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  • Theater lovers, mark your calendars – the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing the Harper Lee classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the stage at the Barr Street Auditorium this month.

    Directed by Chris Smith, this revised version of “To Kill A Mockinbird” by Christopher Sergel tells the story of Scout, her brother Jem and her father, the attorney Atticus Finch, who finds himself defending a black man charged with the  rape of a white woman. The time is 1935, the place is southern Alabama.

  • The Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special reception at The Springs House on Thursday, Oct. 10.

    Established in 1988, the foundation was created in order to increase the charitable giving resources in Lancaster County. 

    An initial gift of $50,000 from the Springs Close Foundation got the foundation started. 

  •  KARE release

    Kershaw Area Resource Community Exchange (KARE) announces a weekend of beauty and hope.  With an eye on the future, KARE continues not only to assist neighbors in financial crisis, but also empower them to take charge of their futures. 

    Through educational workshops – a program that continues to expand – participants are taught various skills that will assist in money saving, further life skill development, networking and more.  

  • Just a Pinch

    By Janet Tharpe

     “No self-respecting Southerner uses instant grits!”

    Ahem, I beg to differ. This line from the film “My Cousin Vinny” may have made the legal case for the lead character, but it doesn’t hold water in my way of thinking. 

    I also take goodnatured issue with the notion that Northerners aren’t able to “get” this A.M delicacy. 

  •  There I was, sitting at my desk, writing a story on deadline and sipping from a tall cup of iced coffee, when I heard a comment that turned my head. 

    “Chris, I just have to tell you that I can’t stand iced coffee,” said my coworker, and occasional chef, Greg Summers. “Hot coffee is where it’s at. I’ll never figure out the appeal of that cold stuff. I just don’t get it. Coffee is ’sposed to be hot enough to take hair off a hog’s back.”

  • Wendy Winn knew from the time she was a little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up – a performer. 

    A 2012 graduate from Andrew Jackson High School, Winn was part of the art-focused curriculum and had shown a gift t for music all through her school years. 

    Now a sophomore at Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., Winn is studying commercial voice with an emphasis in music business and vocal performance in order to continue to pursue her dream of a career in singing. 

  • Rita Vogel, the new director for the three Lancaster County libraries, envisions the library system becoming even more of a valuable resource for information and connections, assisting in the advancement of the people of Lancaster County.

    “I want people to see the library as a place where they can find reason for hope,” Vogel said. “I would like to train people to see what good information we have for them to use at their fingertips.”

  •  From release

    The annual S.C. Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale is Oct. 4-5 at the gardens on the Clemson University campus. The staff has assembled an extensive collection of unique and seldom-offered plant species that will thrive under local growing conditions.

  •  From release

    Have you been faced with adversity, and challenge? How did you find your way through it? Each day, children are faced with challenges and struggles. One group in particular, is children who have been physically or sexually abused. 

    Annually, in April, efforts are made nationally to raise awareness of the abuse of children. 

  •  Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    The sixth annual “Lancaster Cooks: Look Who’s Cooking,” an evening that brings together good food with a great cause, is Sept. 24.

    The event was started by chairperson Evelyn Springs, whose 11-year-old grandson with autism was the driving force behind her desire to get involved with programs that raise money for autism research.

  •  Fall is on its way, and with it the foliage begins to turn, along with a slight nip in the evening air. And for my family and friends, it’s football time. 

    The sport is big business in my part of the country - and everywhere else for that matter. Next to which rivalry is playing out on any given weekend, the most important part of the day is what’s on the menu.

    No football party is complete without something “buffalo” (at least in my eyes). 

  • Getting plants in the ground is easy. Watering, weeding, feeding – well, these activities take a little time, but they’re easy, too. 

    Knowing when to harvest your bounty is tricky, because it’s not always obvious. 

    After all, how can you check on your potatoes without digging them up? 

    Here are some quick tips to keep in mind for picking some of the more popular garden vegetables. 

  •  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.