Food and Fun

  • The history of Valentine's Day

    “Valentine’s Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes,” Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s cynical character on NBC’s sitcom “30 Rock,” tells her co-worker, Pete.

    Lemon’s view on the commercialization of Valentine’s Day has become one commonly shared by those who feel the holiday is just another way greeting card companies and retailers get customers to spend money and put a monetary value on love.

  • Busy mom wins big with game day snacks

    Who’s going to win the big game this year? You are. After all, the key to a winning party is in the company you invite and the snacks you serve.

    I’ll leave the invite list up to you, I sure can help with the snacks. At www.justapinch.com, we’ve been cooking up a sporty storm in search of the best game day eats.

    Thanks to all of the entries we received in the Third Annual Sporty Snack Showdown contest – there was no shortage of tasty candidates.

  • Blanton completes Eagle project

    Bryce Blanton, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 72, recently completed his Eagle project. Blanton’s project was to renovate the outdoor fish pond at North Elementary School and build a pergola to shade the pond. He also performed landscaping and general repairs to improve the school’s natural classroom area. Overall, 20 volunteers spent more than 120 hours to complete this project. As a scout, Branton has held leadership positions of scribe, quartermaster and librarian, and has earned 29 merit badges.

  • Addison publishes book on mental illness

    Mental illness is a subject that has become less taboo in recent years, and a Heath Springs man has written a book on the topic, in the hopes of helping others who struggle with it.

    At 67, this is Mike Addison’s first published book, and is entitled “The Life Boat – One Man’s Journey with Mental Illness.”

    It chronicles Addison’s 50-year struggle with a chemical imbalance, depression/anxiety disorder and severe obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • Go RED for Women

    Springs Memorial Hospital

    On Friday, Feb. 1, Springs Memorial Hospital will once again join the American Heart Association’s National Go Red for Women campaign and is inviting all of Lancaster and the surrounding area, both males and females, to join with them on this day by wearing the color red.  

  • CSU honors Bobby Edwards

    CHARLESTON – Charleston Southern University recently recognized Robert H. “Bobby” Edwards of Lancaster for his years of service to the University, most recently as a member of the Board of Trustees.

    Edwards, president and owner of Catawba Fish Camp, 6131 Lancaster Highway, Fort Lawn, has been a longtime supporter of the university and has served in numerous capacities, including: the Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors and the Buccaneer Club Board of Directors.

  • Convenient, comfortable and creamy casseroles

    Canned soup is my friend.  Like any ingredient – expensive or not – it is what you make of it, and let me tell you, there are some really tasty, economical casserole recipes out there that elevate the humble can of soup to an art form.

  • Three wooden crosses

    GREAT FALLS – The Bible tells us of a crucifixion that took place nearly 2,000 years ago on a hill called Golgotha in Jerusalem.

    Three men were crucified on wooden crosses placed on the hillside.

    On one cross was a vile, arrogant man who was completely unremorseful for any wrongdoing. On the other cross hung a man who was guilty of a crime but sought repentance and mercy and found it.

    On the center cross hung Jesus Christ who was completely innocent of any crime or action that was considered sin.

  • Charlie Duke honored at Clemson graduation

    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Clemson University awarded 1,200 degrees Dec. 20, including the nation’s first Ph.D. in automotive engineering earned by a woman and an honorary degree to a former astronaut.

    Ala Qattawi made history when she walked across the stage to receive her doctorate in automotive engineering and congratulations from President James F. Barker.

    Retired Gen. Charles Duke Jr., a former NASA astronaut who was the 10th man to walk on the moon, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

  • New movie may be filmed in Chester

    Something “Strange and Unusual” may be coming to downtown Chester next month.

    At its last meeting, Chester City Council discussed a request from Visionscape Media to film portions of a feature-length film in downtown Chester. Anil Dhokai is the writer and director of the movie, which has the working title “The Strange and Unusual.”

    “It’s a feature-length movie about a supernatural TV reality show that is being cancelled,” Dhokai said.