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  • Girls on a mission

    GREAT FALLS – They want to go to a One Direction concert.

    The girls are in awe of the English-Irish boy band based in London.

    Instead of asking their parents for money for the concert tickets, the girls put their heads together to find ways to raise their own money.

    Haley Albert, 12, Isabella Davis, 12, Lydia Mills, 13, and Breanna Burchett, 13, have solicited help from their mothers in their fundraising efforts.

  • Holding on to Hope: Apparent HIV cure encouraging for highly infected South Carolina

    News of a Mississippi newborn supposedly cured of an HIV infection has HIV advocates and researchers in South Carolina hopeful as well as skeptical.

    The potential for the cure to change the standard of care for those infected would be especially welcome here in the South, where the highest death rate due to HIV occurs.

  • Chocoholic? Just thank a cacao tree

    Following Valentine’s Day and the shelves piled high with those heart-shaped boxes of candy, I have been thinking about the pleasure cacao trees have given the world.

    The fruit of the cacao tree are large football-shaped pods, each containing up to100 seeds. Cacao seeds are the basis of all chocolate. The seeds, or beans, are very bitter, but the pulp that surrounds them is sweet and when it is allowed to ferment, the bitterness of the beans is reduced and they develop a heady chocolaty aroma.

  • 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.