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Today's Features

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  • Family Features

    The holidays are supposed to be filled with love and good cheer, but the logistics of shopping for gifts, sending out cards, taking family trips and shipping packages can leave even the jolliest of people in a Scrooge-like mood. 

     

    Fortunately, there are some ways you can take the hassle out of the holidays and make them a little brighter for yourself and those around you. 

  • The life and times of Lallage Jones read like a great short story.
    And now, that’s just what it is.
    Her story, “Highlights of My Life,” is now a permanent part of the Peggy Howell-Heath Archive Room at First United Methodist Church.
    Jones was also recently recognized by the city of Lancaster for her contributions.
    A talented artist, Jones taught math at South Junior (now Middle) School for 13 years.
    Mayor Joe Shaw said Jones has become an example for others to follow.

  • Spend an evening in the 18th-century. Come see for yourself what life was like for early settlers living in the Waxhaws.
    See how the American Revolution affected this region.
    Experience life in this area during Andrew Jackson’s time and watch the events that shaped the community as you step back in time.
    Watch as costumed volunteers bring the events to life and demonstrate the skills it took to survive in this backcountry settlement.
    Join the Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park on Saturday for its annual Life in the Waxhaws Lantern Tour.

  • Dr. John Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, has written on a variety of topics ranging from college football rivalries to World War II heroes and presidents.
    He even found time to pen a murder mystery.
    But Griffin considers his latest book, which will be released at Lancaster County Library on Thursday, among the most important to date.
    The title is a dead giveaway as why Griffin chose Veterans Day to unveil the work.

  • INDIAN LAND – Jack Shumaker was never one to shirk duty, even when it made little sense.
    The Bluefield, W.Va., native had seen a lot since joining the 26th Infantry division attached to Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army.
    But sweeping off an almost clean air base runway that December day in 1944 made little sense. Still, orders are orders and obeying them is what soldiers do. So that’s what Shumaker and about 300 more soldiers did, to the best of their ability.
    “That booger looked like it was about 2 miles long,” he said.  

  • When it comes to things that go bump in the night, Jane Starr readily admits some of them can’t be explained.
    But they are out there, said Starr, the founder and lead investigator of Purely Paranormal Investigations.
    “If you take everything away that’s extraneous, what you have left is the truth,” Starr said during a paranormal workshop held at the Hot Box on Oct. 23.

  • Address – Pageland Highway
    Age – 65
    Family – Husband, Ray Charles, 67; children, Peggy, 47, Marvin, 45, and Vickie, 42; and nine grandchildren
    Pets – Nativity animals
    Job – Caregiver for my husband and innkeeper at HomePlace Bed and Breakfast
    Church – Spring Hill Baptist Church
    Hobbies – Painting, scrap booking and cooking

  • Childhood memories mean a lot to David and Tammy Funderburk.
    That concept is what the Funderburks focused on when landscaping their yard at 610 W. Shiloh Unity Road.
    They are hoping that vision goes a long way in helping their children, Holly, 28, and Rod, 21, and grandchildren, Gunnar, Drake and Alyson, build some special memories, too.   
    They had no idea their efforts would get them recognized in the local community.
    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selected the Funderburks’ yard as  Yard of the Month for October.

  • White Oak Manor raised $2,896 for the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association during the Cruise-In for Alzheimer’s and Walk-a-thon on Oct. 17.
    Alison Graves, White Oak actiivities director, had made a pact that if supporters could raise $2,000 before 7 p.m., she would allow her head to be shaved.  
    By 6 p.m., supporters had raised a little more than $2,200.
    “So yes, I’m bald,” Graves said..