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268,212 VOTES

THE SUMTER ITEM

338 WINNERS

#BESTOFSUMTER


WRIGHT WAY PLUMBING 3425 Thomas Sumter Highway, Dalzell, SC 29040 803-499-4108

wrightwayplumbingllc.com

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

“The Right Ones to Count On” Call today to discuss your remodeling project and get a free quote!

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Celebrating 37 Years of Excellence

Archway Academy South Carolina’s Premier Early Education Programs

Our Award-Winning Private Preschool Programs! • Private 4-year-old kindergarten that exceeds SC Early Learning Standards • Degreed teachers • Creative curriculum fosters the development of the whole child

• SC Farm to Preschool Program • Infant/Toddler Stimulation Program • 2- and 3-year-old kindergarten

Two Convenient Locations in Sumter Open 6:30am - 6:30pm 2049 McCrays Mill Rd. (803)773-6480

416 S. Wise Drive (803)773-4300

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Voted Best In Two Categories • Best Child Care Center • Best After School Program BEST OF SUMTER 2022

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It has always been my dream 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 very much appreciate my customers and employees because without them I wouldn’t have any of this or be able to serve the community. You all make Tanners the Best of Sumter!

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nica Phan, owner, would like to thank all my wonderful customers for voting us

ANNERS #1 GAS STATION IN SUMTER

8 Years In A Row!

Tanners is your One Stop Shop 3 locations to serve you! 3088 ALEX HARVIN HWY. (HWY 301 & RACCOON RD.), MANNING, SC • (803) 473-2050 2605 WAREHOUSE BLVD. (HWY 15 SOUTH), SUMTER, SC • (803) 506-2804 2810 US 15 SOUTH SUMTER, SC • (803) 481-5857

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

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STAFF PUBLISHER Vince Johnson EDITOR Kayla Green AD DESIGN Jivon Adams Janel Strieter MAGAZINE DESIGN Janel Strieter AD SALES Karen Cave Devin McDonald Mark Pekuri Kathy Stafford COPY EDITING Rhonda Barrick Melanie Smith PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Cal Cary Micah Green Richie Weber

Welcome to BEST OF SUMTER 2022, 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 250,000 votes in the contest’s 22nd year. Winners are your neighbors and your friends. 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. To our winners, thank you for your ongoing and exceptional commitment to our community and its residents. 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 127 years.

36 W. Liberty St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 774-1200 www.theitem.com

Eat local. Read local. Shop local. Support local. Sumter is a vibrant place to live, work and play. Enjoy this magazine and the BEST OF SUMTER for 2022. Best regards, Vince Johnson Publisher, The Sumter Item

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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 2022! 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 37 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. Our programs are aimed at one thing: igniting the minds of young children by fostering their academic, social and emotional growth, through purposeful lessons and materials that intentionally produce a positive outcome. We have incorporated content from Conscious Discipline® strategies for social-emotional development. In addition, we help prepare a child for kindergarten and beyond with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

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 schoolage 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.

Wright Way Plumbing gets it done right the first time Thank you for voting us Best Plumber for 2022! 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! A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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 us in person at new location at 3425 Thomas Sumter Hwy., Dalzell, SC 29040, or at our website at www.wrightwayplumbingllc. com. BEST OF SUMTER 2022

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Tanners. More than a gas station. A place to serve the community. It has always been my dream 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 now the Sportsman’s 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. I’m excited for the future. Starting out as an accountant, I always knew I wanted to be in retail, even since coming here at 13. My dreams came true in 2010, and I thank all the loyal customers and the staff at Tanners for making it the Best Gas Station in Sumter for 2022 and now eight 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 grab-and-go or to sit back and relax

for a bit, we have it at Tanners. We recently bought Sportsman's Stop & Shop on U.S. 15 South to offer your bait and tackle needs, and we’re excited about our expansion plans at the old Sumter County Flea Market property. Everything we do is to serve the community. Even through COVID-19, we have been here for you. The beginning of the pandemic was scary, but we didn’t want to let you down. I asked my staff if they wanted to close, but everyone returned to work. We stayed open every day during COVID. I love doing what I do. From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank the voters enough for honoring me with the Best of Sumter 2022 award for Best Gas Station. And thank you to my customers and employees because I wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for you all. 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.

House Speaker Murrell Smith faces new challenges It is an honor to be recognized by my community in the Best of Sumter 2022 publication. As your state representative in District 67 and now House speaker, I have experienced the highs and lows of being an elected official. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be chosen by my fellow House members for what many believe is the most influential position in state government, speaker of the House of Representatives. It is the honor of a lifetime and could not have been achieved without the support and backing of the great people of Sumter County. For 20 years, the residents of our community have given me the privilege of representing them on issues that impact our collective future. My family and I cannot thank you enough. So how did this happen? How did a small-town local attorney become the speaker of the House of Representatives? The answer is simple … faith, family and friends. With an unwavering commitment to my faith and the support of my amazing family and friends, I have been able to navigate the tricky politics and problems that accompany elected office. I try to make good, common-sense decisions that always put Sumter County and the state of South Carolina first. As Speaker, it is my pledge that I will continue to operate in that same manner. But first, there is the completion of my job as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. 8

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We are writing a budget that improves education, reduces taxes, invests in state and local infrastructure and attracts new industry while supporting existing business and protecting our environment. We are expanding broadband throughout the state, improving our water and sewer sytems and appropriating a billion dollars towards our roads. During my time as chairman, we have cut frivolous spending and reduced the size and scope of government. We have placed a priority on keeping taxes low and I believe that the 2022-2023 state budget will do the same by reducing income tax rates. The annual appropriation bill and review process should be completed by the end of June. As an attorney at the Smith Robinson Law Firm, I am keenly aware of how important it is to have the support of one’s co-workers. For that reason, I am profoundly grateful to my fellow attorneys, staff and friends at the law firm for allowing me the time to do my “other” job. Most importantly, words cannot express the appreciation I have for my wife, Macaulay, and our children, Bee and Murrell III. They are unwavering in their support and their love is absolutely unconditional. Thank you again for the honor of serving you. Rep. Murrell Smith A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM


! u o y k n a h T Murrell MurrellSmith Smith Best Elected Official “Best Elected 3 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 House speaker, 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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803.778.2471

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Oil Change

Commercial Contractor

Rims / Wheels Store

Commercial Real Estate Company

Ace Parker Tire

Auto & Transportation

Small Engine Repair

Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone

Aftermarket Auto Repair

Andrews Small Engine

Auto & Boat Upholstery

J & J Towing Service

Auto Body Shop

McLaughlin Ford

Day Spa

Auto Parts

Business

Dry Cleaners

Newman's Automotive Mr. Scrape Customs

Carolina Collision Center-Sumter CARQUEST Auto Parts

Boat Dealership McLean Marine

Car & Truck Accessories Dixie Products

Towing Service

Used Car Dealership

Adult Day Center

Active Day of Sumter

Air Purification Company Air Solutions Heating and Cooling

Car Audio & Electronics

Auction Company

Car Salesperson

Bail Bond Company

Car Stereo Plus LLC Jay Carter Jones Buick GMC

J R Dixon Auction

A Way Out/Michelle’s Bail Bonding

Dealership Service Dept.

Banquet Facilities

Limousine Service

Barber Shop

Luxury Car Dealership

Building Design Company

Jones Buick GMC

Topp Limousine Service Bilton Lincoln

Motorcycle / Moped Dealership Honda of Sumter

The O'Donnell House Faded Barbershop

JJ Hardee Construction and Design

Car Wash

Tidal Wave Auto Spa

New Car Dealership

Child Care Center

Off Road Dealership

Children's Fitness

Jones Buick GMC

RedLine Powersports

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Myson's Tire Sales

Thompson Construction

Archway Academy

Sumter Tae Kwon Do

Dance Studio

Miss Libby's School of Dance and Gymnastics Destinations Spa Little's Personal Cleaners

Employment Agency

Norman Williams & Associates Inc.

Fire Extinguisher Service Pye-Barker Fire & Safety

Fitness Center / Gym Sumter Family YMCA

Floral Company

A Ring Around the Roses

Funeral Home

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home

Golf Course

Beech Creek Golf Club

Hair Salon

KaCy J Salon

Health Care Insurance Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Inc.

Heavy Equipment Rental Black Oak Equipment Rental

Home & Auto Insurance

Bynum Insurance / Assured Partners

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Thanks for voting us

Best Dentist Office 4 Years in a Row!

Family Oriented Warm, Friendly Atmosphere • Painless Experience Crowns • Smile Enhancement • Preventative Care

Dr. R. Capers Lee Dr. Hunter 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... Paving Company

Web Design Company

Pest Control

Window Tinting

Charles Smith Company

Hotel

Hyatt Place Sumter/Downtown

Internet Service Provider FTC

Irrigation Company

Smoak Irrigation Company

IT Company

Computer Upgraders

Junk Removal Service Waste Management

Life Insurance Company Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Inc.

Lumber Company

Jefferson Barns & Lumber

Manufacturing Plant BD Life Sciences

Martial Arts

Pet Boarding

The Tintman Gill After Hours Tint Shop

Pet Grooming

Community

SCPA/My Buddy Boarding For Pet's Sake Grooming

Pet Hospital

Guignard Animal Clinic

Pilates / Yoga Studio Southern Bliss Yoga

Printing & Graphics Company Hill Printing Co.

Self Storage Facility

Palmetto Self Storage of Sumter

Septic Tanks

T&N Septic Co.

Sign Company Sign Wave

Team Robinson MMA

Storage Buildings

Massage / Massage Therapist

Tanning Salon

About the Body Day Spa

Dixie Products

La Mer Tanning Salon

Mobile Device Repair

Tattoo Studio

Monument Company

Transportation Services Santee Wateree RTA

Nail Salon

Travel Agency

Online-Based Business

Tree Service

Paralegal Firm

Trucking Company

Computer Upgraders

Aycock-Richardson Monument Chic Nails and Spa Jo Jo's Boutique Bryan Law Firm

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Kelly’s Termite & Pest Control

716 Co.

Artistic Dimensions

Sully's Travel Agency State Tree Services A Mobile Storage Co.

Art Gallery

Sumter County Gallery of Art

Charity Event

Epps Ortho K9-5K

Church

Bethesda Church of God

Civic Club

Sumter Rotary Club

Community Event Iris Festival

Elected Official

House Speaker Murrell Smith

EMT

CJ Kirven

Event Entertainment DJ Howie D's Event Entertainment

Event Venue

Sumter Opera House

Family Entertainment Dorr Farms

Firefighter

Camrin Northrop

Law Enforcement Officer

Deputy Peyton Way & K9 Tara Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Library

Sumter County Library

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Dental Team is a family ready to serve yours Like many of Sumter’s professionals, R. Capers Lee was inspired by another local dentist, Dr. Mutt Bozard, who was not only his dentist but his Boy Scout leader as well. Lee remembers him as a kind, caring person who lived his life in an exemplary manner and hopes to emulate those qualities while also reflecting his Christian values in his practice at The Dental Team of Sumter. Dr. Lee is a 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 36th year of dentistry. Recently, Dr. Lee’s oldest son, Dr. Hunter Lee, joined the practice after graduating from MUSC in 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and recently departed to join “our team.” “We are delighted that Dr. Hunter has joined us and can’t wait to see what God has in store for our practice,” he said about his son. Dr. Lee met a fellow dentist, Danny Gardner, on a dove shoot in 2003. Gardner is a dentist in Charleston and an avid supporter of foreign and domestic mission work. Gardner mentioned taking a trip to Venezuela in the spring, and the rest, as is said, is history. Dr. Lee contacted Dr. Bill Sasser of Charleston, a veteran servant with the Christian Medical Dental Association, and away they went. Dr. Lee has been on nearly 30 mission trips abroad with Dr. Sasser and the CMDA, serving in Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad, Ecuador and, his favorite, Honduras. “Having been in many third-world countries, I’ve

realized that almost all American dental offices are excellent compared to the rest of the world,” he said. At Dental Team of Sumter, we try to separate ourselves serving patients as well as we possibly can by implementing the “Golden Rule". Who wouldn’t want a dentist and staff to do unto others as you would have them do unto you? This type of mindset has proven to be noticed as The Dental Team has been voted Best of Sumter many times, and he has been chosen many times by peers as one of the Top Dentistst in the Midlands. Dr. Lee, Dr. Hunter and the entire staff at Dental Team value each and every patient and want to extend sincere gratitude to everyone in the community who voted their office The Best again this year. We are honored and appreciate your vote of confidence in our entire team!

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

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US # 1 !

PROUD MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

HOME OF FIRST COME FIRST SERVED SATURDAYS

WE’RE THE BEST. YOU MAKE US BETTER. For the third year in a row, BOC was voted Best Bank in Sumter, and we owe it to our customers and friends for pushing us to be the best we can be.

Thank you for continuing to make us great!

We want to congratulate our very own Stephen Williamson on being voted Best Loan Officer. He’s just one of the reasons Bank of Clarendon has been the Best Bank in Sumter for three years in a row.

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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) 847- 9015. The TintMan is a proud member of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of Clarendon celebrates 90 years For most of us, The Great Depression was a period in our nation’s history depicted in black-and-white photographs. But in 1932, Taylor H. Stukes and Francis C. Reedy took the bold risk of starting a new business, the Clarendon Cash Depository, which opened as a financial safe haven for area residents. Under their watchful eye, the Clarendon Cash Depository was authorized in 1939 under a new charter “to do a general banking business,” and the name was changed to the Bank of Clarendon, with Francis C. Reedy as its president and cashier. As a community bank, Bank of Clarendon has never been run from a corporate office in a neighboring state. Instead, it is managed locally by local people. The success of the last 90 years didn’t happen by accident but by applying conservative banking principles with integrity, providing dependable service and serving our local communities. Bank of Clarendon continues to grow and flourish, now offering five full-service locations in Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter counties. Bank of Clarendon is proud to have been named Best Bank in Sumter and Best Loan Officer-Stephen Williamson! Come see why your friends trust us and voted our team the best. We’re all the bank you’ll ever need! MEMBER FDIC and EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

VOTED BEST MENS CLOTHING 2 YEARS STRAIGHT!

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MAYO’S SUIT CITY

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

www.MayosDiscountSuits.com

THANK YOU for voting us Best Painters THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 DELI maryannsdelisc.com (803) 775-4575

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Bar

Food Truck

Barbecue

French Fries

Breakfast

Frozen Yogurt

Breakfast Buffet

Grocery Store

Nonprofit Organization

Brunch

Happy Hour

Sumter United Ministries

Baker's Sweets

Park Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Buffet

Pizza Lane

Health Food

Place for a Girls Night Out

Burger

Hot Dog

Place for Kids to Have Fun

Business Lunch

Ice Cream Store

Place to Take a Visitor

Butcher

Italian

Place to Volunteer

Cake & Desserts

Liquor Store

Sports Leagues

Catering

Local Produce Farm

Summer Camp

Chicken

Wedding Venue

Coffee Shop

Sumter Original Brewery

Live Theater

Sumter Little Theatre

Networking Group

Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce

Sip&Gogh

Skate Station of Sumter Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Sumter United Ministries Gamecock Lanes Youth Bowling League Camp Burnt Gin

The HIVE @ Lavender Field Estate

Eat & Drink

Eggs Up Grill Shoney's

J. O'Grady's Simply Southern Bistro Carnivore Butcher & Bottle Baker's Sweets

Tasteful Kreations Catering and Event Planning Chick-fil-A Brubaker's Café & Bakery

Country Cooking Guignard Diner

Deli

American

Mary Ann's Deli

Asian

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Willie Sue's Mon Cafe Japan

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Triple B’s Big Bad Bob’s BBQ

Family Restaurant Fast Food Chick-fil-A

Triple B's Big Bad Bob's BBQ Five Guys

Sweet Frog

Piggly Wiggly

Shuckers of Sumter Be Fit Eat Fit

Duggie Dogs Express Baskin Robbins

Georgio's II Famous Pizza Mac's Place Spirits Dorr Farms

Mexican

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Nightclub

Brewers Bar & Grill

Pizza

Demara's Italian Restaurant

Pizza Delivery

Papa John's Pizza

Produce

The Farm Store

Restaurant Drive-Through Chick-fil-A

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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

Hero Experiences

2018 Thru 2022!

he Homes for Heroes program made me el like my sacrifices to my community and for it. a home to Buy? y countryLooking were worth That there was Selling or Maybe Keeping it as a rental? omebody there, to tell me, thank you for our service and shaking my hand.” - Cinda L.

Thank You

Serving Local heroes and Saving them Money on a home. It’s our way to say Thank you.

Great experience! Would definitely commend! I will always go to Homes for eroes for all my real estate needs!” - Patricia

Firefighters

Law Enforcement

Military

Healthcare Teachers Workers / EMS

This is one of the best programs that have seen since retiring from the U.S. avy in 2006, where something is done help veterans from start to finish. hank you.” – Bobby

Call Michelle at 803.847.3794 or Nanci at 803.848.1762

5 Medical Ct. • Sumter • 803.847.3794 • Southern.Touch.pmic@gmail.com

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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

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“BEST PLACE FOR MEXICAN FOOD”

& “BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT”

(803) 905-1955 1316 BROAD ST, SUMTER, SC 29150

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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 2022 Best of Sumter contest. Family owned and operated for 23 years, we always strive 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.

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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.

Thank you for voting me Best Orthodontist!

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... After-School Program

Apartment Complex

College / University

Assisted Living Community

Archway Academy

Romantic Restaurant Hamptons

Salads

Willie Sue's

Sandwiches Sub Station II

Seafood

Palmetto Oyster House

Smoothies

Johnny's Garden & Juice Bar

Snow Cones / Shaved Ice Kona Ice of Sumter

Sports Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings

Steak

Willie Sue's

Sushi

Thai House

Sweet Tea Chick-fil-A

Takeout

Chili's Grill & Bar

Tex-Mex

Moe's Southwest Grill

Wings

Leo's Home of the Chicken Wing

Education Adult Education

Central Carolina Technical College 20

USC Sumter

College Professor

Eugene Geddings, Nursing Central Carolina Technical College

Driving School

Potts Driving School

Elementary School

Liberty STEAM Charter School

High School

Sumter High School

Middle School

Alice Drive Middle School

Preschool

Westside Christian Academy

Private School Wilson Hall

School Administrator

Jeannie Pressley Alice Drive Middle School

School Teacher

Holly D. Williamson Alice Drive Elementary School

Tutoring Center

H.Y.P.E. After School Programs

Home & Finance Accounting

Barrineau Accounting

Air & Heating Service

Air Solutions Heating & Cooling

The Retreat at Sumter

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)

Celeste’s Cleaning Service

Contractor / Remodeler R&M Remodeling

Countertops Company Walton Counter Tops

Credit Union

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Decks & Porches

Trapp Construction & Remodeling

Drive-Through Banking SAFE Federal Credit Union

Electric Company

Black River Electric Co-op Inc.

Fence Company

The Fence Company of Sumter

Financial Advisement Blake English Edward Jones

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Thank you Sumter for Voting us Best Family Practice! Our providers and staff strive to serve the Sumter community with compassionate and affordable care with multiple Sumter locations.

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Thank you Sumter for Voting us Best Sleep Lab! Our providers offer comprehensive solutions for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Let us help you get a good night’s sleep!

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Colonial Healthcare serves the Sumter family

Colonial Healthcare is honored to be named Best Family Practice and Best Sleep Lab for 2022. We are so thankful to our staff who fought COVID-19 so bravely and provided a drive-through testing service in good weather and bad. We are thankful to our patients, who we have been serving since 1996. We love them, and we love to “see them today.” We provide in-house labs and tests that are affordable and available. We are proud of Sumter and it shows!

Thank you for voting Lewis Warr BEST CIVIL ATTORNEY! Automobile Accidents

THANK YOU

FOR VOTING US BEST SANDWICH SHOP!

Trucking Accidents Personal Injury Dog Bites Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Criminal Defense

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Thank you for voting us your #1 Party Supply & #1 Party Rental Store

5 years in a row!

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Thank you for voting Chip McMillan

BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY PLAYER & McMILLAN

3 Time Best of Sumter Winner

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

305 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 803-775-2306

Thank you for voting us

Best Breakfast Bar

4 years in a row

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

RAYMOND JAMES

T hank you, Sumter! L. Travis McIntosh, AAMS® Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Director, Advisor Select RaymondJames.com/McIntoshWM

Charles V. Noyes, II

Vice President, Wealth management RaymondJames.com/ewa

Cindy B. McGhee, Senior Client Service Associate 6 Law Range, Sumter, SC 29150

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Manufactured House Dealer Mold Treatment

Kevin Watford HouseMaster Home Inspections

Mortgage Lender

Southern Roofing Services Inc.

Moving Company

Comfort Keepers of Sumter

Oakwood Homes of Sumter

Flooring Installation Company M & M Carpets Inc.

Garage Doors

Advance Doors LLC

SERVPRO

Gateway Mortgage Group

Roofing Company Senior Care

Glass & Mirror

Anderson Transfer

Tax Preparation

Grading & Hauling

New Home Construction Company

Window Cleaning

Gutter Maintenance

Nursing Home

Clean by Design Cleaning Service LLC

Painters

Medical

Glass Doctor of Sumter Charles Smith Paving & Grading

Great Southern Homes

Jonathan E. Goff Seamless Aluminum Rain Gutters

Covenant Place of Sumter

Home Accents Company

Pool Company

Sumter Lighting and Home

Home Appraiser

Greg Stone Appraisal Company

Home Security Company Palmetto Security Company

Interior Decorating Company

Nicole Norris Design Studio

Investment Company

McIntosh Wealth Management of Raymond James

Landscaping

Clean Cut Lawn Care

Loan Company

Metro Mortgage Corporation

Locksmith

Accurate Lock & Key

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Real Estate Inspector

Jon Sill's Custom Paint Works Waterworks Pools and Spas

Pressure Washing Company

T-N-T Quality Lawn Service

Barrineau Accounting

Audiologist

Sumter Hearing Associates

Cardiologist

Dr. Ryan Garbalosa McLeod Cardiology Associates Sumter

Propane / Gas Company

Children's Dentistry

Property Management Company

Chiropractor

Palmetto Gas Corporation

Carolina Children's Dentistry of Sumter

Real Estate Agent

Dr. Leldon Bradshaw Sandhills Chiropractic & Functional Health Center

Real Estate Closing Attorney

Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Real Estate Company

Dr. Emily Clark

Southern Touch Property Management Millie Welch

Curtis & Croft LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - John M. Brabham Real Estate

Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Surgeon Dentist

Dental Team of Sumter

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Bakerʼs 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. We are always thankful for our customers for their support and loyalty. The staff and management of Baker’s Sweets is beyond honored to have been nominated and declared the Best of Sumter for 2022. Please continue to support all small businesses and shop local! www.bakerssweets.com

Thank you

for voting McLaughlin Ford Best of Sumter Year after year.

62 years in Business and still moving forward!

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

950 N. Main Street • Sumter, SC • www.mclaughlinford.com Make a Test Drive Appointment online or by phone!

773-1481

1-888-979-2533

950 N. Main Street • Sumter, SC • www.mclaughlinford.com

Thank you for voting us the Best of Sumter for 19 years straight! VISIT US TODAY 1089 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-6016

Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. Then stop in and try our amazing salads and sandwiches. We offer cakes and pastries baked daily along with coffee roasted for us each week in Charleston.

119 North Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150 803-774-7200 129 N. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 774-9657 129 E. Main Street, Lake City, SC 29560 (843) 374-1800

Visit one of our four locations or order online

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Stay in Sumterʼs best hotel in the heart of downtown

The Hyatt Place is honored to be the Best Hotel for the fourth 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 attending an event at the historic Sumter Opera House, enjoying a delicious dinner at Sidebar or Hamptons or enjoying a beverage at Sumter Original Brewery in the tap room, on the second-floor gaming level or the 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!

Sumter/ Downtown

18 N. Main St. Sumter, SC

(803) 774-8100

Thank you for voting us Best Optometrist!

Celebrating

211 N. Washington St. 803.775.9314

www.doctorwest2020.com

Serving the midlands MON, TUES, THUR, FRI: 10:00 - 7:00 • WED - SAT: 10:00 - 5:00 • CLOSED SUNDAY

12 Months Interest Free Financing Available 3602 Broad St. Ext • Sumter, SC

803-494-2300

Furniture & Bedding Co.

CELEBRATING OVER 50 YEARS SERVING THE MIDLANDS

www.hinesfurniture.com

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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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THANKS FOR VOTING OUR CARDIOLOGIST AS

BEST OF SUMTER 2022

Dr. Dennis Lang

Dr. Ryan Garbalosa

Dr. Prabal Guha

McLeod Cardiology Associates thanks you for voting Dr. Ryan Garbalosa as Best Cardiologist in “Best of Sumter 2022”. 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.

MCLEOD CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES 540 Physicians Lane, Sumter, SC 29150 | 803-883-5171

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THANKS FOR VOTING US AS

BEST INTERNAL MEDICINE PRACTICE & IMAGING SERVICE FOR 2022!

Dr. Ansel McFaddin

Dr. Harry Jordan

Dr. Hugh Stoddard Dr. Andrew Reynolds

Practice Providers not shown: Katherine S. Coffey, PA-C, James R. McMahon, FNP, and Emily J. Miller, PA-C

“We are honored by the Best of Sumter recognition and look forward to continuing to serve the healthcare needs of our community.” - Palmetto Adult Medicine

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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.

Thank you for your Support!

Thank You for voting us BEST Travel Agency 4 Years in a Row

1345 Peach Orchard Rd Suite C . Sumter, SC

803-494-2322

Thank you Sumter for voting

Best of Sumter

WINNER 8 YEARS IN A ROW!

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Dermatologist

Dr. Phillip L. Latham Jr.

Dialysis Company

Fresenius Kidney Care Sumter Home

Durable Medical Equipment

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

Outpatient Therapy Clinic

Dr. Bhatraphol Tingpej

Sumter Physical Therapy Clinic

In-Home Care

Pediatric Practice

Internal Medicine

Periodontics

Laser / Skin Care

Physical Therapist

At Your Service Home Care Palmetto Adult Medicine Colonial Aesthetics Advanced Laser & Day Spa

Lasik Surgery

Dr. James A. Goodson III

Ear, Nose and Throat

Medical Center

Endodontics Dr. Michael W. Nimmich, DDS

Nurse

Dr. Paul A. Evangelisti

Esthetician

Dana LeNoir Destinations Spa

Family Practice

Colonial Family Practice

General Surgeon Dr. Henry Moses

Hearing Aid Center

Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center

Home Health

Amedisys Home Health

Hospice Care

Amedisys Hospice Care

Hospital

Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Imaging Services

Palmetto Adult Medicine Sumter

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Infectious Diseases Specialist

Tandem Health

Grace Chewning Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Sumter Pediatrics, P.A. Marshall Wallace, DMD Todd Hoover Sumter Physical Therapy Clinic

Podiatrist Dr. Emanuel Willis, DPM Prosthetics Company

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

Psychiatrist

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. David Justice Tandem Health

Occupational Therapist

Counseling Sumter LLC

Optometrist

Colonial Neurology

Sumter ObGyn

Sumter Physical Therapy

Psychologist/Mental Health Sleep Center

Dr. Caryn M. West & Associates

Urgent Care

Oral Surgeon

Specialist

Orthodontist

Professionals

Richard S. Marks, PA Dr. Thomas Epps Epps Orthodontics

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Danny Ford

Outpatient Surgery Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center

Faster Care

Dr. Michael J. Naylor

Bankruptcy Attorney Paul Weissenstein

Bartender

Eden McKenzie Savannah Break

Chef

Raffaele Dall'Erta Hamptons

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THANK YOU for voting us Best Health Care Insurance and Best Life Insurance Company

Insurance for what matters most to you and your family.

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CRW has the insurance plan to fit your need Creech Roddey Watson Insurance (CRW) is one of the leading independent insurance agencies in Sumter and throughout South Carolina since 1932. We offer a full line of insurance products, including homeowners, automobile, business and life and health insurance. As an independent agency, we represent multiple carriers to better meet the individual needs of our clients. Our Life and Health department specializes in assessing your health needs and life insurance goals. We individualize health plans according to what benefits are needed and individualize life policies according to the length of time, the amount needed and the purpose of buying. Choosing the right health insurance coverage is one of the most important actions that companies, employees, families and individuals will make. There are many plans and options available, and we strive to match each client with their individual needs to fit within their budget. We help ensure coverage for those who are committed to safeguarding their futures through health insurance coverage. We offer multiple types of medical insurance for individuals and families, including health, dental and vision. Similar options are available for businesses, including short-term and long-term disability for groups. We also help guide our seniors through Medicare and Medicare supplements, prescription drug plans and

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Medicare Advantage plans. Also included with Medicare plans are ancillary benefits, such as dental, vision and hearing, to correspond with their individual plan. We also offer long-term care options. As important as having health insurance is, life insurance is an important expense. Most people know they need life insurance but are not sure why they need it or how much they should obtain. Our licensed agents at Creech Roddey Watson Insurance can help direct you in the right direction. We have multiple carriers who can quote several offers to find the best policy that suits your specific needs, such as whole life, term and universal insurance plans. Life Insurance policies can also be customized to your business group. Our clients’ needs are very important to us as we strive to promptly obtain the information needed to quote your life or health policy. Creech Roddey Watson Insurance strives to offer you quality coverage, a high level of professional service and a long-term relationship. We appreciate the support of our community that voted us Best of Sumter 2022 for life and health insurance. We accept this award with great honor and pride. We are thankful to be able to prepare our community for tomorrow’s unexpected.

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Helping you get the home of your dreams

Trapp Construction & Remodeling LLC was established in 2011 by David B. Trapp, owner and chief executive officer. David is a Sumter native. TC&R is a private, family owned business with over 35 years of experience in the construction sector. 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 has a culmination of architectural and construction experience in designing, estimating, construction and project management and job site knowledge. Trapp Construction & Remodeling implements a “3-Step Process,” especially for additions and renovations. Whether you are building from scratch or remodeling, it begins with design plans and a clear, accurate budget made with input from all parties, no matter the size of the project. We take pride in our work. Our construction teams are committed to delivering high-quality services on time, on budget and with maximum value to our clients. Once the design and budget are finalized, our team of preferred vendors and craftsmen work together to complete the construction of your dream home or projects.

803-305-1654 250 BROAD ST., SUMTER 29150

Thank you, Sumter FOR VOTING US THE BEST RESTAURANT FOR BUSINESS LUNCHES AND FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT THIS LAST YEAR. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS. • TAKE OUT • ONLINE ORDERING • GIFT CARDS • CATERING

65 W. Wesmark Blvd. • 803-469-8502 Thank you for voting us your #1 Security Company for 10 years. Your confidence in our ability to serve you since 1977 is humbling and gratifying.

We are here for YOU.

4 Medical Court, Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 469-6222

Thank you for voting us the best!

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FRANK SHULER – BEST ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON – BEST FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

PATRICK KILLEN – BEST PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

THANK YOU FOR VOTING

1 LAW RANGE, STE. A SUMTER, SC 29150 (803) 774-8500

US BEST OF SUMTER

Legal advice to help you realize your dreams Outstanding client-centered, personal service is what you receive when you hire Shuler-Killen LLC for your legal needs. You get a team that is dedicated to doing what is right for our clients. We take pride in knowing we can help clients with all their legal needs. Our team is committed to providing excellent service to our clients. You can count on each person in our office to handle your legal situation in a professional, efficient manner and to do what is necessary to accomplish your goals while keeping you informed every step of the way. We take a proactive approach to every case. Shuler-Killen LLC has helped clients all over South Carolina, the United States and foreign countries. Whether you are involved in a residential or commercial real estate deal, starting a new business or going through complicated litigation, you can count on us for sound, effective legal advice and assistance. We have a passion for assisting you with realizing your dreams. No dream is too big! We want to be by your side as your dreams are realized or your problems are resolved. A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

We fix your panes!

®

VOTED BEST Glass & Mirror Window Company

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(803) 938-5566

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

Welcome Home. Join us Sundays at 9am & 11am

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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

2730 BROAD STREET / SUMTER, SC 29150

803.469.2585

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

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

“TheBest Best of of Sumter Sumter 2021” “The 2022” Dance Studio and Children’s Dance Studio Fitness

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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.

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Discover the difference of family helping family at SAFE Federal Credit Union 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 2022. 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 130,000 members and over $1.6 billion in assets.

Part of our forward vision is making sure our members have the most convenient account access possible. That includes 18 branches throughout the Midlands. We also 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!

(800) 763-8600

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BD (Becton Dickinson) in Sumter is Advancing the World of Health ™ 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 frontlines 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 clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. Over 50 years ago, BD began operations in Sumter, South Carolina, with 125 associates and has steadily grown to nearly 1,000 today. Over the years, BD in Sumter has employed thousands of people locally and in surrounding counties, producing hundreds of billions of medical devices in return. Our associates take pride in BD’s purpose. We believe it is why our average employment tenure exceeds 17 years of service. In addition to their incredible work at BD, many of our associates are empowered and encouraged to A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

participate in various community-minded philanthropies and regularly serve as leaders in organizations throughout our community. On behalf of our BD leadership team, I would like to extend a big thank you to our BD associates! Your efforts are making a world of difference. And to the citizens of Sumter, thank you! We are honored and take immense pride in knowing that you acknowledge us as an employer of choice here in the region. We are BD. We are Advancing the World of Health ™. #ProudtobeBD https://jobs.bd.com/sumter-sc

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Personal Trainer Derek Spann Christ Life Fitness

Pet Sitter Civil Attorney

Lewis H. Warr Young and Warr, LLC

Consultant

Hodge Systems and Consulting Services LLC

Counselor

Jenna Binion Counseling Sumter LLC

Criminal Defense Attorney Chip McMillan

Electrical Contractor Triple T Electric

Estate Planning Attorney Frank Shuler

Event Planner

Southern Wedding Decor

Family Law Attorney

Matthew A. Williamson Shuler - Killen Law Firm LLC

Insurance Agent Laura Evans Skey Farm Bureau

Loan Officer

Stephen Williamson Bank of Clarendon

Pediatrician

Dr. James M. DuRant Jr. Sumter Pediatrics

Personal Injury Attorney Patrick Killen Shuler-Killen Law Firm LLC

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Kim West Cooper Doggie Do’s

Pet Trainer

Dogs In Training with Paw-la

Photographer

Mia Lee Photography

Plumber

Wright Way Plumbing

Private Investigator Benny Barfield

Veterinarian

Dr. Lester Bell Animal Medical Clinic

Wedding Coordinator

Southern Wedding Decor

Shopping & Commerce

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 Children's Shoppe

Computer Store

Computer Upgraders

Consignment Store

The Clothing Exchange

Cosmetics Store Ulta Beauty

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 Hobby Lobby

Battery Store

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Bookstore

The Olive Tree and Doolallies

Boutique

Susie's Boutique

Fitness Store

Furniture Store

Discount Furniture Outlet

Gas Station

Tanners Gas Station

Gift Store

The Olive Tree and Doolallies

Golf Cart Store

The Cart Shop of Sumter

Guns & Firearms Dealer Ricochet Range

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Advancing the World of Health

Delivering Superior Quality Medical Device Products Through a Talented and Engaged Workforce

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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Outdoor Furniture & Accessories Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Hardware Store

Paint Store

Wally's Hardware

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Jewelry Store

Galloway & Moseley Jewelers

Party Rentals

Lighting & Fan Store

Let's Party!

Sumter Lighting and Home

Party Supply Store

Local Cellular Company

Let's Party!

FTC

Reliable Pawn Shop

Hines Furniture & Bedding Co.

Pet Store

Men's Clothing Store

Pharmacy

Music Store

Christmas Pharmacy

Seaco Music

Shoe Store

Nursery

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Front Porch Botanicals

Office Equipment

Sporting Goods

Office-Church-School Supply Co .

Tire Store

Ace Parker Tire

Tobacco Store

Tobacco and Vapor

Tool / Equipment Rental Store

Black Oak Equipment Rental

Tuxedo Rental Vape Store Sully Vapes

Vitamin / Supplement Store

Petco

Mayo's Suit City

This N That Thrift Store

James Formal Wear

Pawn Shop

Mattress Store

Thrift Store

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

BJ's Health Food Store

Wig Store

Diamondz Luxury Hair Extensions

Window Company

Glass Doctor of Sumter

Women's Clothing Store Susie's Boutique

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Best Boss

Best Locally Owned Business

Best Customer Service

Best New Business (opened in 2021)

Best Local Industry

Best Place to Work

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FTC strives to make your customer experience the Best of Sumter 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. And Best Customer Service is particularly special because it says to us the efforts by all of our departments 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 now $90 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 coverage to 100 percent before we are done! 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! You and your votes matter to us!

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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 in-office 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!"

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THE FENCE COMPANY OF SUMTER

Thank you for voting us the best Fence Company in Sumter two years in a row!

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Mac’s Place FINE WINE & SPIRITS

Everyone at Mac’ s Place Spirits would like to THANK our customers for this award. We appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to another great year!

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Globally Recognized Office Founded in 1993, Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone is an award-winning brokerage that offers a diverse commercial real estate experience together with a singular mission: To provide the finest client service and satisfaction through expertise, commitment and professionalism in all facets of real estate marketing, management and development. Each professional is a Sumter native with strong ties to the community. 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.

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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!

Mary Kolb

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

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Home inspectors come and go... Except for one This year, we are celebrating our 30th year of being the industry leader in home inspections. We are honored to have been voted the Best of Sumter Real Estate Inspector for the third consecutive year! 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 area. 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 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 and know 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 home inspection, or visit our

easy-to-navigate website at 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 the next 30 years.

For maintenance tips or more information about your home, visit our website at midlandsc.housemaster.com and feel free to like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HouseMasterSCMidlands

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Bringing over 150 years of electrical experience to your project Triple T Electric Inc. was founded by Tony Truett and has been serving South Carolina since 2014. Tony Truett has over 20 years of electrical experience in commercial and high voltage distribution. He is a Journeyman Distribution Lineman. He holds a Master Electrical License and a General Contracting Public Utility License. Along with the founder, our electricians have over 100 combined years of electrical experience. Our lead electricians have an average of 20 years of electrical experience. Our estimator has over 50 years of electrical experience. With over 150 years of electrical experience, our team is committed to providing ethical, safe and cost-effective services to our customers and community. We would like to thank our customers for their continued support through the years and look forward to serving Sumter for many years to come. Let our highly qualified team work for you! (803) 469-4942 • TRIPLETELEC.COM

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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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This guy is wonderful, and heʼs 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 didnʼt 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 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM


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

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Sumter’s Only Full Service Continuing Care Retirement Community

COVENANT PLACE Living at its best

COVENANT PLACE

Call us today to learn more about our lifestyle options

Lifestyle Options: • • • • •

Independent Apartment Living Assisted Living Connections Memory Care Skilled Nursing Care Outpatient Rehab

2825 Carter Road | Sumter, South Carolina 29150 | 803-469-7007 | www.covenantplace.org Covenant Place is a locally owned, not-for-profit, continuing care community. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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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 neighborhelpingneighbor philosophy over the years. As a notfor-profit 501(c) (3)

Continuing Care Retirement Community, 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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Our team offers more than a century of combined experience in multiple IT disciplines. Their combined talent and knowledge provides clients with technology solutions that not only serve today’s needs but provide strategic guidance for the future.

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Doorway Automation and Access Control Video Surveillance

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Hodge Systems named Sumterʼs Best Consultant 4th year in a row Thank you for voting us Sumter’s Best Consultant a fourth year in a row. For more than 20 years, Hodge Systems and Consulting Services has provided strategic and reliable information technology services to businesses in Sumter and throughout South Carolina. Sumter native Erick Hodge began the business in 1999 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. “We value the trust our customers place in our services,” Hodge said, “and are proud to be a part of the Sumter community.” Whether it is the implementation of new ERP/ accounting systems, cybersecurity enhancements or IT infrastructure design and management, Hodge Systems provides its customers with the imperative technology they need to continue growing their organizations. Hodge Systems currently serves customers in 20 counties, providing customized technology solutions across a variety of industries, including health care, property management, manufacturing and human services agencies. Hodge, who earned his master’s degree from the Darla Moore College of Business at USC in 2007, leads a team

of technicians who offer more than a century of combined experience in multiple IT disciplines. Their combined talent and knowledge provide clients with technology solutions that not only serve today’s needs but provide strategic guidance for the future. The company offers competitive pricing on solutions tailored to the needs of each client, including long-term managed services contracts and hourly packages. Hodge Systems offers several services, including network design and administration, network and cybersecurity management, business strategy and consulting, premises wiring and planning, audio-visual systems, ERP/accounting implementation, physical security and access control and video surveillance. Hodge Systems holds multiple certifications with technology partners, including Cisco and Sage-Intacct, and is a Samsung Gold partner. For a personal consultation regarding your organization’s technology needs, call (803) 847-5000 or visit our website at www.hodgesystems.com.

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Wally's Hardware has items for professionals and DIY projects alike 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 five years in a row had it not been for our dedicated work team and you, our great customers. Thanks again, Your Best Hardware Store 56

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Best Hardware Store 5 YEARS STRAIGHT!

1291 Broad St. Ext. • Sumter, SC Open: Mon-Fri. 8am - 5:30pm • Sat. 8am - 2pm

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Thad Vincent, DMD ● Jay Goodson, DMD ● David Van Patten, DMD Katherine Leblanc, DMD ● Tina Vu-Heaton, DMD ● William “Buddy” Noonan, DMD

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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 simplify treatment and increase accuracy in diagnosis. Services including 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 way we support the well-being 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 allows us to help

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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!

BEST FURNITURE STORE

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

Thank You For Voting Us The Best Place For Wings! 20 years in a row!

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

Kyla Ann’s Bridal Boutique

Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter year after year!

2891 BROAD ST., SUMTER, SC 29150 LAYAWAY AVAILABLE

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FasterCare has more than a decade of serving the community We are honored to be named Best Urgent Care for 2022! 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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BEST CATERING 2022

(803) 565-2434

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“Best Urgent Care” Our Services Include: • Urgent Care • Ultrasound, CAT Scan & X-RAYS • Outpatient Labs • D.O.T. Physicals • Physicals • Workman’s Compensation Injuries

“When you need care NOW” 3440 Declaration Blvd • Sumter (803) 905-FAST (3278) www.FasterCareSumter.com

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Unleash your palate with Chef Teeʼs Tasteful Kreations

Furry and feathered friends always welcome at For Petʼs Sake

Tasteful Kreations Catering & Event Planning is a catering company that prides itself in THE Kreative Chef Experience, which is unique to each of our patrons. Chef Tee has been listed in The Sumter Item’s Top 20 Professionals Under 40 and Best of Sumter’s Best Catering and offers full service options for all your special parties and events: holidays, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, business lunches, bridal and baby showers. The #KreativeChefeXperience, private chef services, can create memories at your home for a more personal, fine dining experience. If Charlestonian shrimp and grits, smoked meats, Southern fusion-soul food and seafood, wings, delicious vegetable sides, salads and homemade desserts appeal to you, call Chef Tee … "Unleash Your Palate...Get Kreative.”

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.forpetssake-grooming.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.

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Best Pet Groomer FULL SERVICE GROOMING SALON 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150

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A home leader since 1987 Air Solutions has had growth year over year thanks to the concept of “thinking differently” in terms of customer service and customer experience. Thanks to this annual growth, we were able to open a second location in Florence to also serve customers in that market. We value the great experiences we have had at restaurants, retail stores and other local shops we do business with and have tried to encompass all of the different pieces that left an impression on us into our day to day. We continue to do our part donating to several local organizations and stepping up to volunteer when the opportunities arise. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers who thought of us in their voting. We are honored to have won this award the last four years. Thank you! - Jimmy Davis & Richard Cook

Thank you for voting us BEST Bankruptcy Attorney

Weissenstein Law Firm, LLC A. Paul Weissenstein, Jr. Attorney at Law General Practice including

BANKRUPTCY

Auto Accidents • Disability • Estate Planning Litigation • Real Estate • Wills • Estate Administration Foreclosures • Personal Injury • Social Security www.WeissensteinLawFirm.net “Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code, we are a debt relief agency and help people file for bankruptcy relief.”

803-418-5700 106 Broad Street • Sumter, SC 29150

J. Rafe Dixon, SCAL 4059 (803) 774-6967

THANK YOU, SUMTER, FOR VOTING US THE

BEST AUCTION COMPANY

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BEST AIR & HEATING SERVICE & AIR PURIFICATION COMPANY

2190 Storage Rd.

803.469.6950

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CCTC offers higher education for a variety of goals Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) is a public institution of higher education primarily serving Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties by providing innovative programs designed to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for all residents. CCTC offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in the areas of business, public service, industrial and engineering technology, health sciences and the arts and sciences through traditional and distance learning instructional methods. In addition to excellence in teaching, the college provides credit and continuing education programs and student support services to prepare students to enter the workforce, earn college credit before high school graduation, transfer to senior

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colleges and universities and achieve their professional and personal goals. The college offers more than 50 academic programs, multiple transfer programs and a full array of student support services. Central Carolina has been named the “Best Place to Work,” “Best Adult Education” and “Best Professor” for The Sumter Item’s Best of Sumter 2022 competition. As the regional resource for training and education, the college is committed to abundant learning through excellence, integrity and innovation. Become a Titan today: visit cctech.edu to find out more.

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The O’Donnell House Thank you for voting us

Best Banquet Facilities 120 East Liberty St.

803-774-0088

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The Best Employment Agency for 18 years

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BEST PLACE TO WORK, BEST ADULT EDUCATION & BEST PROFESSOR IN SUMTER

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Sumter Pediatrics: Giving your family the best care Sumter has to offer The physicians and staff of Sumter Pediatrics, P.A., continue to be honored that our practice has been voted Best Pediatric Practice for the fourth-straight year in the Best of Sumter 2022 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 fifth 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.

(803) 775-6311

237 Church St., Sumter, SC Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - noon Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

www.sumterpediatrics.com

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BEST CONTRACTOR/REMODELER

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Best Pediatric Practice 4 Years in a row!

Congratulations

to Dr. DuRant for being voted

Best Pediatrician

5 Years Straight!

SUMTER

Dr. DuRant

Dr. Key

Dr. Arscott

Dr. Mitchiner

Dr. Grier

Dr. Easler

PEDIATRICS, P.A.

Together We Are Caring For The Future

237 Church St. | Sumter, SC | 803•775•6311

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AUTO PARTS Thank you Sumter for voting us

BEST PLACE TO BUY AUTO PARTS 9 Years in a Row

2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

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At CARQUEST, weʼre 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 2022. 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 to 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 that is because of the relationships that have developed over the last 11 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. 2021 brought new hope as we are slowly getting back to normal. Our thoughts and prayers still go out to those who have experienced loss over the last two years. 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

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 2022. Thank you, Dale Player and Lee Brown

4494 Broad Street 803.494.4444 816 S. Guignard Drive 803.778.1841

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST ROOFING COMPANY

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Serving Sumter and Shawʼs 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 68 years! Please visit our website at www.wesellsumter.com, drop by the office at 1081 Alice Drive or call us at (803) 775-1201.

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Southern Roofing Services Inc. has been keeping you dry since 1983

We at Southern Roofing Services Inc. are excited to be voted Sumter’s No. 1 roofing company. To our loyal customers, friends and dedicated company family, we say THANK YOU and look forward to a successful future for us all. We are extremely proud to be a home-grown company that has called Sumter home for 39 years. We provide commercial, industrial and residential roofing and custom sheet metal fabrication services for our customers throughout South Carolina. Customer service is a primary objective of Southern Roofing Services Inc. This begins with our people and their commitment to provide our customers with a quality product at a reasonable price with a strong emphasis on safety and quality. For our customers', protection each of our projects includes workman’s compensation and general liability insurance coverage. Whether your need is for minor repairs, complete re-roofing, new construction or preventative maintenance, we welcome the opportunity to service all your roofing needs. Once again, our Southern Roofing Services Inc. family would like to offer our personal thanks to each of you for your vote of confidence in our company. We are PROUD TO STAND BETWEEN YOU AND THE STORM. 70

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piggly wiggly Your neighborhood one-stop shopping experience.

Thank you for voting Piggly Wiggly the BEST GROCERY STORE, locally owned and operated for 4 generations, the McLeod Family and all of the Piggly Wiggly Employees say thank you for letting us serve the Sumter community for 60+ years!

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Find what you need to gain Oakwood Homes opens OF OF SOUTH SOUTH CAROLINA CAROLINA confidence, strength in the door to a better life At Oakwood Homes of Sumter, our mission is to open home treatment, recovery doors to a better life and help families build happiness

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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 2022. 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 RELIABLE RELIABLE MEDICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT company 16 times. We are your trusted company health OF OFwhen SOUTH SOitUcomes TH CAROLINA CtoAthe RO LINA care you need at home. If you would like to discuss our options, give us a call today! Our 24-hour emergency 418 BROAD STcall . service is always available for you as well. SUMTER SC 29150 Please come visit us at our new location at 2580B LinDo Ct, or call us at (803) 934-9212. Learn more about our 803-934-9212 services at www.reliablemedicalequipment.com.

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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 six 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 consultants David Weston, Tony Pereira, Janet Connolly and Ben Busques appreciate you trusting us with your family’s home and dream. You made us the Best of Sumter for 2022 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. 3590 Broad Street, Sumter, SC

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Thank you, Sumter, for Voting us #1 Manufactured Home Dealer. We take pride in offering quality homes and service and look forward to meeting housing needs in Sumter this year and years to come.

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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.

Always Buying Gold! Best layaway plan in town!

Thank You # for voting us 1 We strive to provide excellent service to our clients

Come see why we are #1!

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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.

Reliable Pawn Shop earns reputation for honesty and respect

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 76th 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, cameras, bicycles, fishing equipment and much more. We specialize in firearms and jewelry, with new and preowned 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!

Thank you for voting us Best Automotive Repair 4 years in a row! Call Today! (803) 773-3379 • Oil Changes • Tune-Ups • Computer Diagnostics • Tires • AC Service • Brake Service & Repair

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

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Newmanʼs Automotive takes the win in Aftermarket Auto Repair four years in a row

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 four years. One of the goals of Newman’s Automotive is to complete all work correctly and with professionalism. We take pride in our work and stand behind our repairs. We strongly believe in “word of mouth” advertising, and we realize that a pleasant experience will make our customers want to come back to us in the future. The past few years have been tough to maneuver as a small business, but we remained steadfast and continued to provide the best service possible and will continue to do so. If you have not given us a try, please consider us for your next oil change or automotive repair. We are grateful and thank you again, Woody, Stacy, Brandon, Larry, Toby and Tyler.

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

We are ecstatic to be named Best Paving Contractor for 2022. Our sincere thank you to all our friends, colleagues and clients who voted for us to receive this honor for the sixth 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.

Thank you for voting us Best Paving Company

6 years in a row!

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Caring for the Sumter community for more than a century At Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, we are 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 160 physicians representing over 25 medical specialties. The facilities include a 22bed Level 2 nursery, ICU with intensivist care, 10 operating suites including two DaVinci Robots, a beautiful Baby Friendly designated Womens & Children’s Pavilion, and a satellite medical park. Our services: • Acute Rehabilitation Care • Cancer care • Comprehensive therapy services to include outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy • Heart care

• Orthopedic care • Pain treatment care • Surgery care • Maternity care • Wound care

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

Dixie Products is glad to have Sumter as its business family

Julie Long, Elizabeth Nesbitt, Michelle Stone

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Our family has been operating our business, Dixie Products, for more than 50 years. We are deeply grateful for the wonderful people of Sumter and Shaw who have supported us as customers and friends through the many ups and downs a family business experiences over the years, such as storms (Hugo!), a big flood, a recession and now the threat of COVID-19 and its resulting business chaos! Also, 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 for your fellas to dress up those beloved trucks for special occasions, like Father’s Day! The Dixie Blondes will still strive to make it easy, frugal and fun to choose the best-quality flooring from our many new products to dress up your home! 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! A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM


Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter year after year! TERMITE & PEST CONTROL

OUR PEST CONTROL SERVICES INCLUDE: Residential Pest Control Commercial Pest Control Termite Control Bed Bug Control

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Thank You for voting Dixie Best Again this year! Come See T he Dixie Blondes!

TRUCK ACCESSORIES • BEST FLOORING

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Voted Best Home Health and Best Hospice Care!

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The care you need, the support you want Thank you to the Sumter community for voting us Best Home Health for the past four and Best Hospice Care for the last three years. At Amedisys Hospice and Home Health Services in Sumter, you’ll receive care from an experienced team that makes your needs and wishes their highest priority. • 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 on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! • One of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of personal home care, home health care, palliative care and hospice care • Sumter’s ONLY Center for Medicare 5-Star home health agency for quality • Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies typically cover the costs • Education and resources for families and caregivers locations.amedisys.com/sc/sumter Hospice: (803) 774-4036 Home Health: (803) 720-5244

Thank you for making us your choice 3 years in a row!

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

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As a professional instructor and an AKC Approved Evaluator, Paula Cearley has more than 35 years' training experience with multiple Obedience Titles. She teaches a positive, reward-based program that will create a happy and well-mannered dog, whether they are 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 still provides a foundation for future advanced training. In this program, we use games to address impulse control issues and teach attention skills along with all basic commands. Homeschool options are available online to accommodate our less mobile population and shelterin-place citizens. By subscribing to this option, you can train your own dog, in your own home, on your own time. Services available include group classes, workshops, litter temperament testing 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. BEST OF SUMTER 2022

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CELEBRATING 55 YEARS OF SERVING SUMTER & SURROUNDING AREAS

Thank You, Sumter for voting us Best of Sumter Accounting & Tax Preparation Year After Year

BARRINEAU ACCOUNTING ESTABLISHED 1968

259-C BROAD STREET I SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA 29150

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New local pharmacy committed to serving Sumter in a personal way Christmas’ Pharmacy is a locally owned and operated pharmacy whose team is comprised of Steve Christmas, Robin Bradley, Tiffany Lee, Samantha Bradford and Tiffany Standley. After working at a large chain pharmacy for 16 years, Steve Christmas set out on his own and opened the doors of Christmas’ Pharmacy on Jan. 4, 2021, to serve his home of Sumter County in a personal way. The team at Christmas’ Pharmacy strives to provide quality and efficient service to every individual who walks through the door. Christmas’ Pharmacy offers prescriptions, vaccinations, over-thecounter medications and COVID testing. The team at Christmas’ Pharmacy is committed to ensuring that each of their customers feels cared for when they visit the pharmacy. We are located at 1229 Alice Drive, Suite B in Sumter and are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.

Visit us today!

Thank you, Sumter, for voting us

BEST PHARMACY!

We are honored to serve the community. Our staff has over 100 years of combined pharmacy experience, and we care about you and your health.

STEVE CHRISTMAS Owner & Pharmacist

(803) 795-4584

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Sumter Physical Therapy gives result-driven treatment in family environment Thank you to everyone in the Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties who voted for us to be named Best Outpatient Therapy Clinic (2 years), Occupational Therapy Clinic (5 years) and Best Physical Therapist (Todd Hoover, 2 years) for 2022. I want to extend my gratitude for all those who voted for us. It is an HONOR to be serving our Sumter, Lee and Clarendon communities alongside the BEST STAFF a person could ever ask to be associated with for the last 26 years. It is our team and family approach that sets us apart from all the REST. We have been blessed and honored to have provided and continue to provide the best physical therapy and occupational therapy in the area. It is our mission to provide each and every person with the most caring, compassionate and effective result-driven treatment possible utilizing the wealth of knowledge and experience of our staff. We strive to treat each patient as part of our extended family. Our family environment fosters a positive response in our patients, which helps people heal and recover in a positive

manner, both physically and mentally. Whether it is a sprain, strain, contusion or post-operative repair, we have the experience and expertise. 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.

SUMTER 1185 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC

(803) 469-3213

Computer Upgraders Thanks our Customers For Their Support

COMPUTER UPGRADERS

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

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

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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 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

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.

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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 2022. 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

Best Salon 5 years in a row!

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST PIZZA IN SUMTER

2070 PEACH ORCHARD RD SUMTER ( BEHIND SHAW AFB )

VOTED BEST TIRE STORE & OIL CHANGE

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M&M Carpets servicing Sumter, Shaw for 36 years We are honored to be named one of Sumter’s best in 2022 and want to thank the remarkable Sumter community, Shaw Air Force Base and surrounding areas, plus our outstanding staff and loyal customers. We at M&M Carpets Inc. are family owned and operated, started by Willie Razor in 1986. We are a complete residential and commercial floor covering company with sales, installation and carpet cleaning. M&M Carpets started as carpet cleaners then quickly added sales and installation, building a 3,900-square-foot flooring display show room and eventually construction and owning M&M Plaza. Our show room has many displays of waterproof flooring, laminate, pre-engineered wood, hardwood, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl plants and tile, ceramic tile and carpet. We have well-trained installers and certified carpet cleaners and very knowledgeable salespersons who can help you select the right product for your desires and needs. In addition to sales and installation, we also provide repair services for wood, sheet vinyl and carpets. We can replace damaged wood planks, replace damaged sections of vinyl plus stretch and patch carpet. M&M Carpets also sells and

installs commercial window treatments, provides construction site cleaning, stripping and waxing of vinyl composition tile and carpet binding. Additionally, we provide upholstery cleaning services and 24-hour water restoration. Again, thank you to our voters, customers and wonderful staff. You are what makes being the Best of Sumter possible.

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Guignard Animal Clinic treats your pets like they're our own

More than 40 years of providing top-notch in-home health care

Guignard Animal Clinic has been serving the Sumter area for over 35 years. Our goal is to provide the highestquality medical and surgical care to our patients while providing our clients with education and assistance in all aspects of animal care and ownership, including public health awareness. We strive to exceed our clients’ expectations by treating owners and their pets with respect, honesty and compassion and treating all animals as if they were our own. Our services are provided in a clean, safe and friendly environment, and our goal is to work as a team, complementing each staff member’s talents and retaining a positive attitude. We are a full-service veterinary clinic, offering complete medical, surgical and dental care for a variety of animals including cats, dogs, avian, exotic pets, horses and livestock. We have several on-site diagnostic options, such as laboratory testing and digital radiography, as well as a full dispensing pharmacy for your convenience. Because preventing illness and disease is the core of good medicine, we also offer comprehensive preventative examinations, vaccinations and routine annual testing tailored to all of your pet’s life stages. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you and your pet. www.facebook.com/GuignardAnimalClinic www.guignardanimalclinic.com

At Your Service Home Care is so honored to be named Sumter’s Best In-Home Care, marking the company’s seventh-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 proud 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, 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) 305-0404. You can also visit us on the web at www.ayshomecare.com or stop by our new facility at 2580A Lin-Do Court. Again, thank you, Sumter.

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Close to everything, yet nothing comes close! Come see why The Retreat at Sumter is the best address in town. Since 2018, the City of Sumter has enjoyed these stylish apartment homes, which are nestled on over 40 acres with the best of the city just minutes away. The Retreat at Sumter 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 the Sumter School District, is convenient to the greatest dining, shopping and entertainment the city has to offer and is less than three miles from Shaw Air Force Base. With phase two complete and a third phase opening late Spring 2022, The Retreat has more to offer than ever before. From the two luxury pools to the state-of-the-art gym, located in our clubhouse, as well as a free-standing CrossFit gym to the fully furnished on-site guest suites, 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 experience what you’ve been missing!

Emanuel Willis: Faithful servant to family, church and community When The Sumter Item informed Dr. Willis that he had won Sumter’s Best Podiatrist, it was a very special day for him. It gave him a special feeling of gratitude for his hometown. Dr. Willis was born and raised in Sumter. He attended Alice Drive Elementary and Alice Drive Middle schools. He graduated from Sumter High School in 1976. Dr. Willis always had two goals in his young life: to have a career in medicine and to serve his community. He has always had a great love for Sumter and its people because he has always felt loved by them. Whether it was his neighborhood “out Broad,” his many relatives or his church family at St. James United Church (on Broad Street), he always felt supported and encouraged. He attended the University of South Carolina and majored in biology, and this was the start of achieving his goals. After graduating from Carolina, he attended the William M. Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated and received a commission in the Army. While in the Army, he completed his residency in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Tripler Army Medical Center. When Dr. Willis became the civilian podiatrist at Fort Jackson in Columbia, his goals were coming closer into 92

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view. He moved back to Sumter with his wife, Janice, and their four daughters. This was the fulfillment of one of his goals. In 1999, he joined Sumter Medical Specialist Practice, and five years later he opened SUMTER PODIATRY SERVICES, PA in Hardee Cove. After 18 years, he is still in that location. Dr. Willis works in a profession he loves serving people in a community he loves. He feels this is a blessing, and he does not take It lightly. He is an enthusiastic Christian, and he knows God has always guided his life, he just had to develop the discernment to follow Him. When he began to follow the path God chose for him, it led him to his profession, back to his community and back to the church of his childhood. It is his daily prayer to serve all three faithfully. So, when you come through the doors of SUMTER PODIATRY SERVICES, know that we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and that Dr. Willis will take care of you as if you are a member of his family. I humbly thank the Sumter community for voting for me, and just know that this community has always been No. 1 to me. A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM


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An enriching place to live, work, play The City of Sumter exists to provide our residents an environment of opportunity and excellent public services. One of the most dynamic ways we do this is by investing in our parks and facilities so residents and visitors alike can enjoy a night out or a stroll around a beautiful park. With its majestic waters, Swan Lake Iris Gardens houses more than 172 different tree and plant species. With its most recent designation as a Level 2 arboretum, it places Sumter once again on the worldwide stage and as one of the most popular destination gardens around the globe! Swan Lake Iris Gardens is also the backdrop to the oldest-running festival in the state, the Sumter Iris Festival. 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the festival. This three-day event includes an ‘80s concert and party and more concerts all weekend long! You’ll find unique arts and crafts, shopping, plants and flowers, classic cars, contests, even more entertainment and lots of kids' activities. Towering over our rejuvenated Downtown Sumter is our beloved Sumter Opera House. The historic venue provides cultural vibrancy through its diverse experiences, educational partnerships and

historic preservation. Celebrating over 125 years of entertainment, the facility is soon to receive muchneeded upgrades to enhance the visitor and talent experience. Outdoor adventures, great food and endless entertainment are just a few of the reasons why we love Sumter! See more of what you love at LoveSumter.com.

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.

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Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter, where our patients are like family 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 42 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 29 years. The staff is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and healthrelated 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 36-plus years and continue to offer our support by volunteering, having performed thousands of surgeries on their behalf.

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Best of Sumter Winner 15 Times Wilson Hall is an independent, co-educational school for students in three-year-old preschool through 12th grade.

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FROM STAFF REPORTS out of wearing masks in public schools because of widespread coronavirus vaccine access for adults in South Carolina. Parents of children in public school must fill out a form to opt their children out. The form developed by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control is available for Sumter School District students at www.sumterschools.net.. It can also be downloaded from DHEC’s website at https://bit.ly/3eYb7az https://bit.ly/3eYb7az. A separate form must be filled out for each child. The governor’s order also limits local governments from issuing mask ordinances based on his prior emergency declarations related to the COVID19 pandemic. Those governments will have to find justification for such mask rules within their own ordinances.

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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

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.

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EXPERIENCED HVAC INSTALLER/TECHNICIAN WANTED Pay Based on Experience Must have your own reliable transportation Location: Sumter, SC Job Requirements: 2+ years' experience installing new HVAC systems, preventative and general maintenance servicing systems, installing duct work, extensive troubleshooting, and HVAC knowledge. Please call (803)968-4718 if interested.

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R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy school nurse Marlee Wells, left, and math interventionist Tammy Bilton take a short break during lunch in the school’s employee wellness room.

R.E. Davis kindergarten teacher Lacey Thompson reads a book in the wellness room recently.

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BEST OF SUMTER 2022 R.E. Davis College Prep Academy adds an employee wellness room BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com The focus on the social and emotional well-being of students has been expanded in K-12 education during the pandemic, but what about addressing those similar needs in teachers and staff ? R.E. Davis College Preparatory

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the creation of an employee wellness room, and many of the school’s 65 or so staff are now feeling the good vibes with the addition. Zach Lowe, the school’s curriculum coach, was one of the facilitators of the idea after he did a summer internship with cable TV network C-SPAN a couple years ago. Lowe said he was blown away by the network’s employ-

learned the concept is somewhat common in the corporate world. A schoolteachers’ lounge doesn’t provide quite the same ambiance, he added, with its hard furniture and vending machines, and they are often considered “working lounges.” Most understand that classroom teachers have faced the tall challenge of simultaneously teaching virtually

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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).

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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

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PLAT BOOK 86 AT PAGE 320, AND HAVING SUCH METES AND BOUNDS AS ARE SHOWN ON SAID PLAT, THIS DESCRIPTION BEING IN LIEU OF METES AND BOUNDS AS PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 30-5-250 OF THE 1976 CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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.

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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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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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Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) is soliciting proposals from certified light installers to replace outside lighting at the maintenance facility and fueling station located at 21 Holmes Gardner Road, Sumter, SC 29153 to LED lighting upgrade / retrofits. More detailed information and specifications are found in the solicitation which can be obtained by contacting, Patricia Drakeford, Compliance officer at 803-934-0396 ext. 103, or via email at pdrakeford@swrta.com or via website at www.swrta.com. All Disadvantaged Business Enterprises are encouraged to submit proposals

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and administration officials have encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials to wind down the bombardment of Gaza, a person with knowledge of the discussions said Tuesday, as the BIDEN Israeli and Palestinian death tolls mounted and pressure grew on Biden to move more forcefully to stop the fighting. Top Biden adminNETANYAHU istration officials underscored to the Israelis on Monday and Tuesday that time is not on their side in terms of international objections to nine days of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets and that it is in their interest to wind down the operations soon, according to the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly on the private talks and spoke on condition

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NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT 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. 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 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.

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. Estate:/Rollie K. Jackson #2017ES4300722

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

Estate:/Waddell Williams #2017ES4300725

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

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

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A Mobile Storage Co. ................................... A Ring Around the Roses ............................ A Way Out / Michelle's Bail Bonding ........ Ace Parker Tire ............................................. Advance Doors ............................................. Air Solutions Heating and Cooling ............ Amedisys Home Health & Hospice ........... Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter .............. Archway Academy........................................ Ard's Appliance Sales & Service ................. At Your Service Home Care ........................ Baker's Sweets ............................................... Bank of Clarendon ....................................... Barrineau Accounting .................................. BD Life Sciences ........................................... Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices John M. Brabham Real Estate ..................... Bethesda Church of God ............................. Bilton Lincoln ............................................... Bryan Law Firm ............................................ Carolina Children's Dentistry..................... Carquest Auto Parts ..................................... Caryn M. West & Associates, PC ............... 104

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Central Carolina Technical College ........... Charles Smith Co.......................................... Christ Life Fitness......................................... Christmas' Pharmacy ................................... City of Sumter ............................................... Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone................................................... Colonial Healthcare ..................................... Computer Upgraders ................................... Covenant Place of Sumter ........................... Creech Roddey Watson Insurance ............. Curtis & Croft LLC....................................... DeMara's Italian Restaurant ........................ Dental Team of Sumter ................................ Discount Furniture Outlet .......................... Dixie Products .............................................. DJ Howie D Entertainment DJ ................... Dogs in Training with Paw-la ..................... Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home & Crematorium .................. Emanuel Willis .............................................. Epps Orthodontics ....................................... Epps Orthodontics K9-5K...........................

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Pye-Barker Fire & Safety ............................. R&M Remodeling ........................................ Raymond James ............................................ Reliable Medical Equipment ....................... Reliable Pawn Shop ...................................... RTA................................................................. SAFE Federal Credit Union ........................ Sandhills Chiropractic & Functional Health Center ............................ Shoney's Sumter ............................................ Shuler-Killen Law Firm ............................... Simply Southern Bistro ................................ Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods ...... Southern Roofing Services .......................... Southern Touch Properties ......................... State Tree Service .......................................... Sub Station II................................................. Sully Vapes..................................................... Sully's Travel Agency.................................... Sumter Pediatrics .......................................... Sumter Physical Therapy ............................. Sumter Tae Kwon Do ................................... T&N Septic Tank Company Inc. ................ Tanners .......................................................... Tasteful Kreations Catering......................... The Fence Company..................................... The O'Donnell House .................................. The Retreat at Sumter................................... TintMan After Hourz Tint Shop ................ Topp Transportation Service....................... Trapp Construction ...................................... Triple B's Big Bad Bob's BBQ ...................... Triple T Electric Inc. .................................... Wally's Hardware .......................................... Walton Counter Tops ................................... Weissenstein Law Firm LLC ....................... Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center ...... Willie Sue's .................................................... Wilson Hall ................................................... Wright Way Plumbing ................................. Young & Warr LLC....................................... Yucatan Mexican Restaurant.......................

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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.

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods thankful to loyal customers for over 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 Locally Owned Business twice (including this year), 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 Paint (including this year), Best Guns, Best Hardware and Best Propane. Simpson’s owes any success to our loyal, wonderful customers and talented, helpful associates. We are so grateful! Over the years, Simpson’s has grown to four stores in Sumter and Manning with over 140 associates. Simpson Hardware Co. was founded in 1951 by the late Carl Simpson Jr. with the purchase of a store in Camden and later in Hartsville. Several years later, Mr. Simpson sold both stores, moved to Sumter and purchased Boyle Hardware. 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. After one move several blocks away and renovations just this past year, the original Simpson Hardware remains on Liberty Street. 106

In 1964, a second location opened at 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. However, tragedy struck on April 9, 2000, when that location burned to the ground. 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. Over the years, through pandemic, floods, and hurricanes, Simpson’s has remained open serving the community with essential and nonessential items alike. In the coming years, the Simpson Hardware company plans to grow its online presence and expand beyond 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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