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Military spouse at Shaw Air Force Base receives high honor from USARCENT for public service

A civilian and U.S. Army Central spouse was awarded the third-highest honor the Department of the Army can award to a private citizen on July 1. USARCENT Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Van presented Katrin Galeano with the Meritorious Public … more

Statewide group joins suit pressing to ratify women's rights

A South Carolina organization filed an amicus brief with two other states on June 29 in support of a lawsuit demanding the federal government add the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Equal Means ERA of South … more

'Battles for the Gospel’: Sumter's Church of the Holy Comforter priest reflects on court decision and ‘journey’ of lessons learned

A recent state circuit court decision on rights to church properties was a major win in the eyes of many for a state church district of about 50 congregations that split from the national Episcopal Church in 2012. As it stands now, those churches … more

Keeping fireworks fun: Sumter officials offer safety message, tips for home-based July 4 festivities

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All Sumter School District students offered summer food assistance

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Former Morris student's film looks at pandemic's impact on families

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Fatal F-16 crash pilot is named

The name of an F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot who died in a routine training mission on Shaw Air Force Base was released. First Lt. David Schmitz was confirmed dead by Col. Larry Sullivan, commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, … more

U.N.-backed study shows world's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

BERLIN (AP) - The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. The U.N.-backed study estimated the amount of e-waste that … more

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

COLUMBIA— Mostly-masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend. "This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around," … more

Little League World Series canceled for first time

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - This year's Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Little League President Stephen Keener announced the … more

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

CHICAGO - Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced Friday as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. Joining Bryant as … more

What if you knew a cookie would take 20 minutes to run off?

NEW YORK - Would you put down that bag of chips if you saw it had 170 calories? What if the label said it would take 16 minutes of running to burn off those calories? Health experts for years have pushed for clearer food labeling to empower … more

Hangovers happen as your body tries to protect itself from alcohol's toxic effects

Debaucherous evening last night? You're probably dealing with veisalgia right now. More commonly known as a hangover, this unpleasant phenomenon has been dogging humanity … more

Should you avoid meat for good health?

More than half of Americans who make New Year's resolutions resolve to "eat healthier." If you're one, you might be confused about the role meat should play in your health. It's no … more

Sharing a family meal can help those with dementia connect

Long before Tim Hollingsworth earned the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year award and served as chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was learning to cook by his mother's side at home. As a kid, Hollingsworth would measure … more

'Pioneer woman' sticks to her groove with new cookbook

NEW YORK (AP) - Ree Drummond - known for her Food Network cooking show, "The Pioneer Woman'' - won't follow diet trends to sell cookbooks. "I have found that I have to be authentic to me, otherwise it won't work. My interest will fizzle. I stay … more

2020 Democratic candidates aim to bring messages into rural America

DENMARK - Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix … more

Local digital agency offers online essentials for your business

In an age of internet giants, it can seem hard for smaller businesses to get a foot in the door online. Katie Shaw, digital specialist for the Iris Agency, says that many businesses still … more

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