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Today's Features

  • Bluegrass music is gaining popularity around Lancaster and the Master’s Men fellowship group of High Point Free Will Baptist Church are using it to help folks in the community.

    The church, at 2095 Great Falls Highway, is holding a gospel bluegrass fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday to help defray the costs of local service projects it undertakes.

    Amission is a $6 donation and the concert will feature CrossHeirs, Thompson Creek, New Fire, Toby Creek and Easy Pickin.’ Refreshments and food will be sold.

  • I was greeted with much enthusiasm by Kristin Scott Benson when we talked by phone Wednesday. We hadn’t talked in 15 years.

    Her name may not ring a bell for most of you, but for those of you headed to The Grascals concert at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, you’ll soon be acquainted with the bluegrass band’s talented banjo player. The concert is part of USCL Educational Foundation’s 2009 Performing Arts Series.

  • YORK – Mystery surrounds the origins of an unlikely object – an antique sewing basket.

    But its roots may lie in eastern Lancaster County.

    The basket was purchased in 1998 by the Culture and Heritage Museums in York County. There, its authenticity and approximate date of origin was verified as around 1850, consistent with the style and weaving techniques of African slaves at that time.

  • Great musicians always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must find a bond that goes beyond the purely musical to the personal.

    For The Grascals, that bond has been forged by friendships, shared resumes and a keen mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a Nashville hallmark for more than 40 years.

    Now they are coming here. The Grascals will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Bundy Auditorium stage in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • LAKE WATEREE – If the symbols for a 25th wedding anniversary are silver, green garnet and irises, those used in a 24th wedding anniversary have to be peace signs, beads, tie- dyed clothes, green toenail polish with purple polka dots and flower arrangements inevery color of the rainbow.

    Evidently after celebrating 24 years together, you renew your vows surrounded by family and friends sitting on blankets in the midst of ladybugs meandering through patches of clover.

    That’s just what Charlene and Jamye Easler did Saturday at their “hippie wedding.”

  • Editor’s note: Each Sunday this month, in celebration of March as American Red Cross Month, The Lancaster News is honoring local volunteers who are the cornerstone of what the agency does. From donating blood and helping military families to disaster relief and teaching CPR and first aid, 96 percent of the Red Cross work force is volunteers. Many of those who make a difference everyday are your neighbors. 

    In 1989, Lancaster High School senior Pam Neely Giardiello started donating blood to the Red Cross at the urging of her mother, Kathy Sistare.

  • If a couple of the characters in Dr. John Griffin’s latest book, “Murder in the Low Country” seem familiar, that’s OK.

    Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said they’re supposed to.

    Griffin will be signing copies of the book at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gallery, 201 W. Gay St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Griffin sees Bronson sheriff and narrator Catlette “Cat” Wolfe every time he looks in a mirror.

  • It’s time to “Spring forward.”

    Sunday at 2 a.m. signals the start of daylight-saving time, when Americans set their clocks ahead by an hour to create another hour of sunlight each evening.

    Here are a few interesting facts about the time change you may not be aware of:

    – It’s officially called daylight-saving time, not daylight-savings time.

  • About 300 people showed up for last year’s inaugural 4-H Fun Day.

    Given this weekend’s weather forecast, Ashley Hinson is looking for a heavy turnout for the second annual event, which raises community awareness of the 4-H programs for youth in Lancaster.

    4-H Fun Day is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ace Hardware and Garden Center, 714 S. Market St. Forecasters are calling for clear skies, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, which is a contrast to weather on the last two weekends.

  • OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Girl Scout cookies. Not that I eat them (that much); gastric bypass took care of any affinity for sweets that I have several years ago.

    But I am a fan. Imagine the surprise when I recently walked in and found two boxes on my desk, wrapped together with a bow, along with a note from Cherie Ellis, community development manager for the Mountains to Midlands division of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina.

    The Peanut Butter Patties were placed on the newsroom alter, where they almost immediately disappeared.