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Out and About

  • 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.

  • Umeh joins Air Force, promises to come home after duty

    A farewell celebration was held Saturday at Children First Medical Center, as Dr. Uchenna Umeh prepares to leave at the end of this month to join the Air Force.

    “I decided to join because I want to give back to the country that has given me so much,” Umeh said. “My plan is to return to Lancaster after my four-year term. I’ve been here for close to 14 years, and I will be back.”

  • Buckland Presents: Buckland brings bluegrass to a new generation

    If you happen to be in the Unity community on the second Friday of the month, you may hear the sound of music coming from Buckland Presents off in the distance. When you go down Buck Brasington Road and get a little closer, you will see, good ole normal folks just having a fun time with their families and tapping their toes to the beat of the bluegrass music coming from the stage, while their children play on the huge homemade playground behind them.

  • Mums & Poppies seek help with library project


    The Sun City Carolina Lakes Mums & Poppies Garden Keepers are in full bloom this year.

    The good news is they want to include you in their expansive library landscape project.

    First, let’s take a look at the history of their library projects.

    In 2011, the club held a plant sale and raised $600.

    After much research, discussion and investigation, “we decided to ‘adopt’ the library and work to enhance the grounds,” said Carol Williams, club president.

  • Turn good lunchboxes into great lunchboxes

    While moms want to make sure their kids eat a healthier lunch at school, it’s not always easy packing lunches that are good for them.

    Food and lifestyle expert Evette Rios has five easy tips to help families pack a healthier lunch and turn a good lunchbox into a great lunchbox:

  • Stolarski shares CSF experience with movie star

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – Tracy Moss Stolarski did what many women would love to do.
    She recently met George Clooney.
    “It was one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever done,” Stolarski said.
    Stolarski, a Great Falls native who now lives in Atlanta, is the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth “Lib” Moss.
    Stolarski and her best friend, Ann Winter of Augusta, Ga., attended the Brilliant Lecture Series (BLS) on May 3, at the Wortham Center in Houston.

  • Hero at Lake Wateree

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    When Lancaster residents Elizabeth and Joe Simpson went for a walk at Lake Wateree not long ago they encountered a little more than fresh air.
    The Simpsons were following their dogs along the banks of Lake Wateree near Beaver Creek when they noticed their chocolate lab, Tripp, and German shepherd, Hootie, playing with  a brown object in the water.
    “At first we thought it was a fish or something. Tripp was pulling it up with his head,” Elizabeth Simpson said.

  • Seven tips to help your landscape beat the heat

    Melinda Myers
    Horticulturist
    Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes. The good news is that there are ways to help plants thrive despite these seasonal challenges.
    Adjusting landscape care accordingly during the summer months can not only provide relief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gardener.