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Sumter’s Stars Shine!

It must have been more than 15 years ago that I first saw Lee Brice perform at a community talent show.  My friends, co-workers, and I watched and listened in awe, and we all agreed, “That kid is going places.”  … Continue reading

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Not-So-Trivial Pursuits

Ah, July.  This is the month when we can usually count on plenty of pool-worthy days (although not in 2013, unfortunately, with all this rain we’ve had!), family reunions and gatherings, and the start of preparations for the new school … Continue reading

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Celebrate Diversity!

Sumter has always been a place of cultural diversity.  In the US Census of 1850, five years after the town of Sumterville was incorporated, the population was divided about 60/40 between citizens of European origin and those of African descent.  … Continue reading

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The Happiest Season

Two weeks from today!  2012 has been a busy year; it seems have gone by so fast that I can’t quite believe we are this close to Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holidays. Here at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, … Continue reading

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The Patriot

Surname derivations can be pretty interesting.  Last names, particularly for people of British descent, were often derived from what they did for a living (e.g., “Cooper,” “Miller,” etc.) or from a feature of their geographic location—“Haynsworth” is a home surrounded … Continue reading

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A Man for All Seasons

Sometimes a name triggers an immediate association:  George Washington?  Father of Our Country.  Thomas Sumter?  The Fighting Gamecock of the American Revolution.  Joel Poinsett?  Um…Christmas? That is how it seems.  Poinsett’s name is mostly invoked in December, when poinsettias appear … Continue reading

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History, Heritage & Heroes

Here at Sumter’s tourism office, we handle a variety of inquiries from the public.  Some are routine (“When do the irises bloom?”  “Is the Heath Pavilion available for this date?”), but every now and again, we get one that requires … Continue reading

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