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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

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 gallery presents 2 contemporary artists

Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by two new artists with very different subject matter and process beginning with an opening reception Thursday evening. The public is invited to attend the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. event at which … 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

USC Sumter presents works by 3 artists

SUBMITTED The University of South Carolina Sumter has artwork by three artists on display for the public to enjoy through Oct. 31. George Gregory's "Ply-Wonder" can be viewed in the University Gallery in the Anderson Library on the USC Sumter … more

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in … 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

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

Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for … more

Parenting in age of electronic home assistants has some challenges

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids' every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions? It's a blessing and a curse for moms and dads that … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR On Aug. 8, at the first-year teachers' orientation for the Sumter School District, Sumter's Home Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented each of 12 teachers two $25 gift … more

Reef cemetery is now home to new life

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers … 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

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

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Mississippi State UniversityThe Conversation"Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?" is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend … more

Fashion firms go digital focusing on speed, trends

NEW YORK - Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on … more

Summer and diet damage your DNA

Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal. Yet all is not doomed: The lives we lead … more
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