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Out and About

  • Ponytails and Pigskins

    The element of surprise was not a factor when Buford Middle School opened football practice in August for the 2011 season. Not for BMS veteran football coach Greg Caskey, who among his new players was Tory Knight, 12.

    Knight, a Buford Middle seventh-grader, is a girl.

    Still for Caskey, it wasn’t stunning to see Knight out for the team.

    “I wasn’t surprised in the least bit,” Caskey said. “She had told me as a sixth-grader in my physical education class she was coming out for the team.

  • 180-degree turnaround

    Seventy-six-year-old Ruthie Hayden believes in the power of prayer.

    When the Northwest Apartments resident hits her knees these days, it’s to lift up her neighbors, and not to duck from random gunfire that used to be heard outside her front door. 

    “When you put enough prayer on ’em, they have to either start living right or get out,” she said. “That’s the only choices they have. They’re going to live right if they live here.”

  • Two nights of gospel music come to Lancaster

    Blessed to be a blessing is the philosophy two Lancaster groups synonymous with gospel music firmly believe in.
    Now, thanks to the local support they’ve received, they are giving back.  
    Free gospel music concerts, featuring some of the area’s best vocalists, are on tap for tonight and Saturday.
    At 7 p.m. tonight, GlennMark Promotions will host its annual fan appreciation Southern gospel concert at Second Baptist Church, featuring King’s Cause, The Heritage Quartet and the Good News Quartet.

  • Quilters win national contest

    The Magic Needle Quilt Guild won national recognition in the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for the most quilts donated by one group.
    In July, nine members of the Magic Needle Quilt Guild traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., with 246 quilts packed in a truck and a van to donate to the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge.
    The members who took the quilts to Washington were Terri Harich, Brenda Marshall, Janet Nelson and her husband, Ron, Judy Phillips, Emma Thompson, Pat Ussery, Marjorie Vincent and Christine Williams.

  • Three Dog Night comes to USCL

    From 1969 to 1974, nobody did pop music better than Three Dog Night and they have the hits to prove it.American music icons, the group’s name allegedly came from the practice of indigenous Australians sleeping in holes dug in the ground with dingos to stay warm (if the night was especially cold, it was a “three dog night”).But some say that story is up for debate.What is not up for debate is the numbers that the group put up in the early 1970s with their smooth, polished vocals.Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2

  • Bluegrass show aids state FWB children's home

    It was easy for Tony Shehane to fall in love with bluegrass music.

  • Moriah Association choir strikes right chord

    The parking lot at Bethel Baptist Church will be empty at 6 p.m. tonight.No, services there haven’t been canceled and the Rev.

  • Pregnancy Care Center celebrates 10 years of ministry

    Nothing happens by accident.

  • Belair UMC welcomes Gayle Summey as its new pastor

    For only the second time in more than a century, Belair United Methodist Church will be pastored by a woman.The Rev. Gayle Summey took over the pulpit June 22 as its first woman minister in almost 20 years. Patty Parrish served as pastor in 1989.“I told them [the congregation] ‘Don’t worry.

  • Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks displays

    Looking for some Fourth of July fireworks? You won’t have to look far. From neighborhood gatherings to professional fireworks shows, there’s plenty of fun nearby. Here are some area events:– Rock Hill is hosting Red, White and Boom at 5:30 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. The Heavy Sandwich and Sticky Fingers bands will perform until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. There will be a children’s area and refreshments.