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Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

Beer lovers, listen up: Book has some life hacks for you

NEW YORK - Beer snobs, turn away, Ben Robinson has some hacks involving your favorite, foamy beverage. The editor-in-chief of The Observer has written a handy little every guy's illustrated guide of 100 tips, tricks and projects involving … more

'Girl, Wash Your Face' writer Rachel Hollis ready for much more

NEW YORK - How to kick butt at the office. How to kick butt as a parent. How to kick butt, so to speak, in your marriage. There's no shortage of books, podcasts, blogs and social streams of people dispensing advice, motivation, home tips and the … more

When should kids start helping in the kitchen? Now is good.

As the author of family-oriented cookbooks, I am often asked these two questions: "When is a good time to have your kids start helping in the kitchen?" Answer: Now! And, "Which tasks can kids do at what ages?" Answer: Depends on your … more

Before "screen time," parents still had concerns

nEW YORK - When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an … more

In Jamestown, a reckoning about American slavery's beginnings

JAMESTOWN, Va. - On a recent afternoon, tour guide Justin Bates pointed to the spot where historic Jamestown's legislature first convened in July 1619. He then gestured toward another nearby spot where some of the first slaves in English North … more

In reenactments, where are blacks and women?

BOSTON - A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st-century audience. Old Sturbridge Village has received a $75,000 … more

Sumter Community Band seeking new musicians

The Sumter Community Concert Band doesn't begin its 2018-19 performance season until Oct. 7, but rehearsals start Thursday, and spokesman Rick Mitchum said musicians with experience in high school or other bands are invited to join the band at its … more

Green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

TOLEDO, Ohio - There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without - clean … more

Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two … more

Sea-life sculptures are made from ocean's plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS - Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of … more

African refugee grows homeland's eggplants in Vermont

COLCHESTER, Vt. - After surviving refugee camps in Africa, Janine Ndagijimana settled in Vermont and began to dream of farming. When she considered what to plant, she thought back to her time in Tanzania and settled on the African eggplant, also … more

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete

FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large, confined-animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the … more

Soft rock, jazz comes to Sumter Opera House

A band that has been popular since 1970 and another that's not quite a year old will play the Sumter Opera House this week. Ambrosia, a soft rock band with five Grammy nominations and several Gold records, appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Gullah … more

Baseball's offensive tweeters teaching moments for parents

NEW YORK - At 13, Charlie Fish in Cincinnati has just been given the parental go-ahead to use social media for the first time. He's also a competitive golfer, avid "SportsCenter" watcher and well aware of the attention received by offensive tweets … more

Hemingway story from 1956 published for 1st time

NEW YORK - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: "A Room on … more

Newly restored Fireproof Building is only the container for treasures found inside

According to Architectural Digest, the new South Carolina Historical Society Museum is one of The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year, and it is opening Saturday, Sept. 22, in downtown Charleston. The museum is … more

Extra performances added for SLT's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Every element in Sumter Little Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors" is on track to make it one of SLT's best, the show's director said. In fact, the theater has added an extra weekend of performances "because we want everyone to have a chance to … more

Dollhouse design is thriving thanks to social media

For five months now, Reagan Baker has spent nights after work hanging curtain rods, assembling chandeliers and installing wood floors. She's not renovating her New York City apartment, but outfitting a miniature dollhouse camper. "Everything is … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more
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