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Club Digest: Sunday, April 22, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on Feb. 15 at the home of Dot Edwards. A business meeting was held after a lunch of soup and cornbread. The chapter continues its service projects of providing food to United Ministries, The … more

The Power of the Song

Vicki and Jay Parnell believe that music is powerful. They've been making music together and with others for years, and lately they've been expanding their exploration of the strength of songs performed by their writers. On Saturday, April 28, … 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

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

'Walker's' Sheree J. Wilson, Clarence Gilyard Jr. together again

For eight seasons beginning in 1993, Sheree J. Wilson and Clarence Gilyard Jr. rounded up the bad guys alongside Chuck Norris in the popular CBS action-adventure show "Walker, Texas Ranger." At the conclusion of the series, Wilson and Gilyard went … more

Award-winning author to speak at Friends of the Sumter County Library Author Event

McCall Hoyle, award-winning author of the Young Adult novel "The Thing with Feathers," will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Friends of the Sumter County Library Annual Author … 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

'A Southern Girl's Gotta Have It' at Sumter Opera House

The self-proclaimed "inventor" of the mullet, a Gamecock alumna determined to get her rejected daughter admitted to her alma mater, and a thrift shop owner willing to do most anything to get a low-budget zombie movie part are just a few of the … 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

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

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

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

More brides ditching strict restrictions on bridal party

NEW YORK (AP) - Alison Kelly felt she had enough on her plate dealing with her own wedding gown and all the details of her mountain getaway nuptials without micromanaging how her bridal party would dress. So instead, she asked her maid of honor - … more

'Burying the hatchet' gets new meaning

NEW YORK - Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects. Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off … more
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