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Award-winning author to speak at Sumter museum on Thursday; 'Bells for Eli' explores relationship between cousins, best friends

The Sumter County Museum continues its author series at 6 p.m. Thursday with an appearance by novelist Susan Beckham Zurenda. Her new novel, "Bells for Eli," has already received several awards, notably the Gold Medal for Best First Book - Fiction … more

Saddle up for the return of the Black Cowboy Festival this weekend in Rembert

Cowboys and cowgirls will put on their boots and saddle up this weekend for the annual Black Cowboy Festival and Rodeo in Sumter County. After a year's hiatus of social activities because of the coronavirus pandemic, Greenfield Farm, 4585 Spencer … more

Museum to hold reception for new exhibit, Glimpses Into the Past: Postcards of Sumter

In celebration of the newly painted Greetings from Sumter County Museum mural, the museum has installed a new exhibit, Glimpses Into the Past: Postcards of Sumter, highlighting more than 50 postcards … more

Club digest for July 23, 2021

The Sumter Art AssociationAfter more than a year of not meeting, the Sumter Art Association met on May 18 for a very special event in the garden of Grady Locklear. President Carla Young welcomed all … more

Family meals that deliver flavor and nutrition: Chopped Chicken Taco Salad, Sustainable Frittata

As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels … more

Millennial Money: Don't overlook credit union credit cards

When you're frequently bombarded with ads for credit cards at big banks, it's easy to overlook credit cards at a local credit union. These not-for-profit organizations typically require membership … more

Sumter Senior Services transitioning into post-pandemic operations

A nonprofit that provides activities, food and transportation to Sumter's older adults closed its doors because of the pandemic, but as vaccines are becoming more widely available, the center is slowly returning to normal operations. "We are … more

Weeds aren't all bad but do need to be controlled

Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We've come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged … more

Buy or make a rain gauge to get garden watering right

In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch, and you might find bone-dry soil. Because watering - not too much and not too little - is one of … more

Black female World War II unit hopes to get congressional honor

BOSTON - Maj. Fannie Griffin McClendon and her Army colleagues never dwelled on being the only Black battalion of women to serve in Europe during World War II. They had a job to do. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was credited with … more

Backyard bird sleuths boost scientists' work

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University ecologist Emily Williams first became fascinated with birds not because of their beauty, or their sweet songs. She was riveted by their extraordinary travels. "Realizing that this tiny animal that can fit in the … more

S.C. State Fair accepting entries for 2021 competitive exhibits

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina State Fair is returning and is accepting entries for this year's competitive exhibits through Wednesday, Sept. 1, according to a news release from Nancy Smith, general manager of the S.C. State Fair. The … more

3-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream

When it’s beyond hot outside and the kids are begging for a delicious afternoon snack, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to turn. The pantry is full and the refrigerator is stocked, … more

Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie

 Summer is the time to relax, refresh and indulge in sweet and heavenly treats. While you’re lounging poolside and watching the kids play, enjoy a cool, creamy and absolutely divine … more

A review: Sumter Artists' Guild Exhibition makes everyone a winner

And the winners are … the exhibiting artists and those who visit the current Sumter Artists' Guild Exhibition at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Each year the show gets more and more interesting with local artists exploring different genres and … more

Beacon Cinemas holds over Sumter native's film, A Father's Legacy, through June 29

"A Father's Legacy," a movie set and filmed around Sumter County was the best attended film at the Beacon Cinemas last weekend. Because of its popularity, the theater has extended its run through June 29. Jason McElveen, whose stage name is Jason … more

Sumter Artists' Guild show opens Thursday Awards presentation, reception featured at gallery

The Sumter County Gallery of Art's most highly anticipated exhibition of the year opens Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The show features a variety of mediums entered by guild members. Guild president Laura Cardello, a ceramicist herself, noted that there are … more

Summer snacks that satisfy cravings: Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts, Buffalo-Pecan Pimento Cheese Dip

Road trips, outdoor adventures and relaxing by the pool are some of summer’s most popular activities, and all can be more enjoyable by adding favorite snacks to the mix. Next time you bask in … more

Kid friendly summer snacking

(Family Features) Summer sun means it’s time for warm-weather fun for kids of all ages, and all that activity and playing calls for snacks and hydration to recharge. Whether your children … more

Club Digest for June 7, 2021

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI The chapter met on June 3 for its last meeting of the year and first meeting held inside since the COVID-19 pandemic. President Margaret Dougherty presided over the meeting. Secret Sister gifts were exchanged … more
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