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Author, professor urges gardeners to form 1 big 'national park'

Imagine if all the back and front yards - and even patio container plants - across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a "Homegrown National Park." Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to … more

How the virus changed my street - for the better

BERKHAMSTED, England - I've been living on my street for about 10 years, in a little market town outside London called Berkhamsted. In a very English way, I knew almost nothing about my neighbors. Everyone kept to their own business. My street is … more

Couples turn to 'minimonies' to salvage wedding plans

NEW YORK - Couples trying to salvage weddings put on hold by the coronavirus are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the "minimony." Rather than wait, they're getting hitched alone or with a few local loved ones looking on at a safe … more

May Yards of the Month named

PHOTOS PROVIDED The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter recognizes May Yards of the Month. ABOVE: The business honored is Sumter Family Dental, 852 W. Liberty St. BELOW: Gail and John Ford, 23 Swan Lake Drive, are the honored homeowners. more

Pandemic gives Sumter mom of 4 in college 'gift' of extra time together

All our coronavirus coverage is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our … more

Foreign adoptions by U.S. families drop by more than a quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents fell by more than one-quarter last year, extending a 15-year decline, according to State Department figures released … more

High-tech growing systems bring joy of gardening to those without outdoor space

Traditionally, growing your own herbs and veggies was reserved for those with the luxury of outdoor space and abundant light. Now there are a number of new, high-tech indoor gardening systems that allow apartment dwellers with limited light, or … more

See live stream of The Seat of Justice free online during Easter weekend

CLARENDON COUNTY - The year was 1947. A black farmer, Levi Pearson, was living in the Davis Station community when he asked the Clarendon County Board of Education for gas to fuel a school bus so that his children as well as neighboring children … more

Need some new sounds during quarantine? Sumter musicians celebrate John Denver with CD featuring hits, 'obscure' songs

Local musician and producer Kevin Jarvis has been a lifelong admirer of the late John Denver, so his latest CD release is somewhat of a "dream come true." "I Should Have Been Home Yesterday: Celebrating the Music of John Denver" features not only … more

Crafts can help refugees find community, maybe a living

By MOLLY SPRAYREGEN Associated Press When Bahija Karim arrived in Idaho as an Afghan refugee in 2005, she knew little about American culture. She didn't speak English. A volunteer directed her to Artisans for Hope, a local crafts initiative … more

Reception, book signing with Cecil J. Williams to be held March 31 at Sumter County Museum

SUBMITTED BY AMANDA COX Sumter County Museum Community contributor "Unforgettable: Celebrating a Time of Life, Hope and Bravery" is a traveling exhibition by the legendary artist Cecil J. Williams. The exhibition provides a rare glimpse of … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company celebrates 40 years

There's a not-so-secret code in Dance Vision 2020 and a surprise in Sumter Civic Dance Company's concert of that name. Patriot Hall will host the concert at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the stage will be filled with costumed … more

Recognizing 120 'Women of Honor' in Sumter

It's been 40 years since President Jimmy Carter officially designated the first week of March as National Women's History Week. Carter noted during his message that "Too often the women (who helped build the nation) were unsung, and sometimes their … more

Club Digest: The Sumter Art Association

The Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed members. Ginger Jones gave an inspirational devotion on friendship. She … more

Author of The South Carolina State Hospital: Stories from Bull Street to hold talk, book signing at Sumter County Museum

SUBMITTED BY AMANDA COX Sumter County Museum Community contributor The Sumter County Museum will hold a talk and book signing with author William Buchheit for his fascinating new novel, The … more

Swartz is Sumter gallery's Artist of the Month

Manning resident Carole S. Swartz, chosen as Sumter Artist Guild's Artist of the Month for March, will have her works exhibited March 3-31 at the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Swartz often refers to herself as "playful" and produces … more

Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits provide creative look at women of S.C.

Welcome to the world of women. Sumter County Gallery of Art offers two opportunities to celebrate contributions of women with "The Supper Table," the inspiration of Cindi Boiter, and "Dream Bodies," fabric sculptures by Maria Britton. Both exhibits … more
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