Catch the Sumter Christmas Parade today


The Evening Optimist Club's annual Sumter Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. today. The parade will begin at the corner of North Main and Dubose streets and proceed southward on Main Street to Bartlette Street. The theme this year is "It's a Wonderful Life." Spectators should arrive early as all streets that intersect with Main between Dubose and Bartlette will begin closing at 1:30 p.m.

The Horatio community's 16th Christmas Lighting and Celebration will be held at 5 p.m. today across from the Lenoir store at 3240 Horatio-Hagood Road in Horatio.

The Neighbors Reunion Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, at 217 Pear St. If you are a past or present resident of Frazier Street, Hatfield Street, Harry Street, South Milton Road or Rainey Lane, text Diana Wells-Singleton at (803) 319-6280 for more information.

The Sumter County Library will hold a 100th anniversary gala from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, in the main meeting room of the main branch of the library, 111 N. Harvin St. Refreshments will be served, and a speaker will hold a brief talk on the history of the library. The event is free and open to the public.

The Town of Mayesville Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Mayesville. Parade line up will begin at 10 a.m. at Mayesville School, 55 Pringle St., Mayesville. Call Jeannie Jefferson at (803) 495-8181 or Nancy Williams at (803) 453-5037.

The Lee County Christmas on Main will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Chicken bog plates will be available beginning at noon. At 2 p.m., there will be a car show as well as arts and crafts vendors. The lighted parade will begin at 6 p.m., featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as cookies and hot chocolate.

The Sumter Civil Air Patrol's annual Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Sumter Cemetery, 700 W. Oakland Ave., to remember, honor and teach about our fallen heroes, those currently serving and our U.S. military veterans. Retired Brig. Gen. Hugh Cameron will speak. If you would like to sponsor a wreath for this occasion, go to For more information, contact Denise Owen at

Sumter High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40th class reunion planning meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St. Contact Sumter High Class of 1978 on Facebook or email

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11078 of Summerton will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the VFW Post on Cantey Street, directly behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 478-7593 or (803) 460-8910 for more information.