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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

Follow these guidelines for holiday tipping

Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don't always agree on what's appropriate. What people actually do is another … more

Gallery exhibits are magical, emotionally charged

The cold weather encourages strains of "Winter Wonderland," but the two current exhibits at the Sumter Gallery of Art celebrate water wonderlands, creativity and a measure of warmth. Jocelyn Ch teauvert's "Paper Wrangler" and Sumter native Mary Ann … 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

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

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

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

Don't miss local talent in Sumter Little Theatre's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

If you are looking for something to brighten your life, the Sumter Little Theatre production "Little Shop of Horrors" may be just what you need. Opening night's crowd rewarded the actors with plenty of laughter and applause. It is local little … 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

Club Digest: Nov. 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met Oct. 16 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional based on using verses from Psalm 122 as … 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

For many families, 'tis the season for tradition: Matching pajamas

Amy and Kevin Wilson began giving their three sons matching pajamas at Christmas for a reason: They wanted their little ones to get excited about going to bed so that they, the adults, could get ready for Christmas morning. Now, more than 15 … more

Guitarist Jimmy Page looks back at 50 years of Led Zeppelin

CORONA, Calif. - Jimmy Page once painted a dragon, and used it to slay. The guitar guru was so bursting with creative inspiration 50 years ago that he felt compelled to pick up a brush and use his skills from art school to take poster paints to … more
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