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University of South Carolina Sumter English professor Andrew Kunka has published a comprehensive guide to autobiographical comics. He has long been a fan of graphic novels, also known as comics, even teaching them at the university. Kunka has … more
Walking in the morning garden - it's a good thing to do in the summer, while it's quiet and still - and sometimes, cool. These last several days around here have brought strong afternoon and evening thunderstorms, with pouring rains, and in the … more
AMSTERDAM (AP) - In the heart of the Dutch capital, on a canal near one of the busiest shopping streets, a floating animal sanctuary called The Catboat provides refuge for about 50 stray and abandoned felines. Known in Dutch as De Poezenboot, the … more
"If you prick us, do we not bleed?" - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III: 1. The cacti are plants that demand attention for several obvious reasons. They are fascinating succulents with spectacular flowers, and they characterize … more
Melanie Colclough is having a very good year. On March 11, she and her husband, David, became the parents of four young children, and just under three weeks ago, she was named executive director of the Sumter County Cultural Commission. The … more
Sumter Opera House's 2017-18 Main Stage series lineup is set, and the shows promise the variety and excitement of acts from the previous season. After the series' opening show, the colorful spectacular Artrageous, on Oct. 5, the season gets underway … more
Harry Guerro couldn't believe his good fortune after making the 3,000-mile journey from New Jersey to the West Coast in late 2012 and unearthing a 35 mm print of the 1975 horror thriller, "The Intruder," featuring a cast of Hollywood legends. "I … more
How important is water to the environment? Sumter County's Clemson Extension office will offer a day camp Aug. 8 and 9 for young people ages 9 to 14 that should answer that question. During the two days of 4-H2O, campers will explore the areas … more
Linda Alexander first developed an interest in the stars of early film and television as a child in the 1960s, watching old movies with her mother. Many years later, her fascination for Hollywood's Golden Age led to the publication of several actor … more
While the area is busy preparing for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the most spectacular meteor shower of the year seems to be getting short shrift. The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Aug. 12 and 13 from late night until dawn. The shower of … more
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