Today's Features

  • On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Pa.     

    When the world’s most famous groundhog didn’t see his shadow, its supposedly a sign that warm weather is on the way. 

    According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil has been correct 39 percent of the time and has predicted an early spring 15 times. 

    Based on blooming forsythia, jonquils, crocus, winter daphne, Bradford pears and flowering cherry trees, Phil just may be right.

  • The City of Lancaster will host its second Red Rose Festival in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster from 5 to 10 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 14. 

    Join us on Catawba Street and in the City Hall parking lot, where playing in our streets has never been more fun.

    Stretch out in the Lancaster sun and enjoy the great sounds of local and national entertainment on the city stage. 

    Artisans and crafters will be selling collectibles and hand-crafted items, such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts. 

  • You might have thought a Cinderella ball was taking place in downtown Lancaster last Saturday night. 

    Guests decked out in evening attire stepped out of their cars as valets in red jackets buzzed back and forth from the Artisans Center to nearby parking lots.

  • The Lancaster County Boy Scout Hall of Fame doubled in size Wednesday night. 

    Larry Cauthen and the seven “Neal Boys” (W.C., Paul, Dewey, Jack, Frank, Bruce and Billy) were inducted to the hall of fame during the annual Friends of Scouting Banquet at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Cauthen and the Neals were honored for the impact they have made on local scouting.

    The eight were selected from a group of nominees recommended by a grassroots committee of long-time scout volunteers. 

  • History can and does repeat itself. 

    In November 2008, Robert “Robbie” Mungo and his wife, Glenda, received the Yard of the Month designation from the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs for their Craig Farm Road home.  

    Their beautiful Japanese-influenced, neatly manicured yard features a waterfall and pond filled with colorful koi fish.

    Each February, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs committee selects a business for its Yard of the Month. 


    It’s  4 p.m. on a Friday. South York Street is nearly empty. A few people walking and a handful of cars at a poolroom.   About the only traffic is a few cars headed north toward town or south to make connections at busy intersections.

    It’s always been South York Street, but not so very long ago, nearly everyone living here had a different name for a short strip of it: “Midway.” 

  • INDIAN LAND – Frances Flock has no idea whether her favorite sweater vest is subliminal, symbolic or cryptic.

    But there is a story behind the rhesus monkeys embroidered on it.

    That monkey vest pays tribute to Jocko Flocko, NASCAR’s simian race driver extraordinaire and the co-pilot who made her husband, the late Tim Flock, a household hit in the early 1950s.

    “All the kids wanted to see the monkey,” she said.

  • Sunday is National Cherry Pie Day.                                  
    Now, if you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. Saturday is National Chocolate Mint Day, and I didn’t know about that one, either.
    No one is sure how Feb. 20 got to be National Cherry Pie Day.

  • Jody Miles is back. And so is that sense of humor and smile God gave her.
    Miles, 57, grins every time she reads Jeremiah 29:11 and she is grinning more each day as she recovers from a liver transplant.
    That verse of Scripture has been a big comfort for the co-founder of Christian Services in the last two years.
    Miles has all but forgotten the numerous setbacks from esophageal surgery and a cat bite in July that punted her from the top of the liver transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina.

  • Wildfire season in South Carolina normally starts in late winter and early spring.
    Given the weather conditions, officials here are keeping a close eye on things, especially after a 15-acre pasture off Pardue Road burned Wednesday about 1 p.m.
    Firefighters from Shiloh-Zion and Camp Creek volunteer fire departments, Lancaster County Fire Service and a S.C. Forestry Commission plow worked for about two hours to bring the blaze under control.