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Today's Features

  • I walked by the county jail and library on my way to Lancaster High School just about every day.

    I was always fascinated when I stopped by the old library at the corner of Gay and French Streets.

    To me, it was amazing to watch librarian Miss Robbie Horton work. 

    While I struggled to find stuff using the formula Melvil Dewey devised, she never did. 

    Shucks, Miss Robbie made it look easy; she knew where every book and volume was. She was the best book finder and put ’er backer I ever saw.   

  • Name: Glenda Manus

    Age: 62

    Address: Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck

    Family: Husband, Henry; daughters, Krista Cook and Laura Whittaker  

    Pets: A dog named Fox and a Polish hen named Olive

    Job: Retired from Union County (N.C.) public schools

    Church: Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

    Hobbies: Reading and writing

  • Homer and Brenda Harmon of Great Falls were in Rock Hill when they decided to eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “We went in to eat, but we didn’t get to,” Homer said.

    That’s because Homer was outfitted in white pants, a white jacket with a black handkerchief tucked inside and a white shirt with his colonel’s “signature” string tie. He wore framed glasses and carried a walking cane.

  • Name: Glenda Manus

    Age: 62

    Address: Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck

    Family: Husband, Henry; daughters, Krista Cook and Laura Whittaker  

    Pets: A dog named Fox and a Polish hen named Olive

    Job: Retired from Union County (N.C.) public schools

    Church: Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

    Hobbies: Reading and writing

  •     The teacher who had a special love for reading now has a special place in her honor at the school she loved.

    In May, members of the late Kathy Emory’s family, colleagues and friends dedicated the Miss Kathy Emory Outdoor Reading Classroom at McDonald Green Elementary School.

    Emory died Dec. 24, 2010, after battling colon cancer for more than two years. She was 52. 

    Emory served on the McDonald Green staff for more than 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and media specialist. 

  •     The teacher who had a special love for reading now has a special place in her honor at the school she loved.

    In May, members of the late Kathy Emory’s family, colleagues and friends dedicated the Miss Kathy Emory Outdoor Reading Classroom at McDonald Green Elementary School.

    Emory died Dec. 24, 2010, after battling colon cancer for more than two years. She was 52. 

    Emory served on the McDonald Green staff for more than 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and media specialist. 

  •  The state’s 2011 peach crop is shaping up as answered prayer.

    “It’s excellent,” said Dr. Desmond Layne, a horticulture professor at Clemson University and a state fruit specialist. “The crop is very juicy with good size, good volume and an excellent quality.

  • These days, when Dale Walker goes shopping, you can count on there being a notebook full of manufacturer’s coupons open on the baby seat in the top of her shopping cart.

    “It’s all about saving money,” Walker said. “You’ll do anything you can to save money these days.”

    A rough economy has reversed a 14-year decline in coupon redemption in the United States.

  • The last few days have been miserably hot. It kind of reminds me of when the U.S. Army came to town for a round of war games.

    America was getting a bit antsy with all the saber-rattling going on in Europe.

    Given the situation, somebody up and decided to call out our soldiers in the middle of a really hot summer for military maneuvers.

    You know, it takes two sides to argue, fight or have a war, even if it’s just playin’ war.

  • Name: Mary Ida Lucas

    Age: 102; I will be 103 on Aug. 7.

    Address: New Hope Road, Heath Springs

    Family: Husband, the late James Lloyd Lucas; four children, Arthur Lucas, Marian McNeely, Mary Powers and Edith Taylor; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 13 great great-grandchildren  

    Job: Retired, Springs Industries

    Church: Grace United Methodist Church