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Today's Features

  • The S.C. National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 178th Field Artillery, once based in Lancaster was deactivated in August, but its legacy is alive and well.And now, thanks to the members of American Legion Post 31, the unit – called Palmetto Thunder by some and the “Third Herd” by others – won’t be forgotten.Those who attend Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony will get a chance to see what gave that unit its ground-shaking name.

  • I’m originally from the small town of McColl, which is out in the woods somewhere between Clio and Bennettsville.Growing up, I heard a thousand times the tragic story of M.L. Jackson and his death at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army. I vaguely remember kids running up and down the street beating on pots and pans one day.

  • Fire up your cauldron and get out your broom! Bubble bubble, toil and trouble, get ready for Halloween on the double!You don’t need a magic spell to make your home the best haunt in town, just follow these decadent decorating tips to assemble a ghastly menu.Here are a few boo-tiful decorating ideas:– Place a branch in your chandelier, stretch fake spider webs over it, top with black plastic spider. This is a must for a spooky dinner party.– Use the fake spider web to get that special “haunted house” feel.

  • When it comes to baptism, age is never an issue.Neither is a medical condition. Just ask 83-year-old James Neely.Neely, who is confined to a wheelchair, was baptized Sept. 24 at Crestview Baptist Church.James’ health might not be the best and he might be hard of hearing, but he realized it was time to make peace with the Lord at a recent singing at New Hope Baptist Church in Heath Springs, said his wife, Jackie Neely.The Neelys have been married for 60 years.

  • On a late afternoon, Ray and Barbara Fleming relax by soaking in the view from the front porch swing at their home at 317 Bailey Road.Hanging baskets filled with potato vines and ferns surround them while, just ahead, the front door is flanked by towers of ivy that winds and climbs along pointed wire forms.Rocking chairs welcome guests to join them to sit and enjoy the day, too.The view extends to the front yard where a blend of low-maintenance shrubs with colorful foliage are complemented by perennial and annual blooms.

  • In March 2003, the 15 members of Destiny Bible Church were worshiping in the Stephen and Stacie Braswell’s Kershaw home.

  • When Kevin Spencer was 5 years old, his mother told him he was going to be a magician when he grew up. Three years later, his parents gave him a magic kit for Christmas.He did magic tricks throughout grade school, high school and worked his way through college with his own magic act.But it wasn’t until he saw Harry Blackstone Jr.

  • When Sue Robinson felt a lump in her breast in February 2002, she knew she had cancer.

    She had felt some pain first, and when she checked it out, she felt the lump.

    "It was, of course, devastating," Robinson, 55, said. "It put me on my knees."

    That was a Saturday. She called her doctor Monday, and a office assistant said her doctor could see her in two weeks.

    "I said, 'You don't understand, I'm driving there right now,'" Robinson said.

  • Sue Robinson and Joannie Wood sorted through clothing racks at Hi Lites on Wednesday, in search of the perfect outfit with the help of Julie Walters and Norma Burnette.

  • The Shiloh Zion Volunteer Fire Department has been a community hub for 50 years now.