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Sure, throw hot dogs on the grill. But don't forget bananas, too.

In this pandemic summer, who doesn't want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you're firing up the grill, don't forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant favorites and remind you of classic desserts. And … more

Sumter's Art in the Park canceled

An annual outdoors celebration of local art is the latest event in Sumter to be put on the chopping block this year because of COVID-19 concerns. The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association announced Monday it canceled Art in the Park, scheduled … more

Sumter museum offers free admission, Zoom event with 2 best-selling authors

Everyone knows you get what you pay for, right? Not in this case. The Sumter County Museum has plenty to offer, and yet it is offering free admission until further notice. According to a news release from the museum, the decision was made out of … more

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures … more

3 money lessons to teach your children

By Rachel Cruze Ramsey Solutions Have you been stressed during budget conversations? Are you anxious at the grocery store checkout when you hear the total? Do you seem to be buying more and more stuff to make yourself feel better about … more

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That "wow" factor. Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or … more

Sumter County Museum offers summer workshops

With modifications and safety in mind, the Sumter County Museum will offer three youth summer workshops.All programs are contingent on public accessibility during the pandemic. The following … more

Learn all about pirates June 27 at the Sumter County Museum

Ahoy, matey! Learn all about pirates when the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., hosts The Charles Towne Few in authentic dress in presenting "A Day in the Life of A Pirate." The group, who are dedicated to sharing the history of their … more

Sumter's Art in Park will go on

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association plans to go ahead with Art in the Park, members have announced. The 14th outdoor exhibition will go on at Memorial Park on Sept. 19 - with compliance with measures recommended to prevent the spread of … more

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
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