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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you love to sew, Saturday’s One Stop Shop Hop is for you.

    Now in its fourth year, the shop hop is co-sponsored by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Heath Springs and the Magic Needle Quilt Guild of Lancaster.

    The craft show offers almost everything needed to create your own handmade heirlooms under one roof.

    The One Stop Shop Hop was created by local sewing enthusiasts Janet Nelson and Pat Ussery in an effort to make quilting and sewing idea and materials easier to find. By providing this one-day event each year, the products come to you. 

  • For the bluegrass duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, the last two weeks have been a blessing.

    The reigning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year have just seen their most recent album, “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart.

    Some of those Statler songs – blended in a distinct bluegrass sound and harmony – will ring out from the Fairway Room on Saturday night when Dailey & Vincent return to Lancaster.

  • As the resident “house band” at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., it’s estimated that the Kingdom Heirs sing to more than 2 million people each year – more than any other Southern gospel group.

    They put on multiple performances each day from March through October.

    When that ends, there is Christmas show that runs through Jan.1. And it’s been that way since 1986.

    That only gives the Kingdom Heirs about eight weeks a year to get out on the road.

  • Reshi Clyburn isn’t alone.

    When she selected a Valentine’s Day card for her husband, Mont, and daughters, India, 7, and Regan, 3, at Annette’s Hallmark on Friday, those little love notes number among the 190 million cards that will be exchanged in the United States today.

    But if you count the number of cards exchanged in classrooms this year, that number tops 1 billion, according to the Greeting Card Association.

    But how did cards become such a part of Valentine’s Day?

  • Financial embarrassment can be a cruel malady, come Feb. 14.

    You want to do something special for a special someone, but your Benjamins are in short supply.

    Don’t fret. Just head into the kitchen and check the cabinets.

    A one-of-a kind Valentine’s Day dinner is only a romantic song or two away.

    With a little homework and help from the kids, you can prepare that special gal or guy an extraordinary dinner on a rather ordinary budget.

    This is what the good china, crystal and cloth napkins were meant for.

  • Having the Glenn Miller Orchestra return here Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series was a foregone conclusion.

    In January 2007, the talented big-band musicians played to a sold-out crowd on the Bundy Auditorium stage inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The warm welcome they were shown three years ago, along with some down home hospitality, is reason enough to come back, said band leader Larry O’Brien.