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Faces and Places

  • 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.

  • Lancaster native targets Food Network

    Chef Blair Mingo returns to his Charleston home after work.
    He drops three bags from a local farmer’s market on his kitchen counter and begins unloading the night’s dinner, reflecting on the day as he rolls out an onion and begins to chop.
    At work he gave about 35 tourists a cooking lesson with a little Lowcountry history. The Lancaster native works at Charleston Cooks, which sells high-end kitchen gear and teaches cooking lessons.

  • Column: Is $5 too much? Doc, dad haggle over payment for home birth

    Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, the doctors had that good bedside manner about them. We never knew what an emergency room was. When the need was there, the doctor came to your home, and he didn’t charge you an arm and a leg, either.
    I guess I am a living example of this. You see, I was born in Peachland, N.C. You might call it a one-horse town back in the day. My dad had a farm with several horses, some cows, a few chickens and a lumber mill business.

  • Love story started in POW camp

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Lonnie Catoe and Allen Walters were awarded the S.C. POW Medal at American Legion Post 31 in Lancaster Monday night.
    Catoe accepted his award, and Walters’ medal was given posthumously to his wife, Nancy.
    Catoe’s son Mike shared a remarkable love story with the large crowd in attendance, which included many relatives of Catoe and Walters.

  • Harris takes foot care to Nigeria

    Dr. William Harris IV is a beloved husband, father, son and a podiatrist with Carolina Podiatry Group in Lancaster and Indian Land. Behind the persona of the soft-spoken bow-tie-wearing doctor beats the warm heart of a man of international good will.
    Only after being prompted by several of his patients did Dr. Harris agree to talk with me about his trip last year to Lagos, Nigeria, to train local health-care professionals.

  • Garden club provides garden therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club brought songs, sunshine and smiles to 90 clients at the Chester-Lancaster Board of Disabilities & Special Needs on Thursday.
    The garden club sponsored its annual “Garden Therapy” event, which included a hot dog lunch and the gift of a planted petunia to take home.
    Club President Carolyn Tolson said more than half of the club’s 34 members were on hand to help and share a little therapy from nature with the adults with developmental disabilities.  

  • Lester Belk smiles for a reason

    Keona Ballard
    For The Lancaster News

    Lester Belk smiles a lot.
    He smiles when you ask him about how his relationship with his wife changed since he began dialysis.
    “Going through all of this made me and my wife’s relationship stronger,” Belk said. “She was always by my side, no matter what or no matter how tired she was.”