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Sumter Little Theatre announces auditions for 'Baskerville'

Auditions for Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Sumter Little Theatre classroom, 14 Mood Ave. The show combines mystery, melodrama and manic action to … more

The Citadel topic at Sumter County Genealogical Society

The Citadel, South Carolina's storied military college, will be the topic at 7:30 p.m. Monday, when Julian Frasier is the guest speaker for the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The meeting, open to the public, will be held at Swan Lake … more

Start a holiday tradition: Purchase, give a Sumter Keepsake ornament

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter Volunteers has announced its Sumter Keepsake ornament for 2018. The nonprofit organization has for many years presented an ornament each fall that celebrates the history, development and culture of Sumter. This year, … more

'American Pickers' returning to S.C., needs leads to treasures

Do you have a collection of historical, old or unique artifacts or antiques that need a new home? Meet Mike and Frank. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to South Carolina in January to film episodes of their hit History channel … more

Downtown Sumter Christmas tree lighting program canceled

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and ensuing holiday program at the Sumter County Courthouse has been canceled this year due to construction in the area. In past years, Sumter County Council sponsored a ceremony that included a … more

Revving the drive for social studies education: C-SPAN bus tour stops at R.E. Davis; school’s Lowe honored

iddle-school students typically have heard of Washington, D.C., and Donald Trump, but C-SPAN ... that's usually not on their radar. That made Tuesday's visit by the official C-SPAN bus from the Washington-based public affairs news network to R.E. … more

Lee County transportation group gives thanks to supporters

Lee County Transportation Services held its annual luncheon on Nov. 8 to give back some of the support the community and supporters give local transportation on a daily basis. The event was held on Nov. 8 at the Chappelle Park Recreation Center … more

Help less fortunate in Sumter have a joyful holiday season through donations

Lend someone a helping hand this holiday season. The following are just a few of the needs in our community. If your nonprofit organization would like to be included on this list, email needs to pressrelease@theitem.com. Pursuit to End … more

No Thanksgiving break for garbage collection in Sumter

The City of Sumter will be collecting garbage and recyclables on Thanksgiving Day. Residents are asked to have their roll cart and recycling bin at the curb by 7 a.m. for collection. For additional information, call the Public Services Complex at … more

Sumter's youngest leaders learn from county council

Sumter County Council voted on one matter Tuesday and received reports about projects that will benefit local youths and the community as a whole during its regular meeting Tuesday. Rezoning could lead to metal fabrication business Reading: … more

107 turkeys and counting for Sumter United Ministries' Thanksgiving dinner box program

After a single donation of close to 20 turkeys on Wednesday, Sumter United Ministries is now well on its way to reaching its minimum goal of collecting 150 turkeys for families in need for its annual Thanksgiving dinner boxes program. United … more

Sumter coroner: Pediatrician died of natural causes

The longtime employee of Sumter pediatrics P.A. who was found dead at his residence Tuesday evening died of natural causes, officials confirmed. Dr. Carl G. Whetsell died from a heart issue, an … more

Hunger gets canned with help from Sumter Police Department

Grocery lists this time of the year usually consist of turkeys, stuffing and other fixings, but Sumter Police Department is asking the community to consider adding a few extra canned foods to the shopping cart to help someone less fortunate have a … more

Why I Serve: Family fuses with military for Shaw SCX flight chief

Why I Serve, presented by With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods, is a monthly series that brings you a glimpse into the life of a different military service member stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. It usually runs on the first Wednesday of each … more

Sumter Item's annual Fireside Fund honors Roger Ackerman

The season of giving has returned, and as temperatures continue to drop, charitable donations could be the difference between a silent night and a sleepless night for some families. To help keep others warm this fall and winter, The Sumter Item … more

Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrates heritage with festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians celebrated its heritage Saturday during its third Native American Indian Festival. There was a friendship dance with tribe members and other community members, seen above, … more

Sumter doctor found dead, coroner confirms

Dr. Carl G. Whetsell of Sumter Pediatrics P.A. was found dead at his residence Tuesday afternoon, according to Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker. Baker did not say where on his property Whetsell … more

Sumter County Council to meet today, Nov. 13

Sumter County Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in County Council Chambers, Sumter County Administration Building, 13 E. Canal St., to consider: - Third and final reading of a request to rezone 3.91 … more

Kick off your shoes, but save the boxes for annual Sumter gift collection

Nearly 5,000 drop-off locations across the nation, including Westside Baptist Church on Pinewood Road, opened Monday to collect millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children across the world during Operation Christmas Child's National … more

'This is a family': Sumter honors locals during Veterans Day ceremony, 4th-annual parade

It was cold. Rain threatened, then it delivered. Above all, the 21-gun salute blasted into the crying sky as arms stood at attention, some in camouflage patches, others holding canes and pins.Sumter County commemorated Veterans Day on Monday, the … more
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