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Out and About

  • The Marvellettes, Platters come to USCL

    Doo-wop royalty will grace the Bundy Auditorium stage on April 26 when The Platters and The Marvelettes perform for the finale of the 2007-08 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and some $45 tickets are still available at the box office inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    It is the second time The Marvelettes have come to USCL. They kicked off the inaugural performing arts series with a September 2006 concert here.

  • Church transforms basement into 'Holy Ground' for Passage Through Psalms

    Two years ago, a visiting pastor asked Betty Kay Hudson if he could take off his shoes in the basement of First United Methodist Church.

    The pastor had come there for Passage Through Psalms.

    Hudson said the man encountered something he never expected –he found his burning bush, just as Moses did.

    "He came in sensing the presence of God and said 'this is holy ground,' " Hudson said. "It is a spiritual experience that has that effect on everyone who comes."

  • Be ready to cope with winter weather

    The famous Benjamin Franklin quote "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly applies to dealing with cold-weather conditions.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to cope with icy roads, power failures and weather-related health problems is to prepare your home and car in advance of extremely cold weather.

  • Healthy Woman marks first anniversary

    Healthy women all over Lancaster will be celebrating a milestone Thursday.

    Healthy Woman, Springs Memorial Hospital's resource program targeted for women, by women, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. The celebration will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    "This inaugural year has been unbelievable," said Ashley Shannon, director of marketing and community relations at Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Tommy Dorsey swung America's 'Greatest Generation'

    When he reformed his own dance band in the late 1940s, Tommy Dorsey said that it was about time that somebody got "things" going again.

    "You ca't expect to have any real interest in dance bands if the bands don't go round the country and play for the kids," said Dorsey, who was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing."

    Now, almost 60 years later, the band that bears his name will bring the music that influenced "America's Greatest Generation" to Lancaster. Its goal has changed little as it reaches out to attract a new generation of listeners.

  • 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.