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  • Gettin’ the word out is always important.

    Today’s cell phones and palm pilots are far advanced of my first one. They’re more expensive, too.

    Me and one of the fellas managed to make it home from Mackey’s Drug Store with a couple of Dixie Cups.

    Thanks to a block of Gulf Sealing Wax and a short piece of kite string, we were jabbering away in no time.

    Alexander Graham Bell would be impressed with our choice of raw materials. We knew that a waxed kite string offers the best reception. 

  • Age: 83

    Address: Pensacola, Fla.

    Family: Wife, the late Donnis Boyle Neal; two children, Merrio Neal Barton and Paul Neal Jr.; five grandchildren, Austen Neal, Alex Neal, Katie Neal, Sarah Neal and the late David Neal

    Job: Retired U.S. Navy officer; I served on nine ships during World War II, Korea and Vietnam (32 years)

    Favorite food: Shrimp

    Favorite getaways: Hawaii and Marco Island, Fla.

  • On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Pa.     

    When the world’s most famous groundhog didn’t see his shadow, its supposedly a sign that warm weather is on the way. 

    According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil has been correct 39 percent of the time and has predicted an early spring 15 times. 

    Based on blooming forsythia, jonquils, crocus, winter daphne, Bradford pears and flowering cherry trees, Phil just may be right.

  • The City of Lancaster will host its second Red Rose Festival in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster from 5 to 10 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 14. 

    Join us on Catawba Street and in the City Hall parking lot, where playing in our streets has never been more fun.

    Stretch out in the Lancaster sun and enjoy the great sounds of local and national entertainment on the city stage. 

    Artisans and crafters will be selling collectibles and hand-crafted items, such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts. 

  • You might have thought a Cinderella ball was taking place in downtown Lancaster last Saturday night. 

    Guests decked out in evening attire stepped out of their cars as valets in red jackets buzzed back and forth from the Artisans Center to nearby parking lots.

  • The Lancaster County Boy Scout Hall of Fame doubled in size Wednesday night. 

    Larry Cauthen and the seven “Neal Boys” (W.C., Paul, Dewey, Jack, Frank, Bruce and Billy) were inducted to the hall of fame during the annual Friends of Scouting Banquet at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Cauthen and the Neals were honored for the impact they have made on local scouting.

    The eight were selected from a group of nominees recommended by a grassroots committee of long-time scout volunteers. 

  • History can and does repeat itself. 

    In November 2008, Robert “Robbie” Mungo and his wife, Glenda, received the Yard of the Month designation from the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs for their Craig Farm Road home.  

    Their beautiful Japanese-influenced, neatly manicured yard features a waterfall and pond filled with colorful koi fish.

    Each February, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs committee selects a business for its Yard of the Month. 

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    It’s  4 p.m. on a Friday. South York Street is nearly empty. A few people walking and a handful of cars at a poolroom.   About the only traffic is a few cars headed north toward town or south to make connections at busy intersections.

    It’s always been South York Street, but not so very long ago, nearly everyone living here had a different name for a short strip of it: “Midway.” 

  • INDIAN LAND – Frances Flock has no idea whether her favorite sweater vest is subliminal, symbolic or cryptic.

    But there is a story behind the rhesus monkeys embroidered on it.

    That monkey vest pays tribute to Jocko Flocko, NASCAR’s simian race driver extraordinaire and the co-pilot who made her husband, the late Tim Flock, a household hit in the early 1950s.

    “All the kids wanted to see the monkey,” she said.

  • Sunday is National Cherry Pie Day.                                  
    Now, if you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. Saturday is National Chocolate Mint Day, and I didn’t know about that one, either.
    No one is sure how Feb. 20 got to be National Cherry Pie Day.

  • Jody Miles is back. And so is that sense of humor and smile God gave her.
    Miles, 57, grins every time she reads Jeremiah 29:11 and she is grinning more each day as she recovers from a liver transplant.
    That verse of Scripture has been a big comfort for the co-founder of Christian Services in the last two years.
    Miles has all but forgotten the numerous setbacks from esophageal surgery and a cat bite in July that punted her from the top of the liver transplant list at the Medical University of South Carolina.

  • Wildfire season in South Carolina normally starts in late winter and early spring.
    Given the weather conditions, officials here are keeping a close eye on things, especially after a 15-acre pasture off Pardue Road burned Wednesday about 1 p.m.
    Firefighters from Shiloh-Zion and Camp Creek volunteer fire departments, Lancaster County Fire Service and a S.C. Forestry Commission plow worked for about two hours to bring the blaze under control.

  • Having a police cruiser pull into the driveway at 3 a.m. and hearing the car door slam shut is unexpected, to say the least.

    But not for 78-year-old Sarah Kirkland. She’s grown used to it.

    As soon as “Ms. Sarah” heard the officer knock on the door of her Cedar Run Road home in the Pleasant Hill community, the kitchen lights were on and the bath water was running.

    That’s because there was a special love in her house that could meet a special need.

  • For many of us, balancing family, family life and career responsibilities, can be a high wire act.
    Sometimes, I wonder how we get everything done that has to be.
    Take Tuesday, for example. I was at Shiloh Unity ARP Church at 6 p.m. for an upcoming work-related article, and my wife, Jo, had to leave for her job at Springs Memorial Hospital about that same time.
    Before the night was up, our daughter, Betty Jo, had a basketball game.

  • Your hard-working vehicle needs attention during cold weather, too. Below-freezing temperatures can especially take a toil on rubber and plastic parts, causing them to fail and break. Here are some basic maintenance tips to keep your car running in tip-top shape after last week’s snowstorm:

  • Moisture problems occur inside a home whenever there is an imbalance between the amount entering and exiting it and the structure’s capacity to store that moisture.
    Moisture is generated through cooking, bathing, watering indoor plants, using unvented space heaters and washing clothes.
    If this happens on a cold window pane, you will see the water run down and collect on the window sill, where it may damage the paint or rot the wood trim.
    The water may even freeze, producing frost on the inside surface of the window.

  • Moisture problems occur inside a home whenever there is an imbalance between the amount entering and exiting it and the structure’s capacity to store that moisture.
    Moisture is generated through cooking, bathing, watering indoor plants, using unvented space heaters and washing clothes.
    If this happens on a cold window pane, you will see the water run down and collect on the window sill, where it may damage the paint or rot the wood trim.
    The water may even freeze, producing frost on the inside surface of the window.

  • At one time, soup was just considered part of a meal.

    These days, thanks to busy lifestyles and ultra-tight budgets, one-pot cooking has become popular and economical.

    While canned soup requires little effort to prepare, it doesn’t compare to the homemade variety.

    A few flavor-filled ingredients, when combined with chicken or beef stock and the right amount of seasoning, will create a tasty pot of the good stuff.

    It requires a little more work, but making soup is one case where the result is worth the effort.

  • • Soups and stews always taste better if made a day or two in advance and reheated just before serving. You can also reduce the fat content by making soup the day before, chilling it and then scraping off the fat that rises to the top. If you don’t have time to chill the soup, use qcpaper towel to soak up oil from the surface.

    • Use fresh ingredients if possible – Fresh ingredients are best, but some canned or frozen vegetables, such as peas, green beans and corn, will work.

  • For Chase Gordon, 2011 is shaping up to be a better year than 2010.

    After undergoing surgery for cancer in 2009, the 4 year old celebrated New Year’s Day at Disney World with his parents, David and Nicole, and brothers Cody, 7, and Braxton, 5, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    For his parents, the vacation was an early wedding anniversary present. The Gordons were married Jan. 16, 2005.

    The Gordons were in Orlando from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.