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Why is it fun to be frightened?

John Carpenter's iconic horror film "Halloween" celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it's credited with kicking off the steady stream of … more

Suffering from an empty nest?

Eighteen years after Diana Sutera Mow gained an instant family with the arrival of her twins, her Southern California home "became an instant empty nest" when they flew across the country to begin college last year. Gone were the everyday sounds … more

Club Digest: Sumter Art Association

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held Sept. 18 in the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone back after the summer break. She … 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

Attract more birds to your backyard this fall and winter

Food, water and shelter are the basic requirements for attracting birds to your yard. But you can boost the number and variety of species that visit by taking an additional landscaping step: learning the birds' preferences. "Birdscaping" plants … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 19th contemporary dance concert

Contemporary dance is more popular than ever, and Sumter Civic Dance Company artistic director Andrea Freed-Levenson is more enthusiastic than ever about the future of the style. The company will present its 19th-annual contemporary dance concert … 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

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

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

The Kennedys: Rare photos of America's most famous family go online

BOSTON - It's an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here's a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There's Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long … 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

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

12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, … more

Unique menu benefits Sumter Green

Thursday night brings the most eclectic menu available in Sumter to Nettles Building and grounds at University of South Carolina Sumter. When Sumter Green Fall Feast sets up for the one-night-only … 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

Black horsemen, Mennonites share a dependence

BALTIMORE - At an inner-city stable in one of the grittiest areas of Baltimore, a vanishing breed of urban horsemen prepares for its weekly visit to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Mennonite farmers are helping to carry on a merchant tradition … more

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

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
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