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Today's Features

  •  By GREGORY A. SUMMERS

  • Since forming in 1999, the music ministry of Legacy Five has been paved with success.

    There have been numerous hit songs, appearances on Gaither and Friends Homecoming videos, on “In Touch” with Dr. Charles Stanley, TNN, TBN, Sky Angel, INSP, GMT and The Odyssey Network, music awards and a strong fan base.

    But that road to success has been bumpy, too, said Legacy Five’s Scott Fowler.

    The Southern gospel quartet will perform at 7 p.m. today  at Second Baptist Church as part of the 2010 GlennMark Concert Series.

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

    For Hampton 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 numbers are staggering.

    Every 25 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with diabetes.

    Right now, there are 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes. That’s almost 8 percent of the United States population.

    There are nearly six million more people living with diabetes who don’t know it. That includes an estimated 415,000 South Carolinians, said Lori Moseley, program manager of the Diabetes Education Clinic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • At times, the line between love and hate can be paper thin.

    That notion is one Billy Ray “Reb” Deese can attest to when he holds the bowl displayed on the kitchen table of his home.

    Most wouldn’t give the white glazed china dish a second glance. But that bowl – and how it ended up on Holly Dale Drive – is the story of Deese’s life. For Deese, it’s more second chance than second glance.

  • Jimmy Mastranunzio is pushing 40.

    He’s a typical dad who worries about his four children, Haley, Tanner, Jaxon and Kevin and his wife Cyndi.

    And he’d like to talk to them, but he can’t.

    His body has robbed him of that ability and is slowly robbing him of the things most of us take for granted, said his best friend Lauri Pistolis.

    Diagnosed with an incurable disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2005, Pistolis said no one knows if Mastranunzio will see his next birthday.

  • Several county churches have special Easter services planned this week.

    They include cantatas, Maundy Thursday services, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and the crucifixion of Christ and His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Here is a look so you can make plans to attend.

    Today

    – The choir of Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, will present the  Easter cantata “Because He Lives” at 11 a.m. today. For details, call (803) 285-0645.

    Holy week revivals

  • I love a good April 1 prank. Just ask Jane Alford.

    The editor of Carolina Gateway found herself as the butt of one of my stunts several years ago.

    I called her one April Fools’ Day morning, pretending to be small business owner to report that a paper box belonging to The Lancaster News had been stolen.

    To be honest, that phone conversation lasted a lot longer that I initially thought it would.

    Evidently, I was rather convincing in a my role as the “Kwikee Mart” proprietor.

  • Signs of spring are blooming all over Lee and Lou C. “Lucy” Thomas’ yard at 926 Meadow Drive in Lancaster’s  Forest Hills neighborhood. 

    The abundance of daffodils caught the eye of Joyce Morin of The Lancaster Garden Club.  Morin selected the Thomas yard as the March Yard of the Month sponsored by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The yard is absolutely awash with daffodils and neat as a pin,” Morin said.  “It’s a very pretty house and the effect is very striking.”

  • Editor’s note – The Rev. Nathan J. “N.J.” Neely died March 14 after falling when he suffered a stroke early March 12. It was our intention to publish this story on Rev. Neely today.

    It originally appeared in the March 3 edition of the Great Falls Reporter, which is published by our sister paper, The Chester News and Reporter.