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Today's Features

  • "Walt Disney" and "Bonanza' were interrupted on Sunday, July 20, 1969. I missed the "Little Rascals" and "Tarzan" that day, too, but I didn’t care.

    I was focused on what was happening some 238,000-plus miles away.

    Only 8, it was way past my bedtime and I was lying on a homemade quilt on the den floor with my favorite pillow staring at the RCA television set. A window air conditioner was whirring away in the background.

  • Some lessons are never forgotten

    Barely out of his teens, Mickey Perry was proud as a peacock.

    He had just sold a set of new tires to a customer at his dad’s, the late Herman Perry’s North Main Gulf Station.

    But a second look at the tire guide showed something else. Mickey had a problem and needed Herman Perry’s sage advice.

  • A forecast for dry, windy and hot days will always increase the chance for wildfires.

    Accooring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a wildfire is an uncontrollable fire spreading through vegetative fuels that exposes and possibly consumes structures in its path. They often begin unnoticed, spread quickly and are usually signaled by dense smoke that fills the area for miles around.

  • There’s some good news and some bad news.

    The good news? Fresh blackberries are in abundance right now in thickets growing along fences, roadways and in pastures.

    The bad news comes with the territory. As good as they taste, picking plump, sweet blackberries has always been, and will always be, a rather thorny subject.

    You have to fight through layers of thorns that hold on for dear life as you try to pull the dark blue, purple fruit from its hiding place.    

    Ouch!

  • The Pregnancy Care Center, 718 S. Main St., has joined forces with HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center in Monroe, N.C., to aid women and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

    The Monroe Center recently started a Mobile Ultrasound Ministry which provides pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, free of charge.

    Amy Vincent, Pregnancy Care Center executive director, said it has already been established that ultrasound has a profound effect on abortion-minded women.

  • There’s a piece of fluorescent orange poster paper taped on the office wall inside the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool on Wylie Street.

    Listed below the contact information for a welder and two swimming pool supply companies is David Taylor’s name and phone number.

    That’s pretty amazing, since Taylor isn’t on the county payroll. You would think that pool manager Midenna Anderson’s name would be listed first.

  • Sevin dust might be a gardener’s best friend, but it is a beekeeper’s worst nightmare.

    Just ask Robert Lee Steele; he wears both a farmer’s cap and a beekeeper’s sun helmet.

    Steele recently lost a gallon of honeybees from his hives to Sevin dust.

  • Legend has it that enlisted soldiers came up with a phrase after noticing how their mess hall portions of pork always contained shoulder and leg cuts, while officers got top loin, pork chops and ham.

    They called it “livin’ high off the hog.”

    Given that, you wouldn’t think bacon – meat taken from the sides, belly or back of a pig that’s been cured, smoked or both – would be so sought-after by foodies, chefs in five-star eateries and TV cooking shows.

  • Sometimes the circumstances of everyday life consume, drain and overwhelm us.

    During trying times, we turn to friends, family and, most of all, our faith.

    A year ago, Patience Wood, director of health services for United Hospice of the Piedmont in Chester, was going through a season of challenges in her own life.

    After facing a bitter divorce and accompanying child custody issues, Wood said she was searching for a deeper understanding of how to survive the hurt.

  • GREAT FALLS – When Cherry Doster was growing up in Great Falls, a visit to Eagle’s Five and Ten Cents Store on Dearborn Street was quite a treat.

    She walked past a line of thriving businesses to get there.

    Now, most of those businesses are boarded up by sheets of painted plywood. Sidewalk awnings are faded and torn. Portions of the broken intricate tile work in front of the old dime store have been patched and filled with concrete.