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The newsroom elves suggest stocking stuffers

How did the tradition of Christmas stockings get started? One story has it that a widowed nobleman of long ago, who'd lost all his money through bad inventions and investments, was in despair because his three daughters had no dowry so couldn't …

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Pork tenderloin for the holidays

The holidays are stressful enough, never mind if you feel the need to reinvent your dinner repertoire every time someone new pops over. But at the same time, December is going to be an awful long month if you resort to making the same dish over and …

Faith More

Make visitors feel welcome at holiday services

Are you ready for Christmas? It's coming, and with it a deluge of the unchurched into our houses of worship. Studies show that American congregations post their highest attendance numbers on significant religious holidays such as Easter or …
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Got kids? Make your wedding a family affair

The Associated PressWhen Angelina Jolie wed Brad Pitt in one of the most publicized nuptials of the 21st century, she wore a jaw-dropping silk and satin gown designed by Donatella Versace. Embroidered on her floor-length veil were colorful drawings …
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Wife is in a pickle packing lunches for choosy husband

DEAR ABBY - My husband works, but I do not. I stay very busy, but he expects me to pack him a lunch every day. It must include a breakfast item and a lunch item, as he is starving by the time he arrives at work, even if he ate at home. My problem …
Celebrations More

Celebrating 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cox of Sumter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24, 2014, in Savannah, Georgia. Their children are Griff Cox and his wife, Jen; and Ellen Norsworthy. The couple has three grandchildren. Mrs. Cox is the …
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Actress recalls 'A Christmas Carol' experiences

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie. "It's a short film, only about an hour, so there was no premiere when it first came out," recalled June Lockhart, …
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Early wedding/engagement deadlines

Nov. 9 edition, deadline is noon on Oct. 29 Nov. 30 edition, deadline is noon on Nov. 19 Dec. 7 edition, deadline is noon on Nov. 26 Dec. 28 edition, deadline is noon on Dec. 17 Jan. 4, 2015 edition, deadline is noon on Dec. 23
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Creech named delegate to Dems' convention; Shaw AFB annexed by city

75 YEARS AGO - 1940 May 14-20 Major Herbert F.E. Bultman, US Army, died yesterday afternoon in Washington. Bultman, who was 47 years old, suffered a heart attack yesterday morning and was taken to a Washington hospital, where he died a few …
Reflections More

Early businesses touted Christmas specials

This issue of Reflections focuses on a number of ads placed in the Sumter Daily Item by Sumter's businesses in celebration of Christmas. Note how Santa Claus looked almost a century ago. The majority of these advertisements were taken from …