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  • When it comes to adding variety, flavor and aroma to foods, herbs and spices have been used for centuries.

    “Spices were once so costly only the wealthy could afford them. In 11th century Europe, many towns paid their taxes and rent in pepper,” said dietitian and educator Alice Henneman, author of “Add a Little Spice (& Herbs) to Your Life!”

    While it is a given that spices and herbs both come from for plants, that’s where the similarity ends, said Ann Hertzler of Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

  • Name: Becky Harper

    Age: 44

    Address: West Doc Garris Road

    Family: Husband, Tim, 45; a son, Joshua Rhyner, 21, a stepdaughter, Meg, 20, and a stepson, Richie, 18 

    Pets: A rat terrier, Abby; a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Hercules, and a quarter horse, Ruby

    Job: Stylist at Mane Street Hair Designers

    Church: Second Baptist Church

  • American diarist and suffragette Ellen Birdseye Wheaton one wrote, “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”

    Van Wyck seamstress Janie Straight knows that truth first hand.

    A self-professed former hippie in 1970s California who has worked as a waitress, journalist, typesetter and sign painter (to name a few), Straight, 56, left the chaotic world of Los Angeles and settled in South Carolina with husband, Dennis, 16 years ago.

  • Times are pretty lean for a lot of folks right now.    

    I hate to paint a bad picture, but they’re gonna get tougher before we see a turnaround. 

    The stock market is moving like a roller coaster again. 

    Some of us older folks have been on this ride before.

    We have leadership in Washington, D.C., that is capable of giving folks a leg up, but there are others who condemn them for helping the hurting.

  • Nancy K. Starnes found this Peach Pound Cake recipe in the S.C. Farmers Market Bulletin. Submitted to the publication by Jackie Blanton of Gaffney, Starnes said the recipe took first place honors at the 2004 Gaffney Peach Festival.

    “I thought some readers may enjoy it since some peaches are still available,” she said. “I’ve made this cake two times and it is simply delicious. It makes a large pound cake and is worth every bit of the trouble.”

    Peach Pound Cake

    Ingredients

  • – Editor’s note: Mr. Evans is taking a well-deserved break this week. Due to reader response, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the July 26, 2009, edition of The Lancaster News. It is especially timely with the Lancaster County Fair opening Tuesday.

     

    They called it a carnival. For me, it was more or less a county fair wannabe.

    This small outfit popped into town during the lull of my summer vacation.

  • Name: Yvonne Hodge

    Age: 36

    Address: Logging Road

    Family: Husband, Tommy, 41; children, Shakina, 20, Samantha, 18, and Justin, 18

    Pets: Four dogs, Caramel, Coco, Eight Ball and Sasha

    Job: Accounts manager at The Children’s Clinic, P.A.

    Church: Sandhill Baptist Church

  • Bless Pete, the whole house was shaking. No, I’m not referring to the recent earthquake that one of the Buford fellas compared to a washing machine that was acting up.

    It was indeed my granddaughter’s clothes washer acting up.

    Now, it’s safe to say there was some small measure of a family disagreement as to when a new washer would be ordered. 

    I was smart enough to stay out of it. That kind of “ain’t got no dog in this fight” wisdom comes with age.

  • 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.