Sumter County Genealogical Society to meet Sept. 19


EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly.

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) will hold mobile events for REAL IDs as follows: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St.; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Lee County Parks & Recreation, 397 Chappell Drive, Bishopville. No additional SCDMV services will be offered at these events. The cost to purchase a REAL ID driver's license is $25. With proper documentation, customers who are 17 years old or older can change their identification card (no driving privileges) to a REAL ID card for free. A REAL ID card for customers who are 5 to 16 years old is $15. To obtain a REAL ID, you must provide your social security number, proof of identity and citizenship (government-issued birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport), two proofs of current address and proof of all legal name changes (if applicable). The enforcement date for REAL ID is May 3, 2023.

The Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Main Stage Series will present the following: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, The Lettermen; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, Blue Dogs. Visit for more details.

Claudia Smith Brinson, award-winning journalist and author of "Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina," will visit McKenzie Hall, Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, for a free talk and book signing.

The Sumter County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the fellowship hall of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr. will speak about his book "The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from the Past (1830-1960)." There is no charge for admission and the public is invited.

Second Nature will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, on Main Street in front of the Sumter Opera House as part of the Fourth Friday Concert Series. There will be food and drinks available for purchase from Brubakers, SO Cool Italian Icee and Sertoma. The Palmetto Optimist Club will offer free books for the children as well as popcorn for sale. Downtown restaurants will also be open for dine-in or take-out. Bring your chairs and spend an evening enjoying some music and dancing in the streets.

The Sumter County Museum will hold a "Made in Sumter Craft Fair" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 122 N. Washington St., featuring handmade crafts and merchandise as well as food trucks.

A Second Chance Animal Shelter's 15th Annual Charity Golf Outing will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Players Course in Manning. Shotgun start. Continental breakfast, on-course beverages, lunch and cart included. Door prizes, awards and more. Call (803) 473-7075 for more information. Hole sponsorships available.

Trick or treat in the backcountry will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St. Visit

A Second Chance Animal Shelter's Fall Crafts, Food Truck and Pet Photo Extravaganza will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, in Downtown Manning: Live entertainment. Rain or shine. Vendor spaces available. 803-473-7075 for more information