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Today's Features

  • Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will have football fans from Taxahaw to Bell Town and Coats Crossroads to Pleasant Valley glued to their television set for hours.

    When you count all of the "must-see" commercials and a halftime show that pulls out all of the stops, it's more than a football game.

    It's an event.

  • The Buford Yellow Jackets had an easy win, taking a 72-4 wrestling victory over Class A foe North Central.

    BHS had 9 forfeit wins in the short match.

    The Jackets also had pins from Lain Adams, Rashad Cunningham and Johntrell Caudle in the 68-point win.

    Buford is slated to visit Central High of Pageland on Monday in a 7 p.m. match.

    BHS 72 NCHS 4

    103 Double forfeit

    112 Lain Adams (B) pinned Josh Stroud (NC)

    119 Rashad Cunningham (B) pinned Troy Teal (NC)

    125 Trevor Banks (B) won by forfeit

    130 Taylor Banks (B) won by forfeit

  • The Buford High School boys basketball team was looking for a complete effort and the Jackets delivered Tuesday night.

    BHS knocked off two-time defending Class AA boys state champion Lee Central 51-47 on the Stallions' home floor.

    "We just played together the whole game," BHS assistant coach Neil Couch said. "We had a steady effort. Lee Central made some runs, but we didn't get rattled."

    Couch wasn't surprised.

  • CLEMSON – Millions of young people in the Palmetto State have been involved in 4-H since the first corn club was founded in 1908.

    Its alumni can spend hours talking about the history of 4-H clubs and their memories.

    Since 4-H is celebrating 100 years in 2008, the South Carolina 4-H Teen Council is issuing a challenge to all Clemson Extension offices in the state to collect as many alumni names as possible.

    Anyone who has ever been a member of 4-H is asked to contact their local Clemson Extension office to get their names on record.

  • While oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfast foods around, it's looked on with disdain by many.

    A co-worker recently told me "the best thing you can do with oatmeal is to give it to someone else," commenting on her dislike of it.

    "I can't stand the texture of it," she said. "It's just yucky."

    Her hatred of oatmeal doesn't diminish its body-boosting properties. A half-cup of rolled oats has more than a high fiber content, says weight loss expert Elaine Magee.

  • Consumers often furniture shop without any sense of what they like, their long-term goals or even something as basic as the dimensions of the room you are buying furniture for.

    You should do the same amount of preparation when buying furniture that you do when buying a dishwasher, cell phone or computer. After all, a quality dining room table will cost more than those items and lasts longer.

    Before visiting a furniture store, do your homework so that you don't become a victim of a sofa that you don't want.

  • It does take a little extra effort for a mother-to-be to eat healthy, but it has its benefits for her and the baby she's carrying. After all, she is eating for two.

    One of the most important nutrients pregnant women need is folic acid, a B-vitamin that is needed to ensure proper cell growth. It helps the neural tube (the part of the developing baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord) develop properly.

  • Without the lights, decorations and wonderful evergreen scent, the real Christmas tree you just took outside is just an image of what it was last week.

    But if you want to give it new life, take it to one of Lancaster County's convenience sites.

    It's called treecycling and the county public works department is teaming up with its counterparts at the city of Lancaster to cut down on holiday waste.

    "Recycling is a pattern of habit than anything else," said Darin Robinson, county public works director.

  • With much cooler temperatures expected in the next few days, it's important for homeowners to protect their pets just like they do their water pipes. Here are a few cold-weather pointers to consider:

    •Cats are very susceptible to the cold and can freeze if left outside whenever the mercury in the thermometer plunges. Keep them inside whenever possible. Also, stray cats have a tendency to hide under car hoods to keep warm. Bang on the hood before cranking your car to alert cats to get out so that they don't get injured.

  • Most food historians agree that hoppin' John has its roots in Lowcountry South Carolina cuisine. But just how did this rich-tasting, luck-bringing, poor-man's New Year's dish get it's name?

    Made of peas, rice, pork and simple spices, hoppin' John is closely related to African and West Indian dishes with similar ingredients and was introduced to America by African slaves who toiled on rice plantations.