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Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it's just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like … more

Museum toasts history of California wine making

OAKVILLE, Calif. - At a spacious Victorian in the heart of California's Napa Valley, light glows from the windows as guests inside study old tools and taste new wines. 1881 Napa, a wine history museum and tasting salon, opened this month in … more

Clemson is aging: More seniors are calling area home

CLEMSON (AP) - Shari Jung spent nearly five decades living in Dallas before moving to Clemson 2 1/2 years ago. "I decided to come to Clemson for the love of my life," said Jung, whose husband, Mac Wood, is a Clemson alumnus. "I can't tell you how … more

Popular Sumter Artists Guild Show opens Thursday

The most popular annual exhibition at the Sumter County Gallery of Art opens Thursday, when many of the Sumter Artists Guild's 120 members will show their work. A reception accompanies the opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Guild show is a … more

German teens teach younger students how to stay safe in today's digital world

ESSEN, Germany - How do you teach tech-savvy kids to safely navigate the digital world? In Germany, you bring in the teenagers. On a recent day, 18-year-old Chantal Hueben stood in front of a group of fifth-graders and asked them to brainstorm … more

More research labs are retiring monkeys when studies finish

WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement - … more

Artist of Beloved: Children of the Holocaust to give talk Thursday in Sumter

Artist Mary Burkett will give an artist talk on her exhibition titled Beloved: Children of the Holocaust at 6 p.m. Thursday at Temple Sinai Jewish History Center. The free event also marks the final night of the four-week exhibition of her 27 pencil … more

Museums find different ways to show paintings, photos to blind

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As people at the American Alliance of Museums' trade show passed their hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were … more

Club digest: June 2, 2019

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI The April 4 meeting of Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was held at the home of Libby Singletary, who shared that United Ministries had reopened the clothing closet. A records review was received from … more

'Dorm chef' still cooking up a culinary buzz

NEW YORK - Jonah Reider became an object of media fascination when he opened a sophisticated supper club in his Columbia University dorm that briefly became one of New York City's most coveted reservations. Three years after graduation, the "dorm … more

Sumter County Museum presents bestselling author of historical novels

The Sumter County Museum continues its series of appearances by New York Times bestselling authors on Monday with a reception, talk and book signing by Michelle Gable. Like Gable's "An Apartment in Paris," her latest novel is based on actual … more

Sumter County Cultural Commission grant brings art, community, history together

Among the art and products from vendors on display Friday through Sunday at the 79th-Annual Sumter Iris Festival was a booth representing the partnership between an arts grant and local history. The Shepherd's Center of Sumter, the local … more

Grave gardeners: Volunteers tend to old cemeteries

The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today. Now, a handful of 19th century graveyards are restoring the bygone tradition of cemetery gardening, … more

Sumter Little Theatre's 'Avenue Q' play is provocative but worth seeing

Introducing Sumter Little Theatre's current production "Avenue Q," Director Carmela Bryan dubbed the show "both sweet and irreverent." There are many other words to describe it - creative, honest and frank, current, progressive, positive, … more

Club Digest: May 26, 2019

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met for the final meeting of 2018-19 at 3:30 p.m. May 21 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed two new members, Dena James and Laurie Townes, … more

Sumter County Museum hosts author Dorothea Benton Frank

New York Times best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank will appear at the Sumter County Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, for a book signing and reception. Frank's 20th novel, "Queen Bee," will be released May 28, and the museum will have … more

Don't let the puppets fool you; Sumter Little Theatre's 'Avenue Q' is a bit edgy

The puppets are the stars of Sumter Little Theatre's "Avenue Q," opening Thursday night. Like the final musicals of SLT's last few seasons, "Avenue Q" is a bit edgy, meant for mature audiences; the puppets may resemble the Muppets, but they're … more

Sumter attorney to speak on 'Planning for Incapacity' at Monday meeting

Sumter attorney Glenn Givens will address members and guests of the Sumter County Genealogical Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Givens' topic will be "Planning for Incapacity." Johnny Raffield, … more

Musical 'Avenue Q' opens May 23 at Sumter Little Theatre

PHOTO PROVIDED The puppets are the stars of Sumter Little Theatre's upcoming musical "Avenue Q," which opens Thursday, May 23. From left, actors/puppeteers: Jordan Arms Torres as Rod, "a Republican investment banker with a secret"; Adrian Rios as … more

Sumter Council of Garden Clubs names 2 landscapes as Yards of the Month

The Sumter Council of Garden Clubs has designated two landscapes as Yards of the Month. The home of Wendy and Kirby Brinson, 136 Tucson Drive, is graced with blooms from brightly colored Knockout Roses on all sides of the home. The … more
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