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  • A new pair of shoes for a child may last a school year, but a smile, a few words of encouragement and the words, “Jesus loves you,” may just last a lifetime. 

    That is exactly why volunteers from Renew Church, Covenant Baptist Church and Team Church Kershaw joined hands and hearts to distribute shoes to local children in need.

  • Name: Joe Poston

    Age: 49

    Address: Rock Springs Road

    Family: Wife, Teague

    Pets: Two dogs, Emerson and Moose

    Job: Restaurant manager (Grinders)

    Church: First Methodist Church

    Hobbies: Traveling and riding motorcycles

    Favorite books: Mostly history and non-fiction

  • Sir Thomas Lipton had been dead for almost 20 years when a dry onion soup mix bearing his name hit the markets.

    But just like the tea business he had perfected, it was an instant success, especially among the working class the Scottish-born entrepreneur dearly loved.

    A marketing genius, a 17-year-old Lipton came to the United States from Scotland in 1864, just as the Civil War was ending, said Michael D’Antonio, author of “A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton’s Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America’s Cup.” 

  • HEATH SPRINGS – There’s a little piece of Lancaster in Tena, Ecuador, right now.

    If you don’t believe it, just ask someone from Flint Ridge Baptist Church.  That piece is there, all right – on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, and it’s there to stay.

    That little piece of Lancaster?

    It’s their hearts. They were left behind in a Bible that Peter Wing left with a 10-year-old boy named Jimmy after the two became friends.

  • Kids have tough times too, but this year, Mother Nature sure has been giving us older folks a run for our money.

    In April, it was a hailstorm. In the last two weeks, it was an earthquake and right of top of that, a hurricane.

    Since I’m in Maryland visiting kin right now, I had the honor of experiencing all three.

    You know, I just have a knack for bein’ at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Name: Kaye Hoffman

    Age: 55

    Address: Knotthead Road

    Family: A son, Weston, 14, and various foster children

    Pets: Too many!

    Job: Mental health specialist

    Church: Heartland Freewill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Animal rescue

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Seventy-six-year-old Ruthie Hayden believes in the power of prayer.

    When the Northwest Apartments resident hits her knees these days, it’s to lift up her neighbors, and not to duck from random gunfire that used to be heard outside her front door. 

    “When you put enough prayer on ’em, they have to either start living right or get out,” she said. “That’s the only choices they have. They’re going to live right if they live here.”

  • For many, Labor Day signals the last great grilling get-together of the summer months.

    According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, almost 44 percent of Americans shut down their grills after Labor Day and all but quit cooking outdoors during the fall and winter months.

    The last grilling hurrah can also be used as a learning experience when it comes to cooking in the great outdoors.

  • A visit to see what was growing at Uncle Perry Scott’s farm in Winnsboro was a big change compared to our Victory Garden.

    Everybody there had red clay beneath their fingernails, with farms all over the place.

    However, there’s not as many people plowing right now. Uncle Perry said most of the local boys are wearing military uniforms and fighting in foreign fields. 

    A friend of Uncle Perry had this big old farm, which supplied bunches of vegetables to the Fort Jackson Army base.

  • A new school year means many new things to consider and choices to make for your child. 

    One of these choices is what extracurricular activities to sign your child up for. 

    Scouting is something that may spark and interest in both you and your child and may be just what you are looking for.

    Scouting is an affordable activity for most families, with the cost to sign up being just $12 for Girl Scouts and $15 for Boy Scouts.

  • Ten years ago, Mike and Jennifer Jewett moved to Lancaster from Missouri.   

    As Jennifer home-shopped, she kept in mind the type of yard that must accompany it. 

    When she saw the home at 805 Crescent Drive, she was sold.

    “I actually picked this house out because I thought it had the kind of yard that Mike would like,” Jennifer said. “In one word, it had trees.”   

  • The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • Making sure a brown bag lunch is nutritious and tasty enough not to end up in the school trash can is almost impossible.

    But if what students learn in the classroom prepares them for the future, so does what they learn at the cafeteria lunch table, said medical journalist and author Dr. Melissa Stoppler.

  • The start of a new school year always has me remembering when and marveling at how quick time flies.

    Gosh, seems it was only yesterday that me and Mama were walking hand in hand down to Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School for my very first day of school.

    By the fall of 1941, I was in Miss Charlotte Jones’ third grade class. 

    Everyday, she had us studying something new. 

  • Heather Curless has joined the ranks of successful Lancaster natives who are making their mark in the world. 

    She has turned her personal passion into professional success, and is helping others build a healthier, more environmentally friendly world for themselves and their communities. 

    Her retail store and showroom, Greener Stock, (www.greenerstock.com) in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrated its first anniversary in January of this year. 

  • Name: Bobby Morgan

    Age: 58

    Address: Bailey Road

    Family: Wife, Cheryl, 53; children, Andy Morgan, 31, and Jessica Williams, 27; and two grandchildren, Allana Morgan, 8, and Morgan Williams, 2  

    Pets: A dog, Daisy; two cats, Roscoe and Sassy, and a lot of goats

    Job: Andrew Jackson State Park staff

    Church: Bethlehem Baptist Church

  • Ashli Young, agriculture teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, was named the county’s 2011 Conservation Educator of the Year on April 4, at the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District’s monthly board Meeting. 

    Each year, the soil and water conservation district recognizes a Lancaster County teacher who is doing an outstanding job educating students about the importance of natural resources. 

  • The Lancaster County Red Cross Heroes Campaign couldn’t have asked for a better script.

    When the winning ticket for a 2010 Ford Mustang was drawn Aug. 5, the winner was one of their own.

    Red Cross volunteer Margaret Gamble, a retired educator and member of the Lancaster County School Board, won the drawing.

    “This whole thing is really ironic,” Gamble said laughing. “I won a table decoration at a dinner one time, but I’ve never won anything big like this.” 

  • The area in front of the Buford Middle School gym is sporting a new look because Donna Moree just happened to be in the in right place at the right time.

    Red clay and barren ground has been replaced by sod, stone pavers, planting beds, benches, mulch and a pergola with vine runners.