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Need some new sounds during quarantine? Sumter musicians celebrate John Denver with CD featuring hits, 'obscure' songs

Local musician and producer Kevin Jarvis has been a lifelong admirer of the late John Denver, so his latest CD release is somewhat of a "dream come true." "I Should Have Been Home Yesterday: Celebrating the Music of John Denver" features not only … more

Crafts can help refugees find community, maybe a living

By MOLLY SPRAYREGEN Associated Press When Bahija Karim arrived in Idaho as an Afghan refugee in 2005, she knew little about American culture. She didn't speak English. A volunteer directed her to Artisans for Hope, a local crafts initiative … more

Reception, book signing with Cecil J. Williams to be held March 31 at Sumter County Museum

SUBMITTED BY AMANDA COX Sumter County Museum Community contributor "Unforgettable: Celebrating a Time of Life, Hope and Bravery" is a traveling exhibition by the legendary artist Cecil J. Williams. The exhibition provides a rare glimpse of … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company celebrates 40 years

There's a not-so-secret code in Dance Vision 2020 and a surprise in Sumter Civic Dance Company's concert of that name. Patriot Hall will host the concert at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the stage will be filled with costumed … more

Recognizing 120 'Women of Honor' in Sumter

It's been 40 years since President Jimmy Carter officially designated the first week of March as National Women's History Week. Carter noted during his message that "Too often the women (who helped build the nation) were unsung, and sometimes their … more

Club Digest: The Sumter Art Association

The Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed members. Ginger Jones gave an inspirational devotion on friendship. She … more

Author of The South Carolina State Hospital: Stories from Bull Street to hold talk, book signing at Sumter County Museum

SUBMITTED BY AMANDA COX Sumter County Museum Community contributor The Sumter County Museum will hold a talk and book signing with author William Buchheit for his fascinating new novel, The … more

Swartz is Sumter gallery's Artist of the Month

Manning resident Carole S. Swartz, chosen as Sumter Artist Guild's Artist of the Month for March, will have her works exhibited March 3-31 at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Swartz often refers to herself as "playful" and produces … more

Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits provide creative look at women of S.C.

Welcome to the world of women. Sumter County Gallery of Art offers two opportunities to celebrate contributions of women with "The Supper Table," the inspiration of Cindi Boiter, and "Dream Bodies," fabric sculptures by Maria Britton. Both exhibits … more

Karen Pence adds campaigning for President Trump to busy to-do list

WASHINGTON - Karen Pence has no shortage of projects. The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who … more

Snapping into place: Jigsaw puzzles have ardent following

There are jigsaw puzzle nights at coffee shops and libraries. Puzzle groups and puzzle games online. Hand-cut wooden puzzles that cost thousands of dollars. And puzzle designs that range from edgy, original artwork to your own, custom-ordered family … more

A REVIEW: SLT's 'A Soldier's Play' is an honest look at human behavior

Sumter Little Theatre's current production, the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Soldier's Play," is a thought-provoking and honest look at human behavior and attitudes. Though much of the play's tension stems from the historical climate set … more

Sumter's Turkish people topic at Monday meeting

Glen Browder, co-author of "South Carolina's Turkish People, A History and Ethnology," will be the speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. His topic for the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 … more

Sumter Little Theatre presents murder mystery that explores racism, right vs. wrong

A Pulitzer Prize-winning play with themes that remain relevant will open the second half of Sumter Little Theatre's 2019-20 season on Thursday. "A Soldier's Play" by Charles Fuller is set on a U.S. Army base in Louisiana in 1944. The play is … more

'Instant shorthand': Couples who met at camp look back

By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON The Associated Press Ron Gammell first noticed Mary Turk on the bus en route to camp. "She had a pretty smile," he said of the young woman who would later become … more

Sumter Art Association

The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed members and quests. Josie Holler gave an inspirational … more

Anthrax vs. cancer: Researchers harness the deadly toxin to cure canines and hopefully people

Can the feared anthrax toxin become an ally in the war against cancer? Successful treatment of pet dogs suffering bladder cancer with an anthrax-related treatment suggests so. Anthrax is a disease … more

Beware of 'free genetic testing' Medicare scam

Family Features Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries. Scammers target Medicare … more

Elvis will be in the building (Sumter Opera House) on Saturday

It started as a simple recording session and ended up being the now-famous night that tabbed four of American music's most iconic 1950s-1970s artists "The Million Dollar Quartet." The Sumter Opera House will present a show on Saturday that pays … more

Alexa, read me a story: Audio content for youth on the rise

NEW YORK (AP) - Melanie Musson in Belgrade, Montana, does a lot of driving with her four girls. Juggling a broad age range, 1 to 9, she's forever searching for ways to keep them all entertained without relying entirely on video. While she still … more
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