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Do go chasing waterfalls: You can see 250 of them in western North Carolina

BREVARD, N.C. - Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down. There are at least 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, about halfway … 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

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

Dirty money is an understatement

Pennsylvania State UniversityThe ConversationWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when … 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

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

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

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

'Not my child'

CHICAGO - Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, … more

Out of the shadows: Babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive

UKHIYA, Bangladesh - Tucked away in the shadows of her family's bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that … 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

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

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

'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

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

Twins buried together in France after WWII deaths at Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. Today, he has recovered his identity - and was reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where … more

New survey: Wedding registries morph to include cash requests

NEW YORK - Wedding registries remain popular, and the nature of gifting has morphed into a broader range of options, including cash registries, that are being embraced by friends and family, a new survey shows. The average wedding registry was … more
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