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Faces and Places

  • Column: Now’s the time to help lawns recover from summer stress

    As summer fades into fall, it’s time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

    Keep mowing your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool-season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass, and you want it 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches tall. Warm-season grasses like Bermuda, carpetgrass, centipede and zoysia should be grown at 1 to 2 inches tall while St. Augustine should a bit higher, 2 to 3 inches, for best results.

  • Hand-crafting pottery in the Catawba tradition

    Catawba Nation potter Keith Brown is coming to the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center for four-month artist-in-residence program sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission.

    Brown will be at the center in downtown Lancaster from Aug. 25 through Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and every other Saturday.

    Brown will provide visitors with demonstrations, share how Catawba pottery is made and explain the history of the tradition.

  • Landscape architect and conservationist to speak

    From release

  • Train Hard, Eat Healthy: A better blueprint for healthy living

    We all have heard of blueprints or patterns. They’re basically maps that we follow to physically build something, like a house or a piece of clothing.
    The kinds of blueprints I’ll talk about today give us directions to constructing better thoughts, actions and emotions.
    I’ll give you three specific things you can do to help take your health blueprint to a higher level.

  • Summer camp for ‘Shining Minds’

    The Southside Adult Family Literacy Project wrapped up its third-annual youth summer camp with the theme Shining Minds.
    The camp, which had 31 participants throughout the month and ended on July 28, was created to help at-risk youth retain information that they learned in the previous school year.
    Participants worked on interactive-learning activities in the Literacy Project’s Preston Blackmon Center computer lab on Sowell Street in Lancaster.

  • Making History

    As Hillary Clinton made history for women in politics this past week when she was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention, Lancaster’s very own Lena Jones Springs is remembered as the first woman nominated for vice president in United States history.
    Though her nomination was a largely symbolic gesture from the Palmetto State delegates, it was something Springs said she wouldn’t treat lightly.

  • The Art of Dance

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Dance schools are dusting off their equipment and sweeping their floors – dance season has begun.
    Nightly, the music will be blaring as young students learn new routines and dances. More importantly, the dancers will learn skills that will last long after the music stops and the season ends.

  • Poetically Connected: IL woman shares her family’s link to famous World War I poem

    Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Ann Spitzer had heard the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields” before, but never knew the special connection it had to her family.

    In a diary entry dated May 2, 1915, Maj. John McCrae writes that Lt. Alexis Helmer, with the Canadian Field Artillery’s 2nd Battery, was killed in Flanders (Belgium), and the photo he kept of his fiancee was buried with him, a hole right through it from the bomb that took his life. 

  • 50 years of family

    This is the story of two Kershaw families joined at the hip for half a century. It’s a complicated tale, so you’ll have to pay attention, but it ends in a happy place.

    Fifty years ago, two brothers walked down the aisle of Thorn Hill Baptist Church in Kershaw, each escorting a sister to give away to two brothers standing at the altar. 

  • Memories take flight

    A dozen butterflies were released Wednesday morning at Red Rose Park in the heart of Lancaster in honor of the late Mayor Joe Shaw, who served the city for 33 years.
    More than 30 citizens, city and county officials, garden club members and special guest Charlotte Shaw, widow of Joe Shaw, were in attendance to honor the former mayor.