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Today's Features

  • Sir Thomas Lipton had been dead for almost 20 years when a dry onion soup mix bearing his name hit the markets.

    But just like the tea business he had perfected, it was an instant success, especially among the working class the Scottish-born entrepreneur dearly loved.

    A marketing genius, a 17-year-old Lipton came to the United States from Scotland in 1864, just as the Civil War was ending, said Michael D’Antonio, author of “A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton’s Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America’s Cup.” 

  • HEATH SPRINGS – There’s a little piece of Lancaster in Tena, Ecuador, right now.

    If you don’t believe it, just ask someone from Flint Ridge Baptist Church.  That piece is there, all right – on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, and it’s there to stay.

    That little piece of Lancaster?

    It’s their hearts. They were left behind in a Bible that Peter Wing left with a 10-year-old boy named Jimmy after the two became friends.

  • Kids have tough times too, but this year, Mother Nature sure has been giving us older folks a run for our money.

    In April, it was a hailstorm. In the last two weeks, it was an earthquake and right of top of that, a hurricane.

    Since I’m in Maryland visiting kin right now, I had the honor of experiencing all three.

    You know, I just have a knack for bein’ at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Name: Kaye Hoffman

    Age: 55

    Address: Knotthead Road

    Family: A son, Weston, 14, and various foster children

    Pets: Too many!

    Job: Mental health specialist

    Church: Heartland Freewill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Animal rescue

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • HEATH SPRINGS – There’s a little piece of Lancaster in Tena, Ecuador, right now.

    If you don’t believe it, just ask someone from Flint Ridge Baptist Church.  That piece is there, all right – on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, and it’s there to stay.

    That little piece of Lancaster?

    It’s their hearts. They were left behind in a Bible that Peter Wing left with a 10-year-old boy named Jimmy after the two became friends.

  • Name: Kaye Hoffman

    Age: 55

    Address: Knotthead Road

    Family: A son, Weston, 14, and various foster children

    Pets: Too many!

    Job: Mental health specialist

    Church: Heartland Freewill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Animal rescue

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Seventy-six-year-old Ruthie Hayden believes in the power of prayer.

    When the Northwest Apartments resident hits her knees these days, it’s to lift up her neighbors, and not to duck from random gunfire that used to be heard outside her front door. 

    “When you put enough prayer on ’em, they have to either start living right or get out,” she said. “That’s the only choices they have. They’re going to live right if they live here.”

  • For many, Labor Day signals the last great grilling get-together of the summer months.

    According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, almost 44 percent of Americans shut down their grills after Labor Day and all but quit cooking outdoors during the fall and winter months.

    The last grilling hurrah can also be used as a learning experience when it comes to cooking in the great outdoors.

  • For many, Labor Day signals the last great grilling get-together of the summer months.

    According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, almost 44 percent of Americans shut down their grills after Labor Day and all but quit cooking outdoors during the fall and winter months.

    The last grilling hurrah can also be used as a learning experience when it comes to cooking in the great outdoors.

  • A visit to see what was growing at Uncle Perry Scott’s farm in Winnsboro was a big change compared to our Victory Garden.

    Everybody there had red clay beneath their fingernails, with farms all over the place.

    However, there’s not as many people plowing right now. Uncle Perry said most of the local boys are wearing military uniforms and fighting in foreign fields. 

    A friend of Uncle Perry had this big old farm, which supplied bunches of vegetables to the Fort Jackson Army base.