Best of Sumter 2024

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248,589 VOTES
2 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 WRIGHT WAY PLUMBING 3425 Thomas Sumter Highway, Dalzell, SC 29040 803-499-4108 Call today to discuss your remodeling project and get a free quote! “The Right Ones to Count On” Thank you, Sumter citizens, for voting for us in Best of Sumter Quality plumbing services in Sumter, SC
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 3 Winner in FOUR categories In-home Service: We’ll Come to You... Just Call! Free Estimate Easy Financing Available Dixie Carpets & Dixie Products NO WORRIES, Call Sumter’s #1 Blondes. Real help. Real fast. Dixie Carpets 1255 N. Lafayette • Sumter 775-4391 Current Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday Carpet/Flooring Store Flooring Installation Car & Truck Accessories Storage Buildings
Best After-School
Serving Families Since 1985

• 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

Our Award-Winning Private Preschool Programs! Archway Academy South Carolina’s Premier Early Education Programs Two Convenient Locations in Sumter Open 6:30am - 6:30pm 416 S. Wise Drive (803)773-4300 2049 McCrays Mill Rd. (803)773-6480 Program & Childcare Center!


Vince Johnson


Kayla Green


Cary Howard

Janel Strieter



Janel Strieter


Karen Cave

Devin McDonald

Mark Pekuri


Rhonda Barrick

Melanie Smith


Adam Flash

Micah Green

Zac Hooks

36 W. Liberty St. Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 774-1200

Welcome to BEST OF SUMTER 2024, recognized as one of the best citywide contests in the nation. It’s our honor to celebrate you.

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 248,000 votes in the contest’s 24th year. Winners are your neighbors and your friends.

Use this magazine and our winners’ website at 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 backyard. 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 129 years.

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 2024.

Best regards,

Vince Johnson

Publisher, The Sumter Item

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at


Congratulations Megan!

Dixie votes Sumter “Best American City for Business”

Our family has been operating our business, Dixie Products, for more than 50 years. We are deeply grateful for the many wonderful people of Sumter and Shaw who have supported us as customers and friends, especially since the homegoing of our founder, husband, father and boss, "Mr. Bobby." We are so glad Sumter has been our business home honoring us with your votes for the Best Car and Truck Accessories, Best Flooring Installation Company, Best Carpet/Flooring Store and Best Storage Building categories.

We at Dixie know from experience that as a city that embraces, encourages and supports the success of businesses both new and old, the City of Sumter has no rival. Sumter wins first place.

The loyal citizens of Sumter, these many years, have trusted us to supply their truck accessories, utility buildings, trailers, toolboxes, lawnmowers and much more, from our truck side and have invited Dixie Carpets into their homes and businesses to help choose new flooring!

Our son, Rob, will continue to help you with everything that is needed for your truck and keep it dressed up for every occasion.

2024 Winner Best Occupational Therapist

Denise and Jan, the Dixie Blondes, will still strive to make it easy and frugal to choose the best-quality flooring from our many new products.

Once again, we at Dixie – Jan, Rob, and 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, blessing, and safety on your life, today, and every day!

Wright Way Plumbing gets it done right the first time

Thank you for voting us Best Plumber for 2024!

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 of 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 your home’s needs without breaking the bank. Our team of plumbing professionals is always ready to tackle your plumbing requirements, no matter how complex they are. From small repairs and maintenance to system troubleshooting and installations, we’ll get the job done on time and on budget.

Call us for any type of plumbing repair! No job is too big or too small, from a leaky faucet to replacing a main drain. We offer 24-hour service. We will also install your new tub, toilet and more – everything AND the kitchen sink!

We can service your gas or electric water heater so that it operates at peak performance and energy efficiency. We can also install a new one if your current one is beyond repair. We also offer tankless water heaters, also known as inline, on-demand or instant-on water heaters, which are energy-efficient choices 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 our new location at 3425 Thomas Sumter Hwy., Dalzell, SC 29040, or at our website at www.wrightwayplumbingllc. com.

Megan DuBose (Sumter Physical Therapy)

Archway Academy ignites children's minds

The Archway Academy team is honored to be named Sumter’s Best Afterschool Program and Best Child Care Center for 2024! Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We appreciate your confidence in what we do for the youngest members of the Sumter community – our children!

Now in our 39th year, Archway Academy has been serving the Sumter community with excellence, providing quality early care and engaging afterschool programs. Our mission is to provide a solid foundation for a sound education. Our team of dedicated early childhood professionals work hard to ensure all students attending Archway Academy enjoy enriching, fun-filled experiences to take with them for a lifetime.

At Archway Academy, our programs are aimed at one thing: igniting the minds of your children by fostering their academic, social and emotional growth through purposeful lessons and engaging materials that intentionally produce a positive outcome. We have incorporated content from Conscious Discipline strategies for social-emotional development, allowing children to learn the tools they need to understand and regulate their emotions as they navigate such a big world. In addition, we help prepare children for kindergarten and beyond with enriching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities that challenge and expand critical thinking skills.

The relationships built with our school family –with children, families and staff – are treasured for years to come. Students attending Archway Academy enjoy unique experiences with our Farm to Preschool Programs, including a curriculum based on nutrition that introduces activities involving food and gardening by the children. The children enjoy planting, growing and eating the food from the gardens they create. In addition, Archway Academy is home to the awardwinning Camp BBC, a summer day camp for school-aged children. The motto of Camp BBC is to create FUN, which we do with exciting games, activities and challenges!

Archway Academy is family owned and operated and now serves children of children from years past. We call them our legacy families. Thank you, again, to all of our families and those who voted for us. You and your children are the reason we work to be the best at what we do.

Archway Academy has two locations in Sumter, 2049 McCrays Mill Road and 416 S. Wise Drive, as well as five locations in the Summerville area and one location in Easley. Please call (803) 773-6480 (McCrays Mill Road) or (803) 773-4300 (South Wise Drive) to contact a director for enrollment information.

For more information about Archway Academy programs or career opportunities, please visit our website at


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 2024 Best of Sumter contest. Family owned and operated for 25 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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Auto & Transportation

Aftermarket Auto Repair

Newman's Automotive

ATV Dealership

Honda of Sumter

Auto & Boat Upholstery

Toon Time LLC

Auto Body Shop

Carolina Collision Center of Sumter

Auto Parts

Carquest Auto PartsAuto Parts of Sumter

Boat Dealership

McLean Marine

Car & Truck Accessories

Dixie Products Inc.

Car Audio & Electronics

Car Stereo Plus LLC

Car Salesperson

Yacov "Josh" Peters

Dealership Service Dept.

McLaughlin Ford Service Department

Limousine Service

Topp Limousine Service

Luxury Car Dealership

Bilton Lincoln

Mobile Car Detailing

Blakely's Mobile Detailing

Motorcycle / Moped Dealership

Honda of Sumter

New Car Dealership

Jones Buick GMC

Oil Change

Ace Parker Tire

Rims / Wheels Store

DCB Tire and Wheel LLC

Small Engine Repair

Rooks Small Engines

Tire Store

Ace Parker Tire

Towing Service

Ace Parker Tire

Used Car Dealership

Jones Buick GMC


Adult Day Center

Active Day of Sumter

Air Purification Company

Air Solutions Heating and Cooling

Auction Company

Ideal Auction

Bail Bonding

Michelle's Bail Bonding

Banquet Facilities

TheO'Donnell House

Barber Shop

True Legends Barber and Beauty Lounge

Building Design

JJ Hardee Construction and Design

Car Wash

Tidal Wave Auto Spa

Child Care Center

Archway Academy

Children's Fitness

Sumter Tae Kwon DO

Commercial Contractor

Charles Smith Company

Commercial Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Commercial


Dance Studio

Miss Libby's School of Dance & Gymnastics

Day Spa

Destinations Day Spa

Dry Cleaners

Little's Personal Cleaners

Employment Agency

Norman Williams & Associates

Fire Extinguisher Service

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety

Fitness Center / Gym

YMCA of Sumter

Floral Company

A Ring Around the Roses

Funeral Home


Funeral Home & Crematorium

Golf Course

Beech Creek Golf Club

Hair Salon

KaCy J Salon

Health Care Insurance

CRW Insurance Company

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at


Heavy Equipment Rental

Black Oak Equipment Rental

Home & Auto Insurance

Sumter Insurance Group Inc.


Hyatt Place Sumter/Downtown

Internet Service Provider


Irrigation Company

Smoak Irrigation Company

IT Company

FTC- IT Solutions

Junk Removal Service

A Mobile Storage Co.

Life Insurance

Farm Bureau Insurance

Lumber Company

Builders First Source

Manufacturing Plant

Continental Tire

Martial Arts

Team Robinson MMA

Massage / Massage Therapist

Julie Hurley, LMT, Rising Phoenix

Therapeutic Massage

Mobile Device Repair

Computer Upgraders

Monument Company


Monument Co.

Nail Salon

Destinations Spa

Online-Based Business

Jo Jo's Boutique

Paralegal Firm

Bryan Law Firm

Paving Company

Charles Smith Company

Pest Control

Kelly’s Termite & Pest Control

Pet Boarding

Doggie Do’s Grooming and Pet


Pet Grooming For Pet's Sake

Pet Hospital

Guignard Animal Clinic

Pilates / Yoga Studio

Southern Bliss Yoga

Printing & Graphics

Apparel Express LLC

Self-Storage Facility

Storage Keepers

Septic Tanks

T&N Septic Co.

Sign Company

G & S Sign Co. Inc.

Storage Buildings

Dixie Products Inc.

Tanning Salon

La Mer Tanning Salon

Tattoo Studio

The Art Company

Transportation Services

Santee Wateree RTA

Travel Agency

Sully's Travel Agency

Tree Service

State Tree Service Inc.

Trucking Company

J H Seale & Son Inc.

Web Design Company

716 Co.

Window Tinting

The Tintman Gill After Hours

Tint Shop


Art Gallery

Sumter County Gallery of Art

Charity Event

Epps Ortho K9-5K


Bethesda Church of God

Civic Club

Sumter Rotary Club

Community Event

Sumter Iris Festival

Elected Official

Speaker of the House

Rep. Murrell Smith


Carey Turner

Sumter County EMS

Event Entertainment

DJ Howie D's Event


Event Venue

The HIVE @ Lavender Field


Family Entertainment

Dorr Farms

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 13 211 N. Washington St. (803) 775-9314 Thank you for voting us Best Optometrist! Celebrating 35 years in business SERVING SUMTER & THE SURROUNDING AREAS FOR 44 YEARS! 930 N. LAFAYETTE DR. • SUMTER • 775-1277 • ACEPARKER@FTC-I.NET ACE PARKER TIRE Come see your Home Town Boys! or visit us at VOTED BEST TIRE STORE, TOWING SERVICE & OIL CHANGE YEAR AFTER YEAR Thank You For Voting Me BEST OF SUMTER 7 Years In A Row!! • SEAMLESS ALUMINUM RAIN GUTTER • GUTTER CLEANING OR REPAIR • LEAF GUARD INSTALLATION JONATHAN E. GOFF 803-968-4802 DEPENDABLE SERVICE PREMIUM QUALITY PRODUCTS OVER 25 YEARS EXP. FREE ESTIMATES 5 COVERAGE AREAS TRACK YOUR BUS APPRENTAL FACILITIES WE WILL GET YOU THERE. SERVICES SWRTA provides the following services: • Fixed route services in the City of Sumter • Lee County fixed route services in the City of Bishopville • Fixed route service in the City of Orangeburg • Commuter service from Sumter to Columbia • Commuter service from St. Matthews/Calhoun County to City of Orangeburg • Demand Response Service from Lynchburg to the City of Bishopville (Lee County) • ADA Paratransit/Demand Response



Bank of Clarendon: Your local community bank

As a locally owned and operated financial institution, a community bank is much more in tune with the unique challenges and needs of the businesses and families where the bank holds offices. This means that every dollar that comes in remains local.

Similar to other locally owned businesses, community banks are on a mission to support the economic growth of local communities, knowing that everyone benefits from that prosperity. One of the ways this is accomplished is through deposited funds being redistributed back into the local community in the form of loans for homebuyers, homeowners, agricultural endeavors and small businesses. Nationally, that means community banks like BOC are making more than 60% of small-business loans and more than 80% of agriculture loans.

For more than 90 years, Bank of Clarendon has remained a symbol of strength and stability for the Manning and Sumter communities, and we are looking forward to continuing that legacy far into the future.

Bank of Clarendon is your local community bank, and we are proud to continually be voted Sumter’s Best Bank and Best Loan Officer-Stephen Williamson. We invite you to experience the difference a community bank makes! SHOP local, BANK local, at Bank of Clarendon Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender

Stephen Williamson voted Best Loan for the second year

THREE YEARS A ROW fourth year in a row, Bank of Clarendon was voted Bankin Sumter, and we owe it to our customers friends for pushing us to be the best we can be.


Stephen Williamson was voted Best Loan O cer for the second year in a row!

For the fourth year in a row, Bank of Clarendon was voted Best Bankin 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 be the best part of the best bank around!

Thank you to Stephen our Sumter customers their dreams a reality. Your expertise in commercial lending is valuable to our

Thank you to Stephen for helping our Sumter customers make their dreams a reality. Your expertise in commercial lending is valuable to our community!

Thank you for continuing to be best part of the best bank around!

Stephen Williamson - Best Loan Officer


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A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 15 RAYMOND JAMES Thank you, Sumter! L. Travis McIntosh, AAMS® Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Director, Advisor Select O 803.305.6510 / / TF 800.303.4244 / / F 855.872.1665 6 Law Range, Sumter, SC 29150-4938 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC Cindy B. McGhee, Senior Client Service Associate Charles V. Noyes, II Vice President, Wealth Management Steven M. Prebish Financial Advisor Trainee Landon R. Van Patten, AAMS® Financial Advisor 2070 PEACH ORCHARD RD SUMTER ( BEHIND SHAW AFB ) 803-499-4741 Voted Best Italian Food in 2023 Voted Best Pizza in 2024 1345 Peach Orchard Rd Suite C Sumter, SC 803-494-2322 Thank You for voting us BEST Travel Agency 6 Years in a Row Serving Sumter & its neighboring communities since 1993 70 W. Wesmark Blvd. Sumter, SC 803-773-7339 LINCOLN & PRE-OWNED Bilton BEST Luxury Auto Dealer 7 YEARS IN A ROW! Stop by and see why we were voted #1 Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter!



Kevin Rickard

Law Enforcement Officer

Capt. Chris Moore

Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Live Theater

Sumter Opera House

Networking Group

SHE - See Her Empowered

Nonprofit Organization

Sumter Habitat For Humanity Inc.


Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Place for a Girls Night Out


Place for Kids to Have Fun

Dreamworks Dance Academy

Place to Take a Visitor

Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Place to Volunteer

Sumter United Ministries

Sports League

Gamecock Lanes -

Youth Bowling League

Summer Camp

Camp Burnt Gin

Wedding Venue

The HIVE @ Lavender Estate

Eat & Drink

American Restaurant

Willie Sue's

Asian Restaurant

Mon Café Japan


Sumter Original Brewery


Bar-B-Que Hut

BBQ Sauce / Seasoning Rub

David Bagwell Jr. , Scooter's

Firehouse BBQ Sauce


Eggs Up Grill

Breakfast Buffet

Shoney's Sumter


Baker's Sweets Bistro & Bakery


Pizza Lane


J. O'Grady's

Business Lunch

Simply Southern Bistro


Carnivore Butcher & Bottle

Cakes & Desserts

Baker's Sweets Bistro & Bakery


Honey Hive Catering



Coffee Shop

Colligo Coffee

Country Cooking

Guignard Diner


Mary Ann's Deli


Murray's Donuts

Family Restaurant

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Fast Food


Food Truck

Mi Promesa Authentic Mexican

French Fries

Five Guys

Frozen Yogurt


Grocery Store

Food Lion

Happy Hour

El Paso Tacos & Tequila

Health Food

Be Fit Eat Fit

Hot Dog

Duggie Dogs Express

Ice Cream

Baskin Robbins

Italian Restaurant

Sambino's European Bistro

Liquor Store

Market Place Spirits

Local Produce Farm

Dorr Farms

Mexican Restaurant

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant


Savannah Break


DeMara's Italian Restaurant

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Early Treatment Traditional Braces Invisalign Clear Aligners Self Ligating Braces 669-A W. Wesmark Blvd. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-5500 EPPSORTHO.COM Ortho for any age Thomas W. Epps, DMD Orthodontics for Children and Adults Convenient Monthly Payments Most Insurances Accepted No Down Payment THANK YOU FOR VOTING ME Best Orthodontist & Best Boss

Epps Orthodontics gives cutting-edge care to all ages

Thank you for voting Epps Orthodontics the Best of Sumter!

Dr. Thomas W. Epps has been providing children and adults with exceptional orthodontic care since 1987. Dr. Epps received a B.S. in microbiology from Clemson and his medicinal dentistry doctorate 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 dental/orthodontic literature and researching the latest, constantly changing orthodontic technology. He also serves in many professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics, Southern Association of Orthodontics, South Carolina Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, South Carolina Dental Association and Tri-County Dental Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Speech and Hearing Clinic. He feels it is important to give back to his community outside of the office, and the Epps Ortho K9-5K is again the Best Charity Event in Best of Sumter.

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.

the best

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


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

and having fun the whole time. They won’t want to go home!

We entertain guests of all ages and bring the party to any occasion, with music, entertainment, games and a state-of-the-art photo booth.

Weddings, birthday parties, karaoke, music videos, prom and school events, holiday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and any other special occasion imaginable. You name it, DJ Howie will bring the fun.

was impressed with

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

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This guy is wonderful, and he’s got moves on the dance floor. A true entertainer and a master to his craft.” – LaTonya on The Knot " I
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
All proceeds go directly
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM • Weddings • Birthday Parties • Karaoke • Music Videos • Proms/School Events • Holiday Parties • Dancing Instructors • Any Special Occasion 803-518-1737 DJ Howie D

Pizza Delivery

Papa John's Pizza



Restaurant Drive-Through


Romantic Restaurant Hamptons


Willie Sue's Sandwiches

Sub Station II


Palmetto Oyster House


Johnny's Garden & Juice Bar

Sno Cones / Shaved Ice

Pelican's SnoBalls Sumter

Sports Bar

J. O'Gradys


Logan's Roadhouse


Thai House Restaurant

Sweet Tea



El Paso Tacos & Tequila


El Paso Tacos & Tequila


Leo's Home of the Chicken



Adult Education

University of South Carolina Sumter

After-School Program

Archway Academy

College / University

University of South Carolina Sumter

College Professor Luke Hall, University of South Carolina Sumter

Driving School

Potts Driving School

Elementary School

Liberty STEAM Charter School

High School

Sumter High School

Middle School

Alice Drive Middle School


Westside Christian Academy

Private School

Wilson Hall

School Administrator

Jeannie Pressley, Alice Drive Middle School

School Teacher

Ashley Cappelmann, Furman Middle

Tutoring Center

H.Y.P.E. After School Programs

Home & Finance


Barrineau Accounting

Air & Heating Service

Air Solutions Heating and Cooling

Apartment Complex

The Retreat at Sumter

Assisted Living Community

Sumter Grove Senior Living

Audio Video Solutions

Computer Upgraders


Bank of Clarendon

Bookkeeping Company

Allen Associates Fiscal

Services LLC

Cable / Satellite Provider


Carpet Cleaning

Rickard Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning (Residential)

MaidForYou By Kay LLC

Contractor / Remodeler

Trapp Construction & Remodeling

Countertops Company

Walton Counter Tops

Credit Union

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Decks & Porches

Trapp Construction & Remodeling

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at

Auto parts are what we sell; customer service is what we promote

What a great honor it is to be voted the Best Place to Buy Auto Parts in Sumter for 2024. 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 2024. We are truly blessed to have the best customers this state has to offer. It never gets old winning this award. Every year, we are truly excited to see if our hard work and great customer service have made a lasting impact on our customers. Your vote shows us that they did. Our customers are the reason we do what we do, and they mean everything to us. I have said it before, and I still stand by it, that I would not want to serve any other community. We have the great honor of serving our men and women of the armed forces and all our first responders. We truly appreciate the sacrifice they make for us on a daily basis. We are proud to make Sumter our home, and we pray for our community often. We still offer a broad range of services, including but not limited to hydraulic hose repair, automotive paint, VP racing fuel and custom colors packaged in an aerosol can. We install wiper

blades and most batteries for our customers as well. We take pride in our work, and we truly love what we do and the community we do it for. We have over 30 years of parts experience at both stores. If we don’t have it, we usually can find it. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love people. We truly try to do that in our lives and in our business. I believe we are succeeding in both because we have been blessed beyond measure. The Sumter community has spoken loudly in confirming that by casting their votes for us. Auto parts are what we sell, but customer service and satisfaction are what we promote. Our prayer for 2024 is to honor God and our customers by being Sumter’s Best!

3 Years In A Row

22 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM 816 S. Guignard Drive 803.778.1841 4494 Broad Street 803.494.4444 Thank y , Sumter, f y r c tinued supp t and f voting us Best Family Practice “We will see y today!” 803.773.5227 •
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 23 WALTON COUNTER TOPS Granite | Quartz | Marble | Solid Surface Thank you for voting us the Best Counter Tops! Wade Walton: Layton Watts: (803) 518-0696 (803) 795-9896 SHOP: WADE WALTONowner I 803-774-9996 BEST OF SUMTER THANK YOU FOR VOTING US YOUR #1 SECURITY/FIRE COMPANY for 12 years. SERVING SUMTER SINCE 1977 CALL TODAY ABOUT OUR NEW FIRE Mitigation system IT COULD SAVE YOUR PROPERTY 4 Medical C Court Sumter, SC 29150 (803)469-6222


Drive-Through Banking

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Electric Provider

Black River Electric Co-op Inc.

Fence Company

The Fence Company of Sumter

Financial Advisement

Blake English

Edward Jones

Flooring Installation

Dixie Carpets and Flooring

Garage Doors

Advance Doors LLC

Glass and Mirrors

Glassco Inc.

Grading and Hauling

Charles Smith Company

Gutter Maintenance

Jonathan E. Goff

Seamless Aluminum Rain


Home Accents Company

Sumter Lighting and Home

Home Security

Palmetto Security Co. Inc.

Interior Decorating

Nicole Norris Design Studio

Investment Company

Raymond James


Waters Lawn Service

Loan Company

SAFE Federal Credit Union


Davis Lock and Key

Manufactured House


Oakwood Homes

Mortgage Lender

Gateway Mortgage Group

Moving Company

J&T Movers

New Home Construction

Gainey Construction

Company LLC

Nursing Home

NHC Healthcare


Jon Sill's Custom Paint Works

Plumbing Supplies

Wally's Hardware

Pool Company

Waterworks Pools and Spas

Pressure Washing

Eastern Powerwashing

Propane / Gas

Palmetto Gas Corporation

Property Management

Southern Touch Property

Management LLC

Real Estate Agent

Blake Lyles

Real Estate Appraisal

Greg Stone Appraisal Company

Real Estate Closing Attorney

Curtis & Croft LLC

Real Estate Company

Advantage Realty Group Inc.

Real Estate Inspector

A Buyer's Choice Home


Roofing Company

Southern Roofing Services

Senior Care

At Your Service Home Care

Tax Preparation

Wells Tax Services

Window Cleaning

Eastern Power Washing



Sumter Hearing Associates


Dr. Dennis Lang

Children's Dentistry

Sunshine Dental


Dr. Leldon Bradshaw

Sandhills Chiropractic & Functional Health Center

Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. G.E. Rabon

Restorative Arts Dental, P.A.

Dentist Office

Palmetto Family and

Cosmetic Dentistry


Bud Reynolds

Dermatology and Skin Surgery

Dialysis Company

DaVita Cypress Gardens


See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at
OUTPERFORM TODAY. TRANSFORM TOMORROW. Every day our team of professionals is driven to be the best and deliver for our customers. We’re on a mission to develop next-generation solutions that accelerate, optimize and transform the homebuilding industry. BLDR.COM 114 & 116 Myrtle Beach Hwy • Sumter, SC • 803.778.1921

Thank you for voting Builders FirstSource the Best of Sumter

We are honored to be named Best of Sumter 2024! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. We have been serving the Sumter community for many years!

Our manufactured components reduce framing time, material costs and waste while increasing the structural integrity of single and multi-family projects. Our team is driven to deliver for our customers and help solve today’s toughest challenges. Through our

portfolio of value-added products, digital solutions and innovative manufacturing capabilities, we’re revolutionizing the future of homebuilding.

I want to say thank you to our employees for their commitment to excellence and consistently delivered exceptional service to our customers.

Again, thank you to all who voted because you are the reason we work to be the Best of Sumter.

We are honored to be named Best Urgent Care and Best Imaging Services for 2024! 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.

26 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM FasterCare - When you need care NOW!
(803) 905-FAST (3282) 3440 Declaration Blvd. Sumter, SC 29154
114 & 116 Myrtle Beach Hwy Sumter, SC (803)778-1921 BLDR.COM
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 27 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) ank You, Sumter, for Voting Us “Best Urgent Care and Best Imaging Services”
28 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM 385 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter, SC 29150 Phone# 803-773-5227 Thank you Sumter for your continued support and for voting Colonial Neurology and Sleep Lab Best Sleep Center! Colonial Neurology Sumter, SC 803-494-2322 for voting us BEST Vape Store 6 YEARS IN A ROW! 805 N. Wise Dr., Sumter (803) 938-5566 VOTED BEST Window Company We fix your panes! ® BUSINESS AUTO HOME 773-1481 1-888-979-2533 Make a Test Drive Appointment online or by phone! 950 N. Main Street • Sumter, SC • Thank you, Sumter! Voted Best Dealership Service Deptment We have the Best Service Techs in Sumter! Matt Dana Olivia Butch
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 29 Thank you, Sumter, for voting for us! A Mobile Storage A Goodson Company Inc. (803) 773-5439 773-1481 1-888-979-2533 950 N. Main Street • Sumter, SC • Taking Care of Sumter Service & Sales needs since 1961 Make a Test Drive Appointment online or by phone! 64 years in business and still moving forward!

Durable Medical


Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

Ear, Nose and Throat

Dr. Lovice & Dr. Evangelisti, Sumter ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery


Michael W. Nimmich, DDS


Kaylee Carter

Pure Esthetics

Family Practice

Colonial Healthcare

General Surgeon

Dr. Sonny Jones

Hearing Aid Center

Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center

Home Health

Serenity Keepers Home Care

Hospice Care

Amedisys Hospice Care


Prisma Health Tuomey


Imaging Services

Faster Care Inc.

In-Home Care

Comfort Keepers

Internal Medicine

Palmetto Adult Medicine

Laser / Skin Care

Nancyhunter Blanding

Lasik Surgery

Dr. James A. Goodson III, MD

Medical Center

Tandem Health

Mental Health Counselor

Pam Ridley, Tandem Health


Kasey Holmes, Sumter Pediatrics, PA

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sumter ObGyn

Occupational Therapist

Megan DuBose, Sumter PT


Dr. Caryn M West & Associates


Dr. Thomas Epps

Epps Orthodontics

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Danny Ford

Outpatient Surgery

Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center

Outpatient Therapy Clinic

Access Physical Therapy

Pediatric Practice

Sumter Pediatrics, P.A.

Physical Therapist

Sahlee Salzer, PT, DPT

Access Physical Therapy

Plastic Surgeon

Emily Cart, MD


James B Cahill, DPM, LLC

Prosthetics Company

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina


Dr. Pressley Warrick

Sleep Center

Colonial Neurology and Sleep Lab

Speech Therapy

Summit Speech Therapy LLC

Urgent Care

Faster Care


Bankruptcy Attorney

Paul Held Law Office


Stacy Freeman

Savannah Break


Raffaele Dall'Erta Hamptons

Civil Attorney

Thomas McElveen

Bryan Law Firm


Hodge Systems and Consulting Services LLC


Karen Page, Tandem Health

Criminal Defense


Chip McMillan

Electrical Contractor

T. Mullen

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 31 •HVAC Sales and Service • Tankless Water Heaters • Dryer Vent Cleaning •Indoor Air Quality •Duct Cleaning 2190 Storage Road 803.469.6950 Services WE ARE PROUD TO BE SUMTER’S #1 AIR & HEATING SERVICE PROVIDER & AIR PURIFICATION COMPANY Thank you, Sumter, for voting for us!

At Galloway & Moseley, your special memories sparkle

Step into our beautiful showroom to experience a vibrant aspect of Sumter’s living history. Opened in 1935, Galloway & Moseley has been family owned and operated for 89 years. Co-owners Danny Chandler and Britton Moseley and their entire staff take great personal satisfaction in ensuring every customer has a wonderful experience choosing just the right piece of jewelry to help create a lifetime of precious memories.

Our mission is to provide unsurpassed professional service to make every customer happy, honoring any budget. Whether choosing a gift for a special occasion or a ring to symbolize a loving lifetime commitment, we provide the best possible value and beautiful design that will be treasured for generations.

Quality is defined by true craftsmanship and not a price tag. We offer over 200 lines of beautifully crafted jewelry by talented designers and the largest selection of loose diamonds in the region. Our own award-winning designers and certified jewelers specialize in resetting heirloom diamonds and gemstones, designing and building your custom creation right in our store.

We are humbled and grateful for your support, friendship and patronage through these years and look forward to serving you with our tradition of quality, style and value. Thank you for the honor of being voted “The Best Jewelry Store in Sumter” again this year!

Air Solutions continues growth to serve the community

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 the different pieces that left an impression on us in our day to day. We continue to do our part by donating to several local organizations and stepping up to volunteer when the opportunities arise. We would like to thank all our wonderful customers who thought of us in their voting. We are honored to have won this award the last six years. Thank you!

- Jimmy Davis and Richard Cook who

2190 Storage Road 803.469.6950
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 33 Celebrating Our 89 th Anniversary Pressley Warrick, M.D. Thank you Sumter for your continued support and for voting me Best Psychiatrist! Colonial Behavioral Health 696 Bultman Dr., Sumter, SC 29150 Phone# 803-848-0500 803-983-6857 Contact Zach Hubbard RESIDENTIAL WASHING BUILDING WASHING WINDOW CLEANING Thank you, Sumter, for voting us #1 in PRESSURE WASHING and WINDOW CLEANING! Request a FREE quote 803-773-7226 780 S. Pike W. Sumter, SC Of ce Church School Supply, Inc. We would like to thank all churches, local business owners, and educators for 39 years of faithful support. Thank you f voting us Best of Sumter! 29150
34 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 237 Church St. | Sumter, SC | 803•775•6311 SUMTER PEDIATRICS, P.A. Tog her We Are Caring For e Future Thank you for voting us Best Pediatric Practice 6 Years in a row! NEWBORN CARE WELL CHECKUPS ACUTE CARE SPORTS PHYSICALS ASTHMA MAINTENANCE PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT CARE WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Experience...
Dr. Arscott Dr. Grier Heather Blanton Burns, DNP Hanna Rivers, FNP Dr. James Dr. Easler Dr. Mitchiner Dr. DuRant

Sumter Pediatrics: Giving your family the best care

The physicians and staff of Sumter Pediatrics, P.A., continue to be honored that our practice has been voted Best Pediatric Practice for six straight years in the Best of Sumter 2024 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 offer a full range of services to care for your child.

We would also like to take the time to thank Sumter for voting James M. DuRant Jr., MD, the Best Pediatrician for the seventh time in the Best of Sumter contest. Congratulations Kasey Holmes, LPN, voted Best Nurse for 2024. Dr. DuRant and his colleagues are here to serve you and provide the very best possible care Sumter has to offer.

us today to schedule an appointment.

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 35 803-773-1320 THANK YOU Best of for 14 Years
(803) 775-6311 237 Church St., Sumter, SC Congratulations Dr. DuRant for being voted BEST PEDIATRICIAN 7 years straight! And Nurse Kasey Holmes, LPN for being voted BEST NURSE Dr. DuRant Kasey Holmes, LPN (803) 481-5257 Family Owned and Operated Over 50 Years in Carpet & Flooring

Newman’s Automotive takes the win in Aftermarket Auto Repair SIX years straight

Woody, Stacy and the team at Newman’s Automotive want to extend a huge thank you for the community’s continued support of their small business. We would like to thank our valued customers for trusting us with all their automotive needs. Woody says, “Loyal customers are the lifeblood of small businesses, and we couldn’t survive without ours.” 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. Customer satisfaction is our top priority.

If you have not tried us, please consider us for your next oil change or automotive repair. We would love to get to know you, your family and your vehicle. We are grateful and thank you again, Woody, Stacy, Brandon, Larry, Toby, Tyler, Tania and Roosevelt.

FTC connects you to the community

Thank you for voting FTC the Best Internet Service Provider; Cable/Satellite Company; and Local Cellular Company; And for FTC IT Solutions, Best IT Company.

We do not take your votes lightly. The first three are awards you helped us garner last year, and for that continued support we are truly grateful.

Best IT Company for FTC IT Solutions is a new one for us. A few years ago, we added some very talented individuals to our team from another thriving local business and expanded our services. The response has been remarkable, and we look forward to growing even more. If you are a business in need of IT services, please reach out to us at 888-218-5050 or go to www. services/it-solutions to find out what we can do for you.

For our five core products of internet, wireless, phone, security and TV, we are continuously making upgrades to offer the latest in cutting-edge technology.

Examples of that commitment are two major ongoing projects. The first is the fiber buildout that dates back to 2019, and the other is the 5G conversion of our wireless towers that got going in full force in the last six months. Both are huge investments designed to make the customer experience even better!

In closing, we want to say thank you, again, for these honors! You and your votes matter to us!

36 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM 850 Broad St. 803.418.0448 Kyla Ann’s Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter year after year! Bridal Boutique 5 Medical Ct. • Sumter 803.774.2111 Thank you for Voting Us Best Property Management of Sumter 7 Years in a Row! ✔ Professional Property Management & Real Estate ✔ Competitive Pricing ✔ Income Generation ✔ Professional Service to All our Clients ✔ Available Weekends & After Hours Kim West Cooper (803) 720-4167 Doggie Do’s ank You for voting us Best Pet Boarding & Best Pet Sitter
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 37 Thank you for voting us Best Automotive Repair 6 years in a row! • Oil Changes • Tune-Ups • Computer Diagnostics • Tires • AC Service • Brake Service & Repair • Wheel Balance • Starters • Radiators • Shocks & Struts • Belts and Hoses • Alignments Call Today! (803) 773-3379 1109 Florence Hwy Sumter, SC, 29153 We get you award-winning service | 888.218.5050 THANK YOU FOR VOTING FTC BEST OF SUMTER! WINNER Best Internet Service Provider Best Cable/Satellite Company Best Local Cellular Company Best IT Company


Estate Planning Attorney

Frank Shuler

Event Planner

Jennifer Saucier

The HIVE @ Lavender Estate

Family Law Attorney

Jason Reddick

Law Office of Jason L. Reddick

Hair Stylist

Angel Hansen, Susie's Boutique

Individual Dentist

Capers Lee

Dental Team of Sumter

Insurance Agent

Laura Evans Skey

Farm Bureau

Life Coach

Matthew Wilkie

Loan Officer

Stephen Williamson

Bank of Clarendon


Dr. James M. DuRant Jr.

Sumter Pediatrics

Personal Injury Attorney

Dickie Jones

Personal Trainer

Derek Spann

Christ Life Fitness

Pet Sitter

Kim West Cooper

Doggie Do’s

Pet Trainer

Major Wags Dog Training LLC


Allison Eady


Wright Way Plumbing

Private Investigator

Benny Barfield

Tattoo Artist

Donnie DJ McLeod

The Art Company


Dr. Lester Bell

Animal Medical Clinic

Wedding Coordinator

Jennifer Saucier

The HIVE @ Lavender Estate

Shopping & Commerce

Antiques Store

Broadstone Manor Antiques & Interior Designs

Appliance Store

Ard's Appliance Sales & Service

Arts and Crafts

Hobby Lobby


The Olive Tree and Doolallies


Susie's Boutique

Bridal Shop

Kyla Ann's Bridal Boutique

Carpet / Flooring

Dixie Carpets and Flooring

CBD Retailer

Your CBD Store

Children's Clothing

The Children's Shoppe

Computer Store

Computer Upgraders


The Clothing Exchange

Cosmetic Store

Ulta Beauty

Department Store

TJ Maxx

Fabric Store

Fabric Warehouse

Feed Store

Tractor Supply Co.

Fishing Store

Hook'em Bait & Tackle

Fitness Store

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Frame Shop / Store

Modular Framery

Furniture Store

Discount Furniture Outlet

Gas Station

Tanners Gas Station

Gift Store

The Olive Tree and Doolallies

Golf Carts

Electric Motors Sales and Service LLC

Guns & Firearms Dealer

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at


McLeod Health thanks you for voting our providers and partners as “Best of Sumter 2024.” Our winners are dedicated to providing the Sumter residents with the very highest quality in care.

Dr. Andrew Reynolds Dr. Hugh Stoddard Dr. Harry Jordan PALMETTO ADULT MEDICINE
420 West Wesmark Boulevard Sumter,
1295 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 803-905-6800
Sumter, SC 29150 803-883-5171

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. 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.

(800) 763-8600 Federally insured by NCUA
Sumter 540 Physicians Lane Clarendon County 21 E. Hospital St., Manning (803) 883-5171
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 41 Thankyou,Sumter,for votingusBestCreditUnion! A heartfelt thank you toourmore than141,000memberswhotrust SAFE withtheirfinancialfuture. Call:800-763-8600 FederallyinsuredbyNCUA


Hardware Store

Wally's Hardware

Jewelry Store

Galloway & Moseley Jewelers

Lighting & Fan Store

Sumter Lighting and Home

Local Cellular Company


Mattress Store

Discount Furniture Outlet

Men's Clothing

Mayo's Suit City

Music Store

Seaco Music

Office Equipment

Nu-Idea School Supply

Paint Store

Simpson Hardware & Sports

Party Rentals

Let's Party!

Party Supply Store

Let's Party!

Pawn Shop

Reliable Pawn Shop


Christmas Pharmacy

School Supplies

Office Church School Supply

Shoe Store

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Sporting Goods

Thrift Shop

This N That Thrift Store

Tobacco Store

Smokers Choice

Tool / Equipment Rental

Equipment Rental Services

Tuxedo Rental

Mayo's Suit City

Vape Store

Sully Vapes

Wig Store

Diamondz Luxury Hair Extensions

Window Company

Glass Doctor of Sumter

Women's Clothing

Susie's Boutique


Front Porch Botanicals

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at Best Place to Work Tandem Health Best Customer Service Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods Best New Business (Opened in 2023) Serenity Spa Essentials LLC Best Boss Dr. Thomas Epps, Epps Orthodontics Best Locally Owned Business Advantage Realty Group Inc. Best Local Industry Thompson Construction Congratulations Best of the Best
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 43 Since 1986, Thompson Construction Group, Inc. has grown from a small, local company into one of the largest privately held companies based in South Carolina with a diversified services portfolio. After more than 38 years in business, we now serve customers in all regions of the United States. Our success has been and always will be based upon taking care of our employees and customers. 800-849-8040 | 100 North Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150 | Thank you for voting Thompson Construction best local industry!
Alice Drive Baptist Church Pocalla Campus Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital Emergency Department

Let the Suit Man make you look your best


Most of you may already know him by either his infectious laugh or his nickname, Suit Man. If you haven’t, his name is Chris Williams!

Chris grew up right here in Sumter, South Carolina! He is a husband, father and youth leader at Cherryvale Baptist Church!

In the community, he is most known for his heart for people and excellent customer service!

Remember, "if your suits aren't becoming to you," then you should be coming to Mayo's one-stop shop!"

Oakwood Homes opens the door to a better life

At Oakwood Homes of Sumter, our mission is to open doors to a better life and help families build happiness through homeownership. We are proud of our dedication to innovation and providing affordable, quality-built homes, and we’re also so proud to be voted the Best of Sumter for seven years!

Our voters may be some of the 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, general managers Doug and Sarah Peyton and home consultants Ben Busques, David Weston, Tony Pereira and Janet Connolly, appreciate you trusting us with your family’s home and dream. You made us the Best of Sumter for 2024 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.

Thompson Construction Group Inc. –beyond building since 1986

From humble beginnings as a local industrial cleaning company, Thompson Construction Group Inc. has blossomed into one of South Carolina's largest privately held enterprises. We're thrilled to receive the Best of Sumter award in the Local Industry category for the fourth consecutive year! Our heartfelt gratitude extends to our vibrant Sumter community, our loyal customers and our dedicated staff whose unwavering support made this possible.

Thompson Construction Group Inc. is more than a traditional building company. We offer an array of services that include industrial building; commercial construction (Thompson Turner Construction); maintenance services; power services; hydro consulting

and maintenance services; custom fabrication; and government services. With a broad market reach encompassing health care, education, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and more, we proudly serve clients nationwide after 38 years of operation.

We value all our customers and serve them with the highest standards in safety, quality and integrity. While our reach extends across the nation, Sumter remains our cherished home. We are deeply committed to serving our community with the same pride and dedication that we bring to our customers. To learn more about our services, recent projects or career opportunities, visit our website at www.

800-849-8040 | 100 North Main Street,
Quixote Club
SERVING SUMTER SINCE 1998 MAYO’S SUIT CITY 1121 Broad St. Suite 11 Wesmark Plaza • 803-773-2262
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 45 3590 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 803-494-5700 of Sumter ank you, Sumter, for Voting us #1 Manufactured Home Dealer. We take pride in o ering quality homes and service and look forward to meeting housing needs in Sumter this year and years to come. 7 Year Winner! Thank you, Sumter, and surrounding areas for voting us Best in 2024 BEST TUXEDO RENTALS & BEST MEN’S CLOTHING STORE SERVING SUMTER SINCE 1998 MAYO’S SUIT CITY 1121 Broad St. Suite 11 Wesmark Plaza • 803-773-2262

Monica PhanOWNER

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!

TANNERS #1 GAS STATION IN SUMTER I, Monica Phan, owner, would like to thank all my wonderful customers for voting us WE INVITE YOU TO SEE WHY TANNERS IS VOTED #1 FRIENDLY SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON... Tanners is your One Stop Shop 3 locations to serve you! 2605 WAREHOUSE BLVD. (HWY 15 SOUTH), SUMTER, SC • (803) 506-2804 2810 US 15 SOUTH SUMTER, SC • (803) 481-5857 3088 ALEX HARVIN HWY. (HWY 301 & RACCOON RD.), MANNING, SC • (803) 473-2050 10 years in a row!
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 49 Thank you 434 N. Guignard Drive (803) 770-4670 656 Bultman Drive (803) 778-2337 2590 Tahoe Drive (803) 770-4689 ad Vincent, DMD ● Jay Goodson, DMD ● David Van Patten, DMD Katherine Leblanc, DMD ● Jesse Knowlton, DMD ● William “Buddy” Noonan, DMD

A personalized service to honor the life of each person

We are thrilled and so honored to be named Best Funeral Home for 2024. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home & Crematorium 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 & Crematorium 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) 775-7500 2891 BROAD ST., SUMTER, SC 29150 LAYAWAY AVAILABLE 803-469-8733 Mon-Fri: 9:30am-7pm Sat: 9:30am-5pm Closed Sunday Like Us On Facebook! BEST FURNITURE STORE & BEST MATTRESS STORE (803) 775-4575 584 Bultman Dr. Sumter, SC #1 DELI THANK YOU FOR VOTING US YEAR AFTER YEAR 312 Broad Street I Sumter 803-883-4642 Thank you! for voting us BEST Tax Preparation!

Find what you need to gain confidence, strength in home treatment, recovery

The staff at Reliable Medical Equipment wants to give a huge thanks to everyone who voted us Best Durable Medical Equipment and Best Prosthetics Company for 2024. We take these wins as votes of confidence that we are providing the Sumter community 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 staff – consisting of a respiratory therapist, certified prosthetics/orthotist and certified orthotic fitter – is dedicated to your health and well-being and to offering services that 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 we have been voted Best Durable Medical Equipment and Best Prosthetics Company 18 times.

We are your trusted company when it comes to the health care you need at home. If you would like to discuss our options, give us a call today! Our 24-hour emergency call service is always available.

Visit us at 2580B Lin-Do Court or call (803) 934-9212. Learn more at

The TintMan puts customer needs over everything

The TintMan Gill offers automotive, commercial and residential tinting. If it’s glass, we probably tint it. If it’s plastic, we probably tint it. We take pride in being able to offer quality products and services at an affordable price. Most vehicles are tinted in an hour or less while you wait in our climate-controlled waiting room with television, Wi-Fi and arcade games to entertain you. 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 at 6 a.m. because we understand that not all customers can utilize our services on weekdays. Saturday services are on a first-come, first-served basis with no appointment necessary. Be sure to check with us to ensure we’re going to be open on a particular Saturday. 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.

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 53 Dance Studio “The Best of Sumter 2024”
CONTACT US TODAY! (803) 884-5692 WHAT’S THE TRUE CONDITION OF THE HOME YOU’RE BUYING? Know before you buy with a residential home inspection • Residential Home Inspections • Pre-Inspections for Sellers • 1-Year Warranty Inspections • HUD Foundation Certifications for Manufactured Homes • Commercial Inspections • Well & Water Testing • Thermal Imaging • Pool/Spa Inspections • Lead Paint Testing THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST REAL ESTATE INSPECTOR

Enjoy living at the best address in town, The Retreat at Sumter!

Welcome home to the Retreat at Sumter, the finest apartment community in charming Sumter, South Carolina, since 2018. Our warm and inviting community is nestled on over 40 acres but is still centrally located for shopping, restaurants, recreation and more! For all our military service men and women, you will find Shaw Air Force Base located less than 5 miles down the road.

With all phases of our community complete, as well as celebrating the opening of our Retail Center, The Retreat has more to offer than ever before. From our zero-entry resort-style pool to the free-standing CrossFit gym to our fully furnished on-site guest suites, our community was designed with you in mind. Conveniently open six days a week, we invite you to stop by for a personal tour and find out why there is truly “No Place Like Home” when you live at The Retreat.

The Retreat at Sumter. Close to Everything, yet Nothing Comes Close!

54 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter year after year Call for a FREE ESTIMATE Paving Parking Lots Sidewalks Concrete Grading Repaving Existing Lots Seal Coating Line Striping Handicap Ramps Asphalt Repairs Sitework and More! and
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 55 803-494-1500 3330 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150 e Comforts of Home e Feel of a Resort Thank you for choosing us, Sumter! Best Apartment Community

Get quality projects on time and under budget with Charles Smith Co.

The Charles Smith Company team is thrilled to be named Best Commercial Contractor, Best Paving Company and Best Grading and Hauling for 2024! We sincerely thank all our friends, colleagues and clients who voted for us to receive a Best of Sumter honor for the eighth year, including eight years of winning the paving category. Being recognized this way testifies 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 in business since 2004. Providing construction and maintenance services, we offer a turnkey option to any and all worksite needs. Charles has dedicated his complete focus on building a quality, conscientious group of employees with state-of-the-art 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. “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.

More than 40 years in the medical field

At Your Service Home Care is so honored to be named Sumter’s Best Senior Care, marking the company’s eighth 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 In serving 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/dressing support, dementia care, feeding, medicine reminders, toileting, grocery shopping, errands, light housekeeping, laundry and much more.

We accept VA, community long-term care, SanteeLynches, long-term insurance and private pay. You can reach us at (803) 305-0404. You can also visit us on the web at or stop by our new facility at 19 S. Harvin St., Sumter, SC.

Again, thank you, Sumter.

56 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Thank you for voting us Best Senior Care At Your Service Home Care Proud Provider of Veterans Administration 19 S. Harvin St. Sumter, SC (803) 305.0404

Southern Roofing Services Inc. – a 41-year journey

As we celebrate our 41st anniversary, we would like to thank our community for voting us Best of Sumter's Best Roofing Contractor. Our roots are firmly planted in the Sumter community, and we have built many strong relationships with our customers locally and statewide. We are grateful and humbled by your support over the last 41 years.

Our journey started in May 1983, and we are recognized as a quality-oriented roofing contractor that provides commercial, industrial, residential roofing and custom sheet metal fabrication services for our customers. 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 worker’s compensation, general liability insurance, state and local license.

Whether your need is for minor repairs, complete reroofing, new construction, preventative maintenance or sheet metal fabrication, we welcome the opportunity to serve all your roofing and sheet metal needs. Visit us at

Honored to help protect your assets from the elements.

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 57 Framery years Thank you for voting me Best Framery Gerald Haefelin Master Framer 44 years of experience Thank you, Sumter, for voting us Best Fitness Center/Gym! Join the excitement, find us on-line, visit or call us! 510 Miller Road 803.773.1404 THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST ROOFING COMPANY 3 YEARS IN A ROW! 785 N. Wise Drive • 803-773-8221 southernroofingservices WE OFFER commercial, industrial and residential roofing, custom sheet metal & fabrication.
58 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Thank You! for voting us Best Consultant! We focus on YOUR business. Network Design and Administration Network Management Managed IT Services Cybersecurity Mitigation ERP/Accounting So ware BUSINESS SOFTWARE Point of Sale Solutions Implementation Services 115 S. Main Street I Sumter, SC 803.847.5000 TECHNOLOGY Video Surveillance PARTNER SECURITY Doorway Automation and Access Control 115 S. Main Street 803.847.5000 I 803.464.1278 Doorway Automation and Access Control Video Surveillance Commercial Audio/Video Engineering and Design Network Design and Administration Network Management Managed IT Services Cybersecurity Mitigation ERP/Accounting So ware We focus on YOUR business. PARTNER BUSINESS SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY SECURITY AUDIO/VIDEO Point of Sale Solutions Implementation Services AUDIO VIDEO Video Conferencing Technology

Hodge Systems named Sumter’s Best Consultant 5th year in a row

Thank you for voting us Sumter’s Best Consultant a fifth 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 also 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

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 59 Thank you for voting us Best Interior Designer! Celebrating 28 years 47 N Main St, Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-8083

CRW charts your course for a better future

For over nine decades, CRW Insurance has been a steadfast pillar in Sumter's insurance landscape, guiding individuals and families through life's uncertainties. Rooted in our timeless mission, "Helping people today prepare for tomorrow’s unexpected," we're honored to once again be recognized as the "Best of Sumter" for our unwavering commitment to excellence.

As guardians of your financial security, we take pride in offering personalized life and health insurance solutions meticulously crafted to fit your unique needs. Whether you're starting a family, expanding your business or planning for retirement, our experienced agents are here to navigate the complexities of insurance on your behalf.

With access to an extensive network of top carriers, we ensure you have access to the best coverage options available. Beyond mere policies, we cultivate enduring relationships built on trust and reliability, standing by your side through every twist and turn life may bring.

Your peace of mind is our priority. Let us help you chart a course towards a brighter, more secure future. Contact CRW Insurance today to discover how we can safeguard what matters most to you.

Furry and feathered friends always welcome at For Pet’s Sake

All of us here at For Pet’s Sake would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude for the honor of being voted Sumter’s Best Pet Grooming.

Since opening our doors in April 2015, we have built many special relationships with our furry and feathered friends and their owners.

Our pets and people are most precious to us. We feel we have something to offer that other salons don’t because we cater to all pets. We groom dogs and cats, but we also know that birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and more need grooming as well. A good grooming regimen is a top priority in caring for these loved ones in our lives.

We carry an assortment of bling and leather collars and leashes, dresses and shirts for our furry friends, as well as bow ties and treats.

Visit our website at 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.

60 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM THANK YOU for voting us Best Health Care Insurance 25 E. Calhoun, St. Sumter, SC 803-775-1168
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 61 Thank you for voting us Best Pet oomer 1155 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 883-5527 FULL SERVICE GROOMING SALON 325 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150(803)778-7404 • (803)773-5645 fax www.curtisandcro .com REAL ESTATE CLOSING A ORNEYS BEST VOTED SUMTER’S BEST YEAR AFTER YEAR Thank you for voting Chip McMillan BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY PLAYER & McMILLAN ATTORNEYS AT LAW 305 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 803-775-2306 226 S. Pike West (378 Bypass) (803) 773-3321 ● Thank you for voting us Best Breakfast Bar 6 YEARS IN A ROW!

Advantage Realty Group takes Best Locally Owned Business honors

Also recognized as Best Real Estate Company, Best New Home Construction

Advantage Realty Group Inc. is the 2024 Best of Sumter winner for Best Locally Owned Business, Best Real Estate Company and, with its Gainey Construction Company, Best New Home Construction Company.

“I’m honored that our companies are being recognized as the Best of Sumter for locally owned company, real estate and construction company,” said Dean Gainey, founder/ owner of Advantage Realty Group. “Our teams work hard every day to deliver service and value to their respective clients. We pride ourselves in our in-depth knowledge of the Sumter real estate market and construction business. Our goal is to be the best at what we do, and we’re thrilled that our community is recognizing us for our efforts.”

Starting in the real estate business in 1985, Gainey, a Sumter native, has a rich history of the market, opening Advantage Realty Group in 2001. Today, it is the largest independently owned agency in town, where local ownership means decisions are made in the best interest of the local community. His team of Realtors, taken together, has hundreds of years of unparalleled experience.

“We strive to provide a friendly atmosphere for our clients to help make home buying and selling as stress

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free as possible. Our culture centers around collaborating friendships, personal integrity and exceptional service. Unlike franchised real estate agencies, we are proud to be independent, keeping your investment in Sumter local,” Gainey said.

Like at Advantage Realty, Gainey Construction focuses on the Sumter community. It is Sumter’s No. 1 home builder with more than 35 years of experience in the market. The company has built more than 1,000 homes throughout all areas of Sumter County and developed several neighborhoods and subdivisions. It also keeps spending local as it uses local subcontractors and local vendors, keeping millions of dollars each year in Sumter.

“From our early years to today, we seek out and support local talent to build our quality homes,” Gainey said. “In all we do, whether it be in real estate selling or the home building business, I am committed to Sumter and our neighbors who call Sumter home.”

To learn more about Advantage Realty Group, go to www. Check out the Advantage team and get in touch to see how you can join the Best of Sumter team.

62 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Thank you for Your Support & Voting Us Sumter’s Best Floral Company! 95B MARKET ST. | SUMTER 934-8000 |
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Dental Team of Sumter is a

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 37th year of dentistry. 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 then 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 dentists 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!

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 65 T& N Septic Tank Company Inc. Thank you, Sumter, for voting T& N Septic Tank # 1 in the #2 Business. We are glad to be serving Sumter these many years and look forward to helping many more. Family Owned & Operated Since 1963 • State Board Of Health Approved • Licensed • Insured Serving All Counties CALL 803-481-2428 or 803-481-2421 209-A N. Washington St. I Sumter SC 29150 Allen Associates Fiscal Services, LLC Voted BEST Bookkeeping Company
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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 short history of the Best of Sumter competition, Simpson Hardware has won Best Locally Owned Business three times, Best Customer Service (including this year), Best Sporting Goods (including this year), Best Shoes (including this year), Best Guns / Firearms (including this year), Best Paint (including this year), Best Fitness (including this year), Best Outdoor Furniture, Best Men’s Clothing, Best Fishing, Best Hardware and Best Propane. Simpson’s owes any success to our loyal customers and helpful associates. We are so grateful!

Over the years, Simpson’s has grown to five stores and 170 associates in Sumter, Manning and Lake City. 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 recent renovations, the original Simpson Hardware remains on Liberty Street.

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. This basic hardware store soon 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 three stores are located on Pinewood Road in Sumter, North Brooks Street in Manning and North Church Street in Lake City. Each of the five stores has undergone renovations in the last three years. Throughout its history, Simpson’s has served the community through pandemic, floods, hurricanes, ice storms…and even new trends.

In the coming years, the Simpson Hardware company plans to expand its online presence, business-tobusiness relationships and retail locations. We currently have varying and new products in fishing, hunting, sporting goods, grilling, lawn care, clothing, gifts, footwear, sunglasses, outdoor living, paint and more. We welcome you to visit any and all locations of this family owned local store.

66 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM 40 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter 803-773-3397 350 Pinewood Rd., Sumter 803-774-2275 110 N. Brooks St., Manning 803-435-2651 320 W. Liberty St., Sumter 803-773-9381 222 N. Church St., Lake City 843-374-4000

Stay local with Christmas Pharmacy, where family treats family

Christmas Pharmacy is a locally owned and operated pharmacy whose team is comprised of Steve Christmas, Robin Bradley, Robin Prescott, Tiffany Lee, Tiffany Standley and Samantha Bradford. Together, they have 145 years of combined pharmacy experience. After working at a large chain pharmacy for 22 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-the-counter medications and COVID-19 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.

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 67 Thank you, Sumter, for voting us BEST PHARMACY! We are honored to serve the community. 1229 Alice Drive, Suite B, Sumter STEVE CHRISTMAS (803) 795-4584 Owner&Pharmacist Our sta has over 100 years of combined pharmacy experience, and we care about you and your health. Thank you, Sumter, for your continued support! We will continue to strive to provide you with the best physical therapy care.
Iris Gardens. But traditions are loved for a reason, so the studio couldn’t bear to part with its Santa’s Workshop scene. However, at the end of the show, everyone will return “home,” a new scene for the show but a familiar sight for audience members. Though Govier kept tight lipped about the sure-to-be grand finale, she assured that Sumterites will feel more connected to this year’s show. “I feel like people could see themselves [in this show], and everybody likes to see themselves in things. So, that's what we've done,” she explained. “It's not Radio City, it's Sumter City.” With the revamp of the show, there will also be a return of some familiar faces. Govier, whose smile could barely be contained, spilled the beans that Sepulveda, co-originator of Jingle with the Arts, would return to the stage, not to sing but to lend her talents in instrument playing. In her place as choral director will be Herbert Johnson, director of several community choirs, including the Sumter Civic Chorale. “What's interesting is Andrea started it, and tems data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, McLeod Health Clarendon has secured its place among the top three hospitals in South Carolina and one of 350 top hospitals in the nation. “It is an honor for our facility to be recognized by Becker’s as one of the top 350 hospitals across the nation for nurse communication. When patients are in a hospital to have a baby or when sick, a common emotion is fear,” said Chief Nursing Officer for McLeod Health Clarendon Kim Jolley. According to its website, Becker's Healthcare stands as the primary resource for health care decision makers, emerging as one of the most rapidly expanding media platvey questions, offering a comprehensive assessment of patients' perceptions regarding the clarity of explanations, attentive listening and courteous and respectful treatment by nurses. This rating is grounded in survey data collected from hospital patients throughout the calendar year Jolley said their team members embody the McLeod core values and truly care about the patient and their family. “Our nurses do all they can to ease those fears. They also don’t focus solely on their jobs. They embrace opportunities to respond with compassion, offering not only medical care, but also personal, emotional and responsive caring to the needs of our patients and families,” she said. that would be my favorite part. The look of it, the sound of it — it’s going to be differSo, you don’t want to miss it! Jingle with the Arts will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Freed’s at 527 N. Guignard Drive or for $12 at Healthcare Providers and sysTHE SUMTER ITEM STORE Iris Gardens. But traditions are loved for a reason, so the studio couldn’t bear to part with its Santa’s Workshop scene. However, at the end of the show, everyone will return Functional meets fabulous with these Sumter Item gift ideas. we've had it,” Govier gushed. “What's most exciting for me right now to see, bringing all of these people from different places together in one place at one time, and if it works, now here I am putting it together and Sonja was a part of it, and now Herbert has her old job, so it’s come full circle,” she gushed. Govier also was moved by the willingness of so many community arts groups, including Lemira Elementary School’s percussion group and their director, to help make the vision become a reality. “I just can't believe it — it is really extraordinary. To see something start to come together, and the cast is bigger this year than selves in things. So, that's what we've done,” she explained. “It's not Radio City, it's Sumter With the revamp of the show, there will also be a return of some familiar faces. Govier, whose smile could barely be contained, spilled the beans that Sepulveda, co-originator of Jingle with the Arts, would return to the stage, not to sing but to lend her talents in instrument playing. In her place as choral director will be Herbert Johnson, director of several community choirs, including the Sumter Civic Chorale. “What's interesting is Andrea started it, and the door. “home,” a new scene for the show but a familiar sight for audience members. Though Govier kept tight lipped about the sure-to-be grand finale, she assured that Sumterites will feel more connected to this year’s show. “I feel like people could see themselves [in this show], and everybody likes to see thement.” ESSENTIALLY LOCAL. AUTHENTICALLY SUMTER.

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 78th 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, bicycles, fishing equipment and much more. We specialize in firearms and jewelry, with new and pre-owned fine jewelry gracing each of our stores in Sumter and Manning and selections that are unrivaled in the area.

At Reliable Pawn Shop, we are happy to help you overcome any cash flow interruption with a collateral loan. We are staffed with experienced pawnbroking professionals to match our services to your specific situation. Thank you for voting for us!

At Guignard Animal Clinic, your pet is treated like our own

Guignard Animal Clinic has been serving the Sumter area for nearly 40 years. Our goal is to provide the highest-quality 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 and limited services for 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 your pet’s life stages. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you and your pet.

68 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM 33 W. Liberty St., Downtown Sumter • 18 N. Brooks St., Downtown Manning Thank You for voting us #1 We strive to provide excellent service to our clients Come see why we are #1! Always Buying Gold! Best layaway plan in town! SUMTER HOURS Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:50 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 69 Proudly serving Sumter for over 40 years 344 W. Liberty St. • Sumter, SC • 803-775-5308 • Fax: 803-773-3854 Norman Williams & Associates, Inc. www.williamstemporary.comEmail: Helping employers and employees “get the job done” for over 44 years. The Best Employment Agency for 20 years Thank y , Sumter, f voting us The thousands of individuals placed in both temporary and permanent jobs, their outstanding record in professional job placements and the myriad of related personnel services performed attest to our dedication and high level of achievement. WE SPECIALIZE IN: RECRUITING: Supervisory Engineering HR Professionals Plant Managers Network Specialist Computer Programmers Other Technical and Professional employees TEMPORARY: Light industrial Clerical Administrative Technical
70 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM (803) 481-0284 TERMITE & PEST CONTROL 4 YEARS IN A ROW Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter OUR PEST CONTROL SERVICES INCLUDE: • Residential Pest Control • Commercial Pest Control • Termite Control • Bed Bug Control • Cockroaches • Ants • Mice

Let Kelly’s Pest Control eliminate unwanted guests at an affordable price

Welcome to Kelly's Termite and Pest Control, your professional and reliable pest control service in Sumter, SC, and the surrounding areas. We offer effective pest control solutions for your property, both indoors and outdoors. With long-lasting treatments that repel the unwelcome insects, you can make sure your property is protected against the diseases and discomfort that pests bring. We guarantee that all nests and infestations will be controlled and eliminated.

What makes us proud:

• Affordable

• Excellent customer service

• Over 20 years of experience

Pests can cause severe damage to your property without even being noticed, making it absolutely crucial that extermination is carried out immediately once discovered. Our exterminators will carefully sweep the entire area, identifying all nests and eliminating infestations at their source while also setting preventative measures in place to avoid future breakouts.

Our pest control services include:

• Residential pest control

• Commercial pest control

• Termite control

• Bed bug control

• Cockroaches

• Ants

• Mice

Kelly's Termite and Pest Control prides ourselves on delivering efficient and affordable assistance, and we are not satisfied until our customers are. Regardless of the task at hand, our exterminators will handle the project with respect to your preferences, schedule and budget. We have all the tools, resources and expertise to handle all of your pest control needs in one convenient place for one affordable price.

For more information about our pest control services, contact us today! We are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Emergency services are available. Call us today at (803) 481-0BUG (0284).

Law Office of Jason L. Reddick, LLC is a general practice law firm representing residents of the

• Divorce

• Child Custody

• Child Support

• Adoption

• Name Change

• Restraining Orders/Orders of Protection

• Criminal Defense

• Simple Wills/Living Wills/Powers of Attorney

• Business Formation Consulting (LLCs, Partnerships, etc.)

• Personal Injury/Automobile Accidents

• Guardian ad Litem

• Contract Formation and/or Review

• Debt Collection

• Magistrate Court/Summary Court

If you need help in any of the above legal areas, do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

If you do not see a specific issue listed, feel free to contact us to see if we are able to assist you. If we are unable to assist you, our o ce will likely be able to refer you to a qualified attorney who can handle your situation appropriately.

A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM BEST OF SUMTER 2024 71 The Law O ce of Jason L. Reddick, LLC Would like to thank you for voting us Best Family Law Attorney The
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Jason Reddick voted best for family law

Sumter County has been trusting The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick LLC with its legal matters since 2012, and we are thankful for everyone who voted us Best Family Law Attorney in Sumter for 2024.

Our office is in the heart of historic downtown Sumter. Our highly qualified team takes special pride in serving members of the Sumter community and armed forces with regard to military divorces, civilian divorces and custody cases. We also represent clients in criminal defense, civil litigation and probate matters. Jason has been proud to serve Sumter County and the surrounding communities since his return to Sumter in 2012 following his graduation from law school at the University of South Carolina.

We can make special arrangements for home visits, if necessary. We also serve clients throughout the state of South Carolina. Helping you to get the best legal outcome you deserve is our highest priority. Please contact us at (803) 795-4467 to schedule a consultation.

Again, thank you for putting your trust in us. We constantly aim to do the best by you, and we truly appreciate the honor you’ve given us.

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 43-plus 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 30 years. The staff is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Our goal is to offer the best 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 40-plus years and continue to offer our support by volunteering, having performed thousands of surgeries on their behalf.

Animal Medical Clinic

72 BEST OF SUMTER 2024 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM Caring for animals isn’t what we do… It is who we are.
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Best Cosmetic Dentist, Dr.

G.E. Rabon

Thank you, Sumter! I am honored and humbled to receive this award. Thank you to all the dental professionals who have trusted me with their patients in continuing care. I am very thankful for my excellent staff and wonderful patients in Sumter and surrounding counties.

G. E. Rabon, DMD, FAGD, (Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry) graduated from The Citadel in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from MUSC in 1997. Dr. Rabon went on to complete his general practice residency at Palmetto Richland Hospital. He became a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2005, which consists of over 500 postdoctoral hours of continuing education specified and accredited by the academy in certain areas of dentistry along with successful completion of the exam. He is a licensed provider for moderate IV conscious sedation in the office. Dr. Rabon is a native of Sumter County and enjoys various outdoor activities with his beautiful wife and children. The incredible patient base and loyal staff are the proof of his great success!

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Is your business protected from fire?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires break out in 3,300 office properties and 37,000 industrial buildings annually.

Pye-Barker Fire & Safety offers these 3 considerations to help you save lives and minimize damage:

1. What to buy. An all-purpose fire extinguisher sounds convenient, but it may not meet the NFPA code guidelines for your industry and facility size. Each of the five main fire types requires a different extinguisher. Before you buy, call a certified fire inspector for free who can help identify what’s required for your facility.

2. Proper use. It’s tempting to purchase a larger extinguisher, but remember someone has to lift it and pull the pin. A fire extinguisher’s purpose is to help your team safely exit the building, not put out the fire. Buy the recommended extinguisher for your need. Your fire sprinklers, suppression systems and responding emergency personnel will handle minimizing property damage.

3. Inspection is critical. NFPA 10 code, as well as OSHA, require monthly extinguisher inspections, enforced by fire marshals who can cite your business. A national fire protection company like Pye-Barker Fire & Safety can help ensure your extinguishers are up to code and your business and employees are protected.

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

Thanks, Sumter, for voting us Best Hardware Store and Best Plumbing Supplies! 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 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 for everyone from seasoned professionals to new DIYers. Our staff is dedicated to your project, big or small. At Wally's, we care about more than just selling products –we'll answer your questions and help you improve your home and life. We know we would not have been voted Best Hardware Store for seven years in a row had it not been for our dedicated work team and you, our great customers.


Stay in Sumter’s best hotel in the heart of downtown

The Hyatt Place is honored to be the Best Hotel for the fifth 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!

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JJ Hardee Construction and Design – with you

The team at JJ Hardee Construction and Design would like to thank all our customers and the Sumter community for naming us Best of Sumter in the Building Design category for 2024! “From Concept to Completion,” our goal is to give each customer the best possible service and outcome.

We specialize in design-build construction projects, including custom residential homes, pre-engineered metal buildings, religious facilities, industrial maintenance projects, professional offices and retail centers.

When you put your trust in us, you get one team that can answer all your questions from financing to project completion. The same person you initially meet will be the same person who will plan, design and build your project - no subcontractors or designers. We are with you every step of the way. Our goal is to help clients turn their ideas and requests into profitable businesses and/or quality homes that guarantee them a valuable finished product and place them as a cornerstone in their community. We pride ourselves on honesty, quality and guaranteed satisfaction. Give us a call today and inquire about our free services and consultation concerning all our design and building needs.

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The Sumter Item premieres new "Local News for Everyone" monthly paper to 28K+ households

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A highlight of 2024 for The Sumter Item and its readership community is the creation and launch of a brand-new newspaper, The Sumter Item Impact.

As The Item, which has been printing news since 1894 and has remained family owned since its inception, embarks on a new era, our mission-driven priorities to consistently evolve and build community trust do not diminish. One key factor that has always been a sticking point is the cost required to receive the newspaper. Access to local information is critical to personal and community quality of life. Thanks to our advertisers who support The Sumter Item Impact, this monthly publication is mailed directly to more than 28,000 households and businesses in Sumter.

"The Item Impact is 'Local News for Everyone,' the best we can produce," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "And it will be the most distributed local news product in decades."

This paper is also a platform for local advertisers to connect directly to mailboxes around Sumter County,

promoting the growth of Sumter. It will impact change and better inform the public about the community and people around them.

"This next step in the long history of The Sumter Item will actually poise us to reach more people than we do right now," said Kayla Green, executive editor. "News has never been free to produce, but being able to offer a robust paper to the community without requiring a subscription is a huge step toward creating more equitable access to information we all need to live better, more informed lives."

The staff of The Sumter Item appreciates everyone who is a part of the community that supports local news. We would not be here — and would not want to be — without our subscribers, readers and advertisers. If you have questions, please call our customer service representatives at (803) 774-1200, extension 1, MondayThursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email circulation@

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Sumter Opera House to begin $15M renovations this June An inside look at Lady Gamecocks’ championship HC Schaffer through the eyes of key people in the program ‘A mix between science and art’: Controlled burns help land Recent changes made by Sumter City Council impact chicken keeping, military memorabilia, business licenses Dexter Davis wants to help lead Sumter to more success through Liberty STEAM school

Dexter Davis wants to help lead Sumter to more success through Liberty STEAM school

Education paved the way for Dexter Davis to be successful in life after football, and now he is working to affect the next generation locally and statewide in a similar way.

A former Sumter High School standout, Clemson Tiger football great and National Football League player for six years, Davis found himself returning to college in his 30s to finish his undergraduate degree to “reinvent” himself, he said. Through hard work and perseverance, he was able to do so, and he wants others to be able to do the same.

In recent years, Davis has become more active locally through serving on the board of directors for Sumter’s first public charter school — Liberty STEAM Charter School — and in January, he was appointed to the South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Trustees to help carry the vision of Liberty STEAM forward to the state level.

After earning his degree in 2002 at Morgan State University, Davis said doors opened for him to become a business owner, entrepreneur and team chaplain/ sports missionary.

“Education has allowed me to be more than just a football player,” he said. “I have been able to create these new pathways

because I chose to get immersed in different academics. I did not know anything about running a business until I went to an entrepreneurship program, and that was like another certification for me. I had to go learn how to start a company and so forth.”

He knows how to be an asset to his community as an entrepreneur because he has done it himself, Davis said.

“You cannot tell me that is not possible because I have done it,” he said. “And nothing gives me the platform to do it more than simply I chose to. This is America, and if you choose to apply yourself, then you can create a pathway to be an asset in your community if you want to. It is as simple as that.”

Positive influencers in his life also helped him with his tenacity for work in his 30s and when he went back to school. Now, he sees that part can be done at a much earlier age through Liberty STEAM. Pathways to success do not always involve a traditional four-year degree after high school, though, he said. Alternative

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pathways through certifications and the military are also available.

“The only time kids are going to know that is if somebody has come out of that and can tell them,” Davis said, “and that is my duty to our young people. That is why I am so excited to be a part of education. You can create a pathway through a certification program, leveraging relationships and keeping a good name.”

A solid faith in God also helps by putting one’s steps in order to achieve more than most people might expect.

Davis, 53, moved back to his hometown of Sumter last year specifically because of Liberty STEAM and the relationship that he formed with its founding chairman, Greg Thompson.

Thompson piqued Davis’ interest in the school when it was still in its planning stages. After the school became official and was authorized in 2020, Davis became vice chairman of its board of directors.

“My wife and I were all in with Greg when he started talking about the school,” he said. “Then, going to the meetings and so forth, we realized we were going to need to be here. Being on the board and being a part of the community, you have to be intentional about that. I am adamant about having people on the team who are in the


Liberty is in its third year as a school with an enrollment of 586 students, and Davis said a “kids first” intentional mindset has been the key agenda item since Day 1.

Preparing them for the future and meeting the changing needs of business, industry and the military are top priorities. School leaders are also committed to an aggressive growth strategy of adding one grade per year.

“We have had tough and heated conversations about that, but it is all about the kids,” Davis said. “It is only kids first. It is not about adults and wanting to hear a bunch of stuff about adults. Instead, we want to hear things about young scholars.”

A measure of success for Liberty is when a larger percentage of local companies’ employees decide to live here in the community because they can send their children to Liberty and receive a great education, he said.

“They can make this their home,” Davis said. “Sumter is a beautiful place to live, beautiful place to retire in, and I think Liberty can be part of that solution. Our goal is to have our scholars want to eventually work in our community, want to be their own entrepreneurs, teachers, work at Shaw Air Force Base and become nurses in our hospital here, for example.”


Racialissues can divide men and women when they believe that color is the biggest concern, Davis said. On that front, individuals can be “part of the problem or part of the solution.” He said he thinks God was calling him back to Sumter to be “part of the solution.”“Part of the problem is when people think everything is based on race, and they sit on opposing sides,” Davis said.

“Part of the solution is when white and Black men and women can get together and work through tough stuff,” he said.

“In this case, it was working in education together. Greg Thompson was the chairman, and I was the vice chairman, and we worked together. Here, we were doing something bigger than ourselves, and you could not say either of us was racist. He actually did not need me, and I did not need him, but nevertheless together we wanted to be intentional about Sumter. This is about Sumter. I am proud to say that I represent Sumter.”

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Thank you, Sumter! It is the honor of my lifetime to serve you in the South Carolina House of Representatives, and I appreciate the trust you place in me to represent our region in Columbia.

I take this role seriously, as does my staff — we enjoy serving the citizens of Sumter. I believe constituent service is paramount, and we are ready to serve this district when you call upon us to do so. Please contact my staff on any matter (big or small) and allow us to guide you and assist in meeting your needs for positive outcomes.

My office can be reached at (803) 778-2471, and it is always a joy to hear from you — whether you’ve lived in Sumter for 50 years or are here at Shaw on a temporary basis. I believe government should work for the citizens and it is my ongoing commitment to you.

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