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  • The fourth of July is almost here. With the holiday falling on Sunday, there are two days of professional fireworks shows in this area to choose from. Here are some of the local events:

    Saturday

    – Rock Hill is hosting Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. There will be children’s activities, live music and food vendors. For details, call (803) 329-8756 or e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • The natural appeal of Kay Zaitz’ yard at 202 W. Springs St. really draws attention. Chock-full of perennials and woodsy plant material, the yard has been named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The garden of Kay Zaitz is absolutely a veritable display of most plants known to mankind,” said Jackie Palmer, YOTM chairwoman. “She has a vast array of different specimens, planted cottage-style.”

  • When Brittany Hill downloaded a copy of the schedule for the upcoming Miss South Carolina pageant, it was printed on purple paper.

    For Hill, Miss Lancaster 2010, everything keeps coming up as a mixture of red and blue.

    When part of the white swimsuit Hill planned to wear Wednesday night disappeared before the approval process at the Marriot in Spartanburg on Mother’s Day weekend, she went with the back-up swimsuit, which is purple.

  • Eight area churches are partnering with the Society of St. Andrew to provide fresh, in-season vegetables for needy families in Lancaster this summer.

    Dubbed Squash Out Hunger, the ministry includes Eastside Baptist, Hopewell United Methodist, New Hope AME Zion, Spring Hill Baptist, Tabernacle United Methodist, Union Baptist, Unity ARP and Zion United Methodist churches.

  • These days, local dirt racers Brandy Baker and Bryan Crook are shaking their heads.

    Their sons are growing up fast and getting faster by the week.

    Dillon Crook, Andrew Baker and Austin Baker are coming into their own in at Lancaster Speedway. The trio used to play in the infield dirt. Now they’re competing on the track.

    Not only are the three following in their dads’ footsteps, the trio is also cutting the same red clay line their respective grandfathers, Buddy Crook and Carson Baker, did years ago.

  • Sandra Hinson got a little glimpse of heaven this week.

    She saw it in the pallet of shingles in her Flat Creek Road yard, boxes of roofing nails, new windows and a fresh coat of paint.

    Most don’t see the teenagers and adult volunteers who spent most of this week putting a new roof on Hinson’s small home as angels.

    But those who don’t should see them from Hinson’s perspective.

    That perspective comes from a roof that leaks so bad that water pools inside light fixtures.

  • To See Lancaster SC Director Peggy Little, little things mean a lot.

    That’s one thing she has learned when it comes to luring top-notch acts here as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    Little and 11 other members of the See Lancaster SC board who come up with the Performing Arts Series each year have also become adept at putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  • In the next few days, hundreds of children in Lancaster County will be learning Bible verses, singing songs, making crafts and gulping all the Kool-Aid and sandwich cremes they can hold.

    A sure sign of summer vacation is Vacation Bible School.

    Many area churches have been, and will be, teaching about Christianity through themes such as “Saddle Ridge Ranch” and “Step Up and Go Green for Jesus” in the upcoming weeks.

  • Early Thursday, James Stogner pulled the back of his Ford pickup between two posts beneath the pavilion at the Lancaster County Farmers’ Market on Pageland Highway.

    He dropped the tailgate, reached inside and slid a square upside-down kitchen table out of the truck bed and turned it over onto to the cement.

    In no time at all, Stogner had the tabletop covered in heads of fresh cabbage, bright green cucumbers, squash and peppers.

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  • Most drivers passing by the Boy Scout hut in Elgin just off Kershaw-Camden Highway on Monday evening didn’t give the members of Boy Scout Troop 180 a second glance.

    Eleven Boy Scouts and three leaders with sweat stains dripping down the backs of their crisp, clean dress uniforms, stood at attention beneath a flag pole looking at the faded red, white and blue flag that hung over their heads.

  • The official start of summer is just a few days away.

    But there’s nothing wrong with getting started 12 days earlier by grabbing a tall glass of iced tea and sitting beneath a shade tree to enjoy it.

    This is the perfect time to do it, too. Thursday, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day.

    Americans have enjoyed a love affair with iced tea for more than 100 years.

    The beginnings of iced tea as America’s drink of choice are steeped in legend.

  • The Lancaster County office of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will hold a pond management workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Workshop topics include pond stocking, fish health, population balance, water chemistry, pond fertilization, aquatic weed identification and aquatic weed control techniques and herbicide alternatives, along with an open discussion to cover other questions. 

  • For children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it’s important for them to control the disease, not let it control them.

    That’s what the staff of the diabetes education clinic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will stress at Camp CLAD (Children Learning About Diabetes).

    The free camp is 2 to 4 p.m. June 14-17 at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center and the Gregory Health and Wellness Center at USCL.

  • COLUMBIA – The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s 2010 South Carolina Hurricane Guide is now available in English and Spanish for the entire six-month hurricane season at www.scemd.org.

    The guide is the only officially recognized hurricane preparedness guide for South Carolina and is valid for the 2010 hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30.

  • Every time Hal Crenshaw looks across the somewhat overgrown field in the middle of an 850-acre tract of private property just off Stacks Road in the Tabernacle community, he knows there is a better way.

    Appearances can be deceiving. That field, with its mixture of red clover, chicory, switchgrass and other prairie grasses is part of finding that better way. It’s not a barren field; it’s a field of dreams.

    An avid outdoorsman, Crenshaw recalls some 35 years ago when this field and many like it were teeming with wildlife.

  • The waters of the Atlantic basin are already warmer than normal and weather forecasters are predicting record warm waters before the year is up.

    That signals an active hurricane season, according The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.

    The NOAA issued its 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook on May 27.

    The forecast calls for an 85 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

  • There’s a rocking chair next to the fireplace in Bob and Fran Bundy’s home.

    But this isn’t just any cane-bottomed antique.

    It belonged to Fran’s great- great-grandfather, David M. Johnston. Above the fireplace hangs a framed, hand-stitched South Carolina state flag that was a gift from a group of Barnwell students, given to David’s grandson and Fran’s grandfather, Horace Johnston Crouch.

    Every one of the Bundy’s antiques are personal mementos that weave a family story.

  • One cup of strawberries has only 55 calories. They are a great source of vitamin C, with eight strawberries providing 140 percent of the recommended daily intake for kids.

    However, much of that vitamin C  content can be destroyed when strawberries are prepared for eating through coming in contact with extreme heat or soaking in water too long. They are best eaten as soon as possible.

    Strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties and are used by some to treat anemia, joint disease, hormone imbalances and to strengthen the circulatory system.

  • FORT LAWN – Harold Osborne’s Sunday school class at Second Baptist Church got quite a treat on Sunday morning to go with their coffee.

    They were treated to a Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake, courtesy of Marsha Deerman.

    “I’m gonna find out where she’s going to church,” said a laughing David Jordan, the owner of Jordan’s Farms. “That’s better than the deacons visiting.”