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Today's Features

  • The average American eats 25 pounds of rice per year.

    A healthy, versatile and economical staple around the world, rice made its first appearance in the new world in the late 1680s, according to the USA Rice Federation.

    Rice lore has it that a storm-battered ship sailed into Charles Town (Charleston).

    To pay the colonist for repairing his ship, the captain gave the small quantity of “Golde Seed Rice,” which was named for its color, to a Lowcountry planter.

  • Happy Lee Ferree was wearing two smiles at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw on Wednesday.

    One, painted on his helmet, is a testament to the name given him by his parents, Patty, and the late Dennis Ferree. 

    “They named me that because they never thought they could have a child,” the Grass Valley, Calif., native said.

    The second smile, worn inside his helmet, is a testament to why the 24-year-old Snap-On Tools Pro Truck Series driver was in Kershaw this week to start with.

  • For Missouri’s Sara Evans, every little piece of the puzzle doesn’t always fit.

    But it’s a puzzle that she’s putting back together.

    Sidelined by a bitter divorce in 2006 after 13 years of marriage, the traditional singer whose heartfelt songs hit close to home will perform inside the Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Since arriving on Nashville’s Music Row in the early 1990s, the soulful Evans has put together a string of hits that is hard to match.

  • Each weekday morning, a group of men meet inside the Humana Cafeteria on Main Street to discuss the ills of the world, the weather, college football, crime and politics between sips of hot coffee.

    “This is one of the places I get my marching orders from,” said Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw, who is a “first-shift regular,” along with Charlie Bundy, Larry Cauthen, former Sheriff Wilford Faile and Donald Hunter.

    They arrive some time between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and leave just before 9 a.m. when the “second shift” reports in.

  • Back in the woods off John Everall Road, nestled beneath a stand of hardwood trees beside a meadow of fresh cut hay is a very special place.

    You can’t see it from the road. For that matter, you can’t even see it from Nancy Westmoreland’s back yard.

    But if you follow the pasture pathway that her dad, Bill Westmoreland, keeps mowed to get there, you’ll find it once you know where to look.

    The seven rings of patterned, jagged quartz rock in the edge of the woods didn’t appear like a magical crop circle. This is no publicity stunt.

  • The discovery of a family cemetery has led to the placing of a monument at another cemetery.

    On Sunday, the Hammond family will officially add a marker at the Rich Hill Baptist Church cemetery, 1557 E. Doc Garris Road, Heath Springs.

    The dedication service starts just after Sunday morning worship.

    Several Hammond descendants are buried at Rich Hill Baptist Church and Hammond family reunions are held there.

    The marker includes the names of American Revolution soldiers Raleigh Hammond and his son, Capt. Samuel Hammond.

  • When Evelyn Springs announced in August that the Autism Speaks fundraiser, Lancaster Cooks 2010 – Look Who’s Cooking, had been postponed, she vowed not to sit on her laurels.

    The feisty, take-no-for-an-answer-grandmother is proving to be good to her word.

    Springs – who continues to fight autism – the disease that is effects the daily life of her 8-year-old grandson, Mailk, is now casting her bread upon the waters with a fishing net.

  • Evelyn Springs continues to fight to find a cure for the autism that has robbed her grandson, Malik, 8, of a normal childhood.

    But for now, that fight has been put on hold.

    No, Springs isn’t a quitter, but the annual fundraiser she hosts for Autism Speaks has been postponed.

    Although letters and invitations for Lancaster Cooks 2010 – Look Who’s Cooking have been mailed out, the plans have been temporarily shelved.

    The popular fundraiser was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Fairway Room.

  • Three authors who share a common thread that weaves through Lancaster County have recently published books.

    The Rev. Jesse Adams became an author quite unexpectedly.

    Harriett Hodges Diller became an accomplished author years ago and continues to write.

    Malcolm Jones has made a very successful living reviewing books and is now writing his own.

    Here are their stories.

    Adams a reluctant writer

    The Rev. Jessie Adams never imagined he would one day be an author. 

    “I don’t even like to write,” he said.

  • One-handed grabs don’t just apply to the action on the football field. They also apply to the food in the parking lot, before and after the game.

    It’s time to get out the awning, folding table, chairs, coolers, grill and the cornhole game.

    Tailgating – the football season social hour – is finally here.

    It’s hard to beat a day with family and friends at a college or pro football stadium to celebrate a love of the game and to root on your favorite team.