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QUESTIONS 1. Why do we call some Christmas songs "carols"? a. "Silent Night" composer Franz Gruber's daughter was named Carol. b. "Carol" is from Middle English, via Latin and Greek, meaning chorus and accompanist. c. Soprano Carole … more
The other day I was fiddling around on the internet, and I found a real blast from the past. Maybe you, like me, remember this particular kind of chewing gum called "teaberry." "Clark's Teaberry," to be precise. The ad on TV for this product … more
Special to The Sumter Item"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" was written almost 200 years ago by Clement C. Moore; Ken Ludwig's play of the same name is much more recent, and it's a lot funnier. The play is Sumter Little Theatre's Christmas show, … more
EDITOR'S NOTE: To most people, our pets are full-fledged members of the family, and as such, they're likely to find special gifts under the tree, just like their human counterparts. Tinseltown Talks columnist Nick Thomas has "some unusual gift ideas … more
The label "homegrown" is a sign of quality and pride for many products. Kipper Ackerman, harpist and vocalist who founded the music ministry Sounds of Grace, thinks the same is true of music - at least in the Sumter community. So the Nov. 2 concert … more
It's been 28 years since the passing of Kathryn Sermak's former boss, Bette Davis, in October, 1989. Sermak recently published her long-awaited manuscript recounting the years she worked as Davis's personal assistant in the final years of her … more
The label "homegrown" is a sign of quality and pride for many products. Kipper Ackerman, harpist and vocalist who founded the music ministry Sounds of Grace, thinks the same is true of music - at least in the Sumter community. So the Nov. 2 concert … more
The 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to three researchers "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm." The circadian rhythm is an innate, approximately 24-hour cycle in physiology found … more
The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present Deane Ackerman: Radiant Expressions and Terrell Clark: EYES of Havana from Thursday through Jan. 12, 2018, at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. (adjacent to Patriot Hall).The opening reception will be held at … more
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside." These were some of the people, topics and memes that … more
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