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Constitution Week posters presented to media specialists

PHOTO PROVIDED Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States. In 1955, the President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gertrude S. Carraway, adopted a project to promote the … more

Georgetown artist looks to have gallery in Sumter someday

Discovered in 2008, Georgetown artist Elken Grate, 33, wanted to reach out to the Sumter community to share his talent during the Grand Finale Show at Sumter Fashion Week on Aug. 31. "I recently just became a painter. I started off as a charcoal … more

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

NEW YORK - Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the … more

The bizarre social history of beds

by Brian Fagan University of California, Santa Barbara The Conversation Groucho Marx once joked, "Anything that can't be done in bed isn't worth doing at all." You might think he was referring to sleeping and sex. But humans, at one time or … more

Registration open for Shepherd's Center classes

Classes are already beginning to fill for the Fall 2019 Adventures in Learning, but it's not too late to get the Early Bird Special. Until Sept. 19, the class registration fee for the Sumter Shepherd's Centers informative classes is only $15; after … more

Many words describe Jiha Moon's incredible exhibition at Sumter gallery

Imagine that Walt Disney's animation crew from "Fantasia" and "Alice in Wonderland" created a painting project; then grab a Thesaurus: bold, sensitive, creative, mystical, powerful, delicate, voluminous. Welcome to Korean artist Jiha Moon's "A Mad … more

Sumter Genealogical Society resumes meetings on Sept. 16

The Sumter Genealogical Society will hold its first membership meeting since its summer break at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St. Speaking will be Joseph Matheson of Camden. Matheson's topic will be … more

Experience sound of Marvin Gaye at Sumter Opera House

What's going on Saturday at the Sumter Opera House? Sumter Cultural Manager Seth Reimer and his staff will bring another tribute performance to the stage for one performance only, at 7:30 p.m. Brian Owens and his Marvin Gaye Experience will … more

Reception for CCTC's stained glass, welding exhibit on Tuesday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College will hold a free reception for its Stained Glass and Welding Fall Art Exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at CCTC Foundation Gallery of Art and Expression (The Gallery Upstairs) in … more

CWU to hold Annual Salad Luncheon Sept. 21 at Aldersgate United Methodist

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumterites look forward to the only fundraiser that Church Women United of the Sumter Area hold each year, and it's back. The group's Annual Salad Luncheon returns on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Aldersgate United Methodist … more

ArtFields 2020 is accepting submissions

SUBMITTED LAKE CITY - ArtFields is now accepting applications for its 2020 competition. Now in its eighth year, the competition will offer selected artists exposure to thousands of art lovers, collectors and curators who come to see Lake City … more

Attend a 'Mad Tea Party' at Sumter gallery

Acclaimed artist Jiha Moon will offer A Mad Tea Party on Thursday evening when her exhibition of the same name opens at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. The installation is the artist's largest "tea ceremony" installation to date, said SCGA … more

Many students take a passion for the planet back to school

For many kids, heading back to school means more than resuming classes and homework. It means getting back to clubs and student organizations focused on sustainability - everything from composting and recycling to reducing food waste and promoting … more

Why don't hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?

"Why don't hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?" - Dhruv, age 15, Washington, District of Columbia If you have a hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water, you might have the … more

Sumter community band seeks musicians

When the Sumter Community Concert Band has its first practice of the 2019-20 season Thursday night, the musicians will be celebrating the organization's 37th year. Several members, among them Rick Mitchum, Barbara Rearden, Paul Booth, Joni Brown, … more

Cast of Sumter Little Theatre's 'Plaza Suite' brings honesty to characters

You may have heard the expression "Life is not funny." Well, you might change your mind after seeing the latest Sumter Little Theatre comedy, Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite." The well-known playwright had the knack of focusing realistic people types and … more

Don't want to buy? You can borrow (more than books) from some libraries

Amanda Blum enjoys trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, but like many home cooks she's reluctant to buy expensive and bulky kitchen appliances. So she was delighted to learn about Kitchen Share, a nonprofit near her home in … more

Sumter Little Theatre presents Neil Simon classic comedy 'Plaza Suite'

The genius of Neil Simon, a gifted cast and crew promise a "great evening's entertainment," when Sumter Little Theatre presents "Plaza Suite," opening Thursday with a 7 p.m. reception. Director Eric Bultman said Simon's humor and deep … more

Avoid being put 'under the ether' by scammers

Believing that fraud can't happen to us - because we're too smart, logical or informed - may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that … more

Your smartphone can make you vulnerable; minimize the risks

Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world - and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank … more
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