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40 years later, Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives

Special to The Sumter ItemHer recording of "You Light Up My Life" not only became a monster hit of 1977, but it also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade."I have a hard time believing it's been 40 years," said Debby Boone … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion presents 7 debutantes

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented seven debutantes at its annual ball on Dec. 19, 2017, at Sunset Country Club in Sumter. more

Hayley Mills prefers theater to film, TV

As one of the best-known child actors from the 1960s, Hayley Mills starred in a half-dozen Disney films including box-office hits "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap." Now in her early 70s, Mills … more

Joyce Bulifant recounts the ups and downs of Hollywood

By Nick Thomas For those who keep track of Hollywood nuptials, the title of Joyce Bulifant's autobiography released last fall may not represent a marital world record, but it will probably grab your attention. The … more

Library on wheels brings joy to Afghan children

KABUL, Afghanistan - The children of Kabul love the blue bus - they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement. But it's no ordinary bus. Its name is Charmaghz, the Dari … more

Don't miss your chance to see The Lettermen

The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter's Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits "The Way You Look Tonight," "Turn Around, Look at Me," "Hang on … more

Chocolate is still the perfect show of love for some

NEW YORK (AP) - Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them? With an ancient love connection - the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac - and built-in marketing opportunities that include … more

It's only a month away -- Valentine's Day

Before the tech revolution, you might have sent a lock of hair, a printed photo or a perfumed note to a loved one far away. And of course, you can still do that. Or you can choose from an array of clever high- and low-tech Valentine's Day gifts … more

Common plant looks like it's made of tiny pine trees

Three hundred million years ago it looked a lot different outside. For one thing, it was a very damp, humid time over much of the earth. Don't worry; there wouldn't have been any dinosaurs to chase you around. (They came a … more

Test your knowledge of Christmas

QUESTIONS 1. Why do we call some Christmas songs "carols"? a. "Silent Night" composer Franz Gruber's daughter was named Carol. b. "Carol" is from Middle English, via Latin and Greek, meaning chorus and accompanist. c. Soprano Carole … more

Club Digest

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional … more

Americans adopting children overseas to see higher fees, new rules

NEW YORK - The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the … more

Nature's pageantry displayed during Dutch tulip season

LISSE, Netherlands - Nothing says springtime like the tulip season in the Netherlands. The vast Dutch sky hangs low against rectangles of color- majestic purples, regal reds, bright yellows, eye-popping whites. Tulip fields dot the countryside … more

Patrick Davis plays Bishopville Opera House

Special to The Sumter ItemSinger-songwriter and Camden native Patrick Davis believes in coming home to perform each year, he said Wednesday. The Nashville resident has presented concerts with his Midnight Choir at the Sumter Opera House, the Fine … more

Sumter Opera House hosts Not So Newlywed Game

Married couples who don't qualify as newlyweds are in luck this month - they're eligible to compete in the Not So Newlywed Game, when famed TV host Bob Eubanks brings his show to the Sumter Opera … more

Marlyn Mason proves she's more than just an 'Elvis Girl'

Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to 100 TV series such as "The Odd Couple," "Wonder Woman" and "Newhart," earning the unofficial title of TV "Guest Star Queen." While her film roles were far … more

Social media creeps into weddings, stress remains

WASHINGTON - #Weddingstressmuch? Social media is creeping into U.S. nuptials, but Americans don't necessarily see that as a good thing. A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll says 57 percent of them see social media as having increased the … more

Dreams, possibility shown in 3 exhibits

In 1960, choreographer Alvin Ailey and the American Dance Theater presented his now signature "Revelations." Ailey acknowledged that his desire was to use dance and music to explain to white … more

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside." These were some of the people, topics and memes that … more

Serve as a mentor, or ask someone to mentor you

When I wrote last week’s column, I had no idea that I would be writing a follow-up column this week. As far as I was concerned, I had expressed what I felt God wanted me to express about the … more
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