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Today's Features

  • Nobody wants to get old before their time.

    But this week, I’m sort of wishing I was born in 1950 instead of 1960.

    Why? It’s simple.

    If I was about 10 years older, it would mean that I would’ve gotten to see both Tracy Mc-Griff and Jimmie “Buck” Sistare grace the gridiron.

  • The late Hobert Skaggs always had a hidden reason behind everything he did.

    The mandolin that 5-year-old Ricky Skaggs found in his bed one Saturday morning some 50 years ago, and the G, C and D chords that Hobert taught his son weren’t just learning tools and a musical instrument.

    It was Hobert’s connection to his Eastern Kentucky childhood that was lost when his brother was killed in World War II.

  • Andrew Jackson State Park will have a different aura Saturday night when stories are woven around burning campfires and shadows cast by flickering candles.

    However, these won’t be ghost stories or tall tales.

    It’s the annual Life in the Waxhaws lantern tour at the park which bears the name of a president. 

    The lantern tour offers a historical look at 18th century life in the Waxhaws during the 1780s when Jackson was a lad.

  • With its timeless traditions, foundation of leadership and emphasis on community service, the Boy Scouts of America has made a difference.

    Since its inception, volunteer scout leaders have worked to instill the values of duty, honor and country in young men to provide a strong foundation for future generations.

    Until now, many of these local scouters have been unnoticed, except by those whose lives they have impacted.

    But that’s about to change, said Art Harris, Lancaster district executive for the Palmetto Council for the Boy Scouts of America.

  • There’s nothing wrong with a good scare this time of year, especially when it’s for a good cause.

    Halloween is only 16 days away, “witch” means you’re probably looking for  terrifyingly terrific way to get your scare on.

    Beginning tonight, you’ll have that chance.

    The Lancaster County Rescue Squad Haunted Forest opens at sundown in the woods adjacent to the squad equipment building on Great Falls Highway.

  • It took more than a quarter of a century for Barbara Bowers to meet Brenda Elam in person, but the wait was worth it.

    What started out as a complaint between two textile-based industries 28 years ago turned into a lifelong friendship that defies age, miles, 28 years of phone calls, cards, letters and gifts.

    That bond was strengthened in September when Elam came to Lancaster to visit Bowers.

    One day in 1981, Bowers, who was a claims manager at Grace Finishing for Springs Industries, fielded a phone call from Elam, who worked for the Haggar Company.

  • Stories on Col. Elliott White Springs abound.

    “So many people can tell tales about the colonel and the kind of man he was,” said C.D. “Bubber” Gregory.

    But there is one – that few people know – that can be told.

    The “camera-doesn’t-lie” formal photo taken by the late Lavoy Bauknight, is proof.

    But it’s the one photograph of Springs that was almost never taken.

  • A renewal of sorts is under way with the Lancaster Chamber Choir. Having seen a drop in both membership and concert attendance the last two years, they are trying to get the “we’re back,” word out.

    When former director Michael Miller left to pursue a doctorate degree out of state, the choir lost its leader. Margaret Walsh, music director at First United Methodist Church, temporarily took over.

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    A jack of all lanterns

    Versatile artist Jamie Ouzts excels in pumpkin carving 

  • Ron Smart knows a lot about choices.

    Smart, an ex-death row inmate, had the opportunity to speak to students at Buford Middle, Andrew Jackson High and Buford High schools about that very thing Thursday.

    “I can tell you plenty about making the wrong ones,” Smart said during a telephone interview Wednesday. “I spent 46 of the 50-plus year span from March of 1955 to September of 2005 in prison for the bad choices I made. I would say that makes me an authority on what not to do.”