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Kenny Cetera brings Chicago Experience to Sumter Opera House tonight

FROM STAFF REPORTS pressrelease@theitem.com If you don't have plans for tonight, look no further than the Sumter Opera House. Kenny Cetera, brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. with his Chicago … more

Science exhibit explores connection between man, dog

LOS ANGELES - Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out … more

Learn photography, Sumter history during Sumter Shepherd's Center tours

Two local tours offered through Sumter Shepherd's Center will expand understanding of Sumter for 30 senior citizens while teaching photographic skills. Local historian Sammy Way will lead the May 1 and 2 trips, the first focusing on downtown Sumter, … 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

From Bogart to millennials: Hat maker tries new look

SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy - Hats off, Bogie. The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials … more

Columbia City Ballet to perform in Sumter

PHOTO PROVIDED If you love a good story with a happy ending, make sure to mark your calendar for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Columbia City Ballet will be performing the time-honored masterpiece "The Sleeping Beauty" at Patriot Hall. The third … more

Sumter County Library to host Black History Month program

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Library will host a presentation titled "Education in South Carolina: The Events that Brought about Public Education" at 3 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend the program at the downtown library, … more

Columbia City Ballet dances art of Jonathan Green on Saturday at Patriot Hall

The colorful and bold work of Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green, interpreted into dance by Columbia City Ballet Executive Director and choreographer William Starrett, comes to the Patriot Hall stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Green's paintings depict … more

Sumter Community Concert Band, art gallery present spring program on Sunday

The Sumter Community Concert Band celebrates the approach of spring with a widely varied music program. The 3 p.m. Sunday concert in Patriot Hall begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner," a longstanding tradition for the band, but all 10 selections in … more

'Dancing Never Felt So Good': Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 20th contemporary dance concert

For the 20th year, the Sumter Civic Dance Company presents its contemporary dance concert. The title of the March 15 and 16 performances is "Dancing Never Felt So Good," and company director Andrea Freed-Levenson said that's true for the audience as … more

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION

Sumter Art Association Club Digest The Sumter Art Association was held at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed everyone and wished everyone a happy new year. Ginger Jones … more

United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes today for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the … more

Les Trente presents 4 debutantes

Les Trente presented four debutantes on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Sunset Country Club: Taylor LeeAnn Moses, escorted by Luke Whetsell Harper and Spencer Bryce Atkinson; Margaret Snow Segars, escorted by Stephen Campbell Mims III and Andrew James … more

Big brand names try reusable containers

A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. "Loop" would do away with disposable containers for things like food, shampoo, laundry detergent and diapers from some of … more

Sumter County Genealogical Society to present 'Echoes of Sumter's Past' Monday

The Sumter County Genealogical Society will present featured speakers Diana Roof and Becka Smilowska at its 7:30 p.m. Monday meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church. Their presentation, "Echoes of Sumter's Past," will comprise tales of some of … more

Dog lovers swipe right for perfect pet match

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners. Called GetPet, the … more
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