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Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

Beer lovers, listen up: Book has some life hacks for you

NEW YORK - Beer snobs, turn away, Ben Robinson has some hacks involving your favorite, foamy beverage. The editor-in-chief of The Observer has written a handy little every guy's illustrated guide of 100 tips, tricks and projects involving … more

'Girl, Wash Your Face' writer Rachel Hollis ready for much more

NEW YORK - How to kick butt at the office. How to kick butt as a parent. How to kick butt, so to speak, in your marriage. There's no shortage of books, podcasts, blogs and social streams of people dispensing advice, motivation, home tips and the … more

Sumter tribe will celebrate heritage at Saturday festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will celebrate and share its heritage Saturday with the third of its Native American Indian Festivals. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. members of the tribe invite the public to learn about their culture and heritage … 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

Before "screen time," parents still had concerns

nEW YORK - When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an … 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 Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

Green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

TOLEDO, Ohio - There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without - clean … more

Woman who created green bean casserole dies at 92

HADDONFIELD, N.J. - The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple - the green bean casserole - enjoyed by millions has died at age 92. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15 of Alzheimer's disease, said Ken Tomlinson of Hinski-Tomlinson Funeral Home 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

Soft rock, jazz comes to Sumter Opera House

A band that has been popular since 1970 and another that's not quite a year old will play the Sumter Opera House this week. Ambrosia, a soft rock band with five Grammy nominations and several Gold records, appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Gullah … more

'Mockingbird' chosen as America's best-loved novel in vote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers … more

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

Extra performances added for SLT's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Every element in Sumter Little Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors" is on track to make it one of SLT's best, the show's director said. In fact, the theater has added an extra weekend of performances "because we want everyone to have a chance to … more

Dollhouse design is thriving thanks to social media

For five months now, Reagan Baker has spent nights after work hanging curtain rods, assembling chandeliers and installing wood floors. She's not renovating her New York City apartment, but outfitting a miniature dollhouse camper. "Everything is … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members of Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the chapter birthday by attending an ice cream social and pool party at the home of Betty Vannoy on July 12. Beginning Day, hosted by Xi Eta Chapter, … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more
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