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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Sumpter, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Sumpter, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Sumpter, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Sumpter, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Sumpter, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Sumpter, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Sumpter, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Sumpter?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Sumpter, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Sumpter, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Sumpter, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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Greer Man Sentenced in Multimillion Dollar South Carolina Medicaid Scheme

Columbia, South Carolina – Jonathan W. Sumter, 51, of Greer, was sentenced to over 7 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a case of theft of government funds for his scheme to defraud South Carolina Medicaid of over $1 million.According to evidence presented to the Court, Sumter founded PHC Supportive Services as a company supposedly providing rehabilitative behavioral health services to disabled, low-income individuals in South Carolina through the Medicaid program. Instead, between 2015 and 2019, the company...

Columbia, South Carolina – Jonathan W. Sumter, 51, of Greer, was sentenced to over 7 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a case of theft of government funds for his scheme to defraud South Carolina Medicaid of over $1 million.

According to evidence presented to the Court, Sumter founded PHC Supportive Services as a company supposedly providing rehabilitative behavioral health services to disabled, low-income individuals in South Carolina through the Medicaid program. Instead, between 2015 and 2019, the company billed South Carolina Medicaid over one million dollars for services never performed.

The Government provided evidence that PHC never had any actual clients or service providers. Instead, Sumter repeatedly billed Medicaid by using the stolen National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers of nine health care professionals to create fraudulent invoices to Medicaid. Sumter then used the stolen identities of 196 Medicaid members with severe mental and emotional health disorders without their knowledge or consent. Caregivers and clients contacted by investigators indicated that they had never received any services from Sumter or PHC. Additionally, the service providers Sumter used on his invoices indicated that they did not work for PHC and had not provided medical services for the company.

“Using stolen identifies of the most defenseless people to steal money from the hard-working people of South Carolina is unacceptable. We will continue to aggressively prosecute offenders who steal from programs designed to provide sorely needed care for our most vulnerable citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Adair Boroughs.

“This sentence warns bad actors in the behavioral healthcare field that South Carolina has citizens in need of these services; any fraudulent conduct that abuses these programs or prevents our citizens from receiving needed services will not be tolerated. Our office will continue to partner with the United States Attorney’s Office for the arrest and prosecution of those committing fraud against the Medicaid program. We thank our law enforcement partners at the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General for their partnership during this investigation,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said.

United States District Judge Donald C. Coggins sentenced Sumter to 92 months in prison. Sumter was also ordered to repay $1,055,373.66 in restitution to South Carolina Medicaid.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson.

Women's Basketball Prepares for Wednesday Matchup with Bulldogs

CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's basketball team hits the court on Wednesday night for a Big South clash with UNC Asheville from the Templeton Center. The matchup with the Bulldogs is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip on ESPN+.Matchup: UNC Asheville (6-13, 2-6) vs Presbyterian (8-11, 4-4) Date: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 6:30 pm Site: Templeton Center (Clinton, S.C.) Live Video: ...

CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College women's basketball team hits the court on Wednesday night for a Big South clash with UNC Asheville from the Templeton Center. The matchup with the Bulldogs is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip on ESPN+.

Matchup: UNC Asheville (6-13, 2-6) vs Presbyterian (8-11, 4-4) Date: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 6:30 pm Site: Templeton Center (Clinton, S.C.) Live Video: ESPN+ Live Stats: Statbroadcast Twitter: @bluehosewbb

Notes

Opening Tip - The Blue Hose return to the hardwood on Wednesday for a home date against UNC Asheville from Clinton. Wednesday's matchup with the Bulldogs serves as the final matchup in league play before the second half of the league schedule commences on Saturday.

Miss it for a Biscuit - Throughout the remainder of the women's basketball home schedule, if an opponent misses two back-to-back free throws in the fourth quarter of a game, fans can get a Free Sausage Biscuit at either Bojangles location in Clinton.

Halftime Honors - At halftime of Wednesday's game, all student-athletes with at least a 3.0 GPA from the fall semester will be honored during a halftime ceremony. The student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA will also be recognized individually during the ceremony on Wednesday night.

Last Time Out - Anne-Hamilton Leroy connected on a layup with two seconds to play, capping an 18-point rally as the host Longwood stunned the Presbyterian College women's basketball team by the score of 70-68 on Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall. Tilda Sjökvist led the Blue Hose with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with five assists in the defeat.

Blue Hose Filling Up the Basket in League Play - The Blue Hose enter Wednesday's contest averaging 72.4 points/game as PC is shooting a league-best 47.1% from the floor and 40.2% from beyond the arc. PC has done it offensively throughout league play being able to score at least 66 points in seven of eight league games and eclipse 80 in three of those contests. Bryanna Brady is leading the way with 15.1 points/game as Aubrie Kierscht has added 12.8 points/game and Sjökvist sits with 10.8 ppg...

Brady Hits Century Mark - Fifth-year senior Bryanna Brady is set to hit an incredible milestone on Wednesday night as Brady will appear in her 100th career game at the college level when she takes the floor against UNC Asheville. It marks her 50th career game with the Blue Hose after seeing action in 50 games over three season at UC-Riverside before joining Presbyterian College. Brady is in the middle of her best season at the college level with 13.5 ppg along with 6.5 rebounds/game and shooting an unreal 54.5% from the field...

Scouting the Bulldogs - UNC Asheville comes into Wednesday's matchup with a 6-13 mark after a 66-55 defeat on Saturday at the hands of USC Upstate. McKinley Brooks-Sumpter leads the Bulldogs with 11.7 points/game and 6.7 rebounds per contest this season. Jordaynia Ivie who was tabbed second-team all-conference in the preseason is second on the team with 9.6 ppg and has tallied a team-high 42 assists and 33 steals. Dakota Mccaughan leads Asheville with 29 threes thus far in the 2022-23 season as she's also totaled 34 assists and 21 steals.

Single-Season & Career Record Watch - Kierscht enters Wednesday's contest second in the single-season Blue Hose DI record book with a 42.2% three-point percentage... Brady is third in the same single-season record book with a 54.5% field-goal percentage... She's also sixth in the single-season record book with 23 blocks thus far in the 2022-23 season... - In the Blue Hose career DI record book Brady ranks second in field goal percentage at 53.2% over her time with the Blue Hose...Brady enters Wednesday's action with 36 career blocks for PC which ranks eighth in the career DI record book...

Head-to-Head vs. the Bulldogs - UNC Asheville leads the all-time series against the Blue Hose by a 17-14 margin with PC taking two of the past three meetings from the Bulldogs. PC earned a 69-54 victory over UNC Asheville in its lone meeting against Asheville last season which took place in Asheville. The Blue Hose and Bulldogs split a pair of contests during the 2020-21 season in Clinton which also served as the last head to head which took place on the Templeton Center court.

Brady Filling Up the Basket in League - Brady has scored double figures in six of eight conference contests highlighted by a career-high 29-point performance against Gardner-Webb. Brady is averaging a team-high 15.1 points/game in league play which ranks in sixth in the league. Brady has tallied 11 double-figure scoring games overall with six of those happening in league contests including five of the last six times the Blue Hose have taken the floor this season.

Kierscht Heating Up from Beyond the Arc - The Blue Hose freshman continues to light it up from beyond the arc especially in conference play for PC as Kierscht has connected on 27 threes in league action highlighted by a season-high six against Winthrop. Kierscht has made a team-high 43 on the season which puts her third in the Big South as she sits in the top 30 among all players in three-point percentage at 42.2% thus far in the 2022-23 season. She's connected on multiple threes in 10 contests this season.

Sjökvist Racking Up the Helpers - The Huskvarna, Sweden native continues to rack up the assists throughout the 2022-23 season as Sjökvist has totaled 80 assists this season including 38 of those coming in eight league games. She sits second in the league and in the top 80 in the nation in assists with her 80 helpers as she's also second in the conference with 4.2 assists/game. She's had eight games this season with 5+ assists.

Blue Hose in the Ranks - Brady sits in a tie for fourth overall in scoring this season with 13.5 points/game... the fifth-year senior also leads the league with a 54.5% field goal percentage overall throughout the 2022-23 season... Kierscht sits third in the league with her 43 three-pointers on the season as Sjökvist and Neira are tied for fourth with 29 apiece... Sjökvist sits second overall in assists with 80 helpers and is second with 4.2 assists/game... Brady ranks second in the league with 23 blocks averaging 1.2 rejections per game... As a team, PC sits second in the league wiht a 43.5% field goal percentage and is tops in three-point percentage at 35.2%... The Blue Hose rank second in threes made per game with 8.1 per contest... PC is second in the league with 39.1 rebounds per game... As a team, the Blue Hose are second in the league with 294 assists which is one off of the league lead...

Blue Hose in the Ranks in League Play - In the Blue Hose eight league games, Brady paces the offense with 15.1 points/game which ranks sixth in the league... she's also second with a 54.3% field goal percentage... Kierscht leads the way in conference play with 27 threes and has connected on those at a 48.2% clip thus far... Sjökvist is tied for fourth along with Laila Grant making 14 threes in Big South action... Sjökvist leads the way with 38 assists sitting second in the league... Brady is also tied for the leagues top spot with 10 blocks over her eight conference contests... As a team, the Blue Hose sit second averaging 72.4 points/game in league action as the team has connected on a league-high 47.1% field goals and 40.2% from beyond the arc... PC has connected on 9.5 threes/game which sits second in the league just behind High Point...

Sumter Co. School Board undergoes significant turnover after election

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - The leadership of the Sumter County School District is changing.The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show there will be at least five board members elected who were not on the prior board, with the possibility of that number growing to...

SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - The leadership of the Sumter County School District is changing.

The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show there will be at least five board members elected who were not on the prior board, with the possibility of that number growing to 7.

Here are the unofficial results:

Only board members Shawn Ragin and Mac McLeod have so far reclaimed seats, with the potential for Frank Baker and Brian Alston to join them.

The election marked the first time the school board operated with nine single-member districts, and all were on the ballot.

Disney said the election indicates voters wanted change and the new board will need to focus on retaining quality teachers.

She said that begins in part with reining in issues with discipline.

“We know we need to support those teachers and that means not allowing chaos in the form of discipline to be occurring in the hallways and in the classrooms,” she said.

The district’s state report card shows only 70.7 percent of the teachers surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the behavior rules are enforced at the school.

District 3 winner Ralph Canty Sr. said the board will need to focus on the district’s lagging test scores. Sumter County Schools is below the state average in math and English testing.

“The main issue was the need I think for the board to reimagine public education,” he said.

Ragin echoed both Canty and Disney and added that the board will need to work on teacher pay as well.

“I feel like I can work with any board member that comes without a personal agenda. I will be willing and ready, and if they’re coming just like I’m coming with a mindset to work for the children, then we’re not going to have an issue at all. So I believe that those folks that are joining the board that are considered new, will be coming and if they’re coming with the right mindset then we’re going to have a good time,” he said.

The run-off elections for the four remaining seats will be on Nov. 22.

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Sumter inmate captured after escaping from detention center

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has announced the capture of an inmate who escaped between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.Staff at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center found Lance Michael Alberti had escaped from the jail after an early morning inmate check on Sunday.Deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office found Alberti at a truck stop near the Santee area. Law enforcement attempted to take him into cu...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has announced the capture of an inmate who escaped between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

Staff at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center found Lance Michael Alberti had escaped from the jail after an early morning inmate check on Sunday.

Deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office found Alberti at a truck stop near the Santee area. Law enforcement attempted to take him into custody, but he stole a vehicle and drove away, leading officers on a short car chase.

The chase ended when Alberti wrecked along a road near I-95. He then ran into a wooded area.

K9s and helicopters searched the area into the night.

Early Monday morning, several agencies were able to take Alberti into custody after he was located trying to hide in a home in Vance.

Alberti had originally been brought to the detention center after being arrested on October 7 on a shoplifting offense in Sumter. Investigators said he originally was held under a false name, his true identity was discovered during booking.

Staff confirmed he has an outstanding warrant on probation and applied a hold. He also was charged with providing a false identity and his bond was denied Saturday pending extradition.

Deputies say Alberti damaged part of the building and was able to squeeze himself through part of an air duct passage. The area has since been repaired and reinforced.

“I am grateful for the mass response from our neighboring agencies and their efforts to help put this individual back where he belongs,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis. “This person was determined to take extreme measures to avoid law enforcement and potential consequences. He will now face multiple additional charges for his actions.”

Alberti is now charged with escape, which carries a term of up to 15 years. He is also facing charges of grand larceny, identity fraud, shoplifting. Additionally, he is facing multiple charges from Orangeburg related to his capture according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Richard Walker said warrants are being sought for Alberti currently. The public index does not yet reflect any charges.

Department spokesperson Maj. Randall Stewart told WIS Alberti has been placed into a higher security portion of the jail.

Stewart said Alberti was in an open pod when he damaged the jail, which is where he was supposed to be at the time.

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Sumter Iris Festival returns with live performances, food, crafts and more

Celebrating its 80th year, the festival opened with food vendors and live entertainment.SUMTER, S.C. — After a two-year pandemic pause, the Sumter Iris Festival returned Thursday.Celebrating its 80th year, the festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the Gamecock City, opened with a 'Taste at the Gardens,' connecting patrons with food vendors and entertainment."We cut the ribbon. We opened the 80th Iris Festival in Sumter,...

Celebrating its 80th year, the festival opened with food vendors and live entertainment.

SUMTER, S.C. — After a two-year pandemic pause, the Sumter Iris Festival returned Thursday.

Celebrating its 80th year, the festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the Gamecock City, opened with a 'Taste at the Gardens,' connecting patrons with food vendors and entertainment.

"We cut the ribbon. We opened the 80th Iris Festival in Sumter, South Carolina. Just a fun night," Mayor David Merchant said. "We crowned our new king and queen of the Iris Festival.... We've got vendors, food, just different things we can do. It's entertainment all weekend."

The free festival will open Friday to Sunday at 10 a.m., closing at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Festival vendors will be open all three days.

Visitors can enjoy a pontoon boat ride on Swan Lake. It's the only time these rides are available on the lake.

It's also the only time of year people can purchase Japanese Irises at the Gardens, which will be on sale all three days at the Sumter Master Gardener’s booth.

"I think it's a good thing for the community," Jack Hartzog, who was attending, said. "Obviously, it gets people out and you get to support small businesses that are in the local area."

Mike Nelson, another attendee, agreed, noting the food was a draw.

"Nice weather. The rain didn't show up," Nelson said. "I started off with shrimp and grits. I'm up to strawberry shortcake."

After the festival closes on Friday, the free Forth Friday Concert Series will kick-off on Main Street at 6 p.m. with Too Much Sylvia. Then, the Red Clay Strays will perform at 8 p.m. at the Sumter Opera House.

There’s going to be more to do for kids this year with the addition of a petting zoo, STEM activities, and more all weekend, and on Saturday, an old-fashioned carousel. Sumter’s Iris Festival Shrine Day parade is also happening on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Saturday evening, in celebration of the festival's 80th anniversary, The DeLoreans, an '80s tribute band, will take stage at Sumter Original Brewery. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 and available online at irisfestival.org. One of the highlights of the evening will be an '80s costume contest.

Santee-Wateree RTA will be providing shuttle service from the Sumter County Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours.

"It's a huge boost for the city," Mayor Merchant said. "It just brings us all together and it's like, if people say there's nothing to do in Sumter this weekend, they've got a problem because it is just a fun-filled, action packed weekend. All types of entertainment for families, you know, young, old, single, married, all around. So, we just ask people to come over to Sumter this weekend and just join us in the fun."

The Sumter Iris Festival is located at Swan Lake Iris Gardens at 822 W Liberty St. To find a full list of events scheduled as well as parking information, visit IrisFestival.org.

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