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  •  Staff reports

    The Pregnancy Care Center will hold its annual banquet featuring guest speaker Pam Tebow at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at City of Light in Indian Land.

    Tebow is the mother of NFL star Tim Tebow.

    The Tebows lived for a number of years in the Phillipines, where Pam’s husband, Bob Tebow, continues to have an ongoing ministry – the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association (BTEA).

  •  I’ve always loved summer. As a child, my perfect afternoon was swimming with friends and playing tag with neighborhood kids. 

    Now that I’m older, my summer afternoons have slowed down a bit.

    It’s about enjoying a glass of sweet tea and taking in the beauty surrounding the deck in my backyard. 

  • Trayce Griffin isn’t looking for fame and fortune. As a hair stylist of 18 years, she says she likes using her talents to help her clients feel good about themselves.  Joining the staff of At Salon Dimensions when it opened some 10 years ago, she has a lot of loyal clients, evidence she’s doing her job right, and that’s satisfying for her. 

  • Several local teachers recently took a nine-day trip to Panama City, Panama. The teachers included Bo Sylvia, a former Lancaster High School teacher and soccer coach, his wife Carol, retired math teacher at Buford High School; former BHS teacher Jeffery Moyer and his wife, Vicky, an artist and literacy instructor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Dr. Robert Hinson, a Lancaster High School English teacher, and his wife, Linda, retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg schools.

  • For bass singer Richard Sterban, the decision to leave J.D. Sumner and the Stamps in the early 1970s was a no-brainer.

    “A lot of people who knew me questioned it, but it was an easy decision at the time,” said Sterban, a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, who will perform at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Sept. 6  as part of the 2013-14 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

  • I am going to relive a story I brought to you, oh, probably some three years ago about going back to school and how wonderful that time was for me.
    I remember it well and as I worked and shopped over this three day tax-free weekend, I was oh so reminded of it and how hard it must have been for Mama to get everything for Cindy and I.
    But no matter what the sacrifice, she and Daddy always did it and we had everything we needed to start the school year fresh and new. Enjoy the story once again and relive your own memories of those school days.

  • S.C. State Fair
    The 2013 S.C. State Fair opens Oct. 9 and will return of all your favorite rides, concerts, foods, attractions and more.
    General admission tickets and tickets for the Pepsi Grandstand Concert Series, which include admission to the fair, are for sale online at www.scstatefair.org.  
    Admission tickets and ride vouchers are also available at Bi-Lo stores. Starting this year, children 5 and under, active and retired military personnel and military dependents (with proper ID) get free admission to the fair.

  • StatePoint Press Release
    No one likes to think about worst case scenarios, but being prepared for them is crucial to quickly recover in the event they occur.
    But there’s good news – new technologies and tools are making it easier to protect yourself and your loved ones from all kinds of emergency situations.
    Your home
    When is the last time you replaced your home’s windows?

  • From Release
    Glenda Gaither Davis, a native of Great Falls and the daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Gaither, has written and published a book that was released on July 24.
    Davis lives in Atlanta, Ga., and is a retired educator.  
    She graduated from Elizabeth Heights High School, Claflin University, Atlanta University and studied at Georgia State University.
    Davis was a member of the 1961 Freedom Riders and is often seen on film on local PBS stations.

  •  Matlene Lowery

    Special to The Lancaster News

    Words alone could not describe the atmosphere that surrounded the 16th biennial Lancaster Training School/Barr Street High School class of 1963 reunion, held July 5-7 at the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte Executive Park.

    The LTS/BSHS reunion is held every two years, and this was my first time attending with my sister, who graduated in 1959.

  • Members of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 912 Clinton Ave., will celebrate one of their own Thursday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 17, with a music workshop.

    The event will honor church elder Dolores C. Hudson.

    Hudson, a longtime member of Pleasant Ridge, has been involved with the music program at the church for nearly 70 years.

  •  There’s a time and a place for a cake mix. When you’re in a pinch, a boxed mix gets dessert on the table fast, and allows you to check one more thing off your list.

    But beyond cake, use these convenient mixes for cookies too. Home cook Sherry Symmonds includes cream cheese for flavor and to keep her cake mix cookies moist. She also suggests getting imaginative with mixes and add-ins – any favorite combination will do.

  • Most people would probably admit to daydreaming about a great adventure, perhaps one that takes off into the wild blue yonder with no set travel rules, only a destination to be reached. 

    On July 19, two Lancaster natives set out on just such an adventure, backpacking down the southeast coast and across the deep south to Phoenix, Ariz.

  •  Televised images of roaring infernos devastating forests and destroying entire communities in western states have been unsettling. 

    Having experienced frightening grass fires at Cedarleaf, I cannot imagine the terror of landowners facing the recent mega-fires.

    Because superfires are becoming more common, the American Forest Foundation just devoted a large section of its new magazine, “Woodland,” to this topic. 

  •  From release

    Danielle Amanda Miller, a 2013 Lancaster High School graduate, is a foster child. 

    Each year, a ceremony for all graduating foster children in South Carolina is held in Columbia. This 2013 event was June 14 at the Columbia Conference Center. 

    Part of the program includes an essay contest for the “My Guiding Light Award.” 

  •  Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    Two and a half years ago when Debbie and Wayne Dickson married, they began finding ways to blend the belongings each had accumulated over the years. Both having been married previously and lost their spouses after many years of marriage, they each had a house filled with furniture as well as yards full of plants that had special meanings. Debbie’s house was in Chesterfield and Wayne’s home was in Lancaster.

  •  While walking to the mailbox one sunny morning, I saw odd-looking spheres hanging from one of the young white oaks. 

    About the size of golf balls, they were white with a few brown spots and fuzzy.

    Several days later I saw more on another tree. Having no idea what they were, I made a note to ask our S.C. Forestry Commission Project Forester Roy Boyd to take a look on his upcoming visit.

  • The Rev. Harriss Ricks, pastor at Douglas Presbyterian Church, is a good friend of mine – and everyone else, for that matter. He has a very nice family home just off Lousiana Street in Montreat, N.C. He invited all of his friends and church members to go up to Montreat for a day on June 11.

  • While driving along a busy street in a nearby city, I noticed ornamental trees in the median standing in what are called mulch volcanoes.

    Shredded mulch had been piled in circles almost a foot deep at the edges and nearly two feet high against the trunks.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people (in this case, taxpayers) actually spend money to have this kind of  landscaping done because it is a major no-no for tree care.

  • Calling all churches and nonprofit community organizations – you are invited to participate in the first Lancaster Community Gospel-Fest, a two-day festival set to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Hope on the Hill facilities, located at 610 Old Barr St. in Lancaster.

    The Gospel-Fest Event promotion manager and founder, Ollie Alexander, has organized several expos and events in the past.
    The focus of this festival is unity and the strengthening of local families and the community as a whole, she said.