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Faces and Places

  • 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.

  • Meet your Neighbor – Mindy Martin

    Name: Mindy Martin

    Age: 30

    Address: Buford community

    Family: Husband, Gary, 33, and a son, Nathan, 7

    Pets: Jagger, a lhasa apso, and Foxy, a Himalayan cat

    Job: Master colorist, stylist and eyelash extension specialist and Mane Street Hair Designers

    Church: Crestview Baptist Church

  • Caring for one another

    The room was abuzz with laughter and friendly chatter as women from across the area gathered for the Christian Women’s Connection birthday luncheon on Tuesday.

    But this sort of camaraderie isn’t unusual. It’s like this every time these  women of faith gather to encourage one another as they enjoy a meal together.

  • Learning by doing

    On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, students who pass by Room 412 at Lancaster High School Career Center can count on one thing – a chorus of blow dryers will be singing out.

    The 20 members of Jan Williamson’s senior cosmetology class won’t be talking to each other much and Williamson won’t be lecturing them from an adjacent classroom.

  • Standing in the gap

    Most days, a labor and delivery nurse goes home smiling.

    “We get to share in the happiest days of people’s lives,” said Cathy Montgomery, who is the nurse manager for labor and delivery and newborn nursery at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But there is a flip side to that happiness coin, when things go wrong and pure joy turns to unspeakable sorrow.

     Those are the days when infants are stillborn or die.

    “I always say we have the best job in the world or the worst,” Montgomery said.

  • Passing through one last time

    On occasion, I’m a little jealous of W.B. Evans. This is one of those times.

    When it comes to looking back, “Mr. Bill,” as we call him in the newsroom  doesn’t have to pick and choose when looking for what stands out. Choosing the top features stories of the year is hard.

    I went through 157 issues making a few notes and was stunned to recall the people, places, events and organizations that make a difference. 

    To cull the list to 10 was almost impossible.    

  • As we break bread – Christmas 2001 in the New Normal: Part 2

    Editor’s note: Author Cole Waddell is a Lancaster resident who was living in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He moved back here in 2005. This is the second part of a three-part series about Southerners who shared Christmas dinner there each year.

    Part 2

    We are well aware that things have changed. With airline security now ramped up, this year’s Christmas dinner will be different.  

    There will be no jars of Duke’s Mayonnaise or pickled okra.