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  • Free therapy, no doctor required

    Back in 1999 when Michael Burgess first began working at Hartley Funeral Home, little did he know one day he would end up owning and operating the business.

    With a degree in Sports Administration from Limestone College, he worked in his field of study for about a year before his uncle Jerry Hartley offered him a chance to learn the funeral business. He accepted the job and spent most of his time maintaining the landscaping of the funeral home while learning firsthand about the business.

  • Surprise Snow Storm

    “Snow snow on the ground
    Sun is sinking down down down
    Trees trees covered in white
    People gasp at the sight.”
    — Miranda Will,
    “A Snowy Sunset”

    Saturday , Feb. 16 we stood by the kitchen windows gasping and gaping as a surprise snowstorm swirled around us.

    By 5 p.m. it seemed that we were in the middle of a blizzard with near white-out conditions.

  • Not from around here

    By late Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, the 20-yard metal dumpster between the Daughters of the American Revolution monument at Buford Battleground and the monument placed there during the 226th anniversary was full of brush and yard debris for the second time.

    An inspection of the 2-acre property shows a few sawed-up limbs on the ground that wouldn’t fit into the dumpster.

    There are also several mounds of fresh-raked leaves on the back of the tract near a barbed-wire fence where cattle do what cattle do.

  • Art & Soul

    Would you like to spend an elegant evening in support of the arts?

    On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will host its biggest fundraiser of the year.

    The 18th annual LCCA gala, entitled Art & Soul, promises an evening of dancing with silent and live auctions to support Lancaster County’s art programs. The black-tie-optional event begins at 7 p.m. in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus.

  • Sounds of the Season concert Sunday

  • Weaving her way to the Piedmont Art Festival

    Nestled in the woods of Van Wyck, Carol Leedy weaves a basket in the shop across the driveway from her home.

    For nearly 30 years, the 68-year-old Ohio native has been handcrafting reed baskets – from extra-small key holders to a three-basket storage unit – with homemade black walnut stain, her own dyes and embellishments like buttons and feathers. Her prices range from $12 to $100.

    “Busy hands are happy hands,” Leedy said. “It’s a stress-breaker, and it keeps me from kicking the dog. I’ve always been very crafty.”

  • YOTM: The Nicholses have a plan for every season

    Dennis and Susie Nichols carefully plan their landscaping to make sure there is something blooming year round at their home.

    While that’s easier said than done, the Nicholses stay on track. They plan their work and work their plan.  

    Right now, the mums at 1909 Sardis Road are slowly fading, but perky pansies are ready to claim the show.   

    Even a few summer annuals continue to have blooms, a sure sign the Nicholses give their plants plenty of TLC.

  • Deck the halls: Holiday party decorating tips

    When it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family.

    From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event.

    To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Craft Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas.

  • B&B Craft Show

    Traditions of the current season include cooler autumn weather, falling leaves of gold, aroma of turkey roasting, Black Friday sales and Clemson and Carolina fans showing their school spirit. Only one thing is missing from this list – the B&B Craft Show.  

    Celebrating its 32nd year, the B&B Craft Show promises to offer one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift ideas just in time to kick off of the holiday shopping season.

  • How do we love pork? Let us count the ways...

    “I’ve got my menu planned for the next two weeks,” smiles home cook Nikki Smith, “Pork on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boy, that was easy.”

    Nikki is one of the thousands of devoted pork lovers who are gleefully sharing their enthusiasm – and recipes – with all of us lucky cooks at www.justapinch.com.