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Catholic Church won't allow gay union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'

ROME - The Vatican declared Monday that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin." The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response to a question about … more

Shake up your morning with a Frothy Banana Shake

Some mornings can be such a drag and make you feel exhausted. On those days, it looks like everyone is moving slow (especially the kids), getting ready seems like a big chore and making a wholesome … more

SCDNR asks residents to remove bird feeders until early spring

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is asking for South Carolina residents to take down their bird feeders until early spring after an increase in mortality reports for Pine Siskins and other species.While Pine Siskins are … more

Happy campers: More overnight camps to reopen this summer

PORTLAND, Maine - There are going to be more happy campers this summer as more camps choose to reopen despite the pandemic, providing millions more kids an opportunity to gather around a campfire. Most camp directors sat out last summer as the … more

State Fair to hold spring drive-through food event

The pandemic has brought one delicious driver-friendly event, and it is returning this spring to Columbia. The South Carolina State Fair is bringing back its drive-through fair food event. Favorite fair foods will be available for purchase from … more

2-day Spring Pop-Up Shop coming to Manning

MANNING - Spring and Easter are just around the corner, ending the doldrums of winter and declaring a bright, new season with splashes of vibrant color and delightful floral fragrances. And who better to push those dull, drab colors out of the … more

March holidays, observances topic of Sumter County Genealogical Society meeting

Pamela Ellis will be the guest speaker at Monday's membership meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. The monthly meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth St., Sumter. … more

Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches

On those busy evenings when brainstorming a meal the whole family agrees on seems like a tall task, turning to a versatile protein can open a bevy of options. The next time your loved ones are stuck … more

Your credit report may be wrong; here's what to do about it

Consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in record numbers in 2020, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit … more

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice, Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos for Lent

As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime … more

Hearty, wholesome dishes to support immune systems

If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, … more

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
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