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Faces and Places

  • Lancaster County Conservation District selects Elizabeth Hunter as Farmer of the Year

    Elizabeth M. Hunter has been named the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year for 2010.  
    This annual award recognizes a county farmer who protects natural resources to an unusually high degree or in an innovative way.

  • The Father's Love

    Youth-driven Salkehatchie Summer Service ministry reaches out one nail at a time
    Tyler Owens has developed quite a reputation on Plyler Road in the Southside community.        
    When homeowner Bernard Patterson learned that his small frame house was going to be invaded and repaired this week by Salkehatchie Summer Service teenagers and volunteers bearing hammers, saws and paintbrushes, he only had one request.
    Patterson wanted Tyler to be one of them.

  • Ready to go

    FORT LAWN – Time sure flies. 

    In 1953, Robert “Bobby” Edwards went to work part time for his uncle, Pleas Baker, at Catawba Fish Camp on S.C. 9, after serving a hitch in the U.S. Army as a mess sergeant. He was 24 years old.

    Then in 1968, when Baker retired, Edwards quit a good job at the Rock Hill Bleachery after 23 years and took over the fish camp full time. Edwards was told by a bleachery supervisor that he was making a mistake.   

  • Meet Your Neighbor – Tori Cunningham

    Name: Tori Cunningham

    Age: 16

    Address: Monroe Highway

    Family: Parents, Clarence and Andrea Cunningham; one sister, Jasmine, 24, and a brother, Trey, 14 

    Job: Student, Lancaster High School

    Church: Greater New Hope Christian Association

    Hobbies: Track, basketball and singing 

  • 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.