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Today's Features

  • You may want to catch a little nap Saturday afternoon.

    That way, you can stay up a little later to watch the post-race celebration in Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway.

    Those festivities might not include your favorite NASCAR driver, but they will include a familiar face.

    Former Lancaster High School homecoming queen Paige Duke is one of three Miss Sprint Cups for 2010. The lineup includes Duke, Amanda Wright of York, Maine, and Monica Palumbo of Charlotte.

  • If you drive along Plantation Road from time to time, you have probably noticed the lush, shady yards.

    One of them, the home of Mack and Sara Eddins (at the corner of Plantation Road and Malvern Lane), is quite eye-catching this time of year and really stands out.

    Masses of Knockout rose bushes covered with bright blooms, accompanied by red and yellow barberry bushes, create one of the prettiest corners in Forest Hills.

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs agrees, and has designated the Eddins’ yard as April Yard of the Month.

  • The impact of Lancaster’s First Presbyterian Church in the community can be measured by a casual stroll through the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Gay St.

    “You can walk among the graves there and feel the presence of old Lancasterville,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.

    The graves of Lancaster’s first mayor, Andrew Mayer, can be found there, along with two former editors of the Lancaster Ledger, which started in 1852.

  • You don’t have to go to a veterinarian to get your dog or cat vaccinated for rabies. The shots are coming to you.

    Starting April 1, Faulkner Animal Hospital has scheduled 11 rabies clinics throughout the county for six weeks. cost is $5 per shot and yearly shots for cats and dogs are $16 each. For details, call 286-8131.

    The purpose of the vaccinations is to protect humans and pets from exposure to rabies when there is contact between a pet and wildlife, including bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks.

  • "Happy Birthday is a victory song." The Theme for the 2010 Relay For Life. High-Five: Courtney Johnson, 18, greets cancer survivor Lorri Crawford during the opening lap at the 2010 Relay For Life walk at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Come on in: USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano reacts after taking a plunge in dunking booth from a pitch thrown by the Lancers baseball player Shawn Thomas.

    Hammer Time: Andrew Jackson High School senior Paul Harris, 18, takes out his frustrations on a clunker with a sledge hammer.

  • As of noon Friday, about $140,000 had been raised for the 2010 Relay For Life.

    Donna Parsons, Relay co-chair, hopes the $215,000 goal will be reached.

    Last year’s Relay raised $256,407 to help fund American Cancer Society cancer research and cancer awareness and wellness programs.

    While a tough economic climate has made for a challenging year, Parsons said the local Relay For Life continues to grow and is up to an all-time high 63 teams.

  • Almost three years ago, stones were placed in each Sunday school classroom at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

    Its members were asked to write prayer requests on each one and how they could each be used to make a dream of a “new” sanctuary into a reality.

    When the St. Luke sanctuary renovations were started in October 2009, those stones were literally poured into the foundation.

    Consecrated on Sunday, the sanctuary is indeed a house of worship built on the prayers of its people, said the Rev. Kyle Randle.

  • There’s a Relay For Life sign leaning on the desk just outside Room 105 at Buford Elementary School.

    When the new school first opened, Room 105 was a teacher’s lounge. Trust me, I know, having spent my share of time in it assisting teachers while fulfilling the volunteer hours requirement for Discovery School.

    But now, the Bunn coffee maker, refrigerator and miscellaneous teacher supplies are gone.