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Today's Features

  • Not everyone who enjoys gardening gets a flower named after them, but it’s happened to Betsy Steele
    Bob Roycroft, a Georgetown day lily (hemerocallis) hybridizer, has  introduced “Betsy’s Delight” to honor of Steele, president of the Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC).
    The parent plant of “Betsy’s Delight” is “Lady of Class,” which fits Steele’s gracious, thoughtful and encouraging demeanor. The flower certainly caught on and is currently sold out.

  • Name: Les Weeks
    Age: 40
    Address: Hilton Way Road
    Family: Wife, Tammy, 28; three children, Anna, 12, Dillon, 5, and Noah, 3  
    Pets: A dog, Mooch
    Job: Lancaster County tax collector
    Church: The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Spending time with our children and helping with household chores

  • The Loving Group was awarded the Grand Specialty Art Award for their landscape design showcase at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show held March 2-6 at the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.
    The award is presented to the showcase garden that implements the most outstanding art and graphic element.
    Twenty-six landscape designers participated in the design competition, entitled “A Novel Idea.” Participants were instructed to interpret a novel via landscape design.  

  • Nothing really changes the taste of grits, said Mark Benson as “John Lennon” during the 1964 the Tribute concert inside a raucous Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Nothing really changes the Beatles, either, as the tribute band proved while rocking the house Saturday.
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, The Beatles would be flattered by    Ricky Vacca (Paul), Tom Work (George), Bobby Potter (Ringo) and Mark Benson (John), said Kim Burgess.

  • You know, I gotta hand it to my neighbors who participate in our local crime watch programs.
    They don’t expect medals or fame. They enjoy the self-satisfaction of looking out for their neighbors and reducing crime.
    There was a time I was a dedicated crime watcher, or a least, tried to be.
    World War II had been going on almost a year. All of us were tryin’ to do our part, which meant rationing was an everyday thing.

  • Name: Colleen Estridge
    Age: 59
    Address: Flat Creek Road
    Family: Husband, the late Ferris Estridge; two children, Johnny Morrow and Lynn Morrow; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild  
    Job: Unemployed; I was the home health caregiver for my husband for three years
    Church: Baptist faith
    Hobbies: Gardening/flowers
    Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind”

  • Name: Colleen Estridge
    Age: 59
    Address: Flat Creek Road
    Family: Husband, the late Ferris Estridge; two children, Johnny Morrow and Lynn Morrow; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild  
    Job: Unemployed; I was the home health caregiver for my husband for three years
    Church: Baptist faith
    Hobbies: Gardening/flowers
    Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind”

  • Editor’s note – Each Friday in April, The Lancaster News is publishing the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced throughout the month.

    The Blue Jay of Life

  • In the last 47 years, Joyce Weathersby has seen more than most as a nurse at Marion Sims Hospital, Grace White Nursing Home, Springs Memorial Hospital and White Oak Manor.
    Given that, it’s hard to get anything over on, or past her.
    Weathersby hesitantly agreed to a “going-away” party several weeks ago when she announced her retirement.
    That eliminated any chance of friends, family, co-workers and well-wishers surprising her at White Oak Manor on Wednesday afternoon.
    Well, maybe not.

  • Bless Pete, these super stores sure are something.They have stuff scattered all over the place. From cabbages to carpet tacks with aspirin thrown in for good measure, they have it.
    To be truthful, these “supercenters” try to fool us. They will move merchandise around so we have to walk every aisle to find the headache remedies.
    Other times, they just flat forget to restock our favorites. Here’s the issue as I see it; not even the folks who work in ’em can tell you where the soy sauce is stocked.