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  • Name: Amanda Carnes
    Age: 31
    Address: Providence Road
    Family: Husband, Brad, 31, and two daughters, Olivia, 4, and Lauren, 2  
    Pets: Two labs, Grace and Spirit
    Job: Director of Christian Education at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Reading, walking and spending time with my family
    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Editor’s note – Each Friday in April, The Lancaster News is publishing the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part of National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced.

    Ron Wiseman


  • Forty-five years in the making, Vivian Ferguson’s yard at 601 Laurel Court is a  sight to behold.
    After careful planning and lots of tender loving care, her yard is now a true showplace filled with a wide variety of perennials, trees and shrubs that offer colorful blooms year round.
    If you’ve driven along Woodland Drive near Lancaster High School, you’ve probably noticed it, especially in the spring.  

  • With family-packages and buying in bulk the norm, cooking for one or two people can be an exercise in futility.
    Most recipes are written for families of four or for six to eight people.
    That’s especially true of dinner recipes, said Joe Yonan, author of “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One.”

  • Not everyone who enjoys gardening gets a flower named after them, but it’s happened to Betsy Steele
    Bob Roycroft, a Georgetown day lily (hemerocallis) hybridizer, has  introduced “Betsy’s Delight” to honor of Steele, president of the Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC).
    The parent plant of “Betsy’s Delight” is “Lady of Class,” which fits Steele’s gracious, thoughtful and encouraging demeanor. The flower certainly caught on and is currently sold out.

  • On Monday, the President and First Lady will send out the Secret Service to round up children in Virginia and Maryland, give them a colored basket and a free pass to wallow in the grass on the South Lawn of America’s back yard for the 133rd annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
    Given the political correctness of the times, I’m kinda surprised they haven’t changed the name to the “Spring Spheres Rotation.”

  • Name: Les Weeks
    Age: 40
    Address: Hilton Way Road
    Family: Wife, Tammy, 28; three children, Anna, 12, Dillon, 5, and Noah, 3  
    Pets: A dog, Mooch
    Job: Lancaster County tax collector
    Church: The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
    Hobbies: Spending time with our children and helping with household chores

  • The Loving Group was awarded the Grand Specialty Art Award for their landscape design showcase at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show held March 2-6 at the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.
    The award is presented to the showcase garden that implements the most outstanding art and graphic element.
    Twenty-six landscape designers participated in the design competition, entitled “A Novel Idea.” Participants were instructed to interpret a novel via landscape design.  

  • Nothing really changes the taste of grits, said Mark Benson as “John Lennon” during the 1964 the Tribute concert inside a raucous Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Nothing really changes the Beatles, either, as the tribute band proved while rocking the house Saturday.
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, The Beatles would be flattered by    Ricky Vacca (Paul), Tom Work (George), Bobby Potter (Ringo) and Mark Benson (John), said Kim Burgess.

  • You know, I gotta hand it to my neighbors who participate in our local crime watch programs.
    They don’t expect medals or fame. They enjoy the self-satisfaction of looking out for their neighbors and reducing crime.
    There was a time I was a dedicated crime watcher, or a least, tried to be.
    World War II had been going on almost a year. All of us were tryin’ to do our part, which meant rationing was an everyday thing.

  • Name: Colleen Estridge
    Age: 59
    Address: Flat Creek Road
    Family: Husband, the late Ferris Estridge; two children, Johnny Morrow and Lynn Morrow; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild  
    Job: Unemployed; I was the home health caregiver for my husband for three years
    Church: Baptist faith
    Hobbies: Gardening/flowers
    Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind”

  • Editor’s note – Each Friday in April, The Lancaster News is publishing the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced throughout the month.

    The Blue Jay of Life

  • In the last 47 years, Joyce Weathersby has seen more than most as a nurse at Marion Sims Hospital, Grace White Nursing Home, Springs Memorial Hospital and White Oak Manor.
    Given that, it’s hard to get anything over on, or past her.
    Weathersby hesitantly agreed to a “going-away” party several weeks ago when she announced her retirement.
    That eliminated any chance of friends, family, co-workers and well-wishers surprising her at White Oak Manor on Wednesday afternoon.
    Well, maybe not.

  • Editor’s note – Starting today and on upcoming Fridays, The Lancaster News will publish the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced throughout the month.     

  • Guy Penrod made a career-changing decision after the death of his dad, the late Rev. Joe Penrod, in 1994.
    After graduating from Hobbs High School in New Mexico in 1980, the studio musician had been putting his vocal degree from Liberty University to good use behind the scenes on Music Row in Nashville.  
    At the time, Penrod was making a decent living backing artists such as Steve Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Garth Brooks, James Ingram and Phillips, Craig & Dean.

  • Now, there are some holidays I just don’t understand.                    There’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day, which was Jan. 14. April 16 is International Juggler’s Day, which will probably have comedian Chris Bliss showing off to a Beatles song.

    What about Sept. 29, which has been designated as Poisoned Blackberries Day? Supposedly it dates back to the 1700s when blackberries caused more deaths than any other fruit. OK. 

  • I’ve just about had my fill of these cold, rainy days.

    They are dreary, but every once in a while, there is an upside to ’em.

    I couldn’t go outside and ramble with Tiger, but I could ramble in Uncle Harry’s well-stocked library. That was one of the advantages of growing up as the only child in a house of adults. 

    Uncle Harry was a well-read man. He not only gave me permission to plunder through the volumes on every shelf, he always encouraged me to enjoy the printed word.

  • Crouched down beside a brown and white speckled pit bull, Erica Jeffrey tilts her head and starts talking to the dog like they’re old friends.

    At a glance, the 11-year-old South Charlotte girl may seem like just another visitor to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, but on March 24 she was there on a mission. 

    While other girls her age ask for clothes or CDs for their birthday, Erica decided to forgo presents and asked for items to help some of Lancaster County’s four-legged friends. 

  • The 2011 Lancaster County Relay for Life is May 6-7 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser brings teams of local volunteers together to support those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors. 

    But until then, the 68 local Relay for Life teams are working hard toward the $220,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs. 

  • There are millions of meatloaf recipes, including the fool-proof one your grandma came up with years ago.

    Regardless of ingredients, two factors make meatloaf the ideal comfort food.

    First, it’s quite economical and can feed a family of six for less than $10. 

    According to Chris Kimball, editor and chief of “Cook’s Illustrated” and host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” hard times have made meatloaf an economical,  low-cost chic dish to serve at dinner parties.