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Bison roundup conjures bygone days of U.S. West

SALT LAKE CITY - Once a year, hundreds of horseback riders gather on an island in Utah's Great Salt Lake to nudge bison toward holding pens in a roundup of one of America's largest and oldest public herds. Bison have occupied Antelope Island, … more

U.S. classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, … more

Church renovation gives hope to Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank - A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original … more

Sumter museum presents 2019's 1st author luncheon

The Sumter County Museum presents its first author luncheon of 2019 with the Monday appearance of Marie Benedict, whose latest novel, “The Only Woman in the Room,” was released Tuesday. Her … more

Follow these guidelines for holiday tipping

Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don't always agree on what's appropriate. What people actually do is another … more

6 debutantes presented at The Carolinian Ball

The Carolinian Ball presented six debutantes at its ball on Dec. 20, 2018, at Sunset Country Club. From left: Gillian Ann Hagerty escorted by Caleb Robert Turner and Kiel Curran Bilton; Cassidy McKay Williams escorted by James Douglas Chandler and … more

Gallery exhibits are magical, emotionally charged

The cold weather encourages strains of "Winter Wonderland," but the two current exhibits at the Sumter Gallery of Art celebrate water wonderlands, creativity and a measure of warmth. Jocelyn Ch teauvert's "Paper Wrangler" and Sumter native Mary Ann … more

Club Digest: Jan. 6, 2019

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association on Dec. 4, 2018, in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional focusing on the advent season as a … more

The Cotillion Club presents 1 debutante

PHOTO PROVIDED The Cotillion Club presented one debutante on Dec. 19, 2018, at Sunset Country Club. Catherine Stout McCreight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart McCreight, was escorted by John Evans Boyle and William Thomas Sansom. more

Expert: Medical bills plague millennials

Chrystal McKay knew enough about medical care costs that she skipped the ambulance ride after a car accident. A friend drove her to the emergency room. That saved her one bill, but she faces another for more than $20,000 after her ER visit. The … more

There's lots to see in USC Sumter art galleries

FROM STAFF REPORTS Now through March 31, the University of South Carolina Sumter has plenty of art for viewing. In the Upstairs Gallery, located in the Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building, visitors can find Eric Burress' Natural … more

Medicare, Social Security are 2 independent programs

Dear Rusty: I will be 64 years old in 2019 and thinking about Social Security. My full retirement age is 66 and 2 months, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to get the most out of my retirement. I have a lot of questions, but just need to … more

Sumter Little Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes' 'Baskerville'

Sumter Little Theatre presents a comic take on history's most celebrated fictional detective when "Ken Ludwig's Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" opens Thursday evening. Directed by Michael Duffy, "Baskerville's" cast of characters numbers … more

The Old Man and The Play -- Friend keeps his word to Hemingway

WESTPORT, Conn. - When the 1958 film adaptation of "The Old Man and the Sea" hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him. "About … more

Border patrol museum opens world of an evolving agency

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory where you worked, question your citizenship status … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion presents 4 debutantes

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented four debutantes at their annual ball on Dec. 21, 2018, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Porter Katherine Johnson was escorted by Talmadge Alsey Johnson and James Russell Early; Hannah Griffith Graham was … more

Bullied girl becomes a messenger of hope

NEW YORK - Kheris Rogers was in the first grade in a predominantly white private school in Los Angeles when she felt the bite of racism among her peers - she was being bullied because of her dark skin. She tearfully kept it to herself, eventually … more

The Camellia Ball presents 4 debutantes

The Camellia Ball presented four debutantes on Dec. 18, 2018, at Sunset Country Club. From left: Madeleine Maury Shuler with escorts Stephen Campbell Mims III and Daniel Scot Dilts; Corbett Elizabeth Moore with escorts Patrick Scott Bell and Richard … more

Upcoming play at Sumter's Patriot Hall dramatizes 4 centuries of black life in U.S.

"From the Slave House to the White House," written by the Rev. Jeanette Collins, will have its premier performance on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Patriot Hall. Collins also directs the play that depicts the history of black life, oppression and progress … more

Club Digest: Nov. 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met Oct. 16 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional based on using verses from Psalm 122 as … more
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