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Some Argentines turn to unusual pets for comfort in pandemic

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms - those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula. As the new coronavirus began to … more

Sumter Opera House ends year with 5 concerts; light show, Motown, country-pop, 2 Christmas shows will be featured

Sumter Opera House will finish out its 2021 Main Stage Series with five varied presentations - a "light show," a tour of the Motown "revolution," a concert from a country music star and two concerts of live Christmas music. Sumter Opera House … more

Sumter's first Purple and Pink Masquerade Ball to bring awareness to domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus

Calling all domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus survivors and fighters. For the first time ever, a masquerade ball will be held in your honor right here in Sumter to bring awareness to your strength, the disease and to celebrate your will … more

Remembering the legacy of Mayesville's Mary McLeod Bethune

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, members of the Mary McLeod Bethune Section-Sumter met at the home of the Rev. Joseph and Wilhelmina (niece) Amos, 708 Harvin St., Sumter, and were delighted to mingle, fellowship and pay homage to this site because this is the … more

Club Digest for Sept. 23, 2021: Sumter Art Association

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The initial meeting of the Sumter Art Association for the 2021-22 year was held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed the 30 members attending, with a … more

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival returns Oct. 8-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS WEST COLUMBIA - Can't wait to get started on fall gardening? Get ready for the Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, on Oct. 8-10. Visitors can … more

American yards are quietly going electric

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer. "I'm concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like … more

At 101, she's still hauling lobsters with no plans to stop

ROCKLAND, Maine - When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine's rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a … more

Potter's Raid topic at Sumter County Genealogical Society meeting Monday

A discussion of the April 1865 Potter's Raid will be the focus of Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. Tim Lord, a collector of historical artifacts focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War and Civil War in South Carolina, … more

Gardening when it's dry: Prep soil and select your plants wisely

Is your summer a summer of drought? No need to sit back and accept what Mother Nature offers - you can soften the impact of dry weather on your garden. The time to start preparing for dry conditions is long before they occur, but plans made now … more

Sumter Green's Fall Feast returns with new outdoor venue, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

Sumterites, get your forks, bibs and stretchy pants ready. Sumter Green's annual Fall Feast will return with a new venue and even tastier food than before after canceling last year's event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fall Feast is the … more

Sumter Gallery presents Norman Rockwell exhibit Sept. 3; comprehensive show will stand for 3 months

The Sumter County Gallery of Art presents "Norman Rockwell: American Chronicles," featuring a variety of iconic works by the artist. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition will remain in the gallery … more

Sumter event center will host inaugural father-daughter gala

Silver Spoon Event Center will bring a new, unique and inspiring historic event for Sumter fathers this September, who will dance the night away and honor their young daughters. The inaugural Father-Daughter "Masked" Gala, sponsored by nonprofit … more

Gospel in the Park will mark 25 years on Sept. 6 in Sumter

Six hours of music from some of the country's most recognized gospel groups will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Gospel in the Park on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. Host Shonda English said the lineup of musicians, most veterans of the annual event, … more

Sumter YMCA's Missy Corrigan: Strengthen fragile bones

Osteoporosis is a bone disease defined as low bone mass or the deterioration of bone tissue. This condition can cause frail and weak bones, which increases the risk for injuries and falls, contributing to the nearly two million broken bones reported … more

Sumter Little Theatre will present full new season for 2021-22; ‘The Hobbit’ opens with shortened run Sept. 2

The brochure says it all - "The Sumter Little Theatre is back!" SLT will reopen for a full season since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the theater to go dark in March 2020. "The Hobbit," poised to open when the closure was imminent, will begin the … more

Sumter Community Concert Band to celebrate 40th anniversary in 2022; premier piece commissioned for the milestone season

After a hiatus of more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sumter Community Concert Band will resume rehearsals on Thursday, Aug. 26. The band plans to follow its full, regular season schedule. Band spokesman Rick Mitchum said SCCB, … more

Talk on S.C. Jewish history Thursday at Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center

FROM STAFF REPORTS The co-founders of Kugels and Collards, Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey, will present a talk on exploring South Carolina's Jewish history and a question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Temple Sinai Jewish … more

Clarendon Pilot Club member speaks at 100th anniversary national meeting

MANNING - The Clarendon Pilot Club received national recognition at the Pilot Club's 100th Anniversary Annual Convention and Leadership Conference earlier this month in Atlanta. Local member Jane Benton has served as president on the national … more

Award-winning author to speak at Sumter museum on Thursday; 'Bells for Eli' explores relationship between cousins, best friends

The Sumter County Museum continues its author series at 6 p.m. Thursday with an appearance by novelist Susan Beckham Zurenda. Her new novel, "Bells for Eli," has already received several awards, notably the Gold Medal for Best First Book - Fiction … more
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