Libby Dallis

Everything You Need To Know About Kudzu and the Kudzu Bug

By Libby Dallis

Kudzu Bug

The Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribraria, is an invasive species that was first detected in North America in 2009. The species feeds on legumes.  Kudzu and soybeans are preferred legume hosts.  When the species feeds on Kudzu, it is beneficial, as it was determined that the insect could stall biomass of Kudzu growth by 30%.  When the species feeds on soybeans, it is an economic pest, as significant infestations can cause yield losses up to and sometimes exceeding 60%.

An Interview with Sumter's Mayor

By Libby Dallis

Mayor McElveen

Anyone who has lived in Sumter or visited can probably remember seeing the iconic watchtower of the Sumter Opera House, which stands over the rest of the downtown area. ETV Sumter interviewed Mayor McElveen last week on this prominent point. As a Sumter native, Mayor McElveen witnessed many changes to the Sumter Opera House over the years. In fact, in the 1980s, Mayor McElveen was on City Council and was very influential in getting the renovations done to make it the beautiful performance venue that it is today.

Car Lovers' Heaven

By Libby Dallis

Caffeine and Gasoline Car & Motorcycle Show

Sumter will be a car lover’s heaven Saturday, October 27th, 2018 right around the time of year when the temperature begins to drop from 90 degrees (at least for us here in South Carolina). Sumter Cut Rate Drugstore and Soda Fountain, the second oldest restaurant in the state since 1935, will be hosting their 7th Annual Caffeine and Gasoline Car & Motorcycle Show. The event was created by the owner Todd Touchberry to raise money to benefit the Sumter County Military display.

Chesness Harvin's Cabbage

By Libby Dallis

chesness harvin cabbage

Clemson Extension Agent and host of Making It Grow Amanda McNulty talks with elementary student Chesness Harvin about her very large cabbage that she began growing as a school project.

The Cocoon by Susan Lenz

By Libby Dallis

The Cocoon by Susan Lenz

The Cocoon is a fiber installation created by Susan Lenz during a Summer 2018 art residency at the Rensing Center outside of Pickens, South Carolina. The Cocoon was created from Susan's enormous stash of vintage household linens, antique garments, and assorted old textiles. It pays homage to the anonymous makers of all these embroideries and embellishments, while providing a soft, safe place for the public to share stories of their relatives who stitched in the past.