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Today's Features

  • When I walked into the Buford Little General Store one day earlier this month, co-owner Missy West handed me a cupcake.

    “Try it,” she said. Never one to argue, I did.

    “This is pretty good,” I said. “Did you make these?”

    Missy wasted little time with a reply.

    “Yep,” she said. “Now it’s your turn,” before handing me a Ziploc bag of something resembling pancake batter and a cake recipe for Amish Friendship Bread.

    “First Day, Feb. 7,” was written on the bag.

  • On Friday, May 27, 1791, American Revolution hero George Washington stopped by Nathan Barr’s Tavern to eat breakfast during his tour of the Carolina backcountry.

    It was part of a personal campaign the first president of the United States took each spring to become acquainted with the people he was elected to represent.

    After spending the night at James Ingram’s home near Hanging Rock, Washington records in his diary that he left there about 4 a.m.

  • Nobody has dreams of getting paid to perform at theme park in the mountains of East Tennessee, but that’s just what Steve French of the Kingdom Heirs does these days.

    One of the leading quartets in gospel music, the Kingdom Heirs will kick off the 2009 GlennMark Concert Series at 7 p.m. tonight at Second Baptist Church, 1526 Great Falls Highway.

    “They only travel a few weeks during the winter months so it’s a special event when they come to town,” said Dennis Nichols of GlennMark.

  • Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent are indeed the real deal.

    And given the way the two veteran musicians are taking the bluegrass scene by storm, there is a lot of truth to their “Real Deal” nickname.

    The award-winning duo will be in concert here at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fairway Room at Lancaster Golf Club.

  • With our tough economic times, it’s great to fall back on your favorite hobbies to take your mind off the real world for just a little while. 

    If you’re handy with a needle and thread, or would like to begin learn about sewing, the Lancaster One Stop Shop Hop is for you. 

  • 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.