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Out and About

  • Legacy Five returns to Lancaster

    Legacy Five is returning to Second Baptist Church on Sunday for a 6 p.m. concert as part of its 2008 tour.

    Co-founded by fellow Cathedral Quartet members Scott Fowler and the late Roger Bennett, Legacy Five formed in 1999 in Atlanta after the Cathedrals retired.

    The Southern gospel quartet – Fowler, Glenn Dustin, Scott Howard, Frank Seamans and pianist Tim Parton – continue to draw an enthusiastic following.

    Legacy Five won four awards in the 2007 Singing News Fan Awards held Sept. 13 during the National Quartet Convention.

  • Customize TV tailgatin' get-togethers

    If you are going to host a bowl game get-together this week or next for your friends, you can score big with your fellow couch potatoes by offering customized dishes that cater to individual tastes.

    And with 350 pizza slices consumed every second in the United States, it wins the coin toss every time.

    Few foods will score more points from your football buddies than pizza.

    Pita pizzas custom made by your guests, based on their individual likes, are the way to satisfy even the finicky eaters.

    It's not as hard as it sounds, either.

  • Firemen hope holiday fireworks won't fuel brush fires

    For some, festive holidays and family fun go hand in hand with fireworks. But when the 2007 drought is figured in, local firefighters hope that enjoying fireworks this year won't have brush fires burning out of hand.

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, many reporting stations in the parched Carolinas are experiencing their driest year on record, which dates back to the 1880s. Right now, the Piedmont has experienced an almost 17-inch precipitation deficit for the year.

  • Area Christmas displays illuminate holiday season

    Jan Miller doesn't know how many lights are in her McIlwain Road yard, but it takes 11,500 watts to power them.

    Jan and her husband, Jerry, started working on their display the weekend after Thanksgiving. The winter wonderland they build in their yard each Christmas includes wooden, hand-painted cutouts, a Nativity scene, inflatable Santas and snowmen, mechanical reindeer and polar bears, and a penguin ice-skating pond.

    "It's hard to say which one's my favorite," Jan said. "I keep saying, 'Oh, this is my favorite, that one's my favorite.'"

  • Christmas tree crop weathers drought

    When the members of Boy Scout Troop 180 headed out to Honeycutt's Tree Farm in West Jefferson, N.C., on Nov. 21, scoutmaster Larry Cauthen said he didn't know what to expect.

    In light of this year's drought, Cauthen said he wasn't sure what kind of shape the Fraser fir trees that the troop sells at its Christmas tree lot would be in.

    But what they found was a wide selection of mature, robust trees.

    The key word, Cauthen said, is mature.

  • Santa Express: L&C Railway's train trip draws 600 passengers

    HEATH SPRINGS – Maddie Greene is two-thirds of the way there.

    First, she got to ride L&C Railway's Santa Express on Saturday.

    Dressed in her snowman sweater with a green polka-dotted red bow, pulling her hair back, Maddie, 5, was dressed for the season as she looked down to check the time on her Dora the Explorer watch.

    Her second wish, she said, was getting "in the paper."

    Now, with those out of the way, the only thing that's left is a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.

  • Mercy's Well Christmas concert feeds the hungry

    Christmas is a time to be close to family.

    But before leaving the road this year to do that, the Southern gospel trio Mercy's Well has a little unfinished business to take care of in the hometown of group member Greg Gainer.

    Mercy's Well will host Lancaster's second annual Southern Gospel Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church.

    Admission is one non-perishable food item to benefit Christian Services and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Appearing with Mercy's Well on Friday will be The Anchormen and King's Cause.

  • Saturday's B&B Craft Show continues to draw crowd

    Around here, typical Thanksgiving traditions may include turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, spending time with loved ones and attending the B&B Craft Show on Saturday.

    This year is no exception as the B&B Craft Show celebrates its 27th anniversary when the doors of Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, open at 7 a.m.

    Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bowers and Novice Baker, the show is now sponsored by Landmark Pentecostal Holiness Church.

  • Reunions shouldn't be this difficult

    I've been somewhat amazed by the Lancaster High School Class of 1978.

    There's been some rather noteworthy accomplishments by some of my classmates.

    One, U.S. Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst, has excelled as a military officer and is over a base in California.

    Remember Jimmy Addison, who could smoke all of us in algebra on our best days when he was having one his worst?

    That boy – as Jethro Bodine would say – could "flat cypher" and still can.

  • Now permanently disabled, helicopter pilot Scott Carnes picking up the pieces

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS

    Features Editor

    S.C. National Guard helicopter pilot Scott Carnes knows he can't take back what happened in December 2004 when his AH-64 Apache gunship was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

    One minute the South Middle School science teacher was getting ready to open fire on an insurgent stronghold. But within seconds, he was hanging out of the left side of the helicopter cockpit as it plummeted 400 feet toward the ground at more than 160 mph.

    Carnes and his gunner made it down, but the helicopter was destroyed in the impact.