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Faces and Places

  • Women in the News

    Jones honored by Democratic Party
    Clara Jones, Lancaster County Democratic Party chairwoman, was one of 50 people across South Carolina recently honored by the S.C. Democratic Party.

  • 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

    When Julie Walters interviewed for the job of executive director at the Pregnancy Care Center last year, she felt hesitant and a little unsure that she was in the right place, in terms of her purpose in life. After just two days on the job, however, Walters would encounter a situation that provided all the confirmation she needed to know that she was right where she was supposed to be.

  • Birthday checker sets: always in style

    Feb. 9, 1940, was about to be a glorious day, or so I hoped.

    Anything would beat the cold spell we had just come through. The winter was colder than usual and after parts of the Catawba River iced over, they turned out Lancaster High School, and several others. It was just too hard to heat most of the school houses. There was a lot of stuff going on around town the week before my seventh birthday.

    Seems this Jones fella broke into the Fox Hall Cafe stole $17 and hightailed out of tour. He was arrested at the bus station in Winston Salem.

  • Remember When: Skate guilt had me staring at my shoes

    I was feelin’ a bit guilty about it. The war effort was picking up steam since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

    We were all lendin’ a hand for the land.

    I was  forced to give up my J.C. Higgins Roadmaster Deluxe bicycle, I just couldn’t bear to part with some of the old roller skates I collected for the weekly scrap metal drive.

    I guess you could say I had thrown out the rules, but the temptation was just too much.

    It’s been said we covet what we see.

  • Volunteer, it's good for your health

    Happy New Year, friends and family of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    As in previous years, the main theme for many of the articles I’ve read so far in 2013 centers around physical health and activity, happiness, mental well-being and living longer and better.   
    Here are some of the things I’ve learned that relate to all of the above:

  • Church provides toys for Springdale area

    New Life Free Will Baptist Church

    Several of the youth group leaders at New Life Free Will Baptist Church, 1622 Springdale Road, felt that God wanted them to teach children to serve others. They decided to take toys to the children in the community around the church. The leaders spoke with their pastor, the Rev. Douglas Pate, and approached him to ask if they could do the toy project, and to make sure that everyone involved would be safe.

  • Don't buy into hype of fitness myths

    Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do when it comes to your health and fitness.
    After all, you don’t want to be wasting any of your time doing something that’s wrong.

    Take this for example: did you know you should be eating within the first hour of waking up? This simple action trains your body to burn fat.

    If you are eating later than that, you’re doing just the opposite by training your body to store fat.

  • Upcoming events honoring MLK Jr. Day
    • The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at St. Paul AME Church on Barr Street. The speaker is the Rev. Lemuel Washington. For details, call (803) 283-3863.
  • Family and friends join for Connor

    When Pam Taylor lost her voice, she was finally able to empathize with her best friend’s autistic son.

    Connor Anderson, 9, of Kershaw has never spoken a word. His fine motor skills are not good enough to communicate with sign language.

    He cannot hold a pencil to write. His caregivers are left to guessing his needs.

    But family and friends are trying to change that. Ever since her vocal cords healed, Taylor has been raising money alongside Samantha Chilcoat, Connor’s mother, to buy a machine that will speak for him.

  • Called to Hunt

    Many of us probably take for granted the act of doing things outdoors.

    Whether it be hunting, fishing or participating in some outdoor sport, we don’t think twice about the opportunity.

    A group of local state troopers, however, have come together to help those with disabilities also enjoy the great outdoors.

    Mobility Outdoors for Christ is the name of the organization, and First Sgt. Paul Harrison of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said he felt the idea was a calling from the Lord.