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Today's Features

  • Melroid Lynn Sr. of Fort Lawn announces the engagement of his daughter, Tawanda Lynn, to Christopher Frazier, both of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 28, 2013, at Red Hill Baptist Church in Lancaster.

  • Clayton and Patricia C. Carnes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2013, with a party at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse given by their children.
    They were married July 4, 1963, in Lancaster.
    They have two children, Scott Carnes and his wife, Linda, and Stefanie Carnes Stacks and her husband, Blake, and five grandchildren.
    Clayton retired from the S.C. National Guard, from the S.C. Department of Corrections and from Joslyn Clark Control. Patricia is a Mack Truck Inc. retiree.

  • Kayla Ann Hallman and Darrell Allen Taylor were married at 5:30 p.m. April 6, 2013, at Unity ARP Church in Lancaster by the Rev. Charles Hammond.
    The bride is the daughter of Vernon and Teresa Hallman of Lancaster. She is the granddaughter of George Howle of Lancaster and the late Willene Griffin Howle and of Wilda Sturgis Hallman of Lancaster and the late Kenneth Hallman. She is a 2005 graduate of Buford High School and a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She works for CVS as a pharmacist.

  • Lindsey Marie Fox and James Heilig Wilkinson IV were married at 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 2013, at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte by the Rev. John Patrick Giuliani.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William August Fox, III of Matthews, N.C.. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Shalenik Fox of Lancaster and the late Mr. William August Fox II and of the late Mr. William Jackson McMurray and the late Mrs. Doris McDonald McMurray.

  • Lindsey Reneé Jordan and Michael Eugene Lowery Jr. were married at 3 p.m. March 9, 2013, at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church in Lancaster by Dr. James Hilton.
    The bride is the daughter of Rocky and Leigh Jordan of Lancaster. She is the granddaughter of Jackie and Betty Jordan of Lancaster.
    The groom is the son of Mike and Sharon Lowery of Lancaster. He is the grandson of Louie and Ann Lowery, DeeDee Newton and Glenda Arant, all of Lancaster.

  • Amy Lynn Watts and TJ Murphy were married at 7:13 p.m. July 13, 2013, in Shelby, N.C., by the Rev. Dennis Creedon.
    The bride is the daughter of Randy and Mindy Watts of Lancaster and Bass and Denise Murray of Shelby. She is a graduate of Cleveland Community College and works for Carolinas Healthcare System.
    The groom is the son of Bill and Suzette Murphy of Lancaster and Mike and Patti Johnson of Frederick, Colo. He is a police academy graduate and works in law enforcement.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Randy Watts and Denise Murray.

  • Megan Danielle Blythe and Thomas Matthew McManus were married at 4 p.m. July 13, 2013, at Rosewood on Country Club by the Rev. Troy Leach, great-uncle of the bride.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lee Smith III of Lancaster. She is the granddaughter of Charles R. Helms of Pineville, N.C., and the late Brenda T. Helms, of Billie L Smith of Waxhaw and the late Harold L. Smith Jr. and of Mary Catherine Blythe of Waxhaw and the late Robert Blythe.

  • Jennifer Hope Deas and John David Wilson Jr. were married at 2 p.m. May 4, 2013, at Union Baptist Church by the Rev. Jackie Jenkins.

  • Most people would probably admit to daydreaming about a great adventure, perhaps one that takes off into the wild blue yonder with no set travel rules, only a destination to be reached. 

    On July 19, two Lancaster natives set out on just such an adventure, backpacking down the southeast coast and across the deep south to Phoenix, Ariz.

  •  Televised images of roaring infernos devastating forests and destroying entire communities in western states have been unsettling. 

    Having experienced frightening grass fires at Cedarleaf, I cannot imagine the terror of landowners facing the recent mega-fires.

    Because superfires are becoming more common, the American Forest Foundation just devoted a large section of its new magazine, “Woodland,” to this topic.