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Today's Features

  •  McKenna Phillips of Elgin community waves to the crowd during the annual Charlesboro Fourth of July parade on Saturday. Charlesboro, Heath Springs and Rich Hill each held their Independence Day parades Saturday. They were held a day early since July 4 is on Sunday this year.

    A group of four-wheelers makes its way down Taxahaw Road in the Charlesboro parade Saturday.

  • The Pageland Watermelon Festival 2010 will be spectacular, offering a variety of fun-filled, family entertainment and events for the young and the young-at-heart.

    Thousands of visitors from throughout the Southeast travel to Pageland every summer to enjoy one of the largest festivals in South Carolina.

    The downtown festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. today. You can enjoy amusement rides, magic shows, the balloon man and other live entertainment in Moore’s Park at the gazebo.

  • Some 19 years ago, Midenna Anderson showed up at the Lancaster County Pool to watch her daughter, Emily Anderson McCain, practice for an upcoming Lancaster Swim Team meet.

    The longtime McDonald Green Elementary School kindergarten teacher said she plopped down in a lounge chair to observe.

    “That was all I was here for,” Anderson said.

    All of that changed when former swim team coach Lynn Hammond saw Anderson sitting there. Anderson readily admits that at that time, she knew little about triple kicks, arm flies and negative splits.

  • By the time Andy Harper made it to the Lancaster County Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Market at Ace Hardware on South Market Street on Wednesday morning, the pickings were slim.

    There wasn’t any okra, squash and cucumbers left.

    But that was OK. Harper still drove off with a bag of hot green and red peppers and 2 pounds of tomatoes grown by Nathaniel and Mae Barber.

    What is different about this market is the crops sold there are grown in Lancaster.

  • Since its introduction in mid-April, Kentucky Fried Chicken has sold more than 10 million of its first-ever bun-less chicken sandwich, the KFC Double Down.

    But the one-of-a-kind sandwich, has sparked a nutritional outcry from critics.

    Why?

    Made with two thick, white meat chicken filets, two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterrey Jack and pepper jack cheese and the “Colonel’s Sauce,” the original version of the Double Down contains 540 calories and 32 grams of fat. By comparison, the grilled version has 460 calories and 23 grams of fat.

  • The menu for 22 residents of Lancaster Children’s Home on Wednesday morning was typical breakfast fare; bacon, ham, eggs, grits and toast.

    But toasting milk in stemware set on tables adorned with fresh flowers, burning candles, name cards?

    That’s not a common sight.

    But it was a sight to stem some table manner confusion, said Annette Deese, Children’s Home director.

    See Lancaster SC’s Peggy Little, with a little help, schooled the group, ages 8 to 17, in former dinner etiquette.

  • Anything is possible.

    In the late 1980s, few people outside the Columbia music scene knew who Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim Sonefeld were.

    All of that changed in 1994 when the four, collectively known as Hootie & the Blowfish, released “Cracked Rear View.”

    That musical breakthrough was characterized by the national media as “instant success.”

    But musician and University of South Carolina graduate David Reed knows there is no such thing. It takes more than talent.

  • 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.”