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How far away was that lightning?

You probably do it. It might be ingrained from when you were a kid, and now it's almost automatic. You see the flash of lightning - and you immediately start counting the seconds till it thunders. But does counting really get you a good estimate … more

Got indigestion? This subset of cows could solve your milk problem

MORAVIA, N.Y. - Milk got your stomach feeling sour? Dairy companies looking for ways to appeal to people who avoid milk because of indigestion are promoting what they describe as a natural, easier-drinking alternative. It's called A2 milk, which … more

On the road again: More people are embracing old-fashioned vacations

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they're on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they're the next big thing - even though they're actually a longstanding American … more

How does your garden grow? With drones, phones to make things easier, more efficient

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the … more

Club Digest: June 10, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on April 19 at the home of Liz Wild. A business meeting was held after lunch. Libby Singletary thanked everyone for supporting United Ministries. She asked members to participate in "Baby Bottle … more

From snipers to mothers

NATICK, Mass. - The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world's women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that - the important and … more

Is retiring to ocean breezes and cheap rent really for you?

The world is full of tropical paradises and other exotic places where a couple can live comfortably on $2,000 a month or less. Plus, good health care abroad can cost a fraction of what it does in the … more

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: 3-D holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red … more

What to know before saying 'yes' to online wedding dress

Carol Hickins' wedding dress arrived at her office "in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box," she says. The packaging was a "letdown," she says, but the dress was not. She loved the gown she … more

Sumter Iris Festival marks 78 years

These slides were taken by Hubert D. Osteen during the Iris Festival events in 1948 and 1949. The late horticulturist H.C. Bland started the gardens around his fishing lake in 1927, and the late A.T. Heath deeded the south gardens to the city of … more

Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 … more

Pageant benefits homeless female vets

Bryanna Smith is a busy woman. She works as a histology technician at Palmetto Health Tuomey, serves as a U.S. Army drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, and she's a mom. Add to that her preparation for participating in the Ms. Veteran America 2018 … more

Club Digest: May 16, 2018

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held April 17 at the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed 42 members. Ginger Jones gave an inspiring devotion on God's promises. Sue … more

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in 2017

Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. … more

Lego lovers pack convention

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - If you think five straight days of Lego are for the kiddie set, think again. Brickworld Chicago is a convention aimed at adults. Teens are welcome. So are tweens. But better nab a grown-up, boys and girls, if you want to hang with … more

Scrub pots or make tea from this scratchy plant

Special to The Sumter ItemI just finished a wonderful fish lunch at a local restaurant named "Mercado Acapulco," near our campus, a place that features a restaurant along with its well-stocked grocery store. Such a lunch it was! A crispy hot … more

2 couples, 2 approaches to turning recycled materials into art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters scramble to create something new out of something old. Here's a look at two couples who have found interesting ways to … more

Sumter resident publishes children's book

Ashley Denmark has recently added "author" to her list of accomplishments, with the publication of her first book. The Missouri native lives in Sumter and works as a family medicine physician at McLeod Hospital in Florence. "I recently wrote my … more

Homegrown benefits music ministry

Homegrown is an adjective of high praise. It describes the musicians who will share their talents in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Sumter Opera House, and it's also the title of the program. Kipper Ackerman, executive director of … more

Saudi women spend big on makeup, even if it's just a glimpse

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Green lipstick, blue lipstick and 40 shades of foundation to choose from are just some of the reasons 18-year-old Shahad al-Qahtani is excited about superstar Rihanna's makeup line debut in Saudi Arabia. Rihanna, known … more
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