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Special to The Sumter ItemIt's been more than two decades since the Sumter Civic Dance Company presented its first "Jingle with the Arts," and the colorful show has brought talented performers to the Patriot Hall stage each December since. Inspired … more
The 282nd Army Band will present its Christmas concert, "Home for the Holidays," at 7 p.m. Friday at Patriot Hall. The 40-piece band will be joined on two songs by the combined choirs of Crestwood and Lakewood high schools, … more
Special to The Sumter ItemMayesville Presbyterian Church continues its tradition of presenting A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The special service tells the Christmas story with Scripture readings - the lessons - and … more
FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Gallery of Art will open two exhibitions Thursday with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. The much-anticipated Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and a solo exhibition titled "Once in … more
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense … more
She was a small woman, barely over 5 feet tall, but friends and family remember longtime Sumter Little Theatre director Katie Damron as having lived a giant life. She died on Wednesday, just four days before her 89th birthday - today. A native of … more
NEW YORK (AP) - DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let … more
FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter’s Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits “The Way You … more
BY NICK THOMAS Special to The Sumter Item Her recording of “You Light Up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but it also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the … more
When I was a kid I was very interested in dinosaurs. I had plenty of plastic dinosaur toys, too, but this was way back before "accurate" versions of dinosaurs, whether on screen or in toy form. One of my creatures was the "ankylosaurus," modeled … more
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