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  • The animal actor that has graced the big screen, television movies, talk shows and magazine covers, is coming here.

    Jeff Watson and Brody the bear will stop by Nutramax Laboratories in Lancaster Business Park on Monday for a short visit.

    Don’t be fooled by the 1,300-pound Kodiak grizzly’s soft, brown cuddly fur, amber eyes, turned up nose and sweet face. 

    Raised by Watson since he was 8 weeks old, Brody is a trained actor in every sense.

  • Sometimes, you don’t know until you try.                                          

    If you happened to be on Main Street last Thursday afternoon, you would have seen me and photographer Aaron Morrison try a stunt that the late Pierce Horton Sr. of the Corner Drug Store did more than 60 years ago.

    We were trying to see if it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

  • Homer and Brenda Harmon of Great Falls were in Rock Hill when they decided to eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “We went in to eat, but we didn’t get to,” Homer said.

    That’s because Homer was outfitted in white pants, a white jacket with a black handkerchief tucked inside and a white shirt with his colonel’s “signature” string tie. He wore framed glasses and carried a walking cane.

  • I walked by the county jail and library on my way to Lancaster High School just about every day.

    I was always fascinated when I stopped by the old library at the corner of Gay and French Streets.

    To me, it was amazing to watch librarian Miss Robbie Horton work. 

    While I struggled to find stuff using the formula Melvil Dewey devised, she never did. 

    Shucks, Miss Robbie made it look easy; she knew where every book and volume was. She was the best book finder and put ’er backer I ever saw.   

  • Name: Glenda Manus

    Age: 62

    Address: Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck

    Family: Husband, Henry; daughters, Krista Cook and Laura Whittaker  

    Pets: A dog named Fox and a Polish hen named Olive

    Job: Retired from Union County (N.C.) public schools

    Church: Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

    Hobbies: Reading and writing

  •     The teacher who had a special love for reading now has a special place in her honor at the school she loved.

    In May, members of the late Kathy Emory’s family, colleagues and friends dedicated the Miss Kathy Emory Outdoor Reading Classroom at McDonald Green Elementary School.

    Emory died Dec. 24, 2010, after battling colon cancer for more than two years. She was 52. 

    Emory served on the McDonald Green staff for more than 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and media specialist. 

  • These days, when Dale Walker goes shopping, you can count on there being a notebook full of manufacturer’s coupons open on the baby seat in the top of her shopping cart.

    “It’s all about saving money,” Walker said. “You’ll do anything you can to save money these days.”

    A rough economy has reversed a 14-year decline in coupon redemption in the United States.

  • The last few days have been miserably hot. It kind of reminds me of when the U.S. Army came to town for a round of war games.

    America was getting a bit antsy with all the saber-rattling going on in Europe.

    Given the situation, somebody up and decided to call out our soldiers in the middle of a really hot summer for military maneuvers.

    You know, it takes two sides to argue, fight or have a war, even if it’s just playin’ war.

  • Name: Mary Ida Lucas

    Age: 102; I will be 103 on Aug. 7.

    Address: New Hope Road, Heath Springs

    Family: Husband, the late James Lloyd Lucas; four children, Arthur Lucas, Marian McNeely, Mary Powers and Edith Taylor; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 13 great great-grandchildren  

    Job: Retired, Springs Industries

    Church: Grace United Methodist Church

  • Coupon-clipping has become so popular that some stores are now advertising items to match manufacturer’s coupons.

    However, some of them have also revised their coupon policies to limit what customers can and cannot do.

    Many retailers are attributing the changes to TLC’s popular “Extreme Couponing” show, which showcases over-the-top couponing practices.

  • It was a sound that brought summer to a halt along every Erwin Farm street.         If we were racing our home-made, human-powered go-carts made from worn-out mower wheels, discarded lumber, rope steering and axles fashioned from metal rods discovered in a pile of rubbish from the old mill trash pile off Laurel Avenue, this sound would bring out a red flag as it drew closer and closer.

  • During summer months, days are longer and more people are outside for longer periods of time, increasing the health risks from heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun.
    Each year, more Americans on average die from heat waves than from any other natural disaster.
    And every hour, one person dies from skin cancer, which is the most common occurring cancer in the Unied States.
    Staying cool
    To avoid heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun, follow these steps to stay cool and safe this summer:

  • Eating your own words (or thoughts) isn’t always the most appetizing thing on the menu. 

    Like castor oil, it can get something stuck out of your system.

    You know, I’ve read my share of letters to the editor from folks who want to thank others for doing the job they are paid to do. 

    And most of the time, I made light of their letters. 

    However, that chicken has come home to roost and is crowing away atop a house gutter.

  • Within the next couple of months, Robert Truesdale’s “office” will be empty.

    That office is the seed counter in Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster, where Truesdale has weighed out seed of every kind and shape in the last 54 years. Truesdale, now a part time “feed and seed store” employee, will soon weigh out his last bag for one of the farmers who stop by to trade hearty stories and conversation.

    That’s because Lancaster is losing one of its oldest businesses. 

  • Name: Trish Hinson

    Age: 42

    Address: Hula Drive

    Family: Husband, Joel, 45, and a daughter, Katie Hope Hinson, 17  

    Pets: Zoe, a dapple dachshund, and four treeing walker hounds

    Job: Lancaster County 911 addressing 

    Church: Rich Hill Baptist Church

  • Mosquitoes have been around for thousands, maybe millions, of years.

    And these winged blood suckers have no intention of taking off this summer.

    With the pop-up thunderstorm season now in full swing, it doesn’t take much to create a mosquito nuisance, said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    That’s where a little routine yard sprucing-up comes in.

  • There’s nothing like the smell of fresh, homegrown tomatoes.
    That is exactly what it smelled like in the Carol Raye Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where in mid-June participants peeled and quartered dozens of tomatoes during Clemson University Cooperation Extension’s hands-on canning course.
    Canning is one of the most time-tested ways to preserve that smell and taste of fresh food, but it must be done carefully.

  • – Editor’s note: W.B. Evans is on the mend after a recent at-home mishap. “I climbed a ladder and fell off, simple as that,” he said. “I ain’t as young as I sometimes think I am.” We are reprinting this Remember When column on Vacation Bible School that was originally published in the June 29, 2008, edition of The Lancaster News.

    No sooner had the final school bell rung for our last day at Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School, the bell at First Baptist Church peeled, summoning all of us to Vacation Bible School.

  • Name: Josh McNeal IV
    Age: 25
    Address: Sunshine Road
    Family: Dad, the Rev. Willie McNeal; mom, Robin Stevenson, and three brothers, Adrian McGriff, Quacy McNeal and Willie McNeal Jr.   
    Job: Graduate assistant for the Southern Political Science Association
    Hobbies: Working out, Gamecocks football and baseball, videography, golf and watching the TV news
    Favorite book: “Strivers Row” by Kevin Baker

  • Eighteen-year-old Morgan “Hot Shoe” Turpen has lofty dreams.

    They include earning an education degree from the University of Memphis and becoming a teacher and high school softball coach and possibly, one day, a principal.

    But should that plan go awry, the Cordova, Tenn., native does have a back-up.

    For now, she has a 1,300-pound winged sprint car with a 360-cubic, 700-horsepower engine and a pair of racing gloves to fall back on. Later on, if she continues to grow and develop, that could mean NASCAR.