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Warm your heart by giving back this season

By Julie Graham

It’s a cool, rainy Monday at the offices of Faith Presbyterian Church in Indian Land, but there are a lot of warm hearts as volunteers put the finishing touches on gift-filled shoeboxes that will be mailed to children around the world.
Jan Sellards enjoys giving to nonprofit groups at the holidays. As well as supporting Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, she has adopted two Angel Tree families and shops for them locally.


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Boutiques can help you find right gift

Choose something beautifully unique

By Julie Graham

Not everyone is a creative gift giver, and that’s why there are shops like The Southern Nest and Chickadee’s in Indian Land and the Happy Girl Boutique and Anna Laura’s Boutique in Lancaster.
The stores pride themselves on having what other stores do not.
“They have all kinds of fun stuff – the Brighton Collection in jewelry, nice hand soap, unique plaques with sayings…I could go on,” said Stephanie Lambert, an Indian Land resident who frequents The Southern Nest at 6280 Carolina Commons Drive.


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Column: ‘Shop Small’ on Small Business Saturday

Every year, Gallup asks people how much confidence they have in various institutions.
The results aren’t surprising. Only 8 percent had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress. Big business scored 21 percent. That’s no better than TV news.
Small business, on the other hand, came in second, with 67 percent of respondents considering it trustworthy. Only the U.S. military scored higher.


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Holidays good time to cater to collectible craze

By Julie Graham

Barbie is back!
The popular Barbie Keepsake Ornaments are back in stories after a two-year absence due to a licensing disagreement between Hallmark Cards Inc. and Mattel. The 2015 holiday editions are available for $19.95 at Annette’s Hallmark House at 925 N. Main St., Lancaster.
For many, the Hallmark ornaments are not only keepsakes and collectibles. They are a Christmas tradition. The same goes for the city of Lancaster’s annual historic landmark ornaments.


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Sun City salutes World War II vets

Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News


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Guest Column: ‘Hercules’ flies mercy mission in 1966

This is a story of an airplane, one of three, in my opinion, of the most used aircraft in the U.S. military. The first two are the B-52, called the BUFF, and the DC-3/C-47, the Gooney Bird or “Puff, the Magic Dragon” as it was known during the Vietnam War.  
My story is about the C-130 “Hercules” and one mission.  


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Military-style workout

Train Hard, Eat Healthy

In honor of our veterans today, I am going to share with you a military-style workout so you can get in great shape and get a taste of a soldier's routine.
This will give you a small idea of how hard they work for us.  I have been around many veterans in my day, and what I notice about most is no matter whether they are active duty, reserve or retired, they have adopted the habit of still being early birds. Many scientific studies have shown that rising early has lots of health and fitness benefits.


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Guest Column: Veterans are all around us


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Guest Column: Honor your own heroes on Veterans Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I came to an end and the Armistice with Germany went into effect. From this day forward, Nov, 11 was known as Armistice Day.


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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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