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  • The roots of America as a nation can be traced to May 29, 1780, and what happened in a clearing off Rocky River Road in eastern Lancaster County.

    There is little doubt that what happened 230 years ago – when British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton’s Green Dragoons clashed with American Col. Abraham Buford’s retreating Virginia Regiment – affected the outcome of the American Revolution, said Wayne Roberts, an archaeologist for the S.C. Department of Transportation.

  • If you were in downtown Lancaster on Feb. 6, 1999, you probably haven’t forgotten an event significant to local history.

    That day, the skeleton of a once-stately Lancaster home began a slow ride from North White Street to its new home on Craig Farm Road.

    Just over a year later, on May 21, 2000, the beautifully restored and enhanced home was dedicated by former Gov. Jim Hodges as Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm.

    Time does fly.

  • At 3 p.m., May 23, Carolina Brass will return to the lawns of Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm, for a special anniversary concert, “Carolina Brass on Broadway.”

    The group performed at the Kilburnie dedication 10 years ago.

  • As Sammie Lathan dives into a plate loaded down with grits, scrambled eggs, salty strips of bacon and white toast slathered in grape jelly, it’s easy to see why JoMars Family Restaurant has such a devoted clientele.

    Lathan, a Lancaster resident, stops by the restaurant for some of his home-cooked favorites at least once a week.

    Today, Lathan pulled up a seat near the famed “Fatback Hotbar” along with his friend, Charles Jones.

  • Would you like to nominate a deserving mother for South Carolina Mother of the Year?

    The S.C. Mother of the Year Search Committee. a non-profit organization that promotes spiritual and moral values in families, is now accepting nominations for S.C. Mother of the Year for 2011.

  • The “singer’s singer” whose voice has touched millions of lives around the world is coming to Lancaster.

    Award winning gospel singer Cynthia Clawson will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church.

    “I think being considered a ‘singer’s singer’ means ‘someone can sing for me and I won’t be critical,’” said Clawson, laughing. “As singers, we listen so critically to how others do it. I think it means I can just relax and enjoy when she sings, or at least I hope that’s what it means.”

  • Seven minutes.

    That’s how long it took Wednesday night for the members of First Presbyterian Church to light 175 candles to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

    But those previous 175 years wouldn’t be the issue for the church’s original founders, said Dr. Shane Owens, First Presbyterian pastor.

    Nor would those 175 points of light that illuminated its church sanctuary, along with the 10 stained glass windows Wednesday night.

  • OK, grillmasters everywhere, this one is for you. I feel your pain.

    You have already looked through every Mother’s Day card on the rack, searching for the one that’s perfect for the woman who brought you into the world or for the mother of your children.

    To make matters worse, your bankroll is far from “swole,” which makes it even harder to make her queen for the day.

    The only thing you find stuck in the pockets of the pair of dress shorts you just pulled out of the drawer for the first time this spring is lint.

  • Give mom a gift to remember

    The key to making Mother’s Day special is to make it unforgettable. You don’t have to spent a lot of money to do that, either.

    Here are a few great Mother’s Day gift ideas to think about:

    – Make a gift in her name – If mom has a favorite cause, consider making a charitable donation in honor. Just make sure the organization reflects her personality. Some local charities to consider include the American Red Cross, Christian Services, Family Promise of Lancaster, HOPE in Lancaster and Pregnancy Care Center.

  • You may want to catch a little nap Saturday afternoon.

    That way, you can stay up a little later to watch the post-race celebration in Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway.

    Those festivities might not include your favorite NASCAR driver, but they will include a familiar face.

    Former Lancaster High School homecoming queen Paige Duke is one of three Miss Sprint Cups for 2010. The lineup includes Duke, Amanda Wright of York, Maine, and Monica Palumbo of Charlotte.

  • If you drive along Plantation Road from time to time, you have probably noticed the lush, shady yards.

    One of them, the home of Mack and Sara Eddins (at the corner of Plantation Road and Malvern Lane), is quite eye-catching this time of year and really stands out.

    Masses of Knockout rose bushes covered with bright blooms, accompanied by red and yellow barberry bushes, create one of the prettiest corners in Forest Hills.

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs agrees, and has designated the Eddins’ yard as April Yard of the Month.

  • The impact of Lancaster’s First Presbyterian Church in the community can be measured by a casual stroll through the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Gay St.

    “You can walk among the graves there and feel the presence of old Lancasterville,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.

    The graves of Lancaster’s first mayor, Andrew Mayer, can be found there, along with two former editors of the Lancaster Ledger, which started in 1852.

  • You don’t have to go to a veterinarian to get your dog or cat vaccinated for rabies. The shots are coming to you.

    Starting April 1, Faulkner Animal Hospital has scheduled 11 rabies clinics throughout the county for six weeks. cost is $5 per shot and yearly shots for cats and dogs are $16 each. For details, call 286-8131.

    The purpose of the vaccinations is to protect humans and pets from exposure to rabies when there is contact between a pet and wildlife, including bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks.

  • As of noon Friday, about $140,000 had been raised for the 2010 Relay For Life.

    Donna Parsons, Relay co-chair, hopes the $215,000 goal will be reached.

    Last year’s Relay raised $256,407 to help fund American Cancer Society cancer research and cancer awareness and wellness programs.

    While a tough economic climate has made for a challenging year, Parsons said the local Relay For Life continues to grow and is up to an all-time high 63 teams.

  • Almost three years ago, stones were placed in each Sunday school classroom at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

    Its members were asked to write prayer requests on each one and how they could each be used to make a dream of a “new” sanctuary into a reality.

    When the St. Luke sanctuary renovations were started in October 2009, those stones were literally poured into the foundation.

    Consecrated on Sunday, the sanctuary is indeed a house of worship built on the prayers of its people, said the Rev. Kyle Randle.

  • There’s a Relay For Life sign leaning on the desk just outside Room 105 at Buford Elementary School.

    When the new school first opened, Room 105 was a teacher’s lounge. Trust me, I know, having spent my share of time in it assisting teachers while fulfilling the volunteer hours requirement for Discovery School.

    But now, the Bunn coffee maker, refrigerator and miscellaneous teacher supplies are gone.

  • If you’re looking for a few bargains, a great place and time to find them is  early Saturday at the Family Promise yard sale.

    It begins at 6 a.m. in the old Harris Teeter parking lot at 415 W. Meeting St., across from Crawford Funeral Home. 

    Family Promise volunteer Hugh Mobley said proceeds from the yard sale will go directly to help local homeless families get back on their feet. 

  • A youth group from The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will volunteer in July at Give Kids The World Village in July, a summer camp for kids with terminal illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. 

    Located on 70 acres, it has more than 140 villas and an enchanted castle,  along with other amenities that are available to those with special needs who stay there.

    Give Kids The World gets the names of the kids from other organizations and flies them in for a week.

  • Each year, the Relay For Life puts a face on cancer victims, survivors and their caregivers for everyone to see.

    For Hampton “Hamp” Sherrin, 21, cancer now has a face, but he doesn’t know it belongs to. And Sherrin won’t know who it belongs to until next spring.

    But it is a face he wants to see.

    The Buford High School graduate and senior at Presbyterian College has changed, and hopefully, saved someone’s life.

  • The Lancaster County Council of the Arts and EMK Music will present a Friends Concert on Sunday afternoon.

    The classical concert will feature local and regional musicians, including flutist Erin Moon-Kelly, pianist Margaret Walsh-Monroe and soprano Michelle Evans Jarell.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.

    Admission is free, but the Arts Council will take donations for future performing arts programs.