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Today's Features

  • By Julie Graham

    For The Lancaster News

    A small wooden playhouse for tea parties, dress up and all things make-believe owned by the Duke family of Lancaster has come to life again to entertain its fourth generation.

    John and Beverly Duke have the playhouse in the backyard of their Meadow Drive home for the next generation, their granddaughter, Railee Brown, who turns two in July. 

    During its nearly 70 years in the Duke family, it has been moved and repainted four times.  

  • A couple of Indian Land High School students can add their names to the school’s list of signed athletes this year after receiving word from the University of South Carolina in Columbia that they have made the team.

    Only this time the team isn’t on the gridiron or court, it’s on the sidelines.

    Seniors Alexis Barjona and Megan Leskody were among more than 120 cheerleaders from across the state to try out for coveted spots on the Gamecocks’ two cheerleading squads and were among the  54 who made it. 

  • High school graduation ceremonies, Memorial Day weekend and NASCAR racing in Charlotte usher in the unofficial kick-off to summer.

    There is no better way to celebrate than with a cookout.

    But before striking a match, there are a few pre-grilling items to take care of so a meal doesn’t end up burned to a crisp.

  • Iron man Cal Ripkin Jr. isn’t the only one with an unforgettable number. The baseball hall of famer played in 2,632 consecutive games.
    Two county students have their own streaks within their respective school hallways.
    For 12 years, Andrew Jackson High School’s Jordan Truesdale and Buford High School’s Lauren Bradburn managed to make it out of bed every day and go to class. That equals to 2,160 consecutive school days for each of them.
    Neither of them have missed a day of school since the first grade.   

  • A couple of weeks after Sears and Roebuck sent back Aunt Bessie’s check for  my J.C. Higgins Roadmaster, stuff was changing in a hurry.
    One of ‘em was my opinion of President Roosevelt. I thought he had made a big mistake. I just couldn’t figure out how one bicycle could contribute so mightily to the war effort.
    Mama was reading the morning paper about how tires, gasoline, sugar, electric ice boxes, Hershey Bars, and shoes, among other things would be in short supply for the home folks.

  • Name: Blake Finley
    Age: 14
    Address: Camp Creek Road
    Family: Parents, Todd and Renee Finley; a sister, Madison, 19  
    Pets: A dachshund, Tanner
    Job: Student
    Church: Zion United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Playing the guitar
    Favorite books: The Bible and “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Favorite movie: “The Blindside”

  • Iron man Cal Ripkin Jr. isn’t the only one with an unforgettable number. The baseball hall of famer played in 2,632 consecutive games.
    Two county students have their own streaks within their respective school hallways.
    For 12 years, Andrew Jackson High School’s Jordan Truesdale and Buford High School’s Lauren Bradburn managed to make it out of bed every day and go to class. That equals to 2,160 consecutive school days for each of them.
    Neither of them have missed a day of school since the first grade.   

  • Name: Blake Finley
    Age: 14
    Address: Camp Creek Road
    Family: Parents, Todd and Renee Finley; a sister, Madison, 19  
    Pets: A dachshund, Tanner
    Job: Student
    Church: Zion United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Playing the guitar
    Favorite books: The Bible and “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Favorite movie: “The Blindside”

  • Growing up, Stuart Graham attended Van Wyck Presbyterian Church with his family.  
    Just two doors down from there stood a bright yellow home known throughout the tight knit community as the old Hyatt house.  
    At the time, Graham never realized the keys to the 1898 Victorian-style home at 5154 Old Hickory Road would one day be in his pocket.
    Graham had always admired the house and was excited to learn in 2003 it was to be sold at an auction.

  • Growing up, Stuart Graham attended Van Wyck Presbyterian Church with his family.  
    Just two doors down from there stood a bright yellow home known throughout the tight knit community as the old Hyatt house.  
    At the time, Graham never realized the keys to the 1898 Victorian-style home at 5154 Old Hickory Road would one day be in his pocket.
    Graham had always admired the house and was excited to learn in 2003 it was to be sold at an auction.