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Today's Features

  • While vacationing in Maryland, I got one of those phone calls nobody likes.

    It seems that a hailstorm damaged the roof of our “Charlotte Road” home. 

    Somebody (not me) decided that I should make the trip back south by myself to check everything out and call the insurance company, if necessary.

    So much for my spring getaway. Sometimes this retirement gig ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Erwin Elementary School special needs teacher LeAnne White found a surprise in her classroom Monday. 

    It was a photo of one of her students, 8-year-old Morgan Knight, taken near an “In honor of” sign with White’s name on it at the first annual Chalk Walk on May 14, along with an event T-shirt.

    “I cried,” White said. “It was very sweet for her to do that.”

    The Chalk Walk is a 3.1 mile fun run to honor teachers and raise money for the Buford High School Future Educators Association (FEA).

  • Name: Betty Knight

    Age: 78

    Address: Flat Creek Road

    Family: Husband, the late Fred Knight; children, Ronnie Knight and Lynn Knight; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren

    Job: Homemaker

    Church: Hyde Park Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Cooking, crocheting and helping people

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • FORT LAWN – In 1996, third-generation farmers David and Jimmy Jordan were looking for a crop that could be watered and didn’t require very much rain.
    Their options were limited, given their location just north of Fort Lawn on S.C. 21. That was something the Jordan boys learned young, while watching their grandfather try to scratch out a cotton crop on the same ground.
    “We’d sit on the porch and watch thunderstorms come through and go around this place every single time, making our granddaddy so mad he could spit,” David Jordan said.

  • FORT LAWN – In 1996, third-generation farmers David and Jimmy Jordan were looking for a crop that could be watered and didn’t require very much rain.
    Their options were limited, given their location just north of Fort Lawn on S.C. 21. That was something the Jordan boys learned young, while watching their grandfather try to scratch out a cotton crop on the same ground.
    “We’d sit on the porch and watch thunderstorms come through and go around this place every single time, making our granddaddy so mad he could spit,” David Jordan said.

  • Bless Pete, I’m suffering from Osama bin Laden overload.

    It’s kinda like having to unfasten your britches due to that last piece of pie you just had to have.

    Right now, I’ve had my fill when it comes to reading, watching, hearing and talking about the demise of Osama bin Laden.

    Now, the very first reports about him sure seemed like the kind of heroic story old veterans like me yearn for. 

    The Twin Towers mastermind was finished off in a way that befit his own lifestyle (see Matthew 26:52). 

  • The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience. 

  • The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience. 

  • If you live in the country, you may be hearing a noise right now you just can’t explain.
    That’s not some huge industrial machine humming miles away and it’s not your imagination gone wild. There’s nothing wrong with your hearing.
    It’s the return of the 13-year cicadas, which have re-emerged from underground to mate.   
    Jane Massey of Van Wyck has already seen more than her share of these fearful-looking, red-eyed insects flitting about.

  • The amount raised locally for Relay for Life changes from year to year, but one thing will never change, said Kimberly Collins, community manager for the American Cancer Society.

    “Lancaster County is known for its passion for Relay,” Collins said. 

    That passion was there for everyone to see as 76 teams raised more than $170,000 this year.

    The 2011 Relay for Life culminated with the annual walk at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Friday, which drew a crowd estimated at more than 9,000.