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Today's Features

  • Do the math.

    Those in search of the perfect Father’s Day gift may want to consider buying Dad a season ticket for the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    At $395, that works out to about $44 apiece for the nine upcoming shows, which includes The Spinners, Little Big Town, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tams.

  • Ready or not, the switch from analog television to the digital age is here.

    If you don’t notice anything different, that’s a good thing, analysts say.

    “When you get up Saturday morning and turn on your TV, if it doesn’t work,  you’ll know,” said Doug Crenshaw, owner of the Energy Center, who is certified to sell the special converter boxes that decode the digital signal.

    The FCC has set up  a toll-free hot line – 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322) – for viewers with technical difficulties.

  • Father’s Day is rapidly approaching (June 21) and you don’t have any idea what to get dear old Dad for a gift this year.Not only are your ideas limited, but your Benjamins are, too. However, take heart: there’s more to choose from than boring gold-plated pens, neckties and new socks if your budget is in a bind. Why not consider one of these gifts that are priced below $25?

  • The mercury is rising, picnic baskets are coming down from the attic and it’s almost time for swimming pools to open.

    It’s also time to sit back in the porch swing and sip a glass of iced tea.

    Legend has it that English tea merchant Richard Blechynden discovered the beverage nearly 100 years ago at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

    Those attending the gala showed little interest in drink hot tea that day so the quick-thinking Blechynden added ice, and the rest is “hist-tea-ree.”

  • There’s no argument among the experts that we should consume less trans fats and saturated fats. The problem is we don’t want to give them up.

    Trans fats and saturated fats contribute to increases in blood cholesterol and a greater risk of heart disease.

    The truth is we like the taste. Saturated fats typically come from animal-based products such as red meat, butter and other full-fat dairy products. Trans fats are commonly found in packaged bakery products.

    But not all fats are bad.

  • National Garden Week is a great opportunity to call attention to the many contributions gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and nation.

    In celebration of National Garden Week, the Lancaster Garden Club is sponsoring a free garden tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday that features five of Lancaster County’s most beautiful yards. The club is also featuring these tours in honor of fellow club member, Betsy Steele, who was just inducted as president of the Garden Club of South Carolina.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – Jesus’ admonition to Peter in John 21 to feed his lambs can be interpreted in any number of ways.

    Six churches – St. Luke United Methodist, Salem United Methodist, Flint Ridge Baptist, Fork Hill Baptist, Oakhurst Baptist and Rich Hill Baptist  – are doing just that.

  • Using a variety of discarded objects, art supplies and boxes, students in a recent workshop at the Artisans Center learned how to sort through the subconscious world of their dreams.

    The workshop was taught Saturday at the center by San Francisco artist Barbe Saint John.

    Saint John met local artist Heather Mullins-Teasley through etsy.com, a Web site where artists share and sell their work worldwide.

  • As soon as the rain lets up and it’s dry enough to cut grass, the sound of running lawn mowers will fill the air.

    Until that time gets here, why not take advantage of the lull by servicing your mower?

    Most rotary mowers are simple to maintain, according to Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center.

    Just like taking care of an automobile, taking care of a mower by following a regular maintenance schedule keeps it in optimal condition.

    It can also save money by prolonging its lifespan.

  • Like many homes built in the late 1970s and early '80s, azaleas once surrounded the foundation of Carolyn Plyler’s home at 505 Gillsbrook Road.

    While the blooms were beautiful in the spring time, Plyler opted to transplant them to other areas of the yard and replace them with a larger variety of shrubs.