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Today's Features

  • KERSHAW – Darryl Pierce doesn’t teach high school family and consumer science (home economics).

    The former elementary school teacher is now the instructional facilitator at Andrew Jackson Middle School.

    In that role, he supports both students and teachers alike in the learning process so that both are successful.

    However, if Pierce cooks as good as he sews, teaching home economics wouldn’t be a stretch.

  • The Spinners’ roots can be found in Michigan’s Royal Oak Township when childhood friends there started singing together for fun in 1954.

    Their five-part harmony became legendary solid gold Philadelphia soul that has sold millions of records and chart-topping songs and led to a spot in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

    With hits like “Rubberband Man” and “Then Came You,” the Spinners will kick off the 2009-10 University of South Carolina at Lancaster Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

  • Peach cobbler, ice cream, pie and breakfast cereal topper. Somehow, the mention of  such those tasty treats doesn’t match with a fruit loaded with fiber, great vitamins (A, C and E) and packed with nutrients.

    But that’s exactly what you get with a fresh peaches.

    Somewhat sensitive and temperamental, peaches bruise easily and have to be handled with kid gloves.

    When handled with care, a ripe South Carolina peach is summer at its best.

  • Nothing hurts quite like losing a good dog. I experienced that just before Christmas, with the passing of Speckles.

    Almost 15 years old, Speckles wasn’t your typical dalmatian. She was a member of our family.

    Because of that, I debated long and hard about getting another dog and didn’t do so until the time was right.

    However, the one decision I did make was to adopt a dog from Lancaster County Animal Shelter.

    It’s kinda like the starfish-on-the-beach story.

  • At 6 p.m. Sunday, Pat McManus will join more than 100 of her brothers and sisters in Christ to raise her voice in song during the annual Moriah Association Mass Choir Concert at Second Baptist Church.

    “We aren’t professional singers, but when we blend our voices together, it’s always beautiful,” said McManus, who has been a choir member at White Springs Baptist Church since 1959. “The chance to sing in front of that many people is just an awesome experience.”

  • The chances of a high school teacher and four of his students climbing to the top of gospel music charts are pretty unlikely.

    The odds of them remaining there for almost half of a century are even higher, but that’s just what the Inspirations have done.

    Known as one of the most consistent, solid and successful Southern gospel groups, the Inspirations will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church.

    That just goes to show the Inspirations’ sound is timeless, said Dennis Nichols of GlennMark Promotions.

  • Lauren Rowell knew the opportunity to play softball on an international stage in Eastern Europe last month at the Youth Friendship Games was a once in a lifetime chance.

    But that notion didn’t really sink in for the rising eighth grader at Buford Middle School until the last out was made.

    Rowell, 13, was selected by her United States teammates as its most valuable player in a fast-pitch softball tournament featuring four international softball teams in the 11-to-14 age bracket.

  • Summer squash is a great pretender.

    It’s true that a 1-cup (boiled, drained and lightly salted) is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It’s a good source of vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and cooper.

    But it doesn’t end there.

    When you include dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamins, B1, B2, B6, folate, potassium and manganese, along with omega-3 fatty acids, squash is a little yellow nutritional powerhouse.

    But at the same time, it’s the biggest liar in the garden patch.

  • For brothers Damon and Devin Mungo, farming has always been a way of life. Between cattle, turkeys jobs and families, the two third-generation farmers take advantage of every hour in the day. The two took over the family farms in 2000 after the death of their father, Dwight.

    Right now, Devin has 220 beef cows and five turkey barns that house 28,000 birds on close to 500 acres. He gets baby turkeys at the age of five weeks old and raises them for 15 more weeks. If that’s not enough, Devin runs a deer processing operation from September through January.

  • This year, families are looking for ways to save money and cut household expenses at the same time. One way to reduce rising food costs is vegetable gardening. Growing your own food and preserving just seems to make sense for many folks trying to spend less while eating healthy. That's the way Larry Ellis sees it. 

    Newcomers to gardening can learn all those tried and true secrets from local growers like Ellis.