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  • State 4-H seeks alumni names for 100th anniversary

    CLEMSON – Millions of young people in the Palmetto State have been involved in 4-H since the first corn club was founded in 1908.

    Its alumni can spend hours talking about the history of 4-H clubs and their memories.

    Since 4-H is celebrating 100 years in 2008, the South Carolina 4-H Teen Council is issuing a challenge to all Clemson Extension offices in the state to collect as many alumni names as possible.

    Anyone who has ever been a member of 4-H is asked to contact their local Clemson Extension office to get their names on record.

  • Do homework before buying new furniture

    Consumers often furniture shop without any sense of what they like, their long-term goals or even something as basic as the dimensions of the room you are buying furniture for.

    You should do the same amount of preparation when buying furniture that you do when buying a dishwasher, cell phone or computer. After all, a quality dining room table will cost more than those items and lasts longer.

    Before visiting a furniture store, do your homework so that you don't become a victim of a sofa that you don't want.

  • Recycle your Christmas tree

    Without the lights, decorations and wonderful evergreen scent, the real Christmas tree you just took outside is just an image of what it was last week.

    But if you want to give it new life, take it to one of Lancaster County's convenience sites.

    It's called treecycling and the county public works department is teaming up with its counterparts at the city of Lancaster to cut down on holiday waste.

    "Recycling is a pattern of habit than anything else," said Darin Robinson, county public works director.

  • Make sure pets are ready for cold weather

    With much cooler temperatures expected in the next few days, it's important for homeowners to protect their pets just like they do their water pipes. Here are a few cold-weather pointers to consider:

    •Cats are very susceptible to the cold and can freeze if left outside whenever the mercury in the thermometer plunges. Keep them inside whenever possible. Also, stray cats have a tendency to hide under car hoods to keep warm. Bang on the hood before cranking your car to alert cats to get out so that they don't get injured.

  • Author advises young writers

    INDIAN LAND – Right now, she has 87 books swirling around in her head, on her computer and in boxes of notes she takes.

    But Catherine Ritch Guess prefers to handwrite her books.

    "Computers don't have soul," she explained to Kim Tallent's language arts class Dec. 6. She described for the students how each story travels from her head, down her arm, to her hand and then to paper. Students listened in rapt attention as she spoke of how her fiction is based on real people she meets and places she goes.

  • Man, 19, shot in leg while walking on street early Thursday morning

    A 19-year-old Lancaster man was shot in the leg Thursday evening in what he told Lancaster Police was a drive-by shooting.

    The man was walking on Willowlake Road between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a white vehicle with tinted windows drove toward him from the opposite direction, according to an incident report.

    He told police that as the vehicle passed, he heard three shots and realized that he had been struck in the leg, the report said.

    The vehicle turned left onto Arch Street heading east.

  • BHS moves to 3-2 with win over Rams

    Buford again used its comeback attack to up its record to 3-2 on the season. BHS, which trailed county rival Indian Land 20-5 in the early going only to charge to a 55-49 win, rallied to knock off Class A foe Chesterfield on Monday night.The Jackets, down 26-20, used a 19-12 run in the third period to take a 39-38 lead on the Rams. In the final period, Jabari Williams and Qua Reid took over to lead the Jackets to the six-point win. Williams paced the Jackets with 24 points, 17 in the second half.

  • Thomas Edward Price, 68

    Thomas Edward Price, 68

    JEFFERSON Thomas Edward Price, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.

    Survivors include two sisters, Doris Belk Funderburk and Joyce Price; five brothers, Tommy Price, Ricky Price, both of Jefferson, Jackie Price of Lancaster, John Dick Price of McBee and Marshall Price of Midland, N.C.

    He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Heyward Price.

    Graveside services were Monday at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

  • USCL students chill during exam week

    Posing like a rock star is one way students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster have been able to relieve the stress that comes at the end of the semester.

    Some shoot pool and play ping-pong and others simply break to socialize. Inside the student center at USCL's Starr Hall, you're bound to see students engage in a host of activities to take their mind off the pressures of final exams, which began Monday and will run through Dec. 17.

  • Home for the holidays

    If you're looking for a few holiday decorating ideas, the Lancaster Garden Club's 21st annual Christmas Tour of Homes may be just the place to find them.

    Family, friends gather at Bailey home

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS - Features Editor

    For Bobby and Thelathia "Thea" Bailey, Christmas means family and their Somerset Drive home has become the holiday gathering place for the Barneses, Baileys and their extended family, too.