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  • Signs of spring are blooming all over Lee and Lou C. “Lucy” Thomas’ yard at 926 Meadow Drive in Lancaster’s  Forest Hills neighborhood. 

    The abundance of daffodils caught the eye of Joyce Morin of The Lancaster Garden Club.  Morin selected the Thomas yard as the March Yard of the Month sponsored by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The yard is absolutely awash with daffodils and neat as a pin,” Morin said.  “It’s a very pretty house and the effect is very striking.”

  • Editor’s note – The Rev. Nathan J. “N.J.” Neely died March 14 after falling when he suffered a stroke early March 12. It was our intention to publish this story on Rev. Neely today.

    It originally appeared in the March 3 edition of the Great Falls Reporter, which is published by our sister paper, The Chester News and Reporter.

  • Angela Gwinn did not choose music as a career. Music chose her, and, she’s glad it did. 

    “When God gives you a gift, you have to do with it what you can,” said the Cedar Falls, Iowa, native who now lives in Fort Mill.

    The talented opera soprano is one of nine musicians who will perform here Sunday in the annual Helen Robinson Memorial Music Recital at First United Methodist Church.

    While Gwinn has performed on stages from New York to New Zealand, she is right at home standing on a church pulpit.

  • In 1976, The Manhattans recorded a track that included a memorable opening rap by Winfred “Blue” Lovett, followed by the impassioned vocals of lead singer Gerald Alston.

    From the start, Lovett said this song was different. 

    Since 1965, he had composed his share of songs for the polished vocal group with some of them taking weeks to arrange. But nothing ever happened.  

    Some of those songs, Lovett said, he heard in his sleep, but he was too tired to make it to his piano.

  • Chances are high that you’re wearing something green right now.

    It might be a shirt, blouse, scarf, hat or even a temporary tattoo.

    If you are, happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    If you aren’t wearing green, get ready to be pinched and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    First observed in Boston 273 years ago (1737), St. Patrick’s Day continues to be one of America’s favorite holidays.

    The holiday, which is named after the patron saint of Ireland came to this country via its Irish immigrants.

  • WAXHAW – When Arthur Lightbody gets to work March 20, he knows those walking past his office door may do a double-take once they get a brief glance at his unusual attire.

    Some, he said, are already questioning why he’s been talking to himself out loud in the break room.

    But if you see Lightbody’s one-man show at Andrew Jackson State Park  at noon that day, everything will make perfect sense.

    The media relations officer and vice president of communications for JAARS is a president, too.

  • A recent survey from ConAgra Foods shows that 49 percent of Americans say they are often short on time and energy when it comes to preparing meals.

    On hectic days, a cook’s best friend is a slow cooker.

    Busy cooks who want convenience and flavor can use a slow cooker to prepare family-pleasing, one-dish meals. All they require to make a hearty meal is a few simple ingredients placed together early in the morning or late at night.

    From meats and casseroles to soups, dips, pastas and, yes, even desserts, this handy appliance can do it all.

  • INDIAN LAND – Lauri Pistolis got more than she bargained for when she headed to Memphis, Tenn., last month to help a friend handle the horses on a movie set.

    But she’s not complaining.

    Pistolis wound up being the stunt double for female lead Leonor Varela in the upcoming movie, “A Fine Step.”

    That meant Pistolis got to ride the film’s real star, Substituto, a 5-year-old champion Paso Fino stallion in his first movie role. 

  • You don’t have to tell Kelly Gibson the winter of 2009-10 is tied for the fourth coldest in South Carolina history.

    And it’s not just here. It’s been just cold and wet across most of the southeast, including Florida.

    Gibson knows it whenever one word – tomato – gets mentioned.

    Those three syllables can make the owner of the South 200 Drive-In Restaurant grimace, stare at the floor and shake her head.

  • The cantus chamber choir and brass quintet from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities won’t have much trouble finding First Presbyterian Church next Tuesday.

    One of its members knows exactly where the church is.

    Former Andrew Jackson High School student Sara Parker is now a senior at the Governor’s School in Greenville.

    “This is a big trip for us,” said Dr. David Rhyne, who is the choral instructor there.

  • Good food is more than a smidgen of this and a pinch of that.

    Good food is about doing things the right way in a clean kitchen, washing your hands and not taking unhealthy shortcuts.

    Not only have 26 Lancaster High students been learning how to cook from scratch this year in the culinary arts class, they’ve also been learning why you don’t scratch while you cook through a 12-hour nationally accredited ServSafe Food Safety certification course.

  • In 2007, the yard of the Springs House on West Gay Street received a little makeover from The Lancaster Garden Club.

    Six boxwoods found a new home along the front porch. 

    Now, after a complete overhaul last spring, the joint headquarters for Lancaster County Council of the Arts and See Lancaster SC and arts gallery has been named as the February Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. In February, the council always selects a business or public building as its yard of the month.

  • WAXHAW – JAARS will hold its first JAARS Day of 2010 on Saturday.

    JAARS Day is an opportunity to see how the life-transforming work of Bible translation is done and how to become a part of it, JAARS media relations officer Arthur Lightbody said.

    “Just over 1,200 people attended a JAARS Day in 2009 and 2,300 took one of the daily tours to learn how JAARS reaches the Bibleless people,” he said.

    “More than 2,200 language groups around the world have no Scriptures,” Lightbody said.

  • Don’t be fooled.

    The plastic yellow pin flags in a cow pasture across the road from the Buford Battleground don’t indicate the route of underground utilities leading to the Dollar General store now under construction on Pageland Highway.

    Those markers don’t have anything to do with intersection improvements, either.

    Those small flags have everything to do with the three historical markers that are directly across Rocky River Road (S.C. 522).

    Archaeologists have found the actual battlefield of the Buford Massacre.

  • Last fall, volunteers launched a local scouting Hall of Fame to recognize those whose footprints have made a difference to the lives of others by a lifetime devoted to community service.

    One set of those footprints with Lancaster ties was into the lunar surface in  the Descartes Highlands on April 21, 1972.

  • Dale Laney walked over to the folding table beneath the front window inside the Buford Little General Store on Monday night.

    He stared at the table full of orange, green, yellow, red, blue and purple boxes that were neatly stacked by color.

    So many tempting choices, so little time.

    But for Laney, his mind was made up, already having given into the temptation of vanilla cookies covered in caramel on top and bottom, rolled in coconut and striped with chocolate.

  • Dale Laney walked over to the folding tabale beneath the front window inside the Buford Little General Store on Monday night. He stared at the green, yellow, red, blue and purple boxes that were neatly stacked by color.

    So many tempting choices, so little time. But for Laney, his mind was made up, already having given in to the temptatation of vanilla cookies convered on top and bottom, then rolled in coconut and striped with chocolate.

  • Roses always make a dazzling appearance on Valentine’s Day.

    But if you want the roses planted in your yard to cause a similar stir in upcoming months, now is the time to get started.

    February is still too early to cut back many plants, but it is the perfect time to prune roses.

    “The old story goes that if you prune roses on President’s Day, you’ll have blooms on Mother’s Day,” said Betsy Steele of Lancaster Garden Club.

  • It’s pretty evident that Janet Nelson has a strong attachment to sewing.

    Nelson shows it everywhere she goes with a personalized license plate that reads “LV2QWLT.”

    Someone once asked her if it meant that she loved to quilt or lived to quilt.

    “I told ’em both,” Nelson said in a 2007 interview.

    For Nelson, that love of fabric hasn’t changed, but the fabric of her life sure has.

    The woman who loves and lives to quilt is just hanging on by a thread these days as her life slowly and silently slips away.

  • For more than 200 years, the debate has raged over what happened in eastern Lancaster County between British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and Col. Abraham Buford’s Virginia Detachment.

    What is known is that on May 29, 1780, Tarleton’s dragoons and mounted infantry caught up with the Continentals about 3 p.m.

    Within 15 minutes, 113 of Buford’s infantry had been killed, 150 were wounded and 53 were missing or captured.

    Tarleton’s force of 275 men had only four killed and 15 wounded.