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Today's Features

  • As the resident “house band” at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., it’s estimated that the Kingdom Heirs sing to more than 2 million people each year – more than any other Southern gospel group.

    They put on multiple performances each day from March through October.

    When that ends, there is Christmas show that runs through Jan.1. And it’s been that way since 1986.

    That only gives the Kingdom Heirs about eight weeks a year to get out on the road.

  • Reshi Clyburn isn’t alone.

    When she selected a Valentine’s Day card for her husband, Mont, and daughters, India, 7, and Regan, 3, at Annette’s Hallmark on Friday, those little love notes number among the 190 million cards that will be exchanged in the United States today.

    But if you count the number of cards exchanged in classrooms this year, that number tops 1 billion, according to the Greeting Card Association.

    But how did cards become such a part of Valentine’s Day?

  • Financial embarrassment can be a cruel malady, come Feb. 14.

    You want to do something special for a special someone, but your Benjamins are in short supply.

    Don’t fret. Just head into the kitchen and check the cabinets.

    A one-of-a kind Valentine’s Day dinner is only a romantic song or two away.

    With a little homework and help from the kids, you can prepare that special gal or guy an extraordinary dinner on a rather ordinary budget.

    This is what the good china, crystal and cloth napkins were meant for.

  • Having the Glenn Miller Orchestra return here Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series was a foregone conclusion.

    In January 2007, the talented big-band musicians played to a sold-out crowd on the Bundy Auditorium stage inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The warm welcome they were shown three years ago, along with some down home hospitality, is reason enough to come back, said band leader Larry O’Brien.

  • It’s been said that Cathy Smith Bowers’ poems read like miniature short stories.

    If that’s the case, those stories will be heard a lot in the next 24 months.

    The Lancaster native, who now makes her home along the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tryon, N.C., has been named North Carolina’s new state poet laureate.

    A prolific poet, writer and college professor, Bowers will be installed during a ceremony Wednesday at the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh.

  • When Wayne Bell was looking for a way to fill his days after retiring from the state of South Carolina several years ago, he remembered something he learned from a great-uncle as a youngster.

    “He was a beekeeper and I loved to watch him,” Bell said. “I tried to help him, but I don’t know if I was very much help.”

    When it comes to a subject as complicated as beekeeping, you have to get started somewhere, Bell said.

  • COLUMBIA – Despite recent rains and the recovery from South Carolina’s most recent drought, the S.C. Forestry Commission is sounding the call for readiness as the state enters its wildfire season.

    In South Carolina, the wildfire season runs in the later part of the winter through early weeks of spring, when flammable ground litter is dry and the relative humidity is low. 

    Some residents are burning yard waste or lighting outdoor fires for warmth during this time of the year.

  • In New Orleans, parades are a common occurrence.

    But Sunday’s was a real drag.

    More than 5,000 men showed up at the Superdome in heels, make-up and wigs for a 12-block walk to Bourbon Street in honor of the late Bernard “Buddy D” Diliberto. 

    I got a report on the festivities from my brother-in-law, Steve Ellis.

    Steve and his wife, Rose Mary, live in Algiers Point, which is directly across the lower Mississippi River from the French Quarter.

  • INDIAN LAND – Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America, with less than 8 percent of U.S. churches being integrated, according to a recent article in Time magazine.

    A new church family in the Panhandle is trying to change that.

    Transformation Church will launch its new congregation today in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park with services at 9 and 11 a.m.

  • The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for several surrounding counties this weekend, but as of Thursday morning, Lancaster wasn’t one of them.

    Still, with the county poised along a transition line and low temperatures forecast in the upper 20s tonight and high temperatures in the lower 30s on Saturday, there’s really no way of knowing what to expect.

    “I think, considering where we are, that’s a pretty accurate assessment,” said Darren Player, assistant fire coordinator for Lancaster County Emergency Management.