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Could you unplug?

Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. "When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to … more

Authors of book on Sumter's Turkish people to give presentation at museum

For two centuries, the "Turkish people" of Sumter County were isolated from the rest of the population, and their ethnic origins were unclear. Now, Sumter native Glen Browder and Terri Ognibene, a … more

Homegrown benefits music ministry

Homegrown is an adjective of high praise. It describes the musicians who will share their talents in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Sumter Opera House, and it's also the title of the program. Kipper Ackerman, executive director of … more

Book explores the art and craft of the modern blacksmith

Asked what it feels like to forge iron, Robert Thomas has to pause for a moment and compose himself before plunging into a description of what, for him, is as much a passion as a livelihood. "Forging has a way of taking hold of you until it … more

Rockin' Rick Springfield honored for sharing depression struggles

When 23-year-old Rick Springfield's debut solo single "Speak to the Sky" was climbing the Australian pop charts in 1972, few realized the young singer/songwriter had been suffering since his teen years from debilitating depression - including a … more

Club Digest: June 10, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on April 19 at the home of Liz Wild. A business meeting was held after lunch. Libby Singletary thanked everyone for supporting United Ministries. She asked members to participate in "Baby Bottle … more

Marion Ross writes of 'Happy Days' and more in new memoir

From 1974 to 1984, TV audiences knew Marion Ross as the sitcom mom dispensing patience and wisdom during the 11-season run of the ABC hit series "Happy Days." But Marion's days were not entirely happy. In her March memoir, "My Days: Happy and … more

How does your garden grow? With drones, phones to make things easier, more efficient

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the … more

Pageant benefits homeless female vets

Bryanna Smith is a busy woman. She works as a histology technician at Palmetto Health Tuomey, serves as a U.S. Army drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, and she's a mom. Add to that her preparation for participating in the Ms. Veteran America 2018 … more

Club Digest: May 16, 2018

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held April 17 at the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed 42 members. Ginger Jones gave an inspiring devotion on God's promises. Sue … more

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in 2017

Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. … more

From snipers to mothers

NATICK, Mass. - The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world's women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that - the important and … more

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

BANGKOK - The elephant is Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of the friendship between the two countries. President Abraham Lincoln, likely bemused and … more

Thailand gives 'The Beach' a break from tourists

BANGKOK - Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, … more

On the road again: More people are embracing old-fashioned vacations

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they're on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they're the next big thing - even though they're actually a longstanding American … more

2 couples, 2 approaches to turning recycled materials into art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters scramble to create something new out of something old. Here's a look at two couples who have found interesting ways to … more

Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 … more

Sumter resident publishes children's book

Ashley Denmark has recently added "author" to her list of accomplishments, with the publication of her first book. The Missouri native lives in Sumter and works as a family medicine physician at McLeod Hospital in Florence. "I recently wrote my … more

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: 3-D holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red … more

Club digest: April 8, 2018

Sumter Art Association President Patti Sosnowski called the annual business meeting of the Sumter Art Association to order on March 20 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. She welcomed the 39 members who were … more
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