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Today's Features

  • 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. 

  • Mr. Evans is away in Maryland this week, so I figured I’d take a stab at this in his absence.

    But technically, he’s here; he’s the one who shared this story with me. So, here goes.

    Mr. Bill said this was a recent question on a round of Final Jeopardy.

    “It’s the number of steps each sentinel takes during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns.”

    “All three of em’ (contestants) missed it,” Evans said.

    If you don’t know the answer, don’t feel bad. At the time, I didn’t know.

  • There are 1,080 American flags on the grave markers at Lancaster’s Memorial Park. By this time next year, there will be more.

    Despite overcast skies, about 250 came out to Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon to honor the military dead during the county’s 18th annual Memorial Day service.   

    The flags placed there are a visible reminder that freedom is not free, said Korean War veteran Ernest Stroud, who serves as legislative chairman for the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and S.C. American Legion. 

  • CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Before Tim Williams was a pastor and a parole and probation agent for the state of South Carolina, he was a Marine.

    Now some 37 years after he left Erwin Farm in a pale yellow Ford Mustang for Parris Island, he is a full-time Marine again.

    And for this father of three and grandfather of one who now calls Pageland home, what happened from 1972 to now has put U.S. Navy  Cmdr. Tim Williams in the unique position to answer God’s calling for his life. He was called back to active duty from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in November 2008.

  • If Sally Deese hasn’t picked up the telephone the last couple of days by the sixth ring, just hang on; she’s coming.

    It’s a sure sign that Deese is busy preparing food for Sunday’s Golden Age of Merit Dinner at her 40-acre Four Oaks Farm in the Buford community.

    The dinner, at 1:30 p.m., is open to any senior citizen age 55 and older. There is only one rule; no children are allowed.

  • Melanie Overcash is a Lancaster High School junior who’s ranked in the top 20 of her class. She was recently selected to serve as a junior marshal for the upcoming graduation ceremony.

    But the 17-year-old has been selected for something else, too, and this is a side of Melanie that her high school classmates might not be aware of.

    An aspiring model, Melanie and her mom, Amy Overcash, are headed to Paris, France, on Saturday for the invitation-only four-day European Model Showcase.

  • It’s a sure sign that warm weather is on the way.

    Right now, somewhere on a grocery store shelf, you’re going to find space dedicated to graham crackers, marshmallows and large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.

    That’s the way it should be.

    When you’re in the mood to make s’mores, you shouldn’t have to walk the aisles looking for the ingredients. It should be a quick dash in and back out the door.

  • In the past 153 years, 88 members of Douglas Presbyterian have worn a military uniform.

    That makes the church cemetery hallowed ground for those who proudly served during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and in Korea and Vietnam.

    Now their final resting place is getting a monument so they won’t be forgotten.

    The church will dedicate the marker at 3 p.m. Sunday during a memorial service.

  • On Saturday, Frederick “Rick” Stevens was one of 80-plus graduates who walked across the Charles Bundy Auditorium stage inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to receive a two-year college degree. That’s a far cry from Oct. 9, 1996.

    That’s the day when Stevens – strung out on crack cocaine – walked into Meeting Street Express and tried to rob the place.

    He was arrested the next day after someone recognized him from the store’s video tape.

  • A group of high school students are learning how to become firefighters. But that’s not all they’re learning.

    They’re also learning what it means to be leaders through hands-on community service.

    The members of Explorer Post 8, sponsored by Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, recently constructed a handicap accessible ramp at Bonnie Thompson Wright’s home on Memorial Park Road.

    The materials to construct the ramp were donated by Payless Lumber on Brooklyn Avenue, which is within the Gooches fire district.