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Today's Features

  • The ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) don’t apologize for rewriting secular songs with Christian lyrics to create a Christian message.

    Musicians J. Jackson, Keith Haynie, Jimmy Tanner and Bill Hubauer have been described as a cross between “Weird Al Yankovic and Billy Graham.”

    With their mixture of comedy, parody and contemporary Christian music, Jackson said who they sound like isn’t the focus.

    “It’s reaching the lost and teaching the least,” Jackson said. 

  • Who would believe that an event halfway around the world could bring a classical cello and piano concert to Lancaster?

    But that’s the connection that’s bringing the Jesselson/Fugo Duo to First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. performance.

    In 1981, retired University of South Carolina at Lancaster English professor Betty Hodges traveled to China.

    Since then, Hodges has regularly joined other “Chinaphiles” for reunions.

  • Asking a special girl or guy to become your spouse can be the most fantastic and frightening thing you will ever do, expecially on Valentine’s Day.

    If you are planning to pop the big question, we have a creative proposal to help you propose.

    If you can wait one day, why not do it in the headlines of the February 15 edition of the Lancaster News?

    A photograph of you asking your sweatheart to marry you just might be what you need to get the answer you’re hoping for.

  • There are thousands of chili recipes out there and no two are the same, which never mattered much to American frontiersman Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson.

    Carson was so fond of chili that his final words made reference to it.

    “Wish I had time for one more bowl of chili,” Carson allegedly said.

    It’s been that way since someone, somewhere, threw a handful of chili peppers, meat, herbs, and beans (sometimes) into a pot to simmer. Everybody wants one more bowl.

  • It was a twist of fate.

    After winning the Miss Bronze America contest in 1962, Florence LaRue had to crown her successor, Marilyn McCoo.

    While the two were posing for the typical beauty pageant photos in 1963, they caught the full attention of Jet Magazine photographer Lamonte McLemore.

    Evidently McLemore, a would-be-singer, was impressed by LaRue and McCoo’s talents and stage presence.

  • During the winter, most homeowners are indoors, thinking little about their dormant lawns and yards. For this reason, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selects a business as its January Yard of the Month.

    This month, the lawn of the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land has received this honor.

    Library director Richard Band is very proud of the new facility and landscaping that surrounds it.

    The 11,000-square-foot library in Carolina Commons, the commercial center at Sun City Carolina Lakes, opened Jan. 5.

  • Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, 133 South Potter Road, will dedicate its new family life center during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. worship service.

    Dr. Dale Roach, director of missions for Moriah Baptist Association, is the guest speaker.

    Roach lauded the 300-plus member Pleasant Dale family for its dedication in completing the 15,188-square-foot facility. The family life center includes a kitchen, work-out rooms, a multi-purpose room that will serve as an interim sanctuary, a gym, a fellowship hall and a youth center. Ground was broken on the project in June 2005.

  • Super Bowl Sunday. The only thing missing is a verb. That, and the Green Bay Packers. Oh well, life goes on.

    I’m in a quandary as who to support during Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. This year, I may just root for the commercials.

    What I’m going to enjoy most about this Super Bowl is that it means that racing season and the Daytona 500 are only two weeks away.

    It seems one of my high school and college friends doesn’t share my fondness for NASCAR.

  • LIBERTY HILL – On one hand are the Seven Deadly Sins – pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth.

    On the other hand, is the tale of a fateful trip that started from a tropic port aboard a tiny ship.

    The two subjects don’t seem to have very much in common, but a group of local youth pastors have found a connection between “Gilligan's Island” and the capital vices.

  • Your pet is a member of the family and when you buy food for them, it’s important to make sure that they are getting the best nutrition possible.

    That means reading the label on the back of the bag, said Max Talbert, of Animal Supply House on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Talbert knows what he talking about. He is a pet food specialist who’s taken courses on what works best for pets.