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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

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

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

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

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

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 club digest: Dec. 16, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI A business meeting to discuss service projects was held on Oct. 18 at the home of Dot Edwards, where a soup and cornbread lunch was served. The chapter supported The Salvation Army with a monetary donation … more

24th year of Sumter's Jingle with the Arts begins Friday, Dec. 14

Jingle with the Arts, the Christmas extravaganza now in its 24th year, will fill Patriot Hall with dance, music and the spirit of the season with three performances on Friday and Saturday. The popular show again features performances by the Sumter … more

Sumter's Patriot Hall hosts 1-stop shopping on Saturday

The second-annual Christmas at Patriot Hall starts with a visit from Santa and "shopping, shopping, shopping," according to Melanie Colclough, executive director of the Sumter County Cultural Commission, which sponsors the event. The all-day … 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

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

Get Ready for "A Merry Sumter Christmas"

A premiere event in the Sumter community is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The annual Holiday House Tour and Tea - this year named "A Merry Sumter Christmas" - will give … more
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