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    Men and women anticipate the arrival of warmer weather in the same way children look forward to Christmas morning. 

    With a snowier-than-usual winter and chilly start to the spring in many regions, summertime sun and heat might be more coveted than ever before.

    While many individuals have been counting down the days until 85-degree weather, pets may not have been sharing the same enthusiasm. 

    The hot weather can bring discomfort to our four-legged friends.

  • By Julie Graham

    For The Lancaster News

    A small wooden playhouse for tea parties, dress up and all things make-believe owned by the Duke family of Lancaster has come to life again to entertain its fourth generation.

    John and Beverly Duke have the playhouse in the backyard of their Meadow Drive home for the next generation, their granddaughter, Railee Brown, who turns two in July. 

    During its nearly 70 years in the Duke family, it has been moved and repainted four times.  

  • A couple of Indian Land High School students can add their names to the school’s list of signed athletes this year after receiving word from the University of South Carolina in Columbia that they have made the team.

    Only this time the team isn’t on the gridiron or court, it’s on the sidelines.

    Seniors Alexis Barjona and Megan Leskody were among more than 120 cheerleaders from across the state to try out for coveted spots on the Gamecocks’ two cheerleading squads and were among the  54 who made it. 

  • High school graduation ceremonies, Memorial Day weekend and NASCAR racing in Charlotte usher in the unofficial kick-off to summer.

    There is no better way to celebrate than with a cookout.

    But before striking a match, there are a few pre-grilling items to take care of so a meal doesn’t end up burned to a crisp.

  • Iron man Cal Ripkin Jr. isn’t the only one with an unforgettable number. The baseball hall of famer played in 2,632 consecutive games.
    Two county students have their own streaks within their respective school hallways.
    For 12 years, Andrew Jackson High School’s Jordan Truesdale and Buford High School’s Lauren Bradburn managed to make it out of bed every day and go to class. That equals to 2,160 consecutive school days for each of them.
    Neither of them have missed a day of school since the first grade.   

  • A couple of weeks after Sears and Roebuck sent back Aunt Bessie’s check for  my J.C. Higgins Roadmaster, stuff was changing in a hurry.
    One of ‘em was my opinion of President Roosevelt. I thought he had made a big mistake. I just couldn’t figure out how one bicycle could contribute so mightily to the war effort.
    Mama was reading the morning paper about how tires, gasoline, sugar, electric ice boxes, Hershey Bars, and shoes, among other things would be in short supply for the home folks.

  • Name: Blake Finley
    Age: 14
    Address: Camp Creek Road
    Family: Parents, Todd and Renee Finley; a sister, Madison, 19  
    Pets: A dachshund, Tanner
    Job: Student
    Church: Zion United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Playing the guitar
    Favorite books: The Bible and “To Kill a Mockingbird”
    Favorite movie: “The Blindside”

  • Growing up, Stuart Graham attended Van Wyck Presbyterian Church with his family.  
    Just two doors down from there stood a bright yellow home known throughout the tight knit community as the old Hyatt house.  
    At the time, Graham never realized the keys to the 1898 Victorian-style home at 5154 Old Hickory Road would one day be in his pocket.
    Graham had always admired the house and was excited to learn in 2003 it was to be sold at an auction.

  • Opinions and advice on how to achieve good health or overcome health problems are a “dime-a-dozen” nearly everywhere.
    But it means a lot more to hear a personal story from someone you know, who’s succeeded in achieving better health.
    It’s even better if their program is simple, easy to understand and affordable.
    Konstantinos “Gus” Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’ Restaurants in Kershaw and Lancaster, has a story of his own journey to good health, and he’s doing something to share it.

  • Erwin Elementary School special needs teacher LeAnne White found a surprise in her classroom Monday. 

    It was a photo of one of her students, 8-year-old Morgan Knight, taken near an “In honor of” sign with White’s name on it at the first annual Chalk Walk on May 14, along with an event T-shirt.

    “I cried,” White said. “It was very sweet for her to do that.”

    The Chalk Walk is a 3.1 mile fun run to honor teachers and raise money for the Buford High School Future Educators Association (FEA).

  • While vacationing in Maryland, I got one of those phone calls nobody likes.

    It seems that a hailstorm damaged the roof of our “Charlotte Road” home. 

    Somebody (not me) decided that I should make the trip back south by myself to check everything out and call the insurance company, if necessary.

    So much for my spring getaway. Sometimes this retirement gig ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • FORT LAWN – In 1996, third-generation farmers David and Jimmy Jordan were looking for a crop that could be watered and didn’t require very much rain.
    Their options were limited, given their location just north of Fort Lawn on S.C. 21. That was something the Jordan boys learned young, while watching their grandfather try to scratch out a cotton crop on the same ground.
    “We’d sit on the porch and watch thunderstorms come through and go around this place every single time, making our granddaddy so mad he could spit,” David Jordan said.

  • Bless Pete, I’m suffering from Osama bin Laden overload.

    It’s kinda like having to unfasten your britches due to that last piece of pie you just had to have.

    Right now, I’ve had my fill when it comes to reading, watching, hearing and talking about the demise of Osama bin Laden.

    Now, the very first reports about him sure seemed like the kind of heroic story old veterans like me yearn for. 

    The Twin Towers mastermind was finished off in a way that befit his own lifestyle (see Matthew 26:52). 

  • The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience. 

  • If you live in the country, you may be hearing a noise right now you just can’t explain.
    That’s not some huge industrial machine humming miles away and it’s not your imagination gone wild. There’s nothing wrong with your hearing.
    It’s the return of the 13-year cicadas, which have re-emerged from underground to mate.   
    Jane Massey of Van Wyck has already seen more than her share of these fearful-looking, red-eyed insects flitting about.

  • The amount raised locally for Relay for Life changes from year to year, but one thing will never change, said Kimberly Collins, community manager for the American Cancer Society.

    “Lancaster County is known for its passion for Relay,” Collins said. 

    That passion was there for everyone to see as 76 teams raised more than $170,000 this year.

    The 2011 Relay for Life culminated with the annual walk at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Friday, which drew a crowd estimated at more than 9,000.

  • Chef and cookbook author Nancy Hughes’ Tomato Basil Soup with Chicken is a bowl of comfort at its best.

    “Everybody loves soup, but it takes a long time and cooks away all the nutrients,” said Hughes, author of “15-Minute Diabetic Meals.”   

    Hughes said the soup takes “15 minutes flat” to prepare.

    The key is to make sure to drain the navy beans and to rinse them twice to get rid of the cloudiness and gunk.

  • – Editor’s note: W.B. Evans is on vacation this week. Due to reader requests, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the May 13, 2007, edition of The Lancaster News. “Mamas cannot be replaced, but our memories help keep them alive,” Evans said. “I’m getting mushy, but somehow I feels that she knows I still care, at least, if The Lancaster News is on the newsstands in heaven!”  

  • Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Preacher Kenny “Cotton” Pate has an unusual way of explaining what’s going on whenever tears of joy flow down his face and into his ZZ Top-looking beard.
    “I always tell my folks that’s the good Lord washing the nasty out of me,” Cotton said.
    Cotton’s words may be somewhat unusual, but he isn’t your typical preacher.

  • From the outside, French toast – bread soaked in an egg batter and cooked golden brown in a skillet or on a griddle – appears to be a hearty breakfast treat fit for a king.
    According to promotional literature by the International House of Pancakes (IHOP),  the first written mention of this delicacy dates to Henry V of England.
    However, nothing could be farther from the truth. It was created as a way to rescue stale bread so nothing went to waste.