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Sumter Iris Festival marks 78 years

These slides were taken by Hubert D. Osteen during the Iris Festival events in 1948 and 1949. The late horticulturist H.C. Bland started the gardens around his fishing lake in 1927, and the late A.T. Heath deeded the south gardens to the city of … more

Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 … more

Pageant benefits homeless female vets

Bryanna Smith is a busy woman. She works as a histology technician at Palmetto Health Tuomey, serves as a U.S. Army drill sergeant at Fort Jackson, and she's a mom. Add to that her preparation for participating in the Ms. Veteran America 2018 … more

Club Digest: May 16, 2018

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held April 17 at the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed 42 members. Ginger Jones gave an inspiring devotion on God's promises. Sue … more

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in 2017

Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. … more

Lego lovers pack convention

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - If you think five straight days of Lego are for the kiddie set, think again. Brickworld Chicago is a convention aimed at adults. Teens are welcome. So are tweens. But better nab a grown-up, boys and girls, if you want to hang with … more

Scrub pots or make tea from this scratchy plant

Special to The Sumter ItemI just finished a wonderful fish lunch at a local restaurant named "Mercado Acapulco," near our campus, a place that features a restaurant along with its well-stocked grocery store. Such a lunch it was! A crispy hot … more

2 couples, 2 approaches to turning recycled materials into art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters scramble to create something new out of something old. Here's a look at two couples who have found interesting ways to … more

Sumter resident publishes children's book

Ashley Denmark has recently added "author" to her list of accomplishments, with the publication of her first book. The Missouri native lives in Sumter and works as a family medicine physician at McLeod Hospital in Florence. "I recently wrote my … more

Homegrown benefits music ministry

Homegrown is an adjective of high praise. It describes the musicians who will share their talents in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Sumter Opera House, and it's also the title of the program. Kipper Ackerman, executive director of … more

Saudi women spend big on makeup, even if it's just a glimpse

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Green lipstick, blue lipstick and 40 shades of foundation to choose from are just some of the reasons 18-year-old Shahad al-Qahtani is excited about superstar Rihanna's makeup line debut in Saudi Arabia. Rihanna, known … more

Club Digest: Sunday, April 22, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on Feb. 15 at the home of Dot Edwards. A business meeting was held after a lunch of soup and cornbread. The chapter continues its service projects of providing food to United Ministries, The … more

The Power of the Song

Vicki and Jay Parnell believe that music is powerful. They've been making music together and with others for years, and lately they've been expanding their exploration of the strength of songs performed by their writers. On Saturday, April 28, … more

Rockin' Rick Springfield honored for sharing depression struggles

When 23-year-old Rick Springfield's debut solo single "Speak to the Sky" was climbing the Australian pop charts in 1972, few realized the young singer/songwriter had been suffering since his teen years from debilitating depression - including a … more

Could you unplug?

Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. "When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to … more

'Walker's' Sheree J. Wilson, Clarence Gilyard Jr. together again

For eight seasons beginning in 1993, Sheree J. Wilson and Clarence Gilyard Jr. rounded up the bad guys alongside Chuck Norris in the popular CBS action-adventure show "Walker, Texas Ranger." At the conclusion of the series, Wilson and Gilyard went … more

Award-winning author to speak at Friends of the Sumter County Library Author Event

McCall Hoyle, award-winning author of the Young Adult novel "The Thing with Feathers," will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Friends of the Sumter County Library Annual Author … more

Club digest: April 8, 2018

Sumter Art Association President Patti Sosnowski called the annual business meeting of the Sumter Art Association to order on March 20 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. She welcomed the 39 members who were … more

'A Southern Girl's Gotta Have It' at Sumter Opera House

The self-proclaimed "inventor" of the mullet, a Gamecock alumna determined to get her rejected daughter admitted to her alma mater, and a thrift shop owner willing to do most anything to get a low-budget zombie movie part are just a few of the … more

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

BANGKOK - The elephant is Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of the friendship between the two countries. President Abraham Lincoln, likely bemused and … more
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