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Faces and Places

  • A perfect ending

    Iron man Cal Ripkin Jr. isn’t the only one with an unforgettable number. The baseball hall of famer played in 2,632 consecutive games.
    Two county students have their own streaks within their respective school hallways.
    For 12 years, Andrew Jackson High School’s Jordan Truesdale and Buford High School’s Lauren Bradburn managed to make it out of bed every day and go to class. That equals to 2,160 consecutive school days for each of them.
    Neither of them have missed a day of school since the first grade.   

  • Chalk walkin'

    Erwin Elementary School special needs teacher LeAnne White found a surprise in her classroom Monday. 

    It was a photo of one of her students, 8-year-old Morgan Knight, taken near an “In honor of” sign with White’s name on it at the first annual Chalk Walk on May 14, along with an event T-shirt.

    “I cried,” White said. “It was very sweet for her to do that.”

    The Chalk Walk is a 3.1 mile fun run to honor teachers and raise money for the Buford High School Future Educators Association (FEA).

  • History in the making

    The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience. 

  • Standing on Holy Ground

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Preacher Kenny “Cotton” Pate has an unusual way of explaining what’s going on whenever tears of joy flow down his face and into his ZZ Top-looking beard.
    “I always tell my folks that’s the good Lord washing the nasty out of me,” Cotton said.
    Cotton’s words may be somewhat unusual, but he isn’t your typical preacher.

  • Betsy's Delight

    Not everyone who enjoys gardening gets a flower named after them, but it’s happened to Betsy Steele
    Bob Roycroft, a Georgetown day lily (hemerocallis) hybridizer, has  introduced “Betsy’s Delight” to honor of Steele, president of the Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC).
    The parent plant of “Betsy’s Delight” is “Lady of Class,” which fits Steele’s gracious, thoughtful and encouraging demeanor. The flower certainly caught on and is currently sold out.

  • Remember When;I'll take a dime store any day

    Bless Pete, these super stores sure are something.They have stuff scattered all over the place. From cabbages to carpet tacks with aspirin thrown in for good measure, they have it.
    To be truthful, these “supercenters” try to fool us. They will move merchandise around so we have to walk every aisle to find the headache remedies.
    Other times, they just flat forget to restock our favorites. Here’s the issue as I see it; not even the folks who work in ’em can tell you where the soy sauce is stocked.

  • Meet Your Neighbor – Christopher Blackmon

    Name: Christopher Blackmon
    Age: 19
    Address: Hampton Road
    Family: Mom; Karen Evans, and stepdad Greg Proctor  
    Pets: A dog, Chance
    Job: I attend the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and also work at Adopt-A-Leader.
    Church: North Corner AME Zion Church
    Hobbies: Singing, dancing, acting, rapping and reciting poetry.

  • Going for the Gold

    Summer is just around the corner, which means children will be looking for things to do outside.     

    Lancaster High School senior Holly Ellis may be 17, but she’s never forgotten how much fun a slide can be.

    Ellis is making sure that a special group of children have the chance for a little swing set adventure, too. 

    A member of Girl Scout Troop 3671, sponsored by St. Luke United Methodist Church, Ellis just completed a playground at Family Promise of Lancaster to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

  • Mining for Ghosts

    When it comes to things that go bump in the night, Jane Starr readily admits some of them can’t be explained.
    But they are out there, said Starr, the founder and lead investigator of Purely Paranormal Investigations.
    “If you take everything away that’s extraneous, what you have left is the truth,” Starr said during a paranormal workshop held at the Hot Box on Oct. 23.

  • Love is in "Bloom"

    Elizabeth Maxon believes the lives of orphans matter.