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Today's Features

  • The July 4 holiday is summer entertaining at its best.

    We pack the picnic basket and head out to relax with family and friends or light the grill and invite them over for an Independence Day celebration.

    Given that, we don’t want to stay in the kitchen with the oven turned on any longer than we have to. And if we are outside, we want something that’s going to be refreshing and cool.

    With abundant sunshine and high temperatures forecast near 90 degrees in the extended forecast on Saturday and Sunday, cool, shady spots are going to be in demand.

  • The fourth of July is almost here. With the holiday falling on Sunday, there are two days of professional fireworks shows in this area to choose from. Here are some of the local events:

    Saturday

    – Rock Hill is hosting Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. There will be children’s activities, live music and food vendors. For details, call (803) 329-8756 or e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • The natural appeal of Kay Zaitz’ yard at 202 W. Springs St. really draws attention. Chock-full of perennials and woodsy plant material, the yard has been named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The garden of Kay Zaitz is absolutely a veritable display of most plants known to mankind,” said Jackie Palmer, YOTM chairwoman. “She has a vast array of different specimens, planted cottage-style.”

  • When Brittany Hill downloaded a copy of the schedule for the upcoming Miss South Carolina pageant, it was printed on purple paper.

    For Hill, Miss Lancaster 2010, everything keeps coming up as a mixture of red and blue.

    When part of the white swimsuit Hill planned to wear Wednesday night disappeared before the approval process at the Marriot in Spartanburg on Mother’s Day weekend, she went with the back-up swimsuit, which is purple.

  • Eight area churches are partnering with the Society of St. Andrew to provide fresh, in-season vegetables for needy families in Lancaster this summer.

    Dubbed Squash Out Hunger, the ministry includes Eastside Baptist, Hopewell United Methodist, New Hope AME Zion, Spring Hill Baptist, Tabernacle United Methodist, Union Baptist, Unity ARP and Zion United Methodist churches.

  • These days, local dirt racers Brandy Baker and Bryan Crook are shaking their heads.

    Their sons are growing up fast and getting faster by the week.

    Dillon Crook, Andrew Baker and Austin Baker are coming into their own in at Lancaster Speedway. The trio used to play in the infield dirt. Now they’re competing on the track.

    Not only are the three following in their dads’ footsteps, the trio is also cutting the same red clay line their respective grandfathers, Buddy Crook and Carson Baker, did years ago.

  • Sandra Hinson got a little glimpse of heaven this week.

    She saw it in the pallet of shingles in her Flat Creek Road yard, boxes of roofing nails, new windows and a fresh coat of paint.

    Most don’t see the teenagers and adult volunteers who spent most of this week putting a new roof on Hinson’s small home as angels.

    But those who don’t should see them from Hinson’s perspective.

    That perspective comes from a roof that leaks so bad that water pools inside light fixtures.

  • To See Lancaster SC Director Peggy Little, little things mean a lot.

    That’s one thing she has learned when it comes to luring top-notch acts here as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    Little and 11 other members of the See Lancaster SC board who come up with the Performing Arts Series each year have also become adept at putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  • In the next few days, hundreds of children in Lancaster County will be learning Bible verses, singing songs, making crafts and gulping all the Kool-Aid and sandwich cremes they can hold.

    A sure sign of summer vacation is Vacation Bible School.

    Many area churches have been, and will be, teaching about Christianity through themes such as “Saddle Ridge Ranch” and “Step Up and Go Green for Jesus” in the upcoming weeks.

  • Early Thursday, James Stogner pulled the back of his Ford pickup between two posts beneath the pavilion at the Lancaster County Farmers’ Market on Pageland Highway.

    He dropped the tailgate, reached inside and slid a square upside-down kitchen table out of the truck bed and turned it over onto to the cement.

    In no time at all, Stogner had the tabletop covered in heads of fresh cabbage, bright green cucumbers, squash and peppers.