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'In these 3 days I have lived a lifetime'

Charles M. Blackwelder’s family found the small tin box in his Indian Land home after the World War II Marine veteran died last March.
It contained a photo of a Japanese soldier, two books printed in Japanese and a small journal. Each item was stamped “EXAMINED IN THE FIELD – PASSED BY JOINT INTELLIGENCE.”
The journal’s first seven pages were written in Japanese, but the next 13 were in English with the heading “Dear Diary.”


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Robert Brasington’s shadow box casts a long shadow for his younger brother

‘The Strong One’

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Some military heroes coach youth ball teams, are church ushers and even bag groceries, with few outside their immediate families ever aware of their actions.
That’s especially true of Vietnam-era veterans who just don’t talk about their service, while their military records remain relatively unknown.
When it comes to talking about Vietnam, Robert Brasington was like many of his fellow servicemen.


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Jaillette column: Music and art bring healing for children

There is a change underway in some hospitals around the country where, increasingly, the arts are used as an important healing tool.
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, patients receiving art, music or dance therapy have more than tripled since 2010. Nearly 10,000 patients received such treatment in 2014, according to the hospital.
Nicole Albers, a Children's Hospital art therapist, said it's amazing to work with patients and watch their pain disappear over the course of a therapy session.


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Movie music moves my life

By Chris Sardelli

If I told you the music of John Williams had a profound impact on not only my life, but yours as well, would you agree?
Probably not.
Instead you’d probably ask, “Who’s John Williams?”
Here’s a clue, and sing along with me if you can.
Remember that primal, two-note score from the movie “Jaws,” the one that goes “dunnn dun, dunnn dun, dunnn dun” and is usually followed with a late-night swimmer or inebriated teenager meeting their watery fate?


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Gone too soon

It was late on a Wednesday evening, about four months ago, when Janice Steele and her 43-year-old special-needs daughter Terri Ledbetter stopped in at Mane Street Hair Designers. Lisa Couch fixed Terri’s hair while owner Debbie Crenshaw worked with Janice.
As always, they joked around, laughed and danced. Debbie walked them out to their car. Sometime during the night, Terri, who loved music and was never seen without her Walkman, danced up the proverbial stairway to heaven.


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Cecil Clifton beats the odds

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

After a devastating accident, Frances and Cecil Clifton leaned on faith, family, friends, and each other to overcome an unimaginable prognosis.
On Tuesday, Nov. 25 1993, the couple, both newly-retired from Springs’ bleachery, stopped to visit at Frances’ mother’s house. While outside, Cecil climbed up a pecan tree so that he could shake pecans loose for the ladies to gather up from the ground.


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Piecemakers Quilt Guild sews for active military, veterans

Quilting for a cause

By Julie Graham

A group of local quilters are looking to add to their ranks in a national grassroots community service effort to make quilts for active military and veterans as a thank you for their service.
The Piecemakers Quilting Guild meets the second Monday of each month at Heath Springs Baptist Church in Heath Springs and has made Quilts of Valor a service project for the last two years. Together, the ladies have made close to 100 quilts.


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A slow ride to look at a fast future

Nancy Parsons
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The rain did not stop a group of eager people from hopping aboard one of two pontoon boats to travel from the Debutary Creek access area to Stumpy Pond in August.
The boaters, members of the Great Falls Town Council and Great Falls Home Town Association, wanted to see the areas Duke Energy plans to focus on as part of recreational upgrades included in its relicensing agreement.


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Riders show off their skills at annual horse show

Horse N Around

David Kellin
For The Lancaster News

Those who attended the annual horse show and family fun day at Horse N Around Saturday, Aug. 29, were treated to numerous activities, events and food under clear skies and comfortable temperatures.
Horse N Around, 2593 N. Rocky River Road, provides equine therapy to children with special challenges.
Several children got the opportunity to show their riding skills at the event.


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‘Between the Springmaid Sheets’ coming in November

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“Between the Springmaid Sheets,” an exhibit of works of art from legendary Col. Elliott Springs’ daring 1940s and 1950s ad campaign will be on view from Nov. 4 to Dec. 29 in Lancaster. The controversial campaign is credited with rescuing a struggling textile business and helping Springs Cotton Mills become a giant of the industry.


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