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Out and About

  • Bocce ball tournament benefits Safe Passage

    Enthusiastic crowds recently came to the courts to support players and to play in the Bocce Ball Tournament at Sun City Carolina Lakes. The tournament was a fundraiser for Safe Passage, a local organization that helps victims of domestic abuse.

    After three days of fierce competition, the following trophies were awarded to the winners:
    ◆ First place: Marc and Brenda Piette and Joe and Dell Lamoureux
    ◆ Second place: Roger and Lois Unbehagen and Michael and Frieda Nellenbach
    ◆ Third place: Bill Toflinski, Bonnie George and Bruce and Joan Vanetti

  • Sun City helps out

    The 2012  Sun City Volunteers and Helping Hands drive for Safe Passage was a big success.

    Susan McClure, who served as event co-chair with Jackie Sharp, said more than $700 in checks, cash and gift cards were collected, along with 158 cellular phones and hundreds – if not thousands – of toiletry items.

    “In fact, we have so many, I’m going to give some (toiletry items) to Lancaster Children’s Home and the men’s shelter in Charlotte,” McClure said.

  • Take care of mold before it turns ugly

    DES PLAINES, ILL. —September is Mold Awareness Month and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) wants homeowners to know how to recognize signs of mold or water damage, how to catch these issues early on or prevent them all together.

  • Black Gum Tupelos provide autumn beauty

    On a late August morning while enjoying coffee beside our pond, we noticed a flurry of activity high in a slender tree near the water’s edge opposite our chairs. Binoculars revealed a large number of juvenile blue birds, red bellied woodpeckers and American goldfinches picnicking on the dark blue berry-like fruits of a Black Gum Tupelo.

  • Keeping our history alive

    From release
    For many years, Lancaster County Historical Commission has wanted a building to use as a museum.

    Lancaster County was one of only two counties in S.C. which did not have a county museum, so when the historic courthouse was renovated, Lancaster County council gave LCHC three of the four rooms on the first floor to use as a museum. The fourth room is the county welcome center, which was also much-needed.

  • ‘Watching Out & Watching Over’ local community

    Residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes recently joined thousands of neighborhoods across America in the 29th annual Neighborhood Night Out, held Aug. 7.

    Community residents came together to enjoy the evening with Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and the SWAT team, firefighters, EMS and Rescue Squad from Indian Land, the American Red Cross Disaster Response Unit and the Pink Tow Truck serving the Indian Land area.

    S.C. House Rep. Deborah Long and S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory joined the community and visited with residents.

  • Food coalition celebrates kick-off

    Gloria Kellerhals and Ben Boyles have been “joined at the hip” for hours on end.

    The two have worked together to increase awareness of the Catawba Regional Local Food Coalition.

    “Ben has worked hours and hours and hours,” Kellerhals said. “We’ve been together almost 24/7.”

  • Traffic accident leads to career change

    Ann Clingenpeel used to be a labor and delivery nurse at Piedmont Hospital. It was her dream job,and she enjoyed every minute of it.

    In 2010, all of that would change, and her life would become a testament to something good coming out of something very bad, in the form of a new – and unexpected – change in career.

  • White oaks are beneficial

    When we began tree farming, one of the first things we did was plant 500 white oak trees in former horse pastures.

    White oaks were chosen because they are native to S.C. and commonly live for two centuries and longer, both highly desirable traits for our goal of creating a “legacy forest.”

    White oaks are also an excellent choice for supporting wildlife.

    Their abundant crops of palatable acorns provide valuable food for turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, deer, wood ducks and numerous bird species.

  • The Heat is on

    GREAT FALLS – Dillon Pearson has a dream of meeting Miami Heat 6-foot, 8-inch forward Lebron James. He has an infatuation with the professional basketball player.

    Sitting at his entertainment center, Pearson smiles at he points to James’ photo and career statistics in the top left corner of the TV screen.Pearson said meeting James is tops on his wish list of things he would like to do.

    His second wish, also sports-related, is to attend a Carolina/Clemson football game. Pearson is a Clemson Tigers fan.