Today's Features

  • Note: All recipes are available in .pdf format at the end of the story.

    Super Bowl Sunday is a week away, but it’s not too early to put together a game plan for that all-important game-day menu.
    It’s one of the two days each year when food, fellowship and football collide, which gives credence to the notion that football is indeed America’s favorite sport.  
    Only Thanksgiving surpasses Super Bowl Sunday in food consumption, according to the USDA.

  • David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Imagine setting out on a trip to visit family, and six months later having visited all four corners of the United States.
    That’s what happened to Sally Southerland of Lancaster and her husband, Jimmie, who completed the journey of over 22,000 miles in 2010. They set out on a trip to visit Jim’s father in Key West, Fla. Riding together on a single motorcycle that Jim had rebuilt, they soon were on a grand adventure. 

  • Whether you are rich or poor, we all share one task – a trip to the garbage dump, also known as a county convenience site in today’s politically correct terms.
    I have my very own, personal facility, which I frequently share with my neighbors and a few out of staters who prefer the dump to the shoulders of a county road.
    I didn’t always have my site.  At first, it was just a tract of land covered in weeds. Then it was developed into a nice brick grammar school. You know, one of those “neighborhood schools.”

  • Granny Summers’ small New Cut house was built on a foundation of love that glowed every Christmas.

    A widow since before my birth, she didn’t have much, but she had Jesus, and to her, that was all that mattered. She passed on that sort of love – one that gives and not takes – to her children and 16 grandchildren. It molded us and continues to shape our lives.

    So what do you get someone who doesn’t need anything for Christmas?

  • One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my father and the last Christmas with him.

    Every Christmas my brothers, sisters and I were allowed to choose one thing we wanted for Christmas. I wanted a Cinderella watch more than anything.

    When Christmas Eve came we went to bed at 5 p.m. because we were told Santa would not come until we were asleep. I could not sleep because all I could think about was the beautiful Cinderella watch I was going to get. My older sister had to read to us to help us to go to sleep.

  • I have my share of Christmas memories, and these are ones I recall about my children, Caroline and Jackson, in their childhood.

    When Jackson was a youngster, one Christmas Day I asked him about Christmas Eve night. I asked if he slept well with all the anticipation of the big day with Santa’s visit to our home.

    Jackson said he did wake up during the night and peered out his window.

    To my surprise, I wondered aloud what he saw out on our lawn.

  • One of my favorite memories of Christmas was December 2002. Each year, when my family gets together on Christmas Eve, we have a small memorial service for our family members who have passed away. We read a special poem, say their names aloud and light candles for each member. It is very emotional and special.

  • Whether jewelry is her thing or she’s crazy about decorating, she loves guns and gadgets or is the monogram queen, there are so many ways to make the woman in your life feel merry and bright at Christmas.
    Stores in the Lancaster area are stocked with gift items for every type of woman.
    For those who have a home décor habit, Winona’s Flowers and Gifts at 3177 Pageland Highway and the Purple Rooster at 106 E. Gay St. are good places to start.

  • The secret to finding a gift for a man is as simple as buying where his interests lie.
    Sportsman or spectator, grill-master or taste-tester, handyman or craftsman, there are so many options around Lancaster to find great gifts for him.  

    Guns and ammo
    R&G Sporting Goods, located at 1890 Great Falls Highway, is stocked with gifts for the outdoorsman with hunting and fishing gear. The most popular gifts of the season are guns and ammo.