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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

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

Sumter tribe will celebrate heritage at Saturday festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will celebrate and share its heritage Saturday with the third of its Native American Indian Festivals. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. members of the tribe invite the public to learn about their culture and heritage … 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

Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

Woman who created green bean casserole dies at 92

HADDONFIELD, N.J. - The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple - the green bean casserole - enjoyed by millions has died at age 92. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15 of Alzheimer's disease, said Ken Tomlinson of Hinski-Tomlinson Funeral Home in … 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

'Mockingbird' chosen as America's best-loved novel in vote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members of Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the chapter birthday by attending an ice cream social and pool party at the home of Betty Vannoy on July 12. Beginning Day, hosted by Xi Eta Chapter, … more

Don't miss local talent in Sumter Little Theatre's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

If you are looking for something to brighten your life, the Sumter Little Theatre production "Little Shop of Horrors" may be just what you need. Opening night's crowd rewarded the actors with plenty of laughter and applause. It is local little … 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
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