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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: 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

Club Digest

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional … more

Americans adopting children overseas to see higher fees, new rules

NEW YORK - The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the … 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

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

'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

Patrick Davis plays Bishopville Opera House

Special to The Sumter ItemSinger-songwriter and Camden native Patrick Davis believes in coming home to perform each year, he said Wednesday. The Nashville resident has presented concerts with his Midnight Choir at the Sumter Opera House, the Fine … more

Sumter Opera House hosts Not So Newlywed Game

Married couples who don't qualify as newlyweds are in luck this month - they're eligible to compete in the Not So Newlywed Game, when famed TV host Bob Eubanks brings his show to the Sumter Opera … more

Marlyn Mason proves she's more than just an 'Elvis Girl'

Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to 100 TV series such as "The Odd Couple," "Wonder Woman" and "Newhart," earning the unofficial title of TV "Guest Star Queen." While her film roles were far … more

Social media creeps into weddings, stress remains

WASHINGTON - #Weddingstressmuch? Social media is creeping into U.S. nuptials, but Americans don't necessarily see that as a good thing. A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll says 57 percent of them see social media as having increased the … more

Dreams, possibility shown in 3 exhibits

In 1960, choreographer Alvin Ailey and the American Dance Theater presented his now signature "Revelations." Ailey acknowledged that his desire was to use dance and music to explain to white … 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

Serve as a mentor, or ask someone to mentor you

When I wrote last week’s column, I had no idea that I would be writing a follow-up column this week. As far as I was concerned, I had expressed what I felt God wanted me to express about the … more

Art gallery opens 3 exhibitions Thursday

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by three artists with very different perspectives on what it means to be a visual artist in the South and how these differences are expressed … more
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