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Today's Features

  • For Donzell and Billy Allen, every day is Valentine's Day. It’s been that way through almost 50 years together and 42 years of marriage. And the Allens – who have been inseparable since becoming grammar school sweethearts in 1959 – don’t plan on changing any time soon.

    It’s not that they don’t appreciate holidays, family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

    They keep it in perspective.

    “We try to make every day special,” Billy says. “We try not to make issues out of big days.”

  • On June 10, 1950, the big news in Lancaster was the upcoming high school graduations, the annual opening of Springs Park and a visit here by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

    There was no newspaper mention about the group of Rock Hill Road (Riverside Road) residents who met at the old Catawba School that day with the goal of forming a missionary Baptist church in their community.

    But it was a something that everyone at the meeting fully agreed with.

  • Now, this one is for the fellows out there who have run out of ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. If you want to give your sweetheart something she will really enjoy, serve her breakfast in bed.

    You may be scratching your head right about now, saying, “Huh?”

    Trust me, this is one idea that works every time.

    There are several pluses of this breakfast-in-bed deal you may not have thought of.

  • The Van Wyck Community Development Club is under new management. After 10 years with the same leadership, the club voted in new office holders in January.

    New officers are Ollie Bass, president; Chris Madden, vice president; Eloise Williams, secretary; and Kelly Bishop, treasurer.

    Retiring club secretary Betty Broome said she is excited about the change, adding that new people bring new ideas and energy.

    For 20 years, Broome has been a member of the club, which was formed in the 1940s. The club is responsible for the upkeep of the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • 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.