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Faces and Places

  • Mother’s work with Run for Ryan memorializes son

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    Each spring, Donna White, with the help of her committee, turns a negative into a positive.
    The date for that switch this year is April 14.
    That’s when the sixth annual Run for Ryan, a Kleine-Levin Syndrome fundraiser and awareness event that includes the county track meet, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lancaster High School track.

  • Reducing sodium is hardest resolution

    By now, most New Year’s resolutions have fallen to the wayside.
    I make them every year. This year, after much thought and soul searching, I decided to tackle the hardest resolution of them all: I’m reducing the sodium in my diet.
    As far as resolutions go, it doesn’t have the popularity of “losing 10 pounds,” “paying off debt” or “reading the Bible through.”

  • Training hard for 12 weeks: Photos show physical changes

    Editor’s note: The Lancaster News is tracking the progress of Katie Stogner and Jeff Holden as they undertake the Island Sun Tanning and Fitness 12-week Challenge for 2012. Here is their second progress report. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.
    Katie’s story
    Four weeks down and I am so glad I did this. I have made some serious progress already, although I have a long way to go. I tend to be a little impatient, so to finally see some significant changes really helps me focus.

  • Toeing the line

    NASHVILLE – When Lancaster native Kassie Jordan hits the stage with her band, she knows immediately who the movers and shakers along Music Row are.

    Hailed by one critic as “one of the hardest working girls in music around Nashville and a force to be reckoned with,” the 2000 Buford High School graduate just released her first CD, “Timing,” on Feb. 19.

  • A ghost reappears from Gay Street past

    Sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, we were indeed waiting our turn.

    I glanced up to see a ghost from my past, whom I hadn’t seen since making the final arrangements for my mother and father so many years ago.

    My son was oblivious to the man’s presence and was engrossed in a story about the recreational upgrades for Indian Land in Wednesday’s copy of The Lancaster News.

    I nudged my boy and asked, “Hey, you know who that fella is?”

  • Meet Your Neighbor – David Williams

    Name: David Williams

    Age: 63

    Address: Copeland Road, Heath Springs

    Family: Wife, Andrea; two sons, Lee and Nelson and three grandchildren, David Michael, Caroline and Savannah

    Job: Auto body repair, Snipes Co. Auto 

    Church: Heath Springs Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Boating and fishing

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Inner Drive

    Sometimes, what isn’t visible tells the story.

    Take Janna Noland, for instance.

    Right now, the 17-year-old senior at Carolina Christian Academy is putting the finishing touches on her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

    An Ambassador Girl Scout with Troop 645 in Great Falls, Janna is hand-making 21 tote bags that will be filled with baby items to hand out at Springs Memorial Hospital the week of March 12.

    That week commemorates the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

  • Dancing with Daddy

    Damien Ward had heard enough.

    Ward had already been on the dance floor several times Saturday night at the Fairway Room with his dressed-to-the-nines daughters, Emeliana, 6, and Olivia, 5, at the annual Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance.

    Emeliana is a member of Daisy Troop 2339 and Olivia is a Girl Scout in the making.  Second-generation Girl Scouts, their mom is Emily Evans Ward, who earned her Gold Award.

  • God, grits and good fellowship: men unite at prayer breakfasts

    The men’s prayer breakfast at First Presbyterian Church began 23 years ago in 1989 by Brooks Johnson and Steve Williams Jr., Judd Funderburk, Harold Rowell, Charlie Franks, Frazier Kirkpatrick and Harvey Stewart, who are all now deceased, as well as others.

    It’s was just after Hurricane Hugo came through. 

    Since I was alone, it was a lucky day when I was invited to attend for a time of good fellowship with other Christian men.

  • Training hard for 12 weeks

    For Katie Stogner, here and now is the stream of sweat beads dripping from her chin onto the rubber floor of Island Sun Tanning and Fitness on Pageland Highway as owner Steve Lewis encourages her through a grinding workout. Captured on video, there is no place for her to hide  the here and now.

    Stogner’s future is wearing that pair of black leather pants hanging in the closet of her Indian Land home.

    But to do that, she hopes to lose 30 pounds, much of it coming from the birth of her son, Thaxton, on Dec. 7.