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How do you 'burn' fat?

Many of us may be considering "burning some fat" so we feel better in our bathing suits out on the beach or at the pool. What does that actually mean, though? The normal fat cell exists primarily to store energy. The body will expand the number … more

Fashion firms go digital focusing on speed, trends

NEW YORK - Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on … 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

Sumter gallery presents 2 contemporary artists

Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by two new artists with very different subject matter and process beginning with an opening reception Thursday evening. The public is invited to attend the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. event at which … 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

Financial counseling widely available

It's easy to define "savvy." The adjective basically means you are good at dealing with practical matters. "Senior" or "senior citizen," however, is a bit vague - and the definition has changed … more

U.S. Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes … more

Sumter Little Theatre announces 2018-19 season

A thought-provoking drama by one of America's most beloved playwrights opens Sumter Little Theatre's 2018-19 season on Aug. 23. In rehearsal now for almost three weeks, "Fences," by the late August Wilson, explores the effects of racism on family … more

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR On Aug. 8, at the first-year teachers' orientation for the Sumter School District, Sumter's Home Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented each of 12 teachers two $25 gift … more

Reef cemetery is now home to new life

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers … more

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Mississippi State UniversityThe Conversation"Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?" is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend … more

USC Sumter presents works by 3 artists

SUBMITTED The University of South Carolina Sumter has artwork by three artists on display for the public to enjoy through Oct. 31. George Gregory's "Ply-Wonder" can be viewed in the University Gallery in the Anderson Library on the USC Sumter … more

What makes something truly addictive?

CHICAGO - Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new "gaming disorder" classification … more

Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for … more

Parenting in age of electronic home assistants has some challenges

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids' every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions? It's a blessing and a curse for moms and dads that … more

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. - Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace … 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
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