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How did the tradition of Christmas stockings get started? One story has it that a widowed nobleman of long ago, who'd lost all his money through bad inventions and investments, was in despair because his three daughters had no dowry so couldn't … more
Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie. "It's a short film, only about an hour, so there was no premiere when it first came out," recalled June Lockhart, … more
BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com As the 100th anniversary of the first traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols approaches, First Presbyterian Church prepares to present its 39th annual service that follows the same format as the one … more
Twenty years ago, the building at the corner of Manning Avenue and Fulton Street stood empty. The former Piggly Wiggly grocery store was in a perfect location for a South Sumter community resource center, it was big, and there was room for … more
BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com Can't make it to New York to see the Rockettes' Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall? Don't fret - Patriot Hall's got the annual Jingle with the Arts music and dance show inspired by the Rockettes, but featuring … more
With Christmas shopping in full swing, many people find themselves longing for the "good old days," when acquiring more and more "stuff" was not the primary focus of the holidays. Whether we fall into that category … more
They say that Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray, because shoppers have so many more options for spending money and due to the fact that just about all the stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. … more
Throughout the 1930s, Shirley Temple sang and danced her way into the hearts of Depression-weary movie audiences. A decade later, adorable Margaret O'Brien endeared herself to millions seeking Hollywood … more
SUMTER GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY The next membership meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m.on Monday, Dec. 15, at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Instead of having an invited speaker, members and … more
RICHMOND, Va. - What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's … more
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