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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Local produce is now available and consumers are taking advantage of it.

    The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market on Pageland Highway is in full swing, along with the Lancaster County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association farmer’s market at Ace Hardware on South Market Street.

    The county market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The fruit and vegetable grower’s market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

    Local farmer Don Gowan said the county market is enjoying a banner year. He said the vendor count has almost doubled.

  • It’s about 275 miles from Latrobe, Pa., and Wilmington, Ohio.

    However, the great banana split debate splits the two towns apart much further.

    Both lay claims as the home of the banana split, but there can be only one.

    Who would have ever thought that a one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, a whole banana, pineapple, chocolate syrup, strawberry topping, whipped cream, and nuts and cherries in a “boat” could stir up such controversy?

    Both towns have legitimate claims.

  • Buford High School graduate Randi Hollis has learned how to be a local role model, whether she wanted to or not.

    For the soft-spoken Hollis, stepping into the limelight as Miss Lancaster 2009 hasn’t been easy.

    Calling herself the most “unlikely of contestants,” Hollis left for Spartanburg on Saturday and the 2009 Miss South Carolina pageant which starts Tuesday.

    Hollis, 17, is among the 50 contestants seeking the crown.

  • Looking for some all-American Independence Day fun? You won’t have to look far. From neighborhood gatherings to professional fireworks shows, there’s plenty to do. Here are some area events:

    – Rock Hill will host Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. today at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. The Oneppo Brothers and ZoSo will perform until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. There will be children’s activities and food. For details, e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • Leslie Ragsdale loves her day lilies.

    The proof is the hundreds of them in her yard at 2780 Neill Road. 

    Ragsdale devotes most of her time to tending her gardens filled with flowering lilies in just about every color imaginable.

    Others have noticed the beautiful collection, too. 

    Ragsdale’s yard was named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.