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Church Women United of the Greater Sumter area celebrate friendship

  PHOTO PROVIDED Church Women United of the Greater Sumter area turned out with friends recently for a “Friendship Photo” on the property of the YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Inc. … more

Go beyond a traditional window-box garden

The gardening world has a tried-and-true formula for the perfect window box: a thriller, a filler and a spiller. You simply can't go wrong with a tall red geranium amid a tranquil bed of white impatiens and cascading vines of ivy. But maybe … more

Review: Legal writer John Grisham pens a basketball thriller

"Sooley," by John Grisham (Doubleday) When you've written 35 novels and are working on a streak of 43 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, you can write about whatever you want. That's probably the simplest way to explain why John … more

DIY rain barrel workshop offered by Clemson Extension

FROM STAFF REPORTS If you missed out on Clemson Extension's last DIY rain barrel workshop, you are in luck; another is planned for Sumter, Florence and Darlington. The workshop, via online video, will teach participants how to assemble a rain … more

A REVIEW: 'Fractured Fictions' at Sumter County Gallery of Art will lift your spirits

The current Sumter County Gallery of Art exhibition Darien A-Johnson: Fractured Fictions focuses on "memory, materials and mark making." A-Johnson's work will give you a smile, a sense of wonderment - how did he do that? - and will lift your … more

Sumter Council of Garden Clubs 2021 Spring Garden Tour to be held May 1

The 2021 Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased only on the day of the tour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alice Boyle Garden … more

S.C.'s Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey a huge success

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's 2021 Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey, conducted recently by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, had a record-breaking number of participants and orioles tallied.This year the survey had 180 participants, and 859 … more

Sumter Art in the Park 2021 canceled, new date scheduled for April 23, 2022

Sumter artists and crafters will be disappointed to learn that the annual Art in the Park has been canceled for this year. The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association has canceled the 2021 Art in the Park Festival to protect the health and … more

Swap the crop? N.Y. hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. - Legal marijuana is coming to New York, and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. Farmers dealing with depressed prices for plants that produce CBD are eager to take part in a statewide marijuana market … more

Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter chooses Yards of the Month

The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter recognizes Sumter Medical Specialist PA and Carolina Diabetes and Kidney Center, 635 W. Wesmark Blvd., as the Business Yard of the Month for April. Chosen as Homeowner Yard of the Month is the … more

Sumter County Gallery of Art exhibitions explore memory, materials, mark making

Exhibitions by Charlotte artist Beverly Y. Smith and Darien A-Johnson, an assistant professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, will open at 5:30 p.m. today at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Gallery director Karen Watson said both artists … more

Cheesy Asparagus Tart is perfect spring dish

You can almost feel spring in the air, and with the warmer weather comes delicious, delectable foods. From casseroles to fresh fruits and wholesome vegetables, a change of season offers something to … more

Try growing some flower or vegetable transplants

If you've never grown your own transplants for your garden, perhaps this is the year to do it. It's economical, it allows you to grow varieties you might not be able to buy as transplants, it's satisfying, and … more

DIY Ideas to Increase Your Home's Value

Now as much as ever, your home may be a sanctuary for all kinds of expression, from thinking and dreaming to working and playing. Over the past year, homeowners began to consider the intersection of … more

Improve Wellness with Affordable Bathroom Upgrades

Wellness is at the forefront of nearly everyone's mind, including keeping germs at bay and creating surroundings that promote mental and physical health. Even small, but important, spaces like the … more

Clarendon Pilot Club honors 'heroes' at local nursing homes

CLARENDON COUNTY - "Heroes Work Here" was the theme of the Clarendon Pilot Club's recent visit to Lake Marion and Windsor Manor nursing homes in Clarendon County. To show their appreciation for all the hard work and dedication that the employees … more

Clarendon County Master Gardeners' early plant sale is scheduled for April 15

MANNING - These warm spring days have gardeners eager to get their fingers into the rich soil and begin planting vegetables, plants and flowers that they'll be able to enjoy in the months to come. The Clarendon County Master Gardeners are … more

Get Organized for an Envy-Worthy Garage

A garage may not be the focal point of your home, but it likely plays a significant role in your family's everyday life. Keeping the garage tidy can help you get the most out of the space, no matter … more

5 Home Remodeling Trends to Watch for in 2021

After a year of spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes fit their new realities. Open floor plans are out; dedicated spaces … more

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and careful planning is a necessity when it comes to redesigning this essential living space. Picking out cabinetry - and a color for those cabinets, in … more
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