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Today's Features

  • One of the best way to showcase the delicious flavors of early fall is with a homemade apple pie.

    What makes apples and apple pie so all-American?

    “It brings people together,” said Ken Haedrich, author of “Apple Pie: 100 Delicious and Decidedly Different Recipes for America’s Favorite Pie.” 

    “It’s the closest thing we have, food-wise, to a universal symbol of goodness and contentment.”

  • My idea of shopping usually involves a mall bench. 

    Recently, while sitting on one, itching for the stores to cut out the lights, I spied an electronics store right across from my perch. I couldn’t help but notice young people going in and out of it. 

    You know, sometimes an old man’s curious nature gets the best of me. 

    In my case, that nosiness – uh, curiosity – dates back to summer evenings in 1942. 

  • Name: Linda Bell

    Age: 64

    Address: The Buford community

    Family: A son, Travis and a grandson, Hunter, 7

    Job: Retired elementary school teacher

    Church: Pleasant Dale Baptist Church

    Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my grandson, watching Gamecocks football, gardening and exercising

  • The jet-setting lifestyle came easy for J.T. Franklin. It’s no wonder he was smiling.

    His grin came from helping estimate, design and oversee the electrical components of facilities like the $143 million Mecklenburg County Courthouse with its 39 courtrooms, the $27 million Billy Graham Library and 44 hospitals from coast to coast.

  • The jet-setting lifestyle came easy for J.T. Franklin. It’s no wonder he was smiling.

    His grin came from helping estimate, design and oversee the electrical components of facilities like the $143 million Mecklenburg County Courthouse with its 39 courtrooms, the $27 million Billy Graham Library and 44 hospitals from coast to coast.

  • Name: Linda Bell

    Age: 64

    Address: The Buford community

    Family: A son, Travis and a grandson, Hunter, 7

    Job: Retired elementary school teacher

    Church: Pleasant Dale Baptist Church

    Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my grandson, watching Gamecocks football, gardening and exercising

  • When it comes to adding variety, flavor and aroma to foods, herbs and spices have been used for centuries.

    “Spices were once so costly only the wealthy could afford them. In 11th century Europe, many towns paid their taxes and rent in pepper,” said dietitian and educator Alice Henneman, author of “Add a Little Spice (& Herbs) to Your Life!”

    While it is a given that spices and herbs both come from for plants, that’s where the similarity ends, said Ann Hertzler of Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

  • When it comes to adding variety, flavor and aroma to foods, herbs and spices have been used for centuries.

    “Spices were once so costly only the wealthy could afford them. In 11th century Europe, many towns paid their taxes and rent in pepper,” said dietitian and educator Alice Henneman, author of “Add a Little Spice (& Herbs) to Your Life!”

    While it is a given that spices and herbs both come from for plants, that’s where the similarity ends, said Ann Hertzler of Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

  • Name: Becky Harper

    Age: 44

    Address: West Doc Garris Road

    Family: Husband, Tim, 45; a son, Joshua Rhyner, 21, a stepdaughter, Meg, 20, and a stepson, Richie, 18 

    Pets: A rat terrier, Abby; a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Hercules, and a quarter horse, Ruby

    Job: Stylist at Mane Street Hair Designers

    Church: Second Baptist Church

  • American diarist and suffragette Ellen Birdseye Wheaton one wrote, “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”

    Van Wyck seamstress Janie Straight knows that truth first hand.

    A self-professed former hippie in 1970s California who has worked as a waitress, journalist, typesetter and sign painter (to name a few), Straight, 56, left the chaotic world of Los Angeles and settled in South Carolina with husband, Dennis, 16 years ago.