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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

Pakistani Christian girls trafficked to China as brides

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) - Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back in her home country, pregnant and seeking a divorce … more

Real spies in spotlight at new museum

WASHINGTON - James Bond's shiny silver sports car - with its JB007 rotating license plate - is the first thing visitors see when they step into the new and improved International Spy Museum that opens today in … more

Sumter Art Association: May 5, 2019

The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. April 16 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members and guests. Rosemary Drakeford gave an … more

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan - A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August. Sharing his story with … more

Display at Patriot Hall shows war through Sumter residents' eyes

Through their eyes, we see the world. A young Korean boy holds a bigger-than-boy-sized bundle of sticks on his back. A group of men hold Japanese flags, one that ended up in Sumter. A wounded soldier, body slack, is carried on a stretcher by … more

Be wary of robot emotions; 'simulated love is never love'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When a robot "dies," does it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer is "yes" - and that tells us something important, and potentially worrisome, about our emotional responses to the social machines that are starting to … more

Know how to get the most out of online reviews

In the world of online shopping, often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews. Many online purchases are based on careful … more

Swing out in Sumter with 2 jazz bands on Thursday

Beginning with Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble will open Thursday's 7 p.m. concert of jazz standards and a few more contemporary sounds at the Sumter Opera House. Ensemble director Rick Mitchum … more

Spirituality infuses 2 art exhibitions at Sumter County Gallery of Art

FROM STAFF REPORTS Multidisciplinary artists Michi Meko and Angela Davis Johnson will attend Thursday's opening of their individual exhibitions at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Both exhibitions will remain in the gallery through June … more

Club digest: Sunday, April 21, 2019

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI The chapter's Feb. 7 meeting was held at the home of Fran Kolar. After lunch, Fran asked members to relate a funny event during their lifetime on Valentine's Day. Libby Singletary thanked members for … more

Easter egg painting alive in Germany

LSTERHEIDE, Germany (AP) - A small Slavic minority in eastern Germany is keeping alive a long, intricate tradition of hand-painted Easter eggs that's been passed down by Sorbian families for generations. At an Easter egg market in Elsterheide … more

USC Sumter presents contemporary Shakespeare comedy

Cross dressing, mistaken identities, gender bending, love triangles and more - all are elements of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night, or What You Will," to be presented Friday and Saturday at the University of South Carolina Sumter. The play will … more

In weddings, the '90s are back and better than ever

From butterfly clips to polka dots, 1990s trends have been making a fashion comeback. Now, as '90s babies increasingly reach average marrying age, these trends are popping up all over the wedding industry as well. An Etsy 2019 wedding trends … more

SCDNR topic at Monday meeting of Sumter County Genealogical Society

John W. "Billy" Downer II will speak on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and its history and role in the state at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. Now a captain, he has been with SCDNR for 21 years and is the state … more

Inspire! Festival pays tribute to Sumter visionary

The first-ever Inspire! Festival in Downtown Sumter, which took place over four days from Thursday to Sunday, did what it set out to do in its name. The festival was organized by the Ackerman Legacy Foundation in memory of the late Roger … more
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