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Special to The Sumter ItemMayesville Presbyterian Church continues its tradition of presenting A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The special service tells the Christmas story with Scripture readings - the lessons - and … more
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense … more
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The house where Rosa Parks lived after sparking the Montgomery bus boycott was on a demolition list in Detroit until it was saved by Parks' niece and a Berlin-based artist, who moved it to Germany and reassembled it in his yard, … more
NEW YORK (AP) - DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let … more
Special to The Sumter ItemHer recording of "You Light Up My Life" not only became a monster hit of 1977, but it also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade."I have a hard time believing it's been 40 years," said Debby Boone … more
The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter's Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits "The Way You Look Tonight," "Turn Around, Look at Me," "Hang on … more
NEW YORK (AP) - Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them? With an ancient love connection - the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac - and built-in marketing opportunities that include … more
Three hundred million years ago it looked a lot different outside. For one thing, it was a very damp, humid time over much of the earth. Don't worry; there wouldn't have been any dinosaurs to chase you around. (They came a … more
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
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
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