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Rockin' Rick Springfield honored for sharing depression struggles

When 23-year-old Rick Springfield's debut solo single "Speak to the Sky" was climbing the Australian pop charts in 1972, few realized the young singer/songwriter had been suffering since his teen years from debilitating depression - including a … more

Could you unplug?

Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. "When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to … more

'Walker's' Sheree J. Wilson, Clarence Gilyard Jr. together again

For eight seasons beginning in 1993, Sheree J. Wilson and Clarence Gilyard Jr. rounded up the bad guys alongside Chuck Norris in the popular CBS action-adventure show "Walker, Texas Ranger." At the conclusion of the series, Wilson and Gilyard went … more

Award-winning author to speak at Friends of the Sumter County Library Author Event

McCall Hoyle, award-winning author of the Young Adult novel "The Thing with Feathers," will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Friends of the Sumter County Library Annual Author … more

Club digest: April 8, 2018

Sumter Art Association President Patti Sosnowski called the annual business meeting of the Sumter Art Association to order on March 20 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. She welcomed the 39 members who were … more

'A Southern Girl's Gotta Have It' at Sumter Opera House

The self-proclaimed "inventor" of the mullet, a Gamecock alumna determined to get her rejected daughter admitted to her alma mater, and a thrift shop owner willing to do most anything to get a low-budget zombie movie part are just a few of the … more

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

BANGKOK - The elephant is Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of the friendship between the two countries. President Abraham Lincoln, likely bemused and … more

Thailand gives 'The Beach' a break from tourists

BANGKOK - Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, … more

Authors of book on Sumter's Turkish people to give presentation at museum

For two centuries, the "Turkish people" of Sumter County were isolated from the rest of the population, and their ethnic origins were unclear. Now, Sumter native Glen Browder and Terri Ognibene, a … more

Book explores the art and craft of the modern blacksmith

Asked what it feels like to forge iron, Robert Thomas has to pause for a moment and compose himself before plunging into a description of what, for him, is as much a passion as a livelihood. "Forging has a way of taking hold of you until it … more

Marion Ross writes of 'Happy Days' and more in new memoir

From 1974 to 1984, TV audiences knew Marion Ross as the sitcom mom dispensing patience and wisdom during the 11-season run of the ABC hit series "Happy Days." But Marion's days were not entirely happy. In her March memoir, "My Days: Happy and … more

More brides ditching strict restrictions on bridal party

NEW YORK (AP) - Alison Kelly felt she had enough on her plate dealing with her own wedding gown and all the details of her mountain getaway nuptials without micromanaging how her bridal party would dress. So instead, she asked her maid of honor - … more

'Burying the hatchet' gets new meaning

NEW YORK - Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects. Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off … more

Joyce Bulifant recounts the ups and downs of Hollywood

By Nick Thomas For those who keep track of Hollywood nuptials, the title of Joyce Bulifant's autobiography released last fall may not represent a marital world record, but it will probably grab your attention. The … more

Library on wheels brings joy to Afghan children

KABUL, Afghanistan - The children of Kabul love the blue bus - they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement. But it's no ordinary bus. Its name is Charmaghz, the Dari … more

Club digest: March 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association meeting was held Feb. 20 at the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed 48 members. Ginger Jones gave a devotional on God's steadfast love for us … more

SLT Youth Theatre brings 'The Giver' to the stage

Imagine a community where there are no conflicts, no decisions to be made, no worry, fear or pain, and you've got the setting for Sumter Little Theatre's play, "The Giver," opening Thursday. Adapted from Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning young … more

Nature's pageantry displayed during Dutch tulip season

LISSE, Netherlands - Nothing says springtime like the tulip season in the Netherlands. The vast Dutch sky hangs low against rectangles of color- majestic purples, regal reds, bright yellows, eye-popping whites. Tulip fields dot the countryside … more

Lightwire Theater brings fantasy trip to life on Sumter Opera Stage

Afraid of the dark?Lightwire Theater may be just the ticket to help you conquer your fear, and it's coming to Sumter Opera House on Friday.Beginning the show in total darkness, anticipation builds as the stage fills with colorful neon-illuminated … more

Elks celebrate 150 years

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 has joined with more than 2,000 lodges nationwide in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the BPOE - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While the original Elks lodge was founded in 1868 in New York City, the Sumter lodge … more
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