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Brides are finding non-traditional ways to celebrate grandparents

Nancy Rutchik and Flossie Pack are flower girls extraordinaire. Not only did the outgoing and energetic 80-somethings draw cheers as the surprise flower girls at their granddaughter Lucy Schanzer's wedding, … more

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

NEW YORK (AP) - DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today's native peoples of the Americas. Decoding the infant's complete set of DNA let … more

SLT presents musical 'Five Guys Named Moe'

Sumter Little Theatre's "Five Guys Named Moe" is a musical comedy that brings together some of Sumter's most talented singers and actors in a celebration of the music of Louis Jordan and several other songwriters of the middle 20th century. The … more

Club digest: March 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association meeting was held Feb. 20 at the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed 48 members. Ginger Jones gave a devotional on God's steadfast love for us … more

#MeToo movement is starting to show generational divides

Where there has been solidarity and safety in numbers in the #MeToo movement, there is now also an increasingly apparent generational divide. And it's not just among women. Compared to their … more

Celebrity divorce lawyer launches site to simplify breakups

LOS ANGELES - For years, Laura Wasser has been one of the go-to divorce attorneys when Hollywood power couples break up. Now Wasser wants to bring some of the strategies she's developed during her … more

Elks celebrate 150 years

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 has joined with more than 2,000 lodges nationwide in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the BPOE - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While the original Elks lodge was founded in 1868 in New York City, the Sumter lodge … more

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

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

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

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

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

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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