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Faces and Places

  • Still here

    The jet-setting lifestyle came easy for J.T. Franklin. It’s no wonder he was smiling.

    His grin came from helping estimate, design and oversee the electrical components of facilities like the $143 million Mecklenburg County Courthouse with its 39 courtrooms, the $27 million Billy Graham Library and 44 hospitals from coast to coast.

  • Tying the threads together

    American diarist and suffragette Ellen Birdseye Wheaton one wrote, “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”

    Van Wyck seamstress Janie Straight knows that truth first hand.

    A self-professed former hippie in 1970s California who has worked as a waitress, journalist, typesetter and sign painter (to name a few), Straight, 56, left the chaotic world of Los Angeles and settled in South Carolina with husband, Dennis, 16 years ago.

  • Vision in her eyes

    “I wear my sunglasses at night

    so I can, so I can

    Watch you weave, then breathe your story lines.”

    Samantha Rollings found the look by wearing “Sunglasses at Night.”

  • I found a friend in the swing man

    – Editor’s note: Mr. Evans is taking a well-deserved break this week. Due to reader response, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the July 26, 2009, edition of The Lancaster News. It is especially timely with the Lancaster County Fair opening Tuesday.

     

    They called it a carnival. For me, it was more or less a county fair wannabe.

    This small outfit popped into town during the lull of my summer vacation.

  • Shoes & Smiles: Shoe ministry unites county churches

    A new pair of shoes for a child may last a school year, but a smile, a few words of encouragement and the words, “Jesus loves you,” may just last a lifetime. 

    That is exactly why volunteers from Renew Church, Covenant Baptist Church and Team Church Kershaw joined hands and hearts to distribute shoes to local children in need.

  • Left behind

    HEATH SPRINGS – There’s a little piece of Lancaster in Tena, Ecuador, right now.

    If you don’t believe it, just ask someone from Flint Ridge Baptist Church.  That piece is there, all right – on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, and it’s there to stay.

    That little piece of Lancaster?

    It’s their hearts. They were left behind in a Bible that Peter Wing left with a 10-year-old boy named Jimmy after the two became friends.

  • Sign-up for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts is Thursday

    A new school year means many new things to consider and choices to make for your child. 

    One of these choices is what extracurricular activities to sign your child up for. 

    Scouting is something that may spark and interest in both you and your child and may be just what you are looking for.

    Scouting is an affordable activity for most families, with the cost to sign up being just $12 for Girl Scouts and $15 for Boy Scouts.

  • Out on her own

    Heather Curless has joined the ranks of successful Lancaster natives who are making their mark in the world. 

    She has turned her personal passion into professional success, and is helping others build a healthier, more environmentally friendly world for themselves and their communities. 

    Her retail store and showroom, Greener Stock, (www.greenerstock.com) in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrated its first anniversary in January of this year. 

  • Buford Middle School students 'dress down' to dress up campus

    The area in front of the Buford Middle School gym is sporting a new look because Donna Moree just happened to be in the in right place at the right time.

    Red clay and barren ground has been replaced by sod, stone pavers, planting beds, benches, mulch and a pergola with vine runners. 

  • Is it Homer or Harland?

    Homer and Brenda Harmon of Great Falls were in Rock Hill when they decided to eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “We went in to eat, but we didn’t get to,” Homer said.

    That’s because Homer was outfitted in white pants, a white jacket with a black handkerchief tucked inside and a white shirt with his colonel’s “signature” string tie. He wore framed glasses and carried a walking cane.