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Today's Features

  • Seven minutes.

    That’s how long it took Wednesday night for the members of First Presbyterian Church to light 175 candles to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

    But those previous 175 years wouldn’t be the issue for the church’s original founders, said Dr. Shane Owens, First Presbyterian pastor.

    Nor would those 175 points of light that illuminated its church sanctuary, along with the 10 stained glass windows Wednesday night.

  • OK, grillmasters everywhere, this one is for you. I feel your pain.

    You have already looked through every Mother’s Day card on the rack, searching for the one that’s perfect for the woman who brought you into the world or for the mother of your children.

    To make matters worse, your bankroll is far from “swole,” which makes it even harder to make her queen for the day.

    The only thing you find stuck in the pockets of the pair of dress shorts you just pulled out of the drawer for the first time this spring is lint.

  • Give mom a gift to remember

    The key to making Mother’s Day special is to make it unforgettable. You don’t have to spent a lot of money to do that, either.

    Here are a few great Mother’s Day gift ideas to think about:

    – Make a gift in her name – If mom has a favorite cause, consider making a charitable donation in honor. Just make sure the organization reflects her personality. Some local charities to consider include the American Red Cross, Christian Services, Family Promise of Lancaster, HOPE in Lancaster and Pregnancy Care Center.

  • 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.