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Out and About

  • 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.