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Sumter dancers are 'Working Through It'; contemporary dance focus of Thursday concert

The title of Thursday's contemporary dance concert sums up the past few months for the Sumter Civic Dance Company. Never before have the dancers had to deal with a pandemic, but that hasn't diminished their enthusiasm, said Executive Director Andrea … more

Sumter author Ken Bell's work submitted for Edgar Award

Local author Kendall "Ken" Bell's nonfiction "Triple Tragedy in Alcolu" has been submitted for consideration for an Edgar Award. Submitted by Bella Rosa Books, the book, Bell's latest, recounts the events of the 1944 murder trial and execution of … more

Aging is a total-body process

You may have heard that 60 is the new 40, or maybe you know someone who has aged really well. Fit or active individuals tend to appear much younger than their chronological age, and cosmetic surgery can certainly change one's appearance, but … more

Sumter Gallery of Art presents 3 exhibitions; artists work in 3 different mediums

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will close out 2020 with three discrete, but interrelated, exhibitions, opening Thursday. Curator Cole Miller and Executive Director Karen Watson said they are "tapping into the multi-faceted, complex relationship … more

Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center sponsors Zoom event with 'Book of Lost Names' author

SUBMITTED Sumter County Museum invites readers to a virtual book chat and question-and-answer session, sponsored by Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, with Kristin Harmel, author of the No. 1 New … more

White family genealogy topic at Monday meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society

Daughters of the American Revolution genealogist Linda Rogers Weiss will be the guest speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be held in McKenzie Hall at the Sumter County Museum. Weiss, … more

Tomatoes, turnips rule in big year for veggie gardening

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - In the year of the new coronavirus, when new gardeners came out in droves to try growing their own vegetables, tomatoes were still king. And in a twist, the respect-seeking turnip actually turned some heads. Seed … more

Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter announces October's Yards of the Month

The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter recognizes October's Yards of the Month. The business Yard of the Month is Wilson Hall School, left. At the corner of Wilson Hall Road and Wise Drive, PTO members have designed a bright and cheerful display of … more

Don't miss this week's Storytime with Harvin Clarendon Library

MANNING - Children around the world share one thing, a heart, and that's the focus of this week's Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 via Facebook live from the Harvin Clarendon County Library. "We All Sing with the Same Voice," "Edwina the Emu," "If … more

Sumter County Museum offers free event Saturday; 'Walk Through Homestead' features fun, educational events

The Sumter County Museum will present a fun alternative to its usual Carolina Backcountry Harvest celebration on Saturday. A Pirate Day was held on the museum grounds during the summer, and the Sumter County Genealogical Society held a ribbon … more

Sumter museum will offer Catawba pottery workshop

Sumter County Museum continues its series of workshops on Saturday with a hands-on class for young people on Catawba pottery. Education Manager Amanda Cox will teach the 1-to-4 p.m. class to students ages 8 to 17. Museum Director Annie Rivers said … more

Sumter's family history on display at Genealogical Society

A nonprofit that works to research and promote Sumter's history through its families wants visitors. The Sumter County Genealogical Society held an open house recently to highlight what they offer and what they have done since forming in the … more

ArtFields calls for Southern artists Lake City to host 9th annual exhibition

ArtFields invites both emerging and established artists from 12 southeastern states to enter the ninth exhibition and competition that turns Lake City into a town-wide gallery for nine days in the spring. Accepted artists will have their work … more

Sumter Art in the Park to be held online Saturday

When life as we knew it was canceled in March as COVID-19 spread to pandemic levels, an annual outdoor art and vendor festival in Sumter's historic downtown district was among the social gatherings lost. Some events nixed their 2020 event from … more

Sumter County Genealogical society resumes meetings; Family History Center topic for Monday

The Sumter County Genealogical Society will resume its monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, with a presentation by Charlie D. Walton. The meeting will be held in McKenzie Hall at the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., to allow … more

Clemson Extension announces virtual canning workshop

LEXINGTON – It’s harvest season and fresh produce, canning jars, pressure canners and other equipment needed to preserve fruits and vegetables are showing up in kitchens across South … more

If doing less means saving more, try these 5 money moves

The coronavirus has upended countless jobs, schools and bank accounts. But while undoubtedly more people are struggling than not, those who are still working may have seen their expenses actually … more

4 home insurance pitfalls to avoid during hurricane season

For homeowners in coastal states, the 2020 hurricane season could mean financial disaster. Named storms are rolling in at a record pace, with as many as 25 expected in the Atlantic this season … more

Some gardeners in a pickle over scarce canning supplies

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — It's the time of year when gardeners are turning their ripe tomatoes into sauces and salsas and cucumbers into pickles. But a boom in gardening and preparing food at home … more

Plant for fragrant summer nights

Neither evening stocks nor jasmine tobacco are particularly worthy plants by day. But as darkness falls, the petals of each of these flowers unfurl to release a delicious, heavy scent. Jasmine tobacco's petals unfold colorful or pure white … more
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