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5 health benefits of oranges beyond Vitamin C

Healthful eating starts with the ingredients you use, so it’s important to use fresh, seasonal ingredients that pack a nutritional punch. One of the easiest ways to meet your daily nutrient … more

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 … more

Sumter Y's Missy Corrigan: Balance your electrolytes for better health

Sodium and potassium are your body's primary electrolytes, and a healthy ratio of the two is vital to human survival. Many Americans have an imbalance, consuming too much sodium and not enough potassium. According to the American Heart Association, … more

A REVIEW: Sumter County Gallery of Art exhibits lift immigration issue to undeniable level

Immigration has been an important topic in the news for several years. An extremely informative article, "Photography, multisensory exhibitions open at Sumter Gallery," which was published in The Sumter Item on Feb. 16, underscores the significance … more

If a stranger offers you student loan forgiveness, hang up

Student loan scammers have a brand-new hook: "Biden student loan forgiveness" or "stimulus forgiveness." Behind the pitch is the same old fraudster playbook, one that persuades federal student loan … more

Nonprofits step up to protect fertility for cancer patients

Roshni Kamta remembers that spring day two years ago when she left for work on her usual crowded New York City subway line, carrying precious cargo. Inside the light white bag, which she stored inside the refrigerator at work, were her egg freezing … more

Sumter County Museum offers pottery workshop, author talk with Marie Bostwick

A smartphone speaker made from clay? That's what your child can make at the Sumter County Museum. If you are looking for something fun for your child between age 8 and 13, the museum is offering the pottery workshop, How to … more

Protect your health with a heart-smart eating plan

As people have spent more time at home, many have rediscovered the simple joy of home-cooking and stumbled upon a secret weapon for health at the same time. By making smart, intentional decisions … more

Millennial Money: Turn your quarantine clutter into money

I placed more online orders than I can count in 2020. And I justified all of them.My front porch was filled with boxes containing all sorts of things: furniture (I needed to redecorate), paper towels … more

Photography, multisensory exhibitions open at Sumter County Gallery of Art

Artists explore experiences of Latinos in South Carolina and those of immigrants crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico in two major exhibitions that open Thursday at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Gallery Executive Director Karen Watson … more

Duchess of Sussex expecting 2nd child, a sibling for Archie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child, their office confirmed Sunday.A spokesperson for Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, said in a statement: "We … more

In an anxious winter, the garden offers consolation

Deep into this pandemic winter, it can be hard to remember what a refuge gardens were last spring and summer. In those frightening early days of COVID-19, victory gardens and household vegetable plots sprang up all over. Seed companies reported … more

Genealogical society explores Greek influence on Sumter

Bill Skinner will be the invited speaker at Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. He will speak on the influence of citizens of Greek descent on Sumter, specifically its dining establishments, at the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Swan … more

South Carolina Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey and Great Backyard Bird Count set for Feb. 12-15

BY SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCESCOLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will conduct an annual Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey Feb. 12-15, in conjunction … more

I stopped spending for a month, and you can too

In January, I took up a no-spend challenge. That's right — I refrained from making nonessential purchases for one whole month. With my travel and entertainment expenses basically nonexistent … more

The perfect pancake for your valentine

 Finding something unique and special to do on Valentine’s Day for your significant other can be a challenge. Every year, the day to celebrate love rolls around and every year it may seem … more

Red Velvet for your valentine

On the sweetest day of the year, a day full of flowers, love and sweets, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to try a different dessert meant for two.It’s hard to resist a … more

Clemson Extension program replaces invasive species growing in Sumter with free native trees

An invasive species is wanted by Clemson Extension. The Bradford Pear, a medium-sized tree with rounded form, is invasive in natural or unmanaged areas across the state. One of these areas is Sumter. Horticulture Extension Agent Chase Smoak, … more

From virtual book chats to watercolor and pottery workshops, Sumter County Museum has it covered

FROM STAFF REPORTS Looking for something interesting to do? Check out what the Sumter County Museum has to offer for January and February. If you like a good mystery, "The Mystery of Mrs. Christie" Virtual Book Chat and Q&A with author Marie … more

Liz Weston: The tax credit fix many can't afford to miss

Families battered by the pandemic recession soon may discover that the tax refunds they're counting on are dramatically smaller — or that they actually owe income tax. Congress offered a … more
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