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Out and About

  • Carolina Christian Academy helps HOPE in Lancaster

    The 16th Annual Christmas canned goods drive for HOPE in Lancaster at Carolina Christian Academy started the last week of November and ended Dec. 19, with the school’s efforts netting 3,545 cans delivered to HOPE that morning.

    With the addition of other items donated besides canned goods, such as boxes of ramen noodles, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, Jell-O and pasta, the total number of items delivered was close to 7,000.

  • Holiday trains on display at Sun City

    Model trains and the holiday season have been closely linked since 1900 when Joshua Lionel Cowan built a small motorized gondola car to lure window shoppers into a New York City store.  Passersby flocked in, but were more interested in the miniature train that traveled around a circle of track than the merchant’s wares.

  • How to survive workplace bullying

    Are your days off spent exhausted and lifeless?

    Are you receiving nasty e-mails and snide remarks from your boss or colleagues?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you may be the victim of workplace bullying and harassment.

    Apparently, you are not alone. More than 53 million Americans have reported workplace bullying, and the situation is getting worse in this economic downturn.

    The problem is what to do about it? This became my quest to find out in my bid to help a friend and others navigate through the maze.

  • Make burls into something interesting

    On a Thanksgiving visit to Giles County, Va., we met Allen Neely, a true mountain man who shared his passion for tree burls.

    A burl is an abnormality in which bud cells have grown in a chaotic manner, dividing in many directions to create a spherical shape.

    Burls are commonly found in the form of rounded outgrowths or bumps on a tree trunk or branch.

    Other burls grow attached to roots beneath the ground, and may not be discovered until the tree dies or falls.

    Almost all burl wood is covered by bark even if it is underground.

  • Colonial Dames get chartered

    The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century’s newest chapter, the Land of the Waxhaws, was chartered Oct. 20 at the historic Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. 

    Jane Massey, president of the new chapter, conducted the chartering ceremony, with the help of national and state officers, to celebrate the chartering of S.C. chapter No. 26.

    The Rev. J.R. McSpadden, minister of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, greeted and welcomed the group to the Waxhaws area.  

  • Stability and motion equally important, Part 2 of 2

    ACL; do those three letters ring a bell?  

    If we look back at the historical and scientific study of the human body, it isn’t normal for 10- to 13-year-olds to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) strain or tear.

    However, the reality is this type of injury is becoming more common for today’s young athletes.

    Research shows that a few possible causes could be compensation of over-tightened and imbalanced muscles and various other altered functional movement patterns.

  • Remembering Benjamin

    An unveiling ceremony for a historical maker designating the Old Clyburn Plantation was held Nov. 10 , just in time for Veteran’s Day.

    The site of the old plantation home, located at the corner of Gold Mine Highway (S.C. 601) and Tom Gregory Road in Kershaw, marks the legacy of a family whose history predates the Civil War. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Melody Clyburn Craig, chair of the Lancaster County Historical Commission. Craig is also the great-granddaughter of Thomas Lorenzo Clyburn, who built the Clyburn Plantation.

  • What causes the leaves to change?

    Although the phenomenon of leaves changing color is still not completely understood, we know that it is primarily influenced by three things.

    The least variable of these factors is the increasing length of night.

    As nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes are triggered in leaves.
    The second contributor is the pigmentation present. Chlorophyll is the dominant pigment that makes leaves green.

    It absorbs sunlight to produce sugars for food.

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway makes its mark

    From release
    At the intersection of Highway 9 Bypass and Highway No. 9, a Blue Star Memorial marker stands proud, once again, to pay tribute to the present and fallen members of our military.

    This is an ongoing project of the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs, the Veterans’ Administration, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

    This Memorial Marker to all Veterans was placed on the Bypass about 10 years ago.

  • Lancaster 4-H Horse Club food drive

    The Lancaster 4-H Horse Club is collecting non-perishable foods for HOPE in Lancaster, Inc., through Dec. 21.

    Just one or two items can go a long way in helping families in need.

    While all non-perishable foods will be appreciated, HOPE has the following needs at this time: self rising flour, cornmeal, sugar, grits, canned evaporated milk, jelly, peanut butter, juice, canned beans (except green beans), canned squash, canned sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes.