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Today's Features

  • Crouched down beside a brown and white speckled pit bull, Erica Jeffrey tilts her head and starts talking to the dog like they’re old friends.

    At a glance, the 11-year-old South Charlotte girl may seem like just another visitor to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, but on March 24 she was there on a mission. 

    While other girls her age ask for clothes or CDs for their birthday, Erica decided to forgo presents and asked for items to help some of Lancaster County’s four-legged friends. 

  • The 2011 Lancaster County Relay for Life is May 6-7 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser brings teams of local volunteers together to support those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors. 

    But until then, the 68 local Relay for Life teams are working hard toward the $220,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs. 

  • There are millions of meatloaf recipes, including the fool-proof one your grandma came up with years ago.

    Regardless of ingredients, two factors make meatloaf the ideal comfort food.

    First, it’s quite economical and can feed a family of six for less than $10. 

    According to Chris Kimball, editor and chief of “Cook’s Illustrated” and host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” hard times have made meatloaf an economical,  low-cost chic dish to serve at dinner parties. 

  • “The Big C” – cancer – is no respector of age, race, or gender.  

    Cancer can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. Chances are it has touched your life in some way whether it was through a loved one, friend, or even yourself.

    The fact was evident Saturday by the presence of the 180-plus cancer survivors ranging from age 91 to 4, at the Relay for Life birthday dinner held at Covenant Baptist Church.   

  • Now let’s be honest. Age has its embarrassing moments. 

    Just the other day, I ran into a long-lost friend. 

    He walked up, shook my hand and said he was glad to see me. Shucks, we had not crossed paths since the 1950s.

    We’re about the same age and I was sure glad to see him, though our chance encounter was somewhat embarrassing. 

    For the life of me, I couldn’t recall his name and I am so ashamed. 

  • Age: 42

    Address: Taxahaw Road

    Family: A son, Wayne Blakeney Jr., 18, and a daughter, Shanequal Blakeney, 19  

    Pets: A dog, Spot

    Job: Lancaster County Maintenance

    Church: Rose Hill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Fishing and playing pool

    Favorite book: The Bible

    Favorite movie: Any comedy

  • Age: 42

    Address: Taxahaw Road

    Family: A son, Wayne Blakeney Jr., 18, and a daughter, Shanequal Blakeney, 19  

    Pets: A dog, Spot

    Job: Lancaster County Maintenance

    Church: Rose Hill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Fishing and playing pool

    Favorite book: The Bible

    Favorite movie: Any comedy

  • When Grace and Clyde Steele moved into their home at 1206 Trailstream Drive nine years ago, the 3-acre lot was filled with trees, leaving little space for sunshine to touch the ground.  That’s the way her daughter, Cindy McDonald, liked it. Cindy previously lived in this home with her husband, Jimmy, and their children. After her family moved to Myrtle Beach, the house stood empty for about six years.  

  • When Grace and Clyde Steele moved into their home at 1206 Trailstream Drive nine years ago, the 3-acre lot was filled with trees, leaving little space for sunshine to touch the ground.  That’s the way her daughter, Cindy McDonald, liked it. Cindy previously lived in this home with her husband, Jimmy, and their children. After her family moved to Myrtle Beach, the house stood empty for about six years.  

  • There was no electricity or assembly line available to help with the process. 

    Rather, he used a vice called a shaving horse to shape wood into eating utensils, furniture and other items found around the house.

    It took patience and a steady hand to make a spoon or a jug from a piece of stock wood in Colonial America. But the shaving horse was the best option for American settlers in the 1700s.