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Karen Pence adds campaigning for President Trump to busy to-do list

WASHINGTON - Karen Pence has no shortage of projects. The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who … more

Snapping into place: Jigsaw puzzles have ardent following

There are jigsaw puzzle nights at coffee shops and libraries. Puzzle groups and puzzle games online. Hand-cut wooden puzzles that cost thousands of dollars. And puzzle designs that range from edgy, original artwork to your own, custom-ordered family … more

A REVIEW: SLT's 'A Soldier's Play' is an honest look at human behavior

Sumter Little Theatre's current production, the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "A Soldier's Play," is a thought-provoking and honest look at human behavior and attitudes. Though much of the play's tension stems from the historical climate set … more

Sumter's Turkish people topic at Monday meeting

Glen Browder, co-author of "South Carolina's Turkish People, A History and Ethnology," will be the speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. His topic for the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 … more

Sumter Little Theatre presents murder mystery that explores racism, right vs. wrong

A Pulitzer Prize-winning play with themes that remain relevant will open the second half of Sumter Little Theatre's 2019-20 season on Thursday. "A Soldier's Play" by Charles Fuller is set on a U.S. Army base in Louisiana in 1944. The play is … more

'Instant shorthand': Couples who met at camp look back

By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON The Associated Press Ron Gammell first noticed Mary Turk on the bus en route to camp. "She had a pretty smile," he said of the young woman who would later become … more

Sumter Art Association

The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed members and quests. Josie Holler gave an inspirational … more

Anthrax vs. cancer: Researchers harness the deadly toxin to cure canines and hopefully people

Can the feared anthrax toxin become an ally in the war against cancer? Successful treatment of pet dogs suffering bladder cancer with an anthrax-related treatment suggests so. Anthrax is a disease … more

Beware of 'free genetic testing' Medicare scam

Family Features Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries. Scammers target Medicare … more

Elvis will be in the building (Sumter Opera House) on Saturday

It started as a simple recording session and ended up being the now-famous night that tabbed four of American music's most iconic 1950s-1970s artists "The Million Dollar Quartet." The Sumter Opera House will present a show on Saturday that pays … more

Alexa, read me a story: Audio content for youth on the rise

NEW YORK (AP) - Melanie Musson in Belgrade, Montana, does a lot of driving with her four girls. Juggling a broad age range, 1 to 9, she's forever searching for ways to keep them all entertained without relying entirely on video. While she still … more

Make healthy food resolutions stick with these strategies

For many of us, January is all about giving things up: Maybe we're going to stop eating meat and embrace a plant-based diet. Or we're ready to kick excess sugar to the curb after a holiday season awash in sweets. Or we're committed to avoiding fast … more

Couple together for nearly 65 years die on the same day

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) - A couple who had been together for nearly 65 years have died on the same day at a St. Louis-area nursing home. Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed next to each other in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands, … more

Color, form, drama make traveling show at Sumter Gallery of Art memorable

This year's 42nd-annual South Carolina Watermedia Traveling Exhibition, currently at the Sumter Gallery of Art, begins with an impact - color, composition, technique and drama - and a chance for viewers to make choices. There are three winners, … more

Winter session of Adventures in Learning begins Jan. 30 at Shepherd's Center of Sumter

If you're 50 years or older, you once again have the opportunity to exercise both your mind and body when the winter session of Adventures in Learning begins at the Shepherd's Center of Sumter on Jan. 30. Classes meet mainly on Thursdays at Trinity … more

Inheriting the fine china? Many younger folks say 'no thanks'

Last summer, I cleaned out the house where my Grandma lived for 60 years. Every nook and cranny was filled with something - papers, mugs, old photographs, knickknacks, furniture. There were also two complete sets of Johann Haviland china, from … more

Sumter County Gallery of Art has much to see with 2 new exhibits

SUBMITTED Don't miss out on two exhibits running through Feb. 21 at Sumter County Gallery of Art. The first is the 42nd-annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition. The SCWS is the largest statewide visual arts group which … more

Parents of adult children with disabilities create their own housing opportunities

PHOENIX - Luke Humble and Conor Gunderson have settled into a comfortable rhythm since moving into their own home in Phoenix three months ago. Humble, 26, says he likes eating breakfast with his best friend before they go their separate ways to … more

The Carolinian Ball presents 2 debutantes

PHOTO PROVIDED The Carolinian Ball presented two debutantes on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at Sunset Country Club. Debutantes are from left, front row: Kate Hannah Smith and Abigail Banks Zilch. … more
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