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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
The label "homegrown" is a sign of quality and pride for many products. Kipper Ackerman, harpist and vocalist who founded the music ministry Sounds of Grace, thinks the same is true of music - at least in the Sumter community. So the Nov. 2 concert … more
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
Special to The Sumter ItemThe Sumter County Library turns 100 years old Monday, and its friends - the Friends of the Library - are celebrating the occasion by hosting a party from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. Friends president Sue Griffin said the … more
Hayrides, docents in period dress, uniformed 18th century militiamen, hot chocolate, artists, period Christmas decorations and the opportunity to tour one of Stateburg's oldest, historic homes will highlight Saturday's fourth seasonal observance at … more
Sumter's readers are no doubt counting the hours until the annual Friends of the Sumter County Library Book Sale, which begins with Thursday's members-only preview and sale. The sale will continue Friday through Saturday and again Nov. 9 through 12, … more
Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts will host a stage full of musical comedy's most beloved orphans for five performances of Annie Jr. On Jan. 11 through 13, more than two dozen of Furman Middle … more
One man's joke has become his mission: to give each word a rhyming definition. Chris Strolin was teasing English buffs in an online forum years ago when he said the dictionary should be rewritten in the singsong rhyme scheme of limericks. He … more
The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter will host its 67th annual Holiday House Tour and Tea in Sumter on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. This year, the theme of the tour is "A Very Southern Christmas" with five featured homes. The tour hours will be from … more
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