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Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. George Waldrop Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Leigh Waldrop, to Matthew David Houck, both of Columbia.
    The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. September 28, 2013, in Columbia.

  • Sheree R. Powell announces the engagement of her daughter, Sammi Jo Powell, to Eric Messer, all of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Aug. 4, 2013, at Carnes Lake.
    Miss Powell is the daughter of the late Harold “Butch” Powell. She is the granddaughter of the late James “Stumpy” Rowell, the late Kathy W. McMinn and the late Sylvia Powell. She is a 2005 graduate of Buford High School. She is a homemaker and is studying accounting at Kaplain University.

  • Jack and Evelyn Laney Estridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2013.
    They were married June 23, 1963 in Monroe.
    The couple has two children, Susan Estridge O’Neal and her husband, Tony, and Lisa Estridge Lucas. They have four grandchildren.
    Jack retired from Springs Industries and Evelyn is a housewife.

  • SALUDA, N.C. – Since the 1940s, Boy Scouts from Chester, Lancaster, York, Union, Cherokee and Spartanburg counties have been going to Saluda, N.C., for summer camp.

    Originally known as Camp Palmetto, the camp expanded in the early 1980s and was renamed Camp Bob Hardin in 1985, in honor of Hardin, a Lancaster native, who was active in the Boy Scouts.

    Hundreds of boys and leaders from the three counties have made the trek up to Saluda during 2013. This year has been the biggest, best year ever for Camp Bob Hardin with a variety of new additions.

  • The Rev. Harriss Ricks, pastor at Douglas Presbyterian Church, is a good friend of mine – and everyone else, for that matter. He has a very nice family home just off Lousiana Street in Montreat, N.C. He invited all of his friends and church members to go up to Montreat for a day on June 11.

  • While driving along a busy street in a nearby city, I noticed ornamental trees in the median standing in what are called mulch volcanoes.

    Shredded mulch had been piled in circles almost a foot deep at the edges and nearly two feet high against the trunks.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people (in this case, taxpayers) actually spend money to have this kind of  landscaping done because it is a major no-no for tree care.

  • Springdell Baptist Church organist Bettie Robertson got an unexpected surprise on Sunday when she was honored for 40 years of service to the church.

  • Calling all churches and nonprofit community organizations – you are invited to participate in the first Lancaster Community Gospel-Fest, a two-day festival set to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Hope on the Hill facilities, located at 610 Old Barr St. in Lancaster.

    The Gospel-Fest Event promotion manager and founder, Ollie Alexander, has organized several expos and events in the past.
    The focus of this festival is unity and the strengthening of local families and the community as a whole, she said.

  • In my mind, I could already hear the waves and feel the breeze.
    Despite gasoline rationing, no new tires in sight, and a shortage of hot dogs and hamburgers on Meatless Tuesday, we still traveled down to Myrtle Beach.

    I was excited on the ride down and Mama was tryin’ her best to temper my mood.

    “Son, things are going to be different down there this time,” she said. “With the war, there will be beach patrols watching for Nazi submarines instead of swimmers who go out too far.”

  • Brandy Leigh-Ann Byrdic and Jason Thomas Knight were married Oct. 20, 2012, at Edward-Scott House.
    The bride is the daughter of Jan and Mike Sager and Kenny Byrdic, all of Lancaster. She is the granddaughter of Mary Sue Byrdic and the late Bobby Lee Byrdic and of Brenda and Junior Hartley, all of Lancaster.
    She is a 2002 graduate of Lancaster High School and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She is a registered nurse in the pediatric unit at Piedmont Medical Center.