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3 chosen for this year's Women's Honor Roll

Special to The Sumter ItemThursday begins National Women's History Month, observed here by Sumter Volunteers, Inc., which annually honors outstanding citizens to the Women's Honor Roll of Sumter. The organization has named three accomplished women … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, Respect, Unity Arts Festival

"Love, Respect, Unity" is not just the name of the weekend's arts festival at Patriot Hall, but it's also a big step toward fulfilment of a vision held by the Sumter County Cultural Commission and … 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

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

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

#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

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

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

Hayley Mills prefers theater to film, TV

As one of the best-known child actors from the 1960s, Hayley Mills starred in a half-dozen Disney films including box-office hits "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap." Now in her early 70s, Mills … more
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