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Covenant Place

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Call today for your personal visit to our community to discover why so many have chosen a home here. Covenant Place of Sumter, Inc. is a locally owned, not-for-profit, continuing care community. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. 2

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When we embarked on rebranding our readers’ choice awards as BEST OF SUMTER for 2018, we didn’t know this would happen. We didn’t know we would end up with more than 100,000 votes, more than 250 winning categories and infinitely more engagement from the Sumter community through the voting period than ever before. We just thought we’d have a great new logo for the awards (illustration courtesy of Matthew Morse and the City of Sumter – thanks Matthew). Throughout the process that ultimately led to the 92 pages before you, the passion of the Sumter community and The Sumter Item readers remained overwhelming. The winners inside these pages and the thousands more that were nominated represent what truly makes this community special – an intertwining of people, places and businesses working together for the betterment of the entire community. To the winners, wear your BEST OF SUMTER badge with pride. You are celebrated by this Sumter community, and your dedicated and exceptional service is appreciated. To the voters, thank you for your active participation in Sumter’s prosperity. Communities only flourish if the individuals within work to achieve it, and the current state of the Sumter community and the people involved in its growth are some of the nation’s best. At The Sumter Item, we’re supporting your growth and prosperity, as well. We’re committed on a daily basis to providing this community with a world-class local media company, from the pages of our trusted newspaper to our variety of magazines to our robust online platforms. And as you might have seen – because the analytics have been astounding – we’ve jumped into the video world, providing Sumter businesses and organizations with award-winning customized video content that drives engagement and activity from customers around the region. As your family-owned local media company for more than a century, thank you for being a community to us. Thank you for spending part of your every day with our products, for trusting us and relying on us. By a wide margin, more people today read The Sumter Item than ever before, and for that we are grateful. Throughout this year, rely on your BEST OF SUMTER winners, too. Buy their products. Use their services. Remind them they are appreciated, because we are all, in fact, community. Best Regards, Vince Johnson, Publisher See the full list of winners throughout this magazine and online at TheItem.com/BestOf.

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FO R VOT IN G US SUM T ER ’ S BE ST!

On behalf of Swan Lake Iris Gardens (Best Park), The Sumter Opera House (Best Family Entertainment) and The Iris Festival (Best Community Event), we say, “Thank You.” T HERE’S MORE TO EXP LO RE AT

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Covenant Place gives independence, security for the future year after year Built by neighbors for our neighbors, Covenant Place of Sumter has been voted The Best of Sumter year after year as the No. 1 choice for retirement living! Many thanks to the Sumter community for your votes and continued support of Sumter’s only continuing care retirement community. A group of caring people in Sumter, South Carolina, made a unique promise – a covenant – to their community to create a continuing care retirement community where the needs of mature adults and their loved ones could be met. The result of that promise to Sumter is Covenant Place – a warm, inviting retirement community whose doors opened in the spring of 1994. Our community is tastefully designed to reflect Southern charm and hospitality with a neighborhelping-neighbor philosophy. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) continuing care retirement community, Covenant Place of Sumter Inc. offers the perfect lifestyle options for those who enjoy their independence with security for the future. Covenant Place provides a range of lifestyle options, including independent apartment home living, assisted living, Heartfelt Connections™ secured memory care and skilled nursing care. Fundamental services such as meals, housekeeping, transportation and more are included in our modest monthly

service fees. The lifestyle is more affordable that you may think! Covenant Place of Sumter is also a participant with Medicare Part A for inpatient, short-term rehabilitation and Medicare Part B for outpatient rehabilitation, using our state-of-the-art Marian Carey Rehabilitation Center in partnership with Encore Rehabilitation Services. If you have been admitted to the hospital for three or more days and have a qualifying diagnosis or if you need outpatient rehab services, ask for a referral to Covenant Place of Sumter Nursing Center. As the only continuing care retirement community in the area, Covenant Place of Sumter is a rental community with no buy-in fees or long-term contract. Our Board of Trustees, Life Care Services and representatives from local sponsoring congregations work together to maintain our unique retirement community, located in the heart of Sumter at 2825 Carter Road – close to everything! Schedule your personal visit today to discover why Covenant Place of Sumter has been voted The Best of Sumter year after year and why so many have made Covenant Place their home! Contact Melissa Linville at (803) 469-7007, or visit www.covenantplace.org for more information.

Archway Academy laying the foundation for a solid education The Archway Academy team is honored to be named Sumter’s Best Child Care Center for 2018! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and appreciate the confidence you have in what we do for the youngest members of the Sumter community – our children. Archway Academy has been serving the Sumter community since 1985 by providing quality early care and education and engaging afterschool programs. Our mission is to provide a solid foundation for a sound education. Through an emphasis on leadership development and teacher training, Archway Academy strives to ensure our team stays up to date on the latest developments in early childhood education. Our team of dedicated early childhood professionals work hard to ensure all students attending Archway Academy enjoy enriching, fun-filled experiences to take with them for a lifetime. The relationships built here with our school family are treasured for years to come. Students attending Archway Academy enjoy unique experiences with our Farm to 6

Preschool Program, including a curriculum based on nutrition, activities involving food and gardening by the children. The children enjoy planting, growing and eating the food they grow. In addition, Archway Academy is home to the famous Camp BBC, a summer day camp for school-age children. The motto of our Camp BBC is to create FUN! Archway Academy is family owned and operated and now serves children of children from years past. Again, thank you to our voters and families, because you and your children are why we care to work to be the best at what we do in Sumter. Archway Academy Sumter is located at 2049 McCrays Mill Road, Sumter, S.C. Please call (803) 773-6480 to contact a director for enrollment information. Find us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ archwayacademy. For more information about Archway Academy programs or career opportunities, please visit our website at www.archway.academy.

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

Your Health. Your Choice.

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Sumter’s award-winning Swan Lake, Opera House, make the city a great place to be Swan Lake Iris Gardens: A Floral Wonderland In 1927, Hamilton Bland’s “accidental garden” marked the beginning of Sumter’s most spectacular park. Ongoing support from the Sumter community has enabled Swan Lake Iris Gardens to grow and improve tremendously over the years. More than 90 years later, it is not only a beloved local favorite but also an up-and-coming destination for East Coast travelers with more than 450,000 visitors in 2017. The only public park in the United States to feature all eight swan species from around the world, Swan Lake is also home to a variety of flora and fauna. Ducks, geese, anhingas and more populate the lake year-round, and seasonal blooms include magnolias, azaleas, camellias and day lilies, along with numerous annual and perennial plantings. The park’s renowned Japanese iris gardens bloom in late spring. Picnic areas and a playground add to the family-friendly atmosphere, with available rental facilities offering a lovely setting for many types of gatherings, including two of the community’s largest events, the Sumter Iris Festival (May) and the Fantasy of Lights (December). The park is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk, and admission is free. Information: (803) 436-2640, or www.sumtersc.gov.

The Sumter Opera House: Main Street’s Masterpiece Music Hall. Sumter Theatre. City Hall. City Jail. Since the cornerstone was laid in 1894, the Sumter Opera House has served in many capacities as both a centerpiece of the Sumter community and the anchor of historic Main Street in our revitalized downtown. One of only a handful of opera houses remaining in South Carolina, the beautiful building with the 100-foot clock tower remains a community treasure. In addition to housing City offices and Council Chambers, the Opera House is fast gaining a new reputation as home to some of the finest live entertainment in the Midlands. With its intimate atmosphere featuring 550 seats, superb acoustics and sumptuous Art Deco design, the performance hall is a regal beauty — but never a stuffy one! From comedy to classic rock, with special movie nights and kid-friendly summer matinees, variety is indeed the spice of this lively venue. Adjoining the Opera House is the City Centre, holding a fascinating permanent museum exhibit of the building’s presence as part of our collective past. Tours available upon request: call (803) 436-2616 | www. sumteroperahouse.com

Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center puts patient care above all The staff and surgeons of Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center want to extend a big thank you to the people of Sumter and the surrounding areas for voting us the best of the best for outpatient surgery. Our No. 1 priority is to provide outpatient surgical care that is quality, safe, economical, convenient and dramatically different from any other experience. When you or your family members are scheduled for a surgical procedure, we realize this can be a very anxious time. It is a true honor that so many of you have placed your trust in us 8

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

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YEARS OF EXCELLENCE AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES COMFORT…IT’S WHAT WE DO

All of us at Boykin Air Conditioning Services would like to express our sincere THANK YOU to all who took the time to vote us BEST OF SUMTER

In 1992 when we began this adventure we made a promise to ourselves and to our customers to always be fair and diligent in our dealings. A lot has changed in these 26 years but our dedication has not! Service is the soul of our organization and we strive to give you the best each and every day. We truly appreciate this recognition! Also a big THANK YOU to our team. We would not be who we are without our talented, dedicated, hard working installers, technicians and customer service personnel. You are the BEST OF THE BEST.

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See your independent TRANE Dealer for complete program eligibility, dates, details and restrictions. Special financing offers valid on qualifying equipment only. All sales must be to homeowners in the United States. Void where prohibited. The Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card is issued by Well Fargo Financial National Bank, an Equal Housing Lender, Special terms apply to qualifying purchases charged with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. ‘The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. “The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the care for other transactions. For new accounts, the APR for Purchases is 28.99%. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00. This information is accurate as of 1/1/2018 and is subject to change. For Current information call us at 1-800-431-5921. Offer expires 12/31/18. A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...

BEST OF SUMTER

2018

Auto and Transportation

Business

Bookstore

Accounting/Tax Prep

Barrineau Accounting

Auto & Boat Upholstery

Boykin Air Conditioning Services

McLean Marine Auto Body Shop

McLaughlin Ford Auto Parts

Carquest Auto Parts Boat Dealership

McLean Marine Car & Truck Accessories

Bookkeeper

Barrineau Accounting

Aftermarket Auto Repair

Car Care & Repair

Air & Heating Service

Antiques

Broadstone Manor Antiques & Interiors Apartment Complex

Piedmont Plantation Apartments Appliance Store

The Olive Tree Boutique

One Accord Market Bridal Shop

Kyla Ann’s Bridal Boutique Building Design

JJ Hardee Construction and Design Cable/Satellite Company

FTC

Car Wash

Tidal Wave Auto Spa

Dixie Products Inc.

Ard’s Appliance Sales & Service

Car Audio & Electronics

Art Gallery

Dixie Carpets and Flooring

Assisted Living Community

Rickard Carpet Cleaning

Sound FX

Dealership Service Dept.

Sumter Gallery of Art

Carpet/Flooring Store Carpet Cleaning

McLaughlin Ford

Covenant Place of Sumter

Luxury Car Dealership

Auction Company

Christi & Co. Catery

Audio Video Solutions

Computer Upgraders

Bilton Lincoln

New Car Dealership

McLaughlin Ford Off-Road Dealership

Honda of Sumter Oil Change

JR Dixon Auctions Power Audio

Catering

Cell Phone Repair

Child Care Center

Bail Bond Company

Archway Academy

Banquet Facilities

The Children’s Place

Michelle’s Bail Bonding

Children’s Clothing Store

Ace Parker Tire

O’Donnell House

Taxi/Limousine Service

Barber Shop

YMCA of Sumter

Beer/Wine & Liquor Store

Sir Williams Tobacco

Platinum Limousine Towing Service

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Used Car Dealership

McLaughlin Ford

The Mancave

Children’s Fitness Cigar Shop

Market Place Spirits

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

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Cleaning Company (Residential)

Family Maid Cleaning Commercial Real Estate Company

Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone

Event Entertainment

Gift Garden

DJ Howie D Entertainment DJs Event Venue

O’Donnell House Family Entertainment

Sumter Opera House

Consignment Store

Doug Robinson Fence Co.

The Clothing Exchange Countertop Company

Walton Countertops Credit Union

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Decks & Porches

Trapp Construction and Remodeling

Axis Wealth Planning LLC

Fitness Center/Gym

Gutter Maintenance

Fitness Retail Store

Flea Market

378 Flea Market Florist

Gary’s Florist Funeral Home

Discount Furniture Outlet

Sumter Laundry & Cleaners

Guns & Firearms Dealer

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Document Shredding & Disposal Dry Cleaners

Grocery Store

BB&T

Department Store

SAFE Federal Credit Union

Grading & Hauling

Financial Institution/Bank

Bullock Funeral Home & Crematorium

Belk

The Links at Lakewood

Piggly Wiggly

Simpson Hardware and Sporting Goods

Destinations Spa

Golf Course

Financial Advisement

Dance Studio

Day Spa

Glass & Mirror

Glassco Inc.

Fence Company

YMCA of Sumter

Miss Libby’s School of Dance and Gymnastics

Gift Store

Burch’s Landscaping & Irrigation Inc.

Custom Framing

Michaels

Gas Station

Tanners Gas Station

Computer Store

Computer Upgraders

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Electric/Gas Providers

Black River Electric Co-Op Inc.

Furniture Store Garage Doors

Advance Doors LLC

Jonathan E. Goff Seamless Aluminum Rain Gutters Hair Salon

KaCy J Salon Hardware Store

Wally’s Hardware Health & Beauty

Merle Norman Health Care Insurance

Creech Roddey Watson Insurance Inc. Hearing Aid Company

Miracle-Ear Hobby Shop

Michaels

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

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Boykin Air Conditioning Services recognized for best customer service and offers We at Boykin Air Conditioning Services are very pleased and honored to be named best air conditioning and heating company for 2018. We would like to thank all customers and readers who voted for us. In addition, we want to thank our technicians, installers and customer service personnel who have worked hard every day to provide exceptional service to our clients. When we started this company in 1992, our aim was to provide the best customer service, accurate repairs and the best practice installations available anywhere. In these 26 years, a lot has changed in this industry. One thing has not changed – our desire and efforts to provide the very best customer experience. We continue to be a locally owned and operated company always looking for better ways of serving our customers and better equipment to meet the needs of this community. In order to provide a larger equipment choice in addition to TRANE, we have added the well-known LENNOX line of comfort equipment. We have also added the DAIKIN line up for those who want the longest warranties. We provide planned maintenance through our COMFORT CARE CLUB that takes all the worry and schedul-

ing concerns from the homeowner. It prevents a lot of breakdowns and saves energy, too! Join our COMFORT CARE CLUB and receive a 15 percent discount on repairs, priority customer scheduling, 24-hour emergency service, no overtime charges and lower utility bills. If you have allergies or indoor air quality concerns, we offer the best-selling duct-mounted air purifier on the planet. And, by the way, we also have financing options available if you desire – convenient monthly payments, flexible financing terms and easy online account management. In other words, we offer services to make your home or business comfortable and energy-efficient. If you have questions or concerns about your comfort system, please call and we will be happy to discuss the many solutions we offer. All of us here at Boykin Air Conditioning Services are thankful for the recognition as BEST OF SUMTER 2018. Thank you to all our loyal clients who have relied on us for these 26 years. We hope to make it another hundred or so.

Links at Lakewood scores hole in one with Sumter golfers Thank you for voting us the Best Golf Course in Sumter! The 18-hole course at The Links At Lakewood facility in Sumter, South Carolina, features 6,857 yards of golf from the back tees, and it has a total par of 72. We feature a parkland-style track with a course rating of 71.7 and a slope rating of 123. Designed by J. Porter Gibson, ASGCA, the Lakewood golf course first opened for play in 1989. Our services are competitively-priced, and we try to offer our customers the very most for their money. We have a Pro shop, clubhouse, tournament course and bar and grill. We also offer several club membership packages to accommodate your needs, whether you play a little or a lot. Lakewood is a unique golf experience and fun for all skill levels to play, offering five sets of tees. We feature a challenging design as well as recent revitalizations and immaculate, modern Bermuda known for its quickness and durability. We have many trees scattered throughout the layout, which can alter your shots. Additional hazards include several ponds that come into play at least 10 times. The greens are well-bunkered and elevated, and there are some sand bunkers in the fairways. Come enjoy our signature par-3 13th hole, which features A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

an eye-catching island green with a tee shot over a marsh. Then, make your way to our tough double-dogleg 14th and 16th holes, which both require some clever maneuvering. Tree-lined fairways and crystal lakes will make you want to come back again and again! Come see what makes us the Best of Sumter! Visit us at 3600 Green View Parkway. in Sumter or call (803) 481-5700. Directions – From Sumter, take U.S. Highway 15 South for about 7 miles. Take a left onto Green View Parkway. Turn right to follow the road through the neighborhood all the way to the clubhouse at the end. 2018 BEST OF SUMTER

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In-Home Care Services

Broadstone Antiques gives you the ‘wow’ factor

Keeping the Comforts of Home™

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Companion n Care Light Housekeeping ekeeping Personal Care In-Home Safety Solutions David Coker - Owner since 2003

1216 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150

803-773-0099 Most offices independently owned and operated.• ©2016 CK Franchising, Inc.

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We are honored to have been voted Best Antiques in Sumter! Our loyal base is a testament to the dedication and quality service that our sole proprietor, Lynda Parker, has put in over the last 33 years. Broadstone occupies 6,000 square feet split between two historic homes, one from 1909 and one from 1940. Both have been completely restored, so we’ve put as much love into salvaging our buildings as we do with our merchandise. We have a wide variety of one-of-a-kind antiques, ranging from home accents like mirrors and pillows to prominent pieces like doors and furniture. We also have a great selection of vintage items like jewelry, lamps, clocks, tapestries and frames. Our inventory is already fixed and refinished as need be, so everything you purchase will be house-ready. For our customers, we offer complementary decorative service and optional delivery to your home. We pride ourselves on providing that “wow” factor that sets us apart from your ordinary furniture shop and keeps our patrons coming back. Please come see us at 204 and 208 Broad St. every Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We will also open our shop by appointment, which can be arranged by calling (803) 968-3086.

Thank you for voting Broadstone Manor Best Antique Store in Sumter

Broadstone Manor Antiques & Interiors 204 & 208 BROAD STREET SUMTER, SC 29150 THURSDAY - SATURDAY 10:00-5:00

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Come to Bilton Lincoln Inc. for no-pressure buying experience Bilton Lincoln would like to thank all our voters who named us Best Luxury Car Dealership for 2018. We are honored to serve the Sumter and surrounding counties for the past 25 years. Without our customers and friends, we would not have received the coveted Presidents Award three times for customer satisfaction. Bilton Lincoln’s award-winning sales and service team strives to make your buying and/or servicing experience an enjoyable, no-pressure experience. The Bilton family has been selling and servicing customers in South Carolina for more than 60 years. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our lot or website, come in and we can locate that perfect car, truck or SUV, all the while providing fair and competitive pricing on our vehicles. Here at Bilton, we believe that the sale is just the beginning. Our service department can take care of all your needs for the life of your vehicle – everything from simple oil and filter changes and tire rotations to major mechanical work. If you are not a Bilton Lincoln customer, we invite you to stop by our showroom at 70 W. Wesmark Blvd.

Thank You Sumter, Customers, Friends and Family for your Vote! • SEAMLESS ALUMINUM RAIN GUTTER • GUTTER CLEANING OR REPAIR • LEAF GUARD INSTALLATION

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SUMTER

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Home Accents Company

Shutters or Shades

Home Security Company

Palmetto Security Company Hotel

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sumter Insurance Company

Bynum Insurance

Local Cellular Company

Carnelli Painting

Local Produce Farm

Party Rentals

Willard Farms

Bouncer World SC

Manufactured House Dealer

Party Supply Store

Oakwood Homes of Sumter

Let’s Party!

Paving Company

Manufacturing Plant

Charles Smith Company

Martial Arts

Reliable Pawn

Becton Dickinson Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center Massage/Massage Therapist

About the Body Day Spa

Pawn Shop

Pest Control

Terminix

Pet Daycare Center

Nicole Norris Design Studio

Discount Furniture Outlet

Mattress Store

SPCA/My Buddy Boarding

Investment Company

Men’s Clothing Store

Hudson Veterinary

Interior Decorating Company

Edward Jones

C. Anthony's Menswear

Irrigation Company

Gateway Mortgage Group

Smoak Irrigation Company Jewelry Store

Pet Hospital Pet Store

Mortgage Lender

Petco

Moving Company

Alderman Drug Co. & Med Supplies

JT’s Moving

Pharmacy

Galloway & Moseley Jewelers

Seaco Music

Southern Bliss Yoga

Junk Removal Service

Nail Salon

Pool Company

Waste Management Landscaping

Music Store

Pilates/Yoga Studio

Chic Nails and Spa

Pelican Pool Service

Nightclub

Pressure Washing Company

Lawn Solutions of Sumter

Brewers Bar & Grill

Lighting & Fan Store

Nursery

Sumter Lighting & Home LLC

Bradley’s Market

Live Theatre

NHC HealthCare, Sumter

Sumter Little Theatre

Nursing Home Paint Store

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Painters

FTC

Palmetto Pressure Washing

Printing & Graphics Company

Jersey Joes Custom Apparel Property Management Company

Southern Touch Property Management LLC

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

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Bouncer World SC turns your event into an unforgettable experience Thank you, Sumter! Bouncer World SC is honored that our community voted us Best Party Rental in town. We are deeply honored to receive this award, and we owe it all to you! Bouncer World SC is Sumter’s leading provider of party and event rentals. We specialize in cartoon character-themed inflatables, standard bounce houses, wet and dry slides, obstacle courses, interactive games, concession machines, tables, chairs and more. We are constantly expanding our inventory so that we can provide all of your party needs. We service Sumter and surrounding areas seven days a week, including holidays. Our large inventory gives you several options to choose from for any event, big or small, such as birthday parties, family reunions, school festivals, church events, etc. At Bouncer World SC, it is our mission to turn every event into an incredible experience. Let us make your next event unforgettable! To learn more about our products or services, please visit us at 1160 Old West Liberty St., Suite 3, Sumter, SC 29150. Call (803) 778-9999 or browse our website at www.bouncerworldsc.com.

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Ace Parker Tire – more than auto care, you’re part of the family The Hometown Boys and the entire team at Ace Parker Tire are humbled to know our community voted us Best of Sumter 2018 in three categories! We are beyond grateful for our customers, both loyal, longtime regulars and new visitors. Having been in the business since 1979, Arthur Bradley, Billy Burrows and Timmy Bradley (The Hometown Boys) take pride in serving the Sumter and surrounding area with all their automotive and towing needs. During the years that have gone by, the working relationship between partners has been great, but success of this company can mainly be credited to the leadership and hard work of its past and present employees. We try to stand by the motto that “the customer is always right.” Giving good, friendly service that is fast and reliable will

always be our main selling product. We strive to make every customer feel like they are part of our own family. Our business has grown tremendously. The work force is very competitive, and it has become vital to our company to broaden our areas of sale with a huge inventory of storage buildings. All our valued employees have a job to do, and as we work together as a team, we can improve a little each day to better serve customers in the best way possible. Visit our website at www.aceparkertires.com for a 10 percent discount on all parts and tires and to learn more about how we can help with your automotive and towing needs. Our customers are the reason we’re here and always wanting to provide the best quality service possible. Thank you for voting for us!

The family owned and operated business is located at 930 N. Lafayette Dr. and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sumter Iris Festival: an award-winning event Each Memorial Day Weekend brings the excitement of Sumter’s oldest and largest annual celebration. Nearly 80 years ago, Sumter’s community leaders came up with the idea of celebrating the blooming of our famous Iris Gardens in a one-day celebration. Today, the weekend-long Iris Festival is South Carolina's oldest continuous festival and is consistently ranked among the top events in the Southeast. The festivities include live performances, arts and crafts, fine art, plants and flowers, car shows, a parade, children's activities and great food. The fun starts on Thursday evening with the annual crowning of the Iris Festival King and Queen followed by the Taste at the Gardens featuring live music and great food from some of the area’s leading restaurants and caterers. On Friday morning, the main gates open for three days of fun for all ages. Tickets for the Taste at the Gardens are available at the gate. Admission to the Iris Festival is free. For more information, call (803) 436-2640 or visit online at www.irisfestival.org. Swan Lake Iris Gardens, the Sumter Opera House, and the Sumter Iris Festival are only a few of the things that make Sumter such an amazing place to live, work and play. On behalf of the Gardens, Opera House and Iris Festival staff and volunteers, we say, “Thank You” for voting us Sumter’s Best.

Bullock Funeral Home &Crematorium

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for Bullock Funeral Home #1 in the Best of Sumter. We “Thank You” from the bottom of our hearts for acknowledging that our hard work has not gone unnoticed and for all of your tremendous support and encouragement. Thank you again for the privilege of serving you and your families.

“Where Caring Makes The Difference”

Bullock Funeral Home & Crematorium 1190 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-3400

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WRECKER

TIMMY

TIRES

General Manager

BILLY

Vice President

ARTHUR President

Thank You Sumter OIL CHANGE

FOR VOTING ACE PARKER TIRE THE BEST PLACE FOR TIRES, OIL CHANGE AND WRECKER SERVICE AGAIN IN 2018! WE ARE HONORED TO SERVE YOU!

ACE PARKER TIRE 930 N. LAFAYETTE DR. • SUMTER • 775-1277 • ACEPARKER@FTC-I.NET SERVING SUMTER & THE SURROUNDING AREAS FOR 34 YEARS!

Come see your Home Town Boys! or visit us at aceparkertires.com

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Real Estate Company

ERA Wilder Real Estate Retail Wine Shop

Market Place Spirits Roofing Company

Callen Roofing Security Company

Palmetto Security Company Self Storage Facility

Palmetto Storage of Sumter Senior Care

At Your Service Home Care Septic Tanks

T&N Septic Co. Shoe Store

Shoe Show Shopping Mall

Sumter Mall Sporting Goods

Tool/Equipment Rental Store

Networking Group

Travel Agency

Eagle Travel Services Tree Service

State Tree Tutoring Center

Core Possibilities Tuxedo Rental

James Formal Wear

Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Non profit Organization

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Park

Swan Lake Place for Kids to Have Fun

Skate Station

Place to Volunteer

Vape Store

Pleasant E-Cig

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Web Design Company

Sports Leagues

FishBytes LLC Wig Store

King’s Wig Fashions Window Cleaning

The Window Genie Window Company

Glass Doctor of Sumter Window Company

Glass Doctor of Sumter Window Tinting

Tintman Gill

Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp

Tracy’s Camp

Education College/University

USC Sumter

Elementary School

Westside Christian Academy High School

Community

Sumter High School

Charity Event

Alice Drive Middle School

Simpson Hardware & Sporting Goods

Relay for Life of Sumter County

Tanning Salon

Middle School Preschool

La Mer Tanning Salon

Church

Bethesda Church of God

Westside Christian Academy

Tattoo Studio

Civic Club

Private School

Artistic Dimensions Temp Agency

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Sumter County Library

Sumter Rental Equipment

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Library

Ace Parker Tire

Evening Optimist Club of Sumter Community Event

Iris Festival

Thomas Sumter Academy School Administrator

Jeannie Pressley Alice Drive Middle School

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

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Colonial Healthcare – Family medicine and beyond Colonial Healthcare is a primary care medical practice with additional specialties and ancillary diagnostic services that focuses on families. We also offer urgent care, available seven days a week. Our doctors can address any and all of your health concerns. We have primary care providers who specialize in family medicine and a network of specialists for any other medical services you may need. Our offices are located throughout Sumter, Columbia and Manning, with additional offices opening throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. We provide sameday service and limited wait times, even without an appointment. We also provide in-house diagnostic testing to save you time on appointments and travel. We accept TRICARE and most major insurance plans. Thank you for voting us Sumter’s Best Family Practice.

We Will See You Today!

Thank you for voting me Best Family Lawyer!

William A.W. Buxton

325 W. Calhoun St. • Sumter, SC 29150 (803)778-7404 • (803)773-5645 fax www.curtisandcroft.com

Thank you Sumter for voting us Best Family Practice!

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

We Will See You Today! CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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Thank you

for voting Dixie Carpet & Dixie Products

#1 Place for Car & Truck Accessories & Flooring Store

EVERYTHING FOR YOUR TRUCK

and more!

FLOORS YOU’LL LOVE TO LIVE WITH.

Come See T he

Tonneau Covers • Bed Liners Tools Boxes • Mirror Covers Billet Grills • Step Bars WeatherTech Mats Hitches and Hitch Covers Euro Lights • Brush Guards Mirror Covers • Vent Visors • Bug Shields

Dixie Blondes!

Dixie Products 1255 N. Lafayette • Sumter 775-4391

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Dixie Products family serving Sumter for 50 years What do trucks and carpet have in common? Nothing! But, at Dixie Products Inc., they belong together because of the place (a big hole on the side of the road where Mr. Bobby started filling dirt and pouring concrete in 1967) and the people. We are family! The truck stuff started when we built camper tops – out of wood! As a boy, Rob watched the wooden, then metal, then molded fiberglass truck toppers develop into the modern, functional beautiful paint-matched camper tops he proudly and happily sells today. He truly has worked hard to be the best for customers needing accessories, parts, installation and information for their vehicles. For almost 20 years, he has been equipping and dressing up trucks that perfectly suit the needs and wants of our very special customers, offering everything from hitches, step bumpers and running boards to wheel chair lifts, earning his nickname, “The Truck Man.” In addition to truck and auto accessories, we have a winning line of utility buildings that we sell or rent to own, delivered and set up free in a 30-mile radius. And, we sell many utility trailers. We are also Sumter’s favorite U-Haul location. If you need help finding the right product or service, give us a call. (P.S. We are also well-known for helping the ladies find that special gift for their man’s truck, which the fellas thank us for helping dress up their truck instead of dress up their

bodies with gifts like socks and shirts.) And me! I’m Mamma everywhere else, but, here in my store, I am one of the Dixie Blondes – a fun name my trusty assistant Denise and I acquired, me being the older, chubbier one! I can’t tell how many years, but these blondes DO have fun helping our customers find the perfect new flooring for their homes and families – color, style, quality, ease of care and that “just right” choice for each one. Right price, too. I am Scotch Irish! And we have so many new products! No more worries about water or mud – vinyl planks are waterproof. Carpets are guaranteed stain-free, no exceptions – so our puppies and kittens can stay inside. We come to you and offer estimates! We do have the best employees and installers – good people with good hearts. They are all VIPs to us, truly an important part of the Dixie family. We have been in this special place in Sumter, working with and for these special people, our families and our friends for 50 (yes 50) years! We have weathered many storms together, from Hugo to the 1,000-year flood. Each and every customer has helped us stay by trusting us and voting for us with your patronage and loyalty. We thank you and are deeply grateful for you, and we pray God’s best favor and blessings on your life today and every day!

Thank you for voting me o Ho

f the Chicken Wing!

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

Thank You For Voting Us The Best Place For Wings! 16 years in a row! BEST OF SUMTER

2018

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

Gary’s Florist, LLC Thank You for voting us Best Florist.

Gary & Ann Duby, Owners 674 Bultman Drive, Sumter, SC 67

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• New & Pre-Owned Cars • Body Shop • Service Department SEE US FOR ALL AUTOMOTIVE NEEDS, SCHEDULE YOUR SERVICE APPOINTMENT ONLINE AT MCLAUGHLINFORD.COM

773-1481

950 N. Main Street • Sumter, SC • 1-800-948-7764

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Deli

Mary Ann’s Deli Family Restaurant

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School Teacher

Patty Hansen Technical College

Central Carolina Technical College

Food and Beverage

Chick-fil-A Takeout

Willie Sue’s

McAllister’s Deli

Fast Food

Tex-Mex

Chick-fil-A Frozen Yogurt

Moe’s Southwest Grill Wings

Sweet Frog

Leo’s

Happy Hour

Medical

Sidebar

Health Food

Johnny’s Garden & Juice Bar

Audiologist

Sumter Hearing Associates Cardiologist

American Food

Hot Dog

Willie Sue’s

Sonic

Palmetto Heart - Sumter

Ice Cream Store

Carolina Children’s Dentistry of Sumter

Children’s Dentist

Thai House

Asian Food

Baskin-Robbins

Bar

Sidebar

Sambino’s Bistro

Barbeque

Mexican Food

Sandhills Clinic of Chiropractic

Pizza

Gary Culbertson, MD

Italian

Chiropractor

Barbecue Hut

Yucatan Mexican Restaurant

Breakfast

Eggs Up Grill

Pizza Lane

Brunch

Pizza Delivery

Baker’s Sweets

Papa John’s Pizza

Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Buffet

Romantic Restaurant

Dermatologist

Restaurant at Second Mill

Hamptons

Burger

Sandwiches

Cosmetic Surgeon

Dentistry/Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Phillip L . Latham Jr., MD Ear, Nose and Throat

J. O’Grady’s

Sub Sation II

Cake & Desserts

Baker’s Sweets

Palmetto Oyster House

Coffee Shop

Sports Bar

Michael W. Nimmich, DDS

Steak

Colonial Family Practice

Seafood

Sumter Cut Rate Drugs

Buffalo Wild Wings

Country Cooking

Logan’s Roadhouse

Guignard Diner

Sushi

Thai House 24

Sweet Tea

Sumter ENT and Facial Plastic Endodontics

Family Practice

Hearing Aid Center

Sumter Hearing Associates

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

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Sub Station II THANK YOU SUMTER & SURROUNDING AREA feeding Sumter the for voting us Best of the Best 2018 best subs since 1975 Sub Station II established its Sumter roots in May of 1975 when The Sub Station opened at 3632 Broad St. Extension. Soon after, units opened in Charleston, downtown Sumter and Columbia, all of which are still operating. From there, the chain has grown to 43 units across the Southeast thanks to our loyal customer base. We believe in serving the customer a sandwich that is freshly prepared for them in every way. From slicing the meats and cheese when you order to topping it with your selection of vegetables that are prepared daily, every sub is uniquely yours. You name the sandwich, and we will build it on our custom hoagie roll baked by the experts in New York. Having a party? “Lettuce” cater it for you. We have giant party subs, sub trays and box meals, all custom-made to your specifications. It’s How We Make It!™ Come by and experience what freshness is all about: Come by and IIexperience about: Sub Station downtownwhat Subfreshness Station II is byall Shaw AFB Sub II St. downtown Sub Station by ShawRoad AFB 15 Station N Harvin 1272 PeachII Orchard 15(803) N Harvin St. 1272 Orchard Road 775-5328 (803)Peach 494-9709 (803) 775-5328 (803) 494-9709 Being voted Best of Sumter is the icing on the cake. THANK YOU!

Brian Broadway

C.W. Ard

Mark Ard

SEE US FOR ALL YOUR APPLIANCE NEEDS!

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

APPLIANCE SALES & SERVICE

773-2737 • 21 W. Wesmark Blvd., Sumter

Thank you! It’s How We Make It Proudly serving Sumter and Shaw since 1975

TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

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Best Bartender Tyler Christman Thank you Sumter, Shaw, & Surrounding Communities for voting BILLY AYCOCK Best of the Best!

Best Contractor

5 years in a row! SUMTER 803.309.4574 803 309 4574 2018

BEST OF

Thank You Sumter For Voting ottin Us

The Best Employment Agency

BEST OF SUMTER

2018

Norman Williams & Associates, Inc. “Serving The Tri-County Area Since 1978”

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

Thank you Black River Members for voting us the

Best Electric Provider! For more than 75 years, we have proudly served Sumter, Lee, Clarendon and Kershaw counties. 803.469.8060

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Amedisys Home Health and Hospice cares for community for 15+ years Amedisys Home Health and Hospice are profoundly honored that our community has put their trust in us as the best home health and hospice agencies in Sumter. We also give a special thanks to the patients, families and friends we have been privileged to care for wherever they call Home. Amedisys Home Health and Hospice have served Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties for more than

15 years. Throughout that time, our deepest heartfelt conviction has been to care for our patients and their loved ones as we would our own families. That has made all the difference! So, from our excellent staff of nurses, therapists, CNAs, social workers, medical directors, chaplain, volunteers and office staff, we say again to the community of Sumter – THANK YOU for this honor!

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVING SUMTER & SURROUNDING AREAS

Thank you for voting Dr. Scheele Best Optometrist in Sumter!

Dr. Larry Scheele has been practicing in Sumter since 1989 and moved into the Broad Street office in 2001. He has new equipment and a well-trained staff, meaning better comprehensive exams and fittings for all his patients. 127 Broad Street • Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 773-4313 Office hours: M 9a – 5p • T-Th 8:30a – 5p • F 8:30 – 1p 28

Thank You Sumter

for voting us Best of the Best Accounting, Tax Preparation and Bookkeeping again in 2018

BARRINEAU ACCOUNTING ESTABLISHED 1968

259-C BROAD STREET I SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA 29150

(803) 775-7220

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We are very thankful to Sumter and the surrounding community for their vote of confidence in electing us once again as 2018’s Best of Sumter.

BEST OF SUMTER

BEST OF SUMTER

2018

www.amedisys.com Amedisys Hospice 198 E. Wesmark Blvd. Suite 2 Sumter, SC 29150 803.774.4036 A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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Orthodontist

Dr. Thomas Epps Orthopedist

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Electrical Contractor

Wesmark Ambulatory Surgery Center

Sawgrass Electrical

Pediatrics

Jones, Seth and Jones

Hospice Care

Palmetto Health Tuomey Imaging Services

Palmetto Health Tuomey

Periodontics

Physical Therapist

Susan T. Duran, PT Podiatrist

James B. Cahill, DPM, LLC Prosthetics Company

Estate Planning Attorney Family Law Attorney

Curtis & Croft Insurance Agent

Tammy Kelly, State Farm Personal Injury Attorney

Dickie Jones

Personal Trainer

Bodies by CG Pet Groomer

In-Home Care

Comfort Keepers

Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina

For Pet’s Sake

Internal Medicine

Urgent Care

Pet Sitter/Trainer

Palmetto Adult Medicine

Faster Care Inc.

Nannies Pets

Laser/Skin Care

Vein Specialist

Photographer

Stephanie Roupe

Dr. Micahel J. Naylor

Megan Manus

Lasik Surgery

Professionals

Wright Way Plumbing LLC

Bankruptcy Attorney

Private Investigator

Medical Center

Weissenstein Law Firm LLC

John Davis – Davis Investigating

Tyler Christman

Bartender

Real Estate Agent

Chef

Hamptons

Real Estate Closing Attorney

Civil Attorney

Veterinarian

Dr. Gregory A. King, MD Sumter Eye Center Sumter Family Health Canter Obstetrics & Gynecology

Sumter ObGyn

Occupational Therapist

Sumter Physical Therapy Clinic

Jason L. Reddick

Optometrist

Consultant

Dr. Larry Scheele, OD

Timika Watkins

Oral Surgeon

Contractor/Remodeler

Richard S. Marks, PA 30

Outpatient Surgery

Dr. Wallace L. Marshall, DDS

Hospital

Criminal Attorney

Jason L. Reddick

Dr. Teresa Buschor

Amedisys Hospice of South Carolina

Gayla Partin

Dr. Danny Ford

Home Health

Amedisys Home Health

Counselor

Plumber

Jan Epps

Frank Shuler

Dr. Lester Bell – Animal Medical Clinic Wedding Coordinator

Let’s Party!

Billy Aycock

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

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Carquest the best for auto parts five years running

Patriot Auto Parts and Auto Parts of Sumter’s ownership and employees are so excited to be named the best place to buy auto parts for 2018. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us not only this year but in the previous years, as well. This makes the fifth year in a row that we have been blessed with this honor, and it is all because of each and every one of you who voted. I would like to highlight a few of our services that we offer outside the realm of auto parts. Our store mixes automotive paint, makes hydraulic hose assemblies and makes custom colors sprayable in an aerosol can. The best product overall that we offer is friendly customer service – that is our top priority. Again, thank you to our voters and loyal customers because you are truly the reason we strive to be the Best of Sumter! God bless you all, Dale Player

THANK YOU for voting us #1

PIZZA PLACE! 460 Broad Street, Sumter, SC

BUFFET $7.50

(803) 773-4351

Licensed & Insured Family Owned & Operated 803.468.6779 We are honored to be voted Best in Sumter! Let family-owned and operated Pelican Pools create your private oasis with the strongest fiberglass in the industry. (803) 468-6779 or (803) 236-9313. Visit us on Facebook!

Thank you Sumter for voting us 5 Years in a Row

BEST PLACE TO BUY AUTO PARTS

BEST OF SUMTER

2018

2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

4494 Broad Street 803.494.4444

816 S. Guignard Dr. 803.778.1841

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE NOW OFFERING: • • • •

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Infrared Sauna Food Allergy Testing Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling

Leldon Bradshaw DC, DABCI

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Sandhills Clinic of Chiropractic highlights pediatric, autism care We at Sandhills Clinic of Chiropractic are overjoyed to be named the Best of Sumter Chiropractic Care for 2018! A warm thanks to everyone who voted for us to receive this special recognition. We have been serving Sumter and surrounding communities since 2009. Dr. Bradshaw is an upper cervical specific chiropractor and board-certified chiropractic internist (DABCI). He serves on the board of the Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific Organization and is an instructor to doctors and students all over the world. He

enjoys working with pediatric patients, especially those who fall into the Autism spectrum, and patients suffering with autoimmune diseases to live healthier lives. Again, thanks to all our loyal patients. You are the reason we work day in and day out to be the Best of Sumter. Our office is located in Sumter on 7 Professional Court. Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may contact us by calling (803) 4690340 or through our website at www.sandhillsclinic.com. We also invite you to visit us on Facebook.

From the entire KaCy J. Salon family...We are sincerely grateful for your love, votes and an opportunity to say Thank You! We are overjoyed by your kindness and continued support!

BEST OF SUMTER

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Full Service Hair Salon Professional Nail Care Facial Waxing Special Event Make-up Therapeutic Massage Infrared Sauna Therapy

1165 N Guignard Drive Suite 2

803.774.9996

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Thank you for trusting FTC! Thank you, Sumter Item readers, for voting FTC Best of Sumter in both the Local Cellular Company and Cable/ Satellite Company categories. As your neighbors, we feel especially honored to take home these prestigious awards. And as a service provider, we are committed to helping you, our customers, navigate the transition of the changing needs in the way you communicate, share information and seek entertainment in your personal and business lives. That commitment involves a continued investment in our network to meet your need for high-performance connectivity to the world. An example of our commitment is our expansive wireless network, which includes 140 towers across our 3,000-squaremile service territory. It has grown to that number not only because of less than optimum spots of coverage that have surfaced but also because of growing data demands. We are also constantly upgrading our cellular technology, giving us the most robust system in the marketplace today. Throw in the latest in devices and you have a Wireless experience that is second to none. And, by the way, that 140 stands to grow even as you are reading this letter. As for the digital TV world, technology is continuously changing. The images on televisions are always getting sharper and refresh rates faster, but if the provider does not stay on the cutting edge, that new TV will not be a sound investment. We can say unequivocally that we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the viewer experience, which includes our

THANKS SUMTER FOR VOTING US THE

Authentic Cuisine & Sushi Barr

Best Asian Food and Best Sushi

24/7 channel highlighting local events and organizations. The same can be said for our internet; you don’t want to wait on your computer. That’s why we offer, through our fiber to the home network, the fastest internet service in the world today: 1 gigabit. Our fiber network, like our wireless network, continues to grow as we equip our five counties of Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, Williamsburg and lower Florence for the future. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our new voice plan, Voice over Internet Protocol, which is already saving numerous customers money because of the method it is delivered and the programs we have designed for it. If you have not looked into switching to the new voice plan, please call (888) 218-5050 and find out what it can do for you. And, finally, we offer security with top-of-the-line monitoring, which, together with state-of-the art equipment, adds an amazing level of protection for your home or business. Like all of you, we want quality services, but we don’t want to break the bank paying for it. So, combine any of these services together and you will experience immediate savings up to $40 a month. One company, one payment, big savings, no contract. Our tag line in our advertisements is “The Area’s Best and Only Full-Service Provider.” Your choice goes a long way in demonstrating that you also believe in us and what we are doing. And for that vote of confidence we are truly humbled and can express our gratitude in two simple words: THANK YOU!

Thank you Sumter for voting us

The Best Place for ITALIAN FOOD

BEST OF SUMTER

2018

New hours: Mon-Thurs11:00-10:00 Fri&Sat 11:00-11:00 Closed Sunday

718 Bultman Drive, Sumter

1104 Alice Drive • Sumter

803-934-8499

Thank you for voting us Best Glass & Mirror

803-469-9231

Thank you for voting us

BEST COFFEE SHOP

7th Annual Caffeine & Gasoline Car & Truck Show

Sat., Oct. 27, 2018 4pm - 9pm

Call Todd Touchberry for more info.

Sumter Cut Rate Drugstore 32 S. Main Street

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Pharmacy Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm

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At Your Service Home Care is here for you, your loved ones

Reliable Medical Equipment most trusted for at-home health care needs

When you or your loved one needs help living at comfort in your own home, At Your Service Home Care LLC is here for you as your concierge, your steward and your guide. In-home care can become a necessary part of a person’s life, whether due to the natural aging process, illness or other medical conditions. It may be temporary, or it may be the first step on a continuing path. No matter the cause, our professionals preserve dignity and enjoyment of life – we are your dignified personal assistant, not a baby sitter or medical assistant. From grocery shopping, errands, bathing and dressing and meal preparation to light housekeeping, home health and hospice support, in-home salon services, transportation, medicine and health monitoring and companionship, our team will begin with a care plan tailored to you and your loved one. We know assisting an adult is in no way child’s play and is a world apart from being a caregiver or sitter. We are privileged to care for the Sumter community and surrounding area. Thank you for voting us Best of Sumter!

Thank you for voting Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina LLC Best Prosthetic Company in Sumter for the 11th time! Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina LLC is locally owned and operated, providing home medical equipment such as oxygen, CPAP/ BiPap machines, artificial limbs and bracing. Our caring staff consists of two respiratory therapists, a certified prosthetist/orthotist and a certified orthotic fitter. We are dedicated to your health and well-being, offering a wealth of services to help you gain confidence and strength in your treatment or recovery. We also offer a full range of DME, respiratory, orthotics and prosthetics. Reliable Medical Equipment has an extensive list of services for our customers to utilize. We are your trusted company when it comes to the health care you need at home. If you would like to discuss our options, give us a call today. Our 24-hour emergency call service is always available for you, as well.

Computer Upgraders Thanks our Customers For Their Support

COMPUTER UPGRADERS PC, Apple, Custom, Notebook, Phone, Tablet, TV, Printer, Cell Phone Repair Electronic Repair and Sales

803-773-2881

www.computerupgraders.com 19 Pinewood Road Sumter, SC 29150 Across from Millwood Elementary

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A Complete Line of Vaping Supplies!

Premium Flavors + Complete Line of Vaping Supplies in Stock Brands: Smok, Aspire, Uwell, Vandy Vape LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

Pleasant ECig Invest in Yourself

2081 Wedgefield Rd, Sumter, SC 29154 36

(803) 305-1544

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RELIABLE MEDICAL Thank you Sumter EQUIPMENT for Voting

At Your Service Home Care BEST Senior Care

Best

Voted Prosthetic Company for the 12th time!

ARTIFICIAL LIMBS AND BRACING

We have a certified Prosthetist and Orthotist on staff.

DIABETIC SHOES

We continue to strive to provide the care and dignity you and your loved one deserve.

We have a certified Diabetic shoe fitter on staff. Many styles to choose from!

246 Broad St. Sumter, SC

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

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

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Thank you Sumter for voting us #1 Bank in Sumter for 2018 We are very thankful and extremely honored. Our goal is providing the perfect client experience each and every day. 498 Guignard Dr. 216 N. Main St. 1099 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150

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Faster Care has more than a decade of serving the community We are honored to be named Best Urgent Care for 2018! 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-ray’s and outpatient laboratory testing. We appreciate our patients who place the trust of their care in the hands of our caring and knowledgeable staff. Thank you to all who voted, because you are the reason we work to be the Best Of Sumter. (803) 905-FAST (3282) | www. FasterCareSumter.com | 3440 Declaration Blvd., Sumter, SC 29154

Edward Jones is grateful for the support of our community. Thank you for voting us Best Childrens Dentist

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FULL SERVICE GROOMING SALON 1155 N. Guignard Dr, Sumter, SC 29150

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Furry and feathered friends always welcome at For Pet’s Sake All of us here at For Pet’s Sake would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude for the honor of being voted Sumter’s best grooming salon. Since opening our doors in April of 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, bow ties and treats. Visit our website at www.forpetssake-grooming.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook. Thank you again for making us No. 1 in Sumter. If you have not yet visited us, stop by and say hello. We are located at 1155 North Guignard Drive.

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We believe what sets us apart from other grooming salons is our: • Quality of service and care • Variety of pets accepted • Meeting the needs of pets • Attention to detail • Educating owners about pets when asked • Donating to the community • Abundance of services • Curb service for those who need it • Picture of every pet posted to our Facebook page

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Gateway Mortgage Group at home in Sumter community Thank you for voting Gateway Mortgage, Sumter Branch, as the best mortgage company for the third year in a row! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this community. Gateway Mortgage Group’s core purpose is to strengthen families and communities through homeownership, and I pride myself in committing to this value day in and day out. For every loan closed, Gateway donates $5 to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to dependents of our fallen and disabled servicemen and women. I am honored to work for a company that focuses on families and communities, and I am thankful to be a part of this community. If you are ready to buy a home, refinance your current residence or have any questions about the loan process, please don’t hesitate to contact me today. Mary Kolb, Loan Originator, NMLS 415199 (803) 629-0104 (office) (803) 464-4445 (cell) 665 Bultman Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC NMLS 7233 All rights reserved. BFI Mortgage Lender/Servicer License No. MLS-7233

Thank you for your trust & confidence. You allow us to do what we love to do.

Personal Injury & Estate Planning

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Keishidojo Martial Arts Unleashed is thankful for being voted best in the business We here at Keishidojo Martial Arts Unleashed are so happy and honored to be named Best Martial Arts School for 2018. We would like to take a moment and thank everyone who took the time to vote for us. We know we could not have done it without you. Keishidojo has been serving Sumter, Shaw Air Force Base and the community since 2005 by providing authentic and quality self-defense We are the only martial arts school in Sumter that provides so many different martial arts programs all certified through the Martial Arts Unlimited Association and the Worldwide Martial Arts Association. Keishidojo is truly a one stop shop for anyone single or with a family to get self-defense training, increase physical fitness and improve coordination, strength, balance, selfesteem, confidence and discipline. If you or anyone you know is looking for a martial arts home, check us out. We have classes for ages 5 and up with morning sessions for women and evening classes for all. See why everyone voted Keishidojo the best in the business. Again, thank you everyone for your votes. We are so grateful and will see you again next year. 44

JD Olsen is a fully certified instructor in several different martial arts, including: • American Kickboxing • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu • Chinese Wing Chun • Filipino Kali, Escrima, Arnis • Filipino Boxing • Indonesian Grappling and Striking • Japanese Aikido • Japanese Submission Wrestling • Okinawan Karate • Thailand Kickboxing

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Trouble controlling your weight, your stress or your safety?

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You only live once. That’s worth protecting. Tammy Kelly, Agent 105 E Wesmark Blvd Sumter, SC 29150 Bus: 803-773-8322 tammy.kelly.ngge@statefarm.com

A conversation about life insurance now can make a big impact on your family (and even your retirement) later. LET’S TALK TODAY.

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Thank you for voting us #1 in Sumter 2018! Thank you Sumter for voting Honda of Sumter the best Motorcycle/ATV dealer once again.

Celebrating 45 years in business. 2544 Broad Street • Sumter, SC (803) 469-3598 www.hondaofsumter.com

Thank you for voting us the best vet hospital!

Southern Touch Property Management proudly offers best unbeatable pricing Thank you for voting us Best Property Management Company in Sumter! As a veteran- and family- owned business, we proudly serve all of Sumter County and surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and offer fullservice property management, specializing in single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, condos and offices. We know it’s sometimes challenging to find the best property management company to represent you and your property. Look no further! We guarantee to provide you with the most professional and responsive service that you have come to expect from a property management company while offering you unbeatable pricing. We offer competitive pricing, low vacancy rates and consistent rental income. We have up-to-date understanding of the rental market conditions, resulting in optimized market pricing and income generation, and we now offer in-house real estate selling/buying services. Do you own investment property? Do you need professional management? Is it taking too long for your house to sell and you need that rental income? Call us at (803) 847-3794 or visit our new office at 5 Medical Court in Sumter for a free consultation. We are available after hours and on weekends, but please call to make an appointment.

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Tammy Kelly at State Farm helps people’s ‘lives go right’

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Sumter Physical Therapy gives resultdriven treatment in family environment Thank you to everyone who voted for us to be named Best Physical Therapy Clinic in Sumter for 2018! We have been serving the Sumter, Clarendon and Lee communities since April 1, 1996. In our 22year history, we have been blessed and honored to have provided and to continue to provide the BEST physical therapy and occupational therapy in the area. It is our mission to provide each individual with the most caring, compassionate and effective resultdriven treatment as possible utilizing the wealth of knowledge and experience of our staff. We strive to treat each patient as part of our extended family. Our family environment, which fosters a positive response in our patients, helps people heal and recover in a positive manner, both mentally and physically. We are locally owned and operated and would love to serve anyone in need of physical or occupational therapy. Again, thank you to our voters and customers because you are the reason we strive to be the Best of Sumter.

Sumter Family Health Center dedicated to a healthy community Sumter Family Health Center (SFHC) is a comprehensive primary healthcare practice dedicated to building a healthy community and improving the individual health, well-being and quality of life of each person we serve. SFHC provides healthcare for patients of all ages and serves more than 15,000 patients in Sumter County. SFHC is a Patient Centered Medical Home and helps eliminate the barriers caused by financial circumstances that may prevent a patient from having access to healthcare. The main office, at 1278 N. Lafayette Drive, offers adult medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health and counseling and infectious disease. SFHC offers an on-site pharmacy and drive-thru window, translation services, a sliding scale program and medication assistance programs. SFHC has additional health center sites and services, as well. Carolina Women’s Specialists offers full-service obstetrics, gynecology and midwifery at 319 N. Main St. Pinewood Health Center (PHC) is located at 25 E. Clark St. in Pinewood and offers primary and pediatric care. Carolina Dental Associates (CDA) is located at 1105 N. Lafayette Drive. CDA provides quality dental care for children and adults. We appreciate all of our patients and voters for putting their trust in us for their health care needs. We couldn’t be the Best of Sumter without you!

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Quality plumbing services in Sumter, SC

“The Right Ones to Count On”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wright Way Plumbing gets it done right the first time At Wright Way Plumbing LLC, we are dedicated to providing excellent service for all your residential plumbing needs. We are licensed and insured with over 20 years’ experience in Sumter and surrounding areas, so you’re in good hands with Wright Way Plumbing. We'll give you a free estimate paired with a satisfaction guarantee. When we set out to complete a job, we get it done right the first time. We are your reliable, local plumbers serving Sumter and surrounding areas. We deliver a comprehensive list of plumbing services that will meet all of your home's needs without breaking the bank. Our team of plumbing professionals are 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 hot 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, ondemand or instant-on water heaters, which are an energy-efficient choice to consider when replacing your old one. We’re happy to advise you on the best options for your needs. When conditions arise outside of a homeowner’s control, such as hydrant flushing, municipal pressure drops and service breaks, undesirable contaminants can be introduced into the home’s water system. We are trained to assess, install, test and repair the devices used to prevent this from happening. If you are remodeling your bath or kitchen, let our experienced plumbers help with installation or re-plumbing needs. Give us a call today to discuss your remodeling project, and we’ll provide a free quote! Call us today at (803) 499-4108 or visit our website at www.wrightwayplumbingllc.com.

We are your reliable, local plumbers serving Sumter and surrounding areas.

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Tintman Gill provides quality work from family-run shop

WWW.STATETREE.NET 852 S. GUIGNARD ST. (803) 773-1320 At State Tree Service, we would like to thank each and everyone of our customers for allowing us to service the Midlands for over 36 years.

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The Tintman Gill LLC is your local, family-run window tint shop. The Tintman is known for top-notch customer service, economic pricing, quality workmanship and quality materials. The Tintman puts his customers first by ensuring their satisfaction. Due to high demand, the Tintman operates mostly by appointment. The Tintman offers services MondayFriday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to these days/times, the Tintman offers afterhours and Sunday appointments. Afterhours appointments are subject to a minimal convenience fee. Pricing starts at $50 for two windows and $125 for small sedans. The Tintman uses quality Solar Fx Lifetime films. The Tintman has over 20 years tinting. The Tintman offers automotive, residential, commercial, agricultural and marine tinting services. The Tintman also offers window tint removal services. There are many ways to contact the Tintman. You may call or text (803) 847-9015. You may contact the Tintman through Facebook at The Tintman Gill LLC AfterHourz TintShop. You may reach the Tintman by email at Sean@ Tintmangill.com or deshaunegill@gmail.com. The Tintman accepts cash, credit cards, CashApp and PayPal. Feel free to contact the Tintman for a quote and to setup your appointment. The Tintman appreciates all of his customers.

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

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STSM volunteers provide more than 6,000 hours of services each year. From assisting in the office to directly working with survivors, we can find the volunteer role that best suits you. • Volunteer Advocate - Provide crisis intervention and support survivors on STSM’s 24-hour hotline and at the hospital. • Speaker’s Bureau - Educate the community on the impact of sexual violence and the services STSM provides. • Office Volunteer - Support STSM staff in the office with administrative and project-based work. Learn more about volunteering at STSM and apply online at www.stsm.org!

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 AGAIN THIS YEAR

Thank you Sumter for voting us Best of Best

Come see our new location at 850 broad street. The big blue building.

803.418.0448

Thanks Sumter!

I have 27 yrs experience making restaurants and businesses profitable. I welcome the challenge of turning something that’s broken into a thriving business. Cater2U Hospitality Management Consultant, LLC (803) 468-6289.

Thank you Sumter for voting us Best Boutique!

Women’s Apparel Children’s Apparel Jewelry • Shoes • Original Art

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Tanners – more than a gas station, here to serve the community It has always been my dream, since I came here when I was 13, to help people in the community. Being here every day at Tanners allows me to send people to work in the morning and home in the evening with a smile on their face. I’ve worked so hard to be able to own my own store to serve Sumter, Manning and the surrounding area with all of their fuel-up, snack and convenience store needs, and I love talking to all of you every day and seeing your faces come back again and again. Starting out as an accountant, I always knew I wanted to be in retail. In 2010, my dreams came true, and I thank all of the loyal customers and the staff at Tanners for making it the Best Gas Station in Sumter for 2018 and now four years in a row! Whether you need gas, breakfast, lunch or a hot dinner, it is my responsibility to send you away satisfied. Tanners offers a variety of fuel, including regular gas, 56

propane, small engine fuel and race gas. Our store is packed with anything you’d want fast, from candy and chips to cold beverages. Our pizza and wings are hot and ready to take out or eat here daily. You, the customers, are that most important part of my business. My reliable and caring staff has been here through hurricanes and snow, using a generator to provide food and gas knowing others may be out and in need. From the bottom of my heart I cannot thank the voters enough for honoring me with Best Gas Station in the 2018 Best of Sumter contest. It means the world to me because you mean the world to Tanners. If you haven’t been out to see us at either of our locations on U.S. Highway 15 South in Sumter or U.S. 301 in Manning, please come visit to learn everything we have to offer. If you’ve been with us for a while now, we can’t wait to see you soon.

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SAFE Federal Credit Union the best for decades in home town SAFE Federal Credit Union has called Sumter home for more than 60 years. Now for more than two decades, SAFE has been honored by The Sumter Item and its readers as being the best credit union in its home town. Few people realize SAFE is an acronym that tells the story of their earliest beginnings as Shaw Air Force Employees Credit Union. With a branch still located on base, SAFE has grown to serve more than 120,000 members throughout the Midlands and around the country. With members in all 50 states, SAFE strives to be the financial institution of choice no matter where you roam. SAFE is among the largest credit unions in the nation but still headquartered right here in Sumter. They continue to improve the way banking can be more efficient and secure while providing credit cards, mortgages, auto loans and everything else you would get from a big bank but with the small town feel of home. As the best credit union in Sumter, SAFE gets the opportunity to help people every day and make dreams come true.

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Voted Best Interior Design

13th Year Running!

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Thank you. Our providers and care team members work together to bring you and your family the broadest range of health care services in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. We are proud to be part of this community and to provide compassionate care at our local practices, at Palmetto Health Tuomey and across the Palmetto Health system. All so you get the very best care at home in Sumter.

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We truly appreciate the readers of the Sumter Item for recognizing us as the best in health care. Best Cardiology – Palmetto Heart | Sumter Campus Best Obstetrics and Gynecology – Sumter OB/GYN Best Orthopedist – Danny Ford, MD – Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center | Sumter Campus Best Vein Specialist – Michael Naylor, MD – Sumter Surgical

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providers in the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group with a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including women’s care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, surgery, advanced imaging, wound care, cardiac care, home health and hospice. The Tuomey Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the hospital, reaching into the community to provide health and wellness initiatives to residents of all ages. For more information, visit www.PalmettoHealth. org/Tuomey or call (803) 774-CARE (2273).

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Our team members, physicians and volunteers come to work every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. As your community hospital, we’re committed to providing you with the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves – right here in Sumter. We truly appreciate the readers of the Sumter Item for recognizing us as the best in health care. Best Hospital Best Imaging Services – Palmetto Health Tuomey Imaging Best Cardiology – Palmetto Heart Best Ear, Nose and Throat – Sumter ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery Best Obstetrics and Gynecology – Sumter OB/GYN Best Oral Surgeon – Richard Marks, MD Best Orthopedist – Danny Ford, MD Best Pediatrician – Teresa Buschor, MD Best Vein Specialist – Michael Naylor, MD 60

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Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group offers convenience, compassion Find your doctor in Sumter today. One comprehensive medical group. Dozens of specialties. Hundreds of convenient ways to access quality care. With more than 700 providers and 2,200 team members, we are working together to bring you and your family the broadest range of health care services in our local practices, at Palmetto Health Tuomey and across our system. All so you get the very best care in Sumter.

Our Sumter locations include: • Carolina Family Medicine of Sumter • Pain and Spine of Sumter • Palmetto Health-USC Infectious Disease • Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center • Palmetto Health-USC Pediatrics—specialty provider outreach clinic • Palmetto Health-USC Pulmonology • Palmetto Heart • Sumter OB/GYN • Sumter Surgical

About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, Hartsville and across the greater Midlands region. The Medical Group will soon be in Bishopville and the PeeDee region of South Carolina. Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and team members are prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.

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About the Body Day Spa offers variety of relaxation services

About The Body Day Spa has been named The Best of Sumter 2018 for Massage Therapy! We would like to say thank you for your votes and continued support. We are a small, local business with 10 employees that is owned and operated by Karen Watts, and we’ve been serving the Sumter community since 2006! We provide massage therapy, facials, full body waxing, spray tanning, spa memberships and more relaxing treatments. We are honored to be a part of your health and wellness and look forward to continuing to take care of you, your friends and families! We offer gift certificates and 24-7 online booking at www.AboutTheBody.net. Military, first responders, Toumey employees and our members get 10 percent off services and products! Thank you for this honor, Sumter! 1324 Broad St. (TJ Maxx Plaza) (803) 774-8567 • (803) 905-6789 www.AboutTheBody.net

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

We are ecstatic to be named Best Paving Contractor for 2018. Our sincere thank you to all of our friends, colleagues and clients who voted for us to receive this honor for the second year in a row! Being recognized this way is a great honor for our company and a testament to the excellent service our company has provided to clients across South Carolina. Charles Smith Company LLC is a fully licensed and insured paving company that has been in business since 2004. Charles has dedicated his complete focus on building a quality, conscious 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. At Charles Smith Company LLC, "Our Standards Set the Grade” with an emphasis on producing quality projects on time and under budget. Again, thank you to our voters and customers, because you are what makes us being the Best of Sumter possible. Contact our team of experienced professionals who stand ready to take care of project needs. www.charlessmithcompany.com Office: (803) 469-7207 • Sales: (803) 983-1113 csmithpaving@ftc-i.net clloyd@ftc-i.net

Bynum Insurance takes pride in protecting Tri-County residents, businesses Thank you for honoring us with your vote. We are thrilled to be named Sumter’s best insurance agency. Since 1955, we have served Sumter, Clarendon and Lee County. We consider it a privilege to be your best agency. Bynum Insurance is now part of AssuredPartners, which allows us to represent additional companies that offer more competitive pricing. AssuredPartners has eight locations in South Carolina, including Sumter, Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Bluffton and Murrells Inlet. As an independent insurance agency representing numerous providers, we have grown to provide service to thousands of individuals, families and businesses. Throughout these changes, Bynum Insurance has always maintained a commitment to delivering the best possible insurance coverage at the lowest price while providing unmatched service to its customers. Our Personal Insurance Division provides individuals and families with auto and home insurance from wellknown companies. Bynum also offers protection for other personal insurance needs, including watercraft and recreational vehicles, personal umbrella liability, motorcycles and rental dwellings. Our Business Insurance Division tailors insurance programs to protect small and large businesses in the retail, office, contractor, service and individual sectors. 64

Our Health and Life Division connects individuals, families and businesses of all sizes with an insurance plain tailored to their specific needs. Our plans include individual and group medical, dental, vision, life and disability benefits. We also offer Medicare supplements and short-term medical insurance plans. We are confident we will find a plan that works for you. Our company is very involved in our community. We Support Sumter United Ministries Crisis Closet as well as participating in their “Gear Up for Learning” back to school program, “Giving Thanks” dinner box program at Thanksgiving and “Help an Angel Fly” program at Christmas. Each year prior to Thanksgiving, our agency serves as a drop-off location for hundreds of turkeys to help feed the less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day. A few other organizations we support are Sumter Young Life, The Sumter YMCA and The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department by sponsoring a youth baseball team. Regardless of how big we grow, we pledge to keep the values we were founded on, and we work hard to earn our customer’s trust. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you. We are located at the corner of Wilson Hall Road and Wesmark Boulevard. Again, thank you to our voters and customers.

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

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Chick-fil-A puts people first We are honored to be named Best Fast Food and Best Sweet Tea for 2018! We would like to thank The Sumter Item and everyone who voted for us. Chick-fil-A has been serving the Sumter community since 1981 by providing quality food. Our people are the cornerstone of all that we do at Chick-fil-A. As a chain, we believe that attracting g r e a t people helps create a remarkable

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experience for our guests. It requires a lot of time and effort to make sure you have the right people working the right jobs, but we believe this is time well-spent. We realize the importance of taking care of our Chick-fil-A employees. That’s a secondary reason why we close on Sunday — so the employees can count on at least one day a week devoted entirely to family, worship and personal pursuits. This is one of the most important principles we live by: The family must come first. Again, thank you to our voters and customers, because you are why we want to be the Best Of Sumter.

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Thank You for Voting Me the Best Orthodontist!

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Orthodontics for Children and Adults Most Insurance Accepted • No Down Payment • Convenient Monthly Payments 669-A West Wesmark Blvd., Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-5500 www.eppsorthodontics.com

JJ Hardee Construction and Design – with you ‘from concept to completion’ The team at JJ Hardee Construction and Design The same person you initially meet will be the same would like to thank all of our customers, both new person that will plan, design and build your project. We and longtime friends, and the Sumter community don’t hand our customers off to our subcontractors or for naming us Best of Sumter in the Building Design designers. We are with you every step of the way. category for 2018! The philosophy of our company is to ensure our “From Concept to Completion,” our goal is to give customers are well-informed and receive the most each customer the best possible service and outcome. cost-efficient planning and construction possible. JJ Hardee Construction and Design LLC specializes Our goal is to help clients turn their ideas and requests in design-build construction projects, including into profitable businesses and/or quality homes that custom residential homes, pre-engineered metal guarantee them a valuable finished product and places buildings, religious facilities, industrial maintenance them as a cornerstone in their community. Success is projects, professional offices, retail centers and nuclear our determination. energy projects. Our company is not your typical We pride ourselves on honesty, quality and construction company that just builds. guaranteed satisfaction. Give us a We understand all the fundamentals today and inquire about our free of construction, such as financing, 722 Bultman Dr. call services and consultation concerning business plans, real estate purchasing, all our design and building needs. Sumter, SC 29150 design and, of course, building. When Sincerely, you put your trust in us, you get one (803) 469-9995 Jerry Jason Hardee Sr. team that can answer all your questions jasonhardee.com and do all the work. 68

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Eggs Up Grill serving up breakfast to Sumter since 2016 Thank you, Sumter, for voting Eggs Up Grill as Sumter’s best breakfast restaurant of 2018! Eggs Up Grill has been serving the Sumter community since August 2016, providing quality breakfast and lunch daily from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. New, delicious menu additions are coming soon. If you haven’t experienced Eggs Up Grill, come visit us and find out why our customers have voted us to be the Best of Sumter. We are located at 105 E. Wesmark Blvd. next to Edible Arrangements. Let us fill you with all the ingredients to make you smile.

Epps Orthodontics gives cutting-edge care to all ages

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

Voted best place for Breakfast in the 2018 Best of Sumter. Thank you everyone! We are honored. We work hard to serve with excellence

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JJ HARDEE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN “From Concept to Comple�on”

Thank you for voting us BEST Building Design Services

By ini�ally choosing JJ Hardee Construc�on and Design, a Design-Build Construc�on Company, to create and construct your project, you have already saved money. What makes JJ Hardee Construc�on and Design so unique? A Design-Build Construc�on Company is one that is able to provide clients with in-house exper�se concerning designing, planning, financing and construc�on. As a client, you hire one professional to design, manage and construct your project from beginning to end. By having one point of contact represen�ng you and your needs with your budget in mind, you will save money and �me.

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Galloway & Moseley is your go-to fine jeweler since 1935

After 11 years of you voting us as your favorite jewelry store in Sumter, we are overjoyed for your continued confidence because we are here for you and your jewelry needs. We would be nowhere without our customers. For years, Galloway & Moseley has provided South Carolina families with quality and professionalism in fine jewelry. Through generations, the success of our family business has been our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. We invite you to share in this tradition. Since inception, our hallmark has been our selection of fine quality jewelry and gifts at exceptional value. In addition to our in-store and online multi-million dollar diamond inventory, we offer the full range of quality custom manufacture and repair services you’ll need when buying or maintaining jewelry for your special someone. With highly skilled professionals and jewelry artisans on staff, our in-store expertise is surpassed only by your efforts to fulfill all of your needs, our customer. We look forward to serving you and your family with our tradition of quality, style and value. You can rest at ease knowing you’re in good hands with Galloway & Moseley Jewelers. Thank you for voting us Best Jewelry Store in Sumter for 2018!

Premier Pediatrics, where it’s all about you

At Premier Pediatrics, we focus on quality of care – not quantity. Our goal is to get to know the children we care for and their families, to understand what is important to them in meeting their healthcare needs. Our office is an environment that your child can be comfortable in, and our staff is dedicated to making your experience a positive one. I opened this practice almost four years ago after 14 years of practicing in a large group setting in Sumter. It was frustrating to have to rush through patients, not having the time that was needed to devote to them. All that changed with the opening Premier Pediatrics. At Premier Pediatrics, we deliver the personalized care that can truly make a difference. I assure 24-7 access to me via phone and texting with a HIPPA compliant app that enables me to answer your questions and concerns. Scheduling preventive healthcare for your child is a priority for us, along with assuring immunizations are administered when recommended to prevent serious diseases. Same-day sick appointments are always available. We also deal with other issues such as ADHD, asthma and sports physicals to name a few. My staff and I are here to make sure every aspect of your child’s healthcare needs is met. It’s all about you at Premier Pediatrics of Sumter! A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

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PALMETTO ADULT MEDICINE AS BEST INTERNAL MEDICINE PRACTICE FOR 2018! “We are honored by the Best of Sumter recognition and look forward to continuing to serve the healthcare needs of our community.” - Palmetto Adult Medicine

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McLeod Health and Palmetto Adult Medicine – healthcare you can trust Palmetto Adult Medicine in Sumter, a highly respected and well-known local practice, has recently joined the McLeod Health team of leading physicians. Together, McLeod Health and Palmetto Adult Medicine provide the highest level of expertise in diagnosis and treatment of adult medical conditions. The physicians of Palmetto Adult Medicine, Dr. Ansel McFaddin, Dr. Harry Jordan, Dr. Andrew Reynolds and Dr. Hugh Stoddard, are trusted members of our community and bring years of experience providing quality, compassionate care to the residents of Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Williamsburg counties. As specialists in internal medicine, the physicians of Palmetto Adult Medicine are committed to your health and are skilled in the management of chronic medical problems and encompass a large spectrum of specialties. As part of McLeod Health, the region's largest health care team, patients of Palmetto Adult Medicine have access to a highly skilled team of specialists and the most advanced technology. Palmetto Adult Medicine is accepting new patients. Please call (803) 905-6800 to schedule an appointment.

NHC HealthCare – where life is celebrated

NHC HealthCare, Sumter provides a full range of extended health care services designed to maximize the well-being and independence of our patients. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients through our flexible, interdisciplinary approach to health care that is centered on caregiver compassion delivered in a comfortable, home-like environment. Our licensed, 24-hours-a-day skilled nursing center has 135 beds with both private and semiprivate rooms. We provide a wide array of therapeutic, rehabilitative and continuing care services. Each day, our caring and competent staff commits themselves to the values of patient dignity, superior quality of care and exceptional customer service. At NHC HealthCare, Sumter, commitment to a quest for excellence allows us the responsibility to step outside the norm, as we look for solutions in caring for families. We consistently exceed industry standards in our award-winning center.

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Jason Reddick voted best for civil and criminal cases

Sumter County has been trusting The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick LLC with their legal matters since 2012, and we are thankful for everyone who voted us Best Civil Attorney and Best Criminal Attorney in Sumter for 2018. Our office is located in the heart of historic downtown Sumter. Our highly qualified team takes special pride in serving members of the Sumter community and armed forces with regards to military divorces, civilian divorces and custody arrangements. 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.

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. 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, lawn mowers, microwaves, fax machines, printers, cameras, bicycles, fishing equipment and much more. We specialize in firearms and jewelry, with new and pre-owned fine jewelry gracing each of our stores in Sumter and Manning and selections that are unrivaled in the area. At Reliable Pawn Shop, we are happy to help you overcome any cash flow interruption with a collateral loan. We are staffed with experienced pawnbroking professionals to match our services to your specific situation. Thanks for voting for us!

The Law Office of Jason L. Reddick, LLC

Would like to thank you for voting us Best Civil Attorney and Best Criminal Attorney

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

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

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

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Rickard Carpet Cleaning knows the importance of a clean home We are so proud to be voted Best Carpet Cleaning in Sumter! As a family-owned and operated company, we understand that your home is one of the most important investments you will ever make. Your home is your sanctuary, and no one likes living with musty, dirty carpets, upholstery or area rugs that have lost their appeal. To ensure the health of your family, it is necessary to make sure that there is no dirt, bacteria, pet dander or microorganisms hidden within the carpets and fabrics of your household. This is equally important to any company, business, church or school as the continued health of your employees and clients is a necessity. Rickard Carpet Cleaning knows that the people of Sumter and the surrounding areas have a number of carpet cleaners to choose from. That’s why we are – and strive to be – the best. Call us at (803) 4815257 or visit our website, www.rickardcarpetcleaning. com.

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

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Frank Shuler law firm works with clients every step of the way Thank you to all of our clients, friends and business associates who voted our office as the Best Real Estate Attorney’s Office in Sumter. This award is solely due to my awesome and dedicated staff. Ginger L. Bloomer and I have been working together for 23 years. Brooke L. Kirkland has been with me for five years, and Amy B. Vohs is joining our team after the loss of my mentor, Dick Booth. Amy has 15 years of real estate law experience. When you hire The Real Estate & Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler LLC for your legal needs, you get a team. We are dedicated to doing what is right for our clients. We take pride in knowing we can help clients who come into my office with a seemingly insurmountable task or issue and leave with a clear direction and path of how we are going to achieve their goals. Our team is dedicated and committed to providing excellent service to our clients. You can count on 76

everyone in our office to handle your legal situation with clarity and certain action. We do what is necessary to accomplish your goals and keep you informed every step of the way. We take a proactive approach to every case and strive to handle your matter with efficiency and excellent service. We want you to be involved and informed as we work on your legal issues. At The Real Estate & Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler LLC, we have helped clients all over South Carolina, the United States and in foreign countries accomplish their goals. Whether you are involved in a residential or commercial real estate deal, starting a new business or going through a complicated business transaction, you can count on us for sound, effective legal advice. I have a passion for assisting you with realizing your dreams. No dream is too big. That is why I take your business personally.

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Sumter Hearing Associates offers testing, hearing aids for kids, adults

Shutters or Shades is ready for any design challenge It is hard to believe that Shutters or Shades has been open in Sumter for three years and already has been selected as Best of Sumter! That honor is especially exciting. Many thanks to everyone who voted! This wonderful community has an appreciation for quality products and services. It has truly been a pleasure working with each new client. Whether shopping for a single window treatment or seeking a solution to a design challenge, we have the knowledge and expertise to help with your project. We custom-make shutters, roller shades, romans, honeycombs and motorized shading systems. We also specialize in custom drapery, cornices, valances, headboards, bedspreads, pillows and upholstery to make your home comfortable and more beautiful! Products and professional services you can count on. Come see us soon! www.shuttersorshades.com | (803) 883-4923

Thank you to everyone who voted us Best of Sumter in Audiology and Hearing Aid Center. Our goal is to help you achieve a better quality of life through better hearing. We appreciate all the support because our patients are our most valued priority. We provide diagnostic audiology and hearing aid services for people of all ages, and we do this in a Morning friendly, welcoming office. Sunshine Sumter Hearing Associates works with many major lines of hearing aids, which allows us to offer a variety of features, options and price ranges. However, the hearing aid is only part of the process. The programming and customizing to your needs is just as important. All three of our audiologists regularly attend seminars and workshops to stay current with the new products and have many years of experience. We look forward to meeting if you are new to us or ® you back if you are already established with welcoming us. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you.

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Sumter Hearing Associates would like to thank everyone for voting! We are honored and delighted to be voted Best Hearing Aid Center and Best Audiologist! We thank you again, and wish everyone a wonderful 2018!

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Paul Weissenstein – here to help you through your financial need Thank you to the readers of The Sumter Item and TheItem. com for voting Paul Weissenstein as 2018’s Best Bankruptcy Attorney in the Sumter area! If you are faced with a financial crisis, you need an experienced attorney to help you to try to resolve those problems. A. Paul Weissenstein Jr. has been filing bankruptcy for the residents of the tri-county area and beyond since 1987. Financial problems have many causes and come in many forms. Maybe your income was reduced because of job loss, illness or otherwise. Maybe you face mortgage foreclosure, threat of car repossession or large credit card, medical or other debts. Bankruptcy might be an option for you to reorganize or eliminate that debt with a fresh start. Weissenstein Law Firm LLC is a debt relief agency and helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. We also provide legal assistance to our clients by handling all their real estate needs, social security disability claims, wills and estate planning and estate administration, personal injuries, business organization or other litigation matters. Put Paul and his committed and loyal staff to work for you. Contact us at (803) 418-5700 or find us at 106 Broad St. in Sumter, South Carolina.

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Westside Christian Academy named best preschool and elementary school Westside Christian Academy would like to thank our Warrior Family and the Sumter community for voting us Best of Sumter in two categories: Best Preschool and Best Elementary School. We are grateful for these as we have never received an award for Best of Sumter and consider it an honor to be recognized this way. WCA is a private nursery-through-eighth grade school and childcare facility that is rooted in Christian education. WCA seeks to provide a high quality Christian education through our rigorous curriculum and partnering with parents. We believe that this partnership is vital in preparing children for a life of following Christ and honoring God through their future endeavors. WCA is accredited through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools and has been for the last six years. We recently received national accreditation for our nursery and preschool program. This means that, as a licensed DSS facility, we meet standards set by both DSS and the National Council 80

for Private School Accreditation. As a Christian school, we use a full Christian curriculum, and teachers are required to use a biblical worldview in the instruction of all subjects. We experience chapel service each week as a whole school and enjoy local pastors coming in and speaking to our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our small class sizes allow teachers to use a variety of methods to teach the content set forth by our curriculum and give more individualized instruction to help students gain a deeper understanding. Students also attend fine arts classes each day to include music, art, physical education, computer and library. We also have extracurricular activities for our students such as Praise Team, Drama Team, volleyball, baseball, National Junior Honor Society and Running Club. The Westside family is growing, and we would love for your child to be a part of it. We are located at 554 Pinewood Road in Sumter. To learn more or to schedule a private tour, please call (803) 775-4406 or email wcaoffice@wcasumter.org.

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Accredited Nursery-8th Grade Biblical Worldview Small Class Sizes Early and Extended Care Hours Professionally Certified Teachers Praise Team and Drama Club Volleyball and Basketball Teams Consistently High Standardized Test Scores Related Arts Program Starting in Kindergarten

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Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter treats patients like family members

The Animal Medical Clinic of Sumter was founded in 1981 by Dr. Lester Bell and has been dedicated to providing quality care to your pet since its doors first opened. Dr. Bell has 38 years of experience in veterinary medicine and has hand-picked a group of doctors and technical staff who are compassionate and will work hard for your pet’s health. The Animal Medical Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly valued patients. This is reflected by being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for more than 25 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 excellence in veterinary care to Sumter and surrounding areas. We believe our patients are 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 30-plus years and continue to offer our support by volunteering and having performed more than 5,000 surgeries on their behalf.

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Yucatan Mexican Restaurant dedicated to customers We would like to thank you for voting us Best Mexican Restaurant. Family owned and operated for 20 years, we have strived to provide the best restaurant experience possible. Our team prides itself on providing great tasting food and a comfortable family environment in which to enjoy it. The staff enjoys getting to know our guests, and we are truly honored to have the opportunity to serve you each day. Thank you again to our loyal customers. We look forward to serving the Sumter community in the years to come. Hector Reyes and the Yucatan Staff

The staff enjoys getting to know our guests, and we are truly honored to have the opportunity to serve you each day.

Rafe Dixon – providing auction services worldwide from Sumter for 11 years Thank you for your support. J.R. Dixon Auction & Realty LLC is in our 11th year of providing auction services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally from right here at home in Sumter! We are pleased to provide you, as a buyer or as a seller, with a first-rate and professional auction experience for real estate, commercial assets and personal property. Licensed as an auctioneer and real estate broker in multiple states, we are members of the Certified Auctioneers Institute and are an Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate and a Certified Estate Specialist. We have won several marketing awards for our work. Rafe Dixon is the 2018 South Carolina Grand Champion Auctioneer! Put our experience to work for you! We look forward to serving you with your auction needs. Find us on the web at www.jrdixonauctions.com, or call us at (803) 774-6967. Rafe Dixon, SCAL 4059 J.R. Dixon Auction & Realty LLC www.jrdixonauctions.com

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Did you know: Every second of every day, 74 people around the world have blood drawn with a BD medical device?

BD Life Sciences 1575 Airport Road Sumter, SC 29153 Phone: 803-469-8010 www.bd.com

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Being selected for the “Best of Sumter” award is an honor, and we sincerely THANK YOU for the votes and recognition.

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Award Winning Top Producer for 19 Years Along with her professionalism, she is determined to provide you with 100% Client Satisfaction. Re/Max Summit’s goal is to provide you with the Best of the Best Service. Come see me at our new office located at 2990 Broad Street.

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BD Sumter – ‘Advance the World of Health’ while giving back at home In 1897, Maxwell Becton and Fairleigh Dickinson founded Becton, Dickinson and Company with a vision to improve outcomes for patients. The company began with selling fever thermometers and syringes. Now, with more than a century of experience and our global reach, BD is a leader in patient and health care worker safety as well as medical research and clinical laboratories technologies. Today, BD is a Fortune 200 medical device and technology manufacturer with more than 60,000 employees and personnel in nearly every country across the globe. The BD Sumter facility opened in 1970. Fortyeight years later, BD Sumter employs more than 800 associates at its 500,000-square-foot facility. We produce products for BD Diagnostics, including BD Eclipse™ Blood Collection Needle and BD Vacutainer® Push Button Blood Collection A PUBLICATION OF THE SUMTER ITEM

Set. On an annual basis, we produce more than 1 billion blood collection devices that are distributed worldwide. BD Sumter continues to grow and “Advance the World of Health” while ensuring a strong community presence and support. BD is a leading contributor to the United Way as well as the annual Sumter County American Heart Association Heart Walk. We have a strong partnership with the military and Shaw Air Force Base/Third Army and participate in family transition activities and the hiring of veterans at every opportunity. BD Sumter is also very proud that its associates serve in a wide variety of roles in local communities in South Carolina as mentors for underprivileged youths, leaders for Boy Scouts of America and volunteers for the American Red Cross. 2018 BEST OF SUMTER

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Palmetto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry all smiles after Best Of win We are thrilled to be named Best Place for Dentistry/Cosmetic Dentistry for 2018! We would like to thank everyone that voted for us and our office. Palmetto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been serving the Sumter community since 2000 by offering top-notch quality dental care. We strive to provide the highest quality of patient care by a dedicated and compassionate team of highly experienced dentists and staff using the latest technology and techniques. At Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we set patients at ease with warm and cozy offices, caring staff and gentle care. When you entrust your dental care to us, you will find that our team will go the extra mile to ensure

comfort and clinical excellence. We love Sumter, and we enjoy giving back to the community that has been our home for decades. Our goal is to help you establish and maintain optimal oral health and a smile that you are happy to share with the world. Our teams at both locations are ready to serve your dental care needs. Contact us at our Tahoe Drive location at (803) 469-3555 and North Guignard location at (803) 773-5411. We invite you to visit our website at www.PalmettoFamilyDentistry. com and like our Facebook page to see our day to day life with our patients. Thank you again Sumter!

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Discount Furniture Outlet honored to serve Sumter and Shaw for 28 years We at Discount Furniture Outlet are honored to be named Best Furniture and Mattress Store for 2018. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. DFO was founded in 1990 to bring quality furniture and mattresses to Sumter at great prices, along with outstanding customer service. Most of the staff who started in 1990 are still together today, continuing a great vision that has kept us growing for 28 years. Our staff is well-trained in all facets of home decor and the absolute latest trends. We are a locally owned company dedicated to helping our customers get the best for their hard-earned dollar. Over the years, we have made many friends who return to buy from us again and again. We believe this is the best form of advertising there is. Treat people the way you expect to be treated, and they will return and tell their friends, too. Discount Furniture Outlet has supported the Sumter and Shaw communities from day one. We

are active in giving back to both. We are grateful for Shaw Air Force Base and all the men and women who proudly serve our wonderful nation. We enjoy giving back to them regularly along with several local veteran groups. We feel without them we would not be here. There are many reasons we have won Best of Sumter for the last seven years. When you add great quality, great prices and great service, why would you want to go anywhere else?

Discount Furniture Outlet 2891 Broad St Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 469-8733 Find us on www.outletfurniture.com Facebook.com/discountfurnitureoutlet Twitter.com/OutletFurn

Simpson Hardware thanks its loyal customers...over 65 years! Simpson Hardware and Sports is a third-generation, family-owned local hardware and sporting goods store chain. In the time that The Sumter Item has done the Best of Sumter competition, Simpson's has won 18 consecutive years for Best Sporting Goods (including 2018), 18 for Guns (including 2018), 17 for Hardware, six for Propane, and this year – for the first time – Best Fitness. We owe any success to our loyal, wonderful customers and talented, helpful associates. Over the years, Simpson's has grown to four stores in Sumter and Manning with more than 110 associates. Simpson Hardware Co. was founded in 1951 by the late Carl Simpson Jr. with the purchase of a store on Broad Street in Camden. Several years later, a second store was opened in Hartsville. After selling both locations to extended family members, Mr. Simpson purchased the Boyle Hardware store in Sumter. That store was opened under the Simpson Hardware name on West Liberty Street in 1961. After one move several blocks away, the original Simpson Hardware in Sumter still remains on West Liberty Street. In 1963, the Simpson stores became associated with ACE Hardware. The original store on West Liberty Street was the first ACE Hardware store in South Carolina. 90

Later that year, a second Simpson Hardware location was founded at the Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center on Guignard Drive under the guidance of Carl Simpson III. That store expanded rapidly and moved twice within the shopping center. With growth, this basic hardware store became widely known for its sporting goods and lawn and garden departments. The Palmetto Plaza location burned to the ground on April 9, 2000. After several temporary moves, Simpson Plaza Hardware opened in its new building on Wesmark Blvd in 2002. The other two stores in the company are located on Pinewood Road in Sumter and North Brooks Street in Manning. Each has undergone major renovations in the last six years. All our stores, thanks to our wonderful customers, are in growth mode and doing well in this difficult retail environment. In the coming years, the Simpson Hardware company looks to grow and expand beyond its current four stores. We currently have varying and new products in fishing, sporting goods, gifts, footwear, paint and much more. We invite and welcome you to visit any and all locations of the family and locally owned Simpson Hardware stores.

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