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Children from SBA churches to collect funds Saturday to help build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries

Children from seven churches within the Santee Baptist Association will be collecting donations at five different locations in Sumter for Children's Missions Day on Saturday to raise money to build a tiny house for Sumter United Ministries. SUM … more

Thomas Sumter family descendant to speak Monday at meeting

Thomas Sumter Tisdale will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. Tisdale is a Charleston attorney, an author and a playwright who has done extensive research on the family of Revolutionary War Gen. … 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

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

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

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

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

Sumter's Elephant Ear officially opens bookstore Thursday

Ten years ago, when the Elephant Ear first opened on Bultman Drive as a cooperative by several local artists, it was simply a gallery where art was displayed and sold. Over the years, the shop added more and more features and continued to grow. … 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

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

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

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

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

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

Shepherd's Center of Sumter offers adventures: Winter activities on horizon

Classes begin Jan. 24 at the Shepherd's Center of Sumter, but Executive Director Jeanette Roveri-Smith emphasizes that the Adventures in Learning are not the only enrichment activities sponsored by the center. In addition to the wide variety of … more

2 shows opening at Sumter Gallery of Art

The Sumter County Gallery of Art presents two of its most popular annual exhibitions to begin its 2019 season. The 42nd-annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition and the 42nd … 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
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