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Today's Features

  • "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.

  • If you’re looking for a few bargains, a great place and time to find them is  early Saturday at the Family Promise yard sale.

    It begins at 6 a.m. in the old Harris Teeter parking lot at 415 W. Meeting St., across from Crawford Funeral Home. 

    Family Promise volunteer Hugh Mobley said proceeds from the yard sale will go directly to help local homeless families get back on their feet. 

  • A youth group from The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will volunteer in July at Give Kids The World Village in July, a summer camp for kids with terminal illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. 

    Located on 70 acres, it has more than 140 villas and an enchanted castle,  along with other amenities that are available to those with special needs who stay there.

    Give Kids The World gets the names of the kids from other organizations and flies them in for a week.

  • Each year, the Relay For Life puts a face on cancer victims, survivors and their caregivers for everyone to see.

    For Hampton “Hamp” Sherrin, 21, cancer now has a face, but he doesn’t know it belongs to. And Sherrin won’t know who it belongs to until next spring.

    But it is a face he wants to see.

    The Buford High School graduate and senior at Presbyterian College has changed, and hopefully, saved someone’s life.

  • The Lancaster County Council of the Arts and EMK Music will present a Friends Concert on Sunday afternoon.

    The classical concert will feature local and regional musicians, including flutist Erin Moon-Kelly, pianist Margaret Walsh-Monroe and soprano Michelle Evans Jarell.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.

    Admission is free, but the Arts Council will take donations for future performing arts programs.

  •  By GREGORY A. SUMMERS