Faces and Places

  • New Habitat homeowners get special housewarming

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County

    Our new Habitat homeowners, who will soon be moving into their new homes on Penny and Meeting Streets, have just received a very special housewarming gift. Painter and muralist Kim Twitty donated her talents to paint murals for the children’s bedrooms at both homes.

  • Let's Keep Lancaster Warm

    Let’s Keep Lancaster Warm, sponsored by Hope on the Hill and Development & Construction, LLC, are accepting new or gently used clean coats through Dec. 15. Coats may be donated in the lobbies of Barr Street Gym, Lancaster Fire Department, Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster Sheriff’s Office, Porter Belk Lumber, The Lancaster News, Springs Memorial Hospital and The UPS Store.
    Please include coat hangers. Drop-offs can also be collected by calling (803) 313-9744.

  • Continuing the joy

    Sometimes hobbies become a passion that turns into a part of who we are. That’s exactly what happened to the late Jim Lasley.  

    Lasley stumbled into his birdwatching hobby innocently. Trying to answer questions about birds posed by his three (then small) children back in the early  1950s, he found he needed to do some research of his own.  Lasley, a well respected mechanical engineer who oversaw the construction of the Grace Plant for Springs Industry, didn’t know much about birds but knew just who to contact.

  • Williams honored by Lancaster DSS

    The Lancaster County Department of Social Services honored a volunteer on Thursday who has given more than 20 years of service as a member of the Lancaster County DSS Advisory Board.

    Flossie Williams, a retired Lancaster County School District secretary, attended the event with her husband, Eugene. After Lancaster County DSS Director Janice Chapman presented Williams with a plaque commemorating her years of service, the other board members presented her with a variety of gifts.

  • American music focus of fall concert

    Organizers of the Vivian Major Robinson concert series have a different kind of musical treat in store for their fall concert.

    Until now, the focus has been on classical music in a variety of styles.

    But in a departure from tradition, this concert will exclusively feature American music – music written or arranged by Americans.

  • Storytelling in the park this weekend

    Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms in history, a tradition that stretches back to the dawn of mankind.

    In fact, storytelling is at the heart of Lancaster County’s newest festival – the second annual Storytelling in the Park festival at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Hosted by the Carolinas Literacy Network and AJSP, the event is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • A love that won't LEGO

    Anyone who says LEGO bricks are just a toy, clearly hasn’t met Kim Baldwin.

    Baldwin, a new speech therapist at Heath Springs Elementary School, has organized a LEGO robotics team to teach young people the properties of engineering, as well as develop a newfound respect for the classic toy.

    The team consists of seven boys, all in the fifth grade, who were chosen last year by their teachers and guidance counselors to participate in the program.

  • L&C named Partnership of the Year

    Lancaster & Chester Railroad, LLC was named the Fort Lawn Community Center 2012 Partnership of the Year at the center’s annual meeting on Sept. 20.  Ron Seegars accepted the award on behalf of L&C from Libby Sweatt-Lambert, FLCC Executive Director, at the event.
    L&C has remained a strong supporter of the programs and activities at FLCC through the years and is the primary sponsor of the community center’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Spring Festival, which will be held Apr. 20.

  • Former Lancaster resident publishes cookbook

    From release

    Irene R. Burriss, a  former Lancaster resident now residing at Garden City Beach, has published a cookbook to help organizations raise funds.

    The cookbook is a 500-recipe collection with nine color photos and 182 pages.
    The spiral-bound book titled Sharing Love Through Cooking is a collection of “tried-and-true” recipes that are both simple and satisfying.

  • Weather causes out of season blooming

    “As I look at the blossom out of season, I hear the whispers from the old Shel Silverstein poem: ‘Anything can happen, child, anything can be.’” — Curtiss Ann Matlock

    Most trees produce blossoms in early spring, but occasionally trees such as crabapple, Bradford pear, redbud and dogwood are observed flowering in fall.