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Today's Features

  • The annual Lancaster County Relay for Life is today and organizers are hoping the event will hit its $205,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs.

    “The Relay is from the heart,” said event co-chairwoman Donna Parsons. “There are very few people in Lancaster who can say they haven’t had a friend or family member impacted by cancer in one way or another. All of the teams and volunteers have been working as hard as they can.”

  • Lancaster High culinary arts teacher Gregg Shipston wasn’t a bit surprised when Rachelle Campbell became the school’s first student to earn a ProStart certification.

    “Since the class started, I’ve had close to 175 students,” Shipston said. “If I would’ve had my pick as to who would be our first certified student, it would be Rachelle. She’s very self-motivated.”

    ProStart is a two-year, flexible self-pace career program for students interested in the culinary arts.

  • For Dianne Cole, every hour of every day is different.

    She may be OK one minute and burst into tears the next.

    It’s been that way for almost five months now, since her son, Edward Paul “Little Gene” Jenkins, 30, died unexpectedly.

    Hers is the kind of pain that comes from losing a child. She never dreamed her son’s life could be taken away in an instant.

  • The focus of the Southern gospel trio, Greater Vision is clear.

    They may have climbed to the top of the Christian music ladder by becoming the most celebrated trio in Gospel music history.

    With numerous Top 10 and a stack of No. 1 Southern gospel hits, several songs of the year by the Singing News Fan Awards, this internationally-known trio has established a solid presence.

    But the awards, accolades and hit songs matter very little, said Greater Vision founder Gerald Wolfe.

  • In August 2008, Palmetto Thunder cased its colors for the last time when the 178th Field Artillery Battalion was deactivated.

    Many of its members are now attached to different National Guard units across the state.

    But some of them who served their country during various military conflicts like Operation Iraqi Freedom are still around.

    So are other military veterans, including the county’s five World War II prisoners of war and four Gold Star mothers. 

  • Several county churches will host special worship services this week. They include dramas, Maundy Thursday services, the Last Supper, Good Friday, and the crucifixion of Christ and His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Here is a look so you can make plans to attend.

    Easter Sunday services

    – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, will hold a sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 12. Breakfast will follow at 7:45 a.m., Sunday school is 9 a.m. and worship services are at 10 a.m. For details, call 286-9808 or 285-0645.

  • The spirit of God moves wherever it will. Sometimes, it moves a church family into an old Coke warehouse on S.C. 9 Bypass that’s been transformed into a worship center.

    That’s what Christian Assembly Worship Center did in October 2008. Today, its congregation will celebrate Easter Sunday inside a state-of-the-art facility that’s equipped with the latest technology.

    “We’re really looking forward to it,” said it’s pastor Marvin Tennant.

  • I stood in the living room of Granny Summers’ house early one Easter Sunday afternoon with my thoughts running wild. The window shades were pulled down and the front door was shut tight. 

    After a covered-dish, resurrection day dinner that included just about any and everything that Granny, Momma and my five aunts could dream up, I was daydreaming until Aunt Judy’s voice brought me back into reality.

  • The very first Easter baskets were given the appearance of bird nests to include renewal and springtime into the holiday that commemorates Jesus’ resurrection.

    You can use that as a theme to make these kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing Chow Mein Noodle Birds Nest Cookies.

  • Sometimes I find myself sitting in front of a laptop at a kitchen table with two other adults who are also on laptops.

    It’s probably the geekiest thing ever.

    All three of us are likely catching up with friends, taking dumb quizzes or even chatting with each other online – yes, each other, even as we sit at the table together – on the social network – Facebook.

    I tried the MySpace thing, but it didn’t take. I forgot my password and could never log on again.