Moye said the co-op had about 95 home outages in the area, but everyone had their power back on by 5 a.m. Thursday. The stretch of cold nights seem to be causing more problems than Wednesday’s snowfall. According to National Weather Service

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riders, cold, bright-eyed. Sumter may not have the rolling hills found in cities farther north, but one neighborhood road between Alice Drive Elementary School and Second Mill Pond was slanted enough for those barely broken-out speedsters to provide hours of entertainment the morning after a handful of inches of snow powdered, then iced, the area. The Associated Press reported the largest snowfall — 8 inches — was found in Williamsburg County near Andrews but claimed areas around Sumter picked up 7 inches. There were about 4 inches on the lawns lining the street where a group of kids were playing Thursday morning. “I think it caught us all off guard,” said Robert Jones, whose two sons, Wyatt, 8, and Jeremiah, 12, were taking turns racing on

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Grayson Sanders, 8, sleds past some friends down an icy road in Sumter. The storm may have passed by Thursday, leaving sled-friendly roads and a winter wonderland across the Midlands, but the height of it Wednesday evening was not so fun for Smith’s husband. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of Transportation reported traffic was backed up on U.S. 378 because of cars sliding off the road, getting stuck and being unable to make it up an icy hill. Smith said her husband was in traffic for two hours.

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sleds with their friends. The children playing all attend Wilson Hall, which was closed Thursday because of Winter Storm Grayson. Paige Sanders, 10, stood among the Jones brothers and their friends, laying out the rules for the race. You go there, and you go there. “Yesterday, we tried to go out here, but it was too powdery,” Sarah Smith said. Her sons, 9-yearold Banks and 7-year-old Eli, were also taking turns racing. “Now that there’s a layer of ice, it’s perfect.”

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Summons & Notice SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2017-CP-43-01794 FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Any heirs-at-law or devisees of Robert A. England a/k/a Robert England, deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons or entities entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons or entities with any right, title, estate, interest in or lien upon the real estate described in the complaint herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as Richard Roe; and any unknown minors, incompetent or imprisoned person, or persons under a disability being a class designated as John Doe; Sonja G. England a/k/a Sonja England; Brittany England, Defendant(s). TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the

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Summons & Notice relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Circuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto.

LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an action has been or will be commenced in this Court upon complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant(s) for the foreclosure of a certain mortgage of real estate given by Robert A. England and Sonja G. England to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation dated March 21, 2002 and recorded on April 5, 2002 in Book 837 at Page 1842, in the Sumter County Registry (hereinafter, "Mortgage"). Thereafter, the Mortgage was transferred to the Plaintiff herein by assignment and/or corporate merger. The premises covered and affected by the said Mortgage and by the foreclosure thereof were, at the time of the making thereof and at the time of the filing of this notice, more particularly described in the said Mortgage and are more commonly described as: THE LAND REFERRED TO IN THIS POLICY IS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF SUMTER, AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL, OR LOT OF LAND, TOGETHER WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON, IF ANY, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SUMTER, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, BEING SHOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT # 14, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PLAT PREPARED BY JOSEPH R. EDWARDS, RLS, DATED MARCH 14, 1986, AND RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR SUMTER COUNTY IN

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787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Attorney for any unknown Defendants who are, or may be, in the Military Service of the United States of America and as such are entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act aka Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, and any amendments thereto, to represent and protect the interest of said Defendants,

This being the same property conveyed to Robert A. England by deed of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of Washington, D.C. dated November 12, 1984 and reocrded November 12, 1984 in book 385 at page 443 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina. Thereafter, Robert A. England conveyed his interest to Robert A. England and Sonja G. England, as joint tenants, with right of survivorship, and not as tenants in common, be deed dated October 27, 1998 and recorded November 2, 1998 in book 722 at page 149 in the records for Sumter County, South Carolina.

AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED That a copy of this Order shall be forth with served upon said Defendants by publication in The Item, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Sumter, State of South Carolina, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, together with the Summons and Notice of Filing of Complaint in the above entitled action. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803-454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff

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Property Address: 609 N Magnolia Street, Sumter, SC 29150

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Persons having claim against the following estates are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Sumter County Courthouse, N. Main Street, Sumter, SC, 29150, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, (unless previously barred by operation of Section 62-3-803), or such persons shall be forever barred as to heir claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements, indicating the name and the address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the amount claimed and the date when due, and a description of any security as to the claim.

TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County on October 3, 2017. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court's Office.

ORDER APPOINTING GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court, upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Guardian ad Litem for unknown minors, and persons who may be under a disability, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to said appointment.

Estate:/Rollie K. Jackson #2017ES4300722

Personal Representative Ellen B. Jackson 4760 Olivia Lane Pinewood, SC 29125

Estate:/Waddell Williams #2017ES4300725

FURTHER upon reading the filed Petition for Appointment of Kelley Woody, Esquire as Attorney for any unknown Defendants who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, and may be, as such, entitled to the benefits of the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act, and any amendments thereto, and it appearing that Kelley Woody, Esquire has consented to act for and represent said Defendants, it is

Personal Representative Colette W. Terrell 1057 Crown Landing Pkwy McDonongh, GA 30252

Estate:/David L. Lee, Jr. #2017ES4300720

Personal Representative James T. Lee C/O A. Paul Weissenstein, Jr. Attorney at Law PO Box 2446 Sumter, SC 29151

ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803) 787-9678, be and hereby is appointed Guardian ad Litem on behalf of all unknown minors and all unknown persons who may be under a disability, all of whom may have or claim to have some interest or claim to the real property commonly known as 609 N Magnolia Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150; that she is empowered and directed to appear on behalf of and represent said Defendants, unless said Defendants, or someone on their behalf, shall within thirty (30) days after service of a copy hereof as directed, procure the appointment of Guardian or Guardians ad Litem for said Defendants.

Estate:/Vinia Gamble Williams #2017ES4300726

Personal Representative Colette Terrell 1057 Crown Landing Pkwy McDonongh, GA 30252

Estate:/Raymond Eldrid McIntosh #2017ES4300721

Personal Representative Leslie B. McIntosh 1685 Reynolds Road Pinewood, SC 29125

Estate:/Pauline Bays Calhoun #2017ES4300724

Personal Representative David A. Calhoun C/O Kenneth R. Young, Jr. Attorney at Law 23 W. Calhoun Street Sumter, SC 29150

AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Kelley Woody, Esquire, P.O. Box 6432, Columbia, SC 29260 phone (803)

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Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods thankful to loyal customers for 70 years Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods is a thirdgeneration, family owned local hardware and sporting goods chain. In the time that The Sumter Item has done the Best of Sumter competition, Simpson Hardware has won Best Sporting Goods (including this year), Best Shoes (including this year), Best Fishing (including this year), Best Fitness (including this year), Best Outdoor Furniture (including this year), Best Guns, Best Hardware and Best Propane. We were also awarded Best Locally Owned Business in 2019. Simpson owes any success to our loyal, wonderful customers and talented, helpful associates. We are so grateful! Over the years, Simpson has grown to four stores in Sumter and Manning with over 130 associates. Simpson Hardware Co. was founded in 1951 by the late Carl Simpson Jr. with the purchase of a store in Camden. Several years later, a second store was opened in Hartsville. After selling both locations to extended family members, Mr. Simpson purchased Boyle Hardware in Sumter. That store was opened under the Simpson Hardware name on West Liberty Street in 1961 and became the first ACE Hardware store in South Carolina in 1963. After one move several blocks away, the original Simpson Hardware in Sumter remains on West Liberty Street.

Later that year, a second location was founded at the Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center on Guignard Drive under the guidance of Carl Simpson III. That store expanded rapidly and moved twice within the shopping center. With growth, this basic hardware store became widely known for its sporting goods and lawn and garden departments. The Palmetto Plaza location burned to the ground on April 9, 2000. After several temporary moves, Simpson Plaza Hardware opened in its new building on Wesmark Boulevard in 2002. The other two stores in the company are located on Pinewood Road in Sumter and North Brooks Street in Manning. Each has undergone major renovations in the last nine years. During this recent crisis more than ever, we have remained open to serve our community with essential and nonessential items alike. In the coming years, the Simpson Hardware company plans to grow and expand beyond its current four stores. We currently have varying and new products in fishing, sporting goods, grilling, clothing, gifts, footwear, sunglasses, paint and more. We welcome you to visit any and all locations of this family owned local store.

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