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Sumter Backyard Jamboree heralds early spring

The final Saturday of February will offer the perfect antidote for the frigid days of winter with Sumter Senior Services' 13th-annual Backyard Jamboree. And the big party will be presented at the … more

Club Digest

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional … more

Sumter Opera House hosts Not So Newlywed Game

Married couples who don't qualify as newlyweds are in luck this month - they're eligible to compete in the Not So Newlywed Game, when famed TV host Bob Eubanks brings his show to the Sumter Opera … more

Marlyn Mason proves she's more than just an 'Elvis Girl'

Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to 100 TV series such as "The Odd Couple," "Wonder Woman" and "Newhart," earning the unofficial title of TV "Guest Star Queen." While her film roles were far … more

SLT presents musical 'Five Guys Named Moe'

Sumter Little Theatre's "Five Guys Named Moe" is a musical comedy that brings together some of Sumter's most talented singers and actors in a celebration of the music of Louis Jordan and several other songwriters of the middle 20th century. The … more

#MeToo movement is starting to show generational divides

Where there has been solidarity and safety in numbers in the #MeToo movement, there is now also an increasingly apparent generational divide. And it's not just among women. Compared to their … more

Celebrity divorce lawyer launches site to simplify breakups

LOS ANGELES - For years, Laura Wasser has been one of the go-to divorce attorneys when Hollywood power couples break up. Now Wasser wants to bring some of the strategies she's developed during her … more

Resist the Internet's grip with these tips

"22 of the Cutest Baby Animals," the headline said. "You won't believe number 11!" Despite an impending deadline - not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) - I clicked on … more

Serve as a mentor, or ask someone to mentor you

When I wrote last week’s column, I had no idea that I would be writing a follow-up column this week. As far as I was concerned, I had expressed what I felt God wanted me to express about the … more

Greeting rituals - some are charming, others not so much

I've never been especially fond of shaking hands. As a child, I rated it on the same level of disdain as being kissed by smothering, elderly ladies with the facial hair of a porcupine. Today, I'm … more

Patrick Davis plays Bishopville Opera House

Special to The Sumter ItemSinger-songwriter and Camden native Patrick Davis believes in coming home to perform each year, he said Wednesday. The Nashville resident has presented concerts with his Midnight Choir at the Sumter Opera House, the Fine … more

Chocolate is still the perfect show of love for some

NEW YORK (AP) - Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them? With an ancient love connection - the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac - and built-in marketing opportunities that include … more

It's only a month away -- Valentine's Day

Before the tech revolution, you might have sent a lock of hair, a printed photo or a perfumed note to a loved one far away. And of course, you can still do that. Or you can choose from an array of clever high- and low-tech Valentine's Day gifts … more

Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show to open

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Gallery of Art will open two exhibitions Thursday with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. The much-anticipated Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and a solo exhibition titled "Once in … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion presents 7 debutantes

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented seven debutantes at its annual ball on Dec. 19, 2017, at Sunset Country Club in Sumter. more

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

NEW YORK (AP) - DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let … more

Brides are finding non-traditional ways to celebrate grandparents

Nancy Rutchik and Flossie Pack are flower girls extraordinaire. Not only did the outgoing and energetic 80-somethings draw cheers as the surprise flower girls at their granddaughter Lucy Schanzer's wedding, … more

Furman Middle School to perform Annie Jr.

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

The Lettermen coming to Sumter Opera House for 1 show only

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter’s Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits “The Way You … more
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