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Recharge with Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits

Tired of the depressing COVID-19 statistics and political machinations? Well, the Sumter County Gallery of Art offers a wonderful respite and a chance to recharge your spirits with two special exhibits: "Wild Kingdom" by Diane Kilgore Condon and the … more

'American Pickers' look for collections in S.C.

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to South Carolina. The hosts and crew of History Channel TV show "American Pickers," a documentary series that follows antique "pickers" Wolfe and Fritz as they hunt for Americans' most … more

Greenville artist, guild winners share space at Sumter County Gallery of Art

The winners of the annual Sumter Artists' Guild Exhibition will share space with Greenville-based artist Diane Kilgore Condon when their dual show opens Thursday at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. The public is invited to the show that gallery … more

SCDNR: Keep your bird feeders clean

Winter in South Carolina typically brings more chances for rain to the state, and with wet weather, it is common for mold or bacteria to form on wet bird seed both in the bird feeder and on the ground.This moldy bird seed and uncleaned bird feeders … more

To raise financially savvy kids, give money lessons a reboot

Many elder millennials may have learned to manage money much like our parents did: waiting for statements to arrive in the mail, balancing checkbooks and paying in cash. But if you're planning to … more

Millennial Money: 3 vague financial resolutions to avoid

As we close out 2020 and enter 2021, most of us are anxiously awaiting a happier year ahead. Traditionally, we mark the fresh calendar year with New Year's resolutions to keep us hopeful and … more

Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film 'Lean on Me,' dies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Louis Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 … more

Virginia woman does 53 acts of kindness for 53rd birthday

The pandemic didn't allow Debra Ferrell to gather with her whole family for her birthday. So instead, she celebrated the day by giving back — with 53 gifts from her heart. Ferrell went on … more

Season's greetings: Cards solicited for COVID-19 patients

SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) — Joseph Johnson was going about his life, getting ready for the holidays at the Jersey Shore, when he started to feel ill and wound up in a hospital. It turned out he … more

A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas

Montserrat Parello lost her husband eight years ago, and Christmas gatherings with children and grandchildren had helped her deal with her loneliness. But this year, the 83-year-old will be alone for … more

Coffee and sweetness whipped to perfection for the holidays

Do you know that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others it’s just simply bliss. This holiday … more

Celebrate the holidays with a delectable dessert

With so many traditions and ways to celebrate the holiday season, the options are nearly endless for families looking to spend special moments together. One of the tastiest and most enjoyable … more

Virtual educational series through Santee-Lynches helps caregivers cope

Do you care for a parent or loved one? Do you care for a parent or loved one while maintaining a job outside of the home? Are you feeling burned out? Do you feel like you are at the end of your rope? If so, Santee-Lynches Regional Council of … more

Sumter County Genealogical Society to host special meeting on Monday

The Sumter County Genealogical Society will host its annual end-of-the-year meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Social distancing practices will apply, and all attendees are … more

Need a Little Christmas? Find it in Sumter at Jingle with the Arts on Friday and Saturday

"We need a little Christmas," as sung by Angela Lansbury and others in the musical "Mame," might be the anthem for 2020. It's definitely the focus of the year's Jingle with the Arts, the annual celebration of all things Christmas by the Sumter Civic … more

Sumter County Museum's Backcountry Christmas on Saturday, free entry to Jewish History Center

It's Christmastime in the backcountry, and there's plenty of room to enjoy the season. The Sumter County Museum is holding its annual Carolina Backcountry Christmas, a living history event, Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. at 122 N. Washington St. … more

No fatback, grits and collard queens: Boykin Christmas Parade canceled

Another area Christmas parade has been scratched from the list because of COVID-19. Jenny Chavis, a committee member with the Boykin Christmas Parade, spoke Tuesday and confirmed the cancellation. Given the virus and social distancing … more

Sumter County Museum offers virtual talk with photographer Cecil Williams set for Dec. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Museum is once again offering a virtual book talk that you don't want to miss. Acclaimed photographer Cecil J. Williams, well known for his documentation of events during the Civil Rights Movement in South … more

Old McCaskill Farm in Rembert hosting Christmas trunk show

Come hungry and ready to shop.The 11th-annual Country Christmas Trunk Show is set for this Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, at Old McCaskill Farm. Shop at the family farm for wool products, farm fresh … more

Bruce, the last 'Jaws' shark, docks at Academy Museum

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer Bruce, the fiberglass shark made from the "Jaws" mold, is ready for his close-up. The 1,208 pound, 25-foot-long, 45-year-old shark, famous for being difficult to work with on the set of Steven Spielberg's classic … more
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