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  • StatePoint Press Release
    No one likes to think about worst case scenarios, but being prepared for them is crucial to quickly recover in the event they occur.
    But there’s good news – new technologies and tools are making it easier to protect yourself and your loved ones from all kinds of emergency situations.
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    When is the last time you replaced your home’s windows?

  • From Release
    Glenda Gaither Davis, a native of Great Falls and the daughter of the late Walter and Fannie Gaither, has written and published a book that was released on July 24.
    Davis lives in Atlanta, Ga., and is a retired educator.  
    She graduated from Elizabeth Heights High School, Claflin University, Atlanta University and studied at Georgia State University.
    Davis was a member of the 1961 Freedom Riders and is often seen on film on local PBS stations.

  •  Matlene Lowery

    Special to The Lancaster News

    Words alone could not describe the atmosphere that surrounded the 16th biennial Lancaster Training School/Barr Street High School class of 1963 reunion, held July 5-7 at the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte Executive Park.

    The LTS/BSHS reunion is held every two years, and this was my first time attending with my sister, who graduated in 1959.

  • Members of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 912 Clinton Ave., will celebrate one of their own Thursday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 17, with a music workshop.

    The event will honor church elder Dolores C. Hudson.

    Hudson, a longtime member of Pleasant Ridge, has been involved with the music program at the church for nearly 70 years.

  •  There’s a time and a place for a cake mix. When you’re in a pinch, a boxed mix gets dessert on the table fast, and allows you to check one more thing off your list.

    But beyond cake, use these convenient mixes for cookies too. Home cook Sherry Symmonds includes cream cheese for flavor and to keep her cake mix cookies moist. She also suggests getting imaginative with mixes and add-ins – any favorite combination will do.

  • Most people would probably admit to daydreaming about a great adventure, perhaps one that takes off into the wild blue yonder with no set travel rules, only a destination to be reached. 

    On July 19, two Lancaster natives set out on just such an adventure, backpacking down the southeast coast and across the deep south to Phoenix, Ariz.

  •  Televised images of roaring infernos devastating forests and destroying entire communities in western states have been unsettling. 

    Having experienced frightening grass fires at Cedarleaf, I cannot imagine the terror of landowners facing the recent mega-fires.

    Because superfires are becoming more common, the American Forest Foundation just devoted a large section of its new magazine, “Woodland,” to this topic. 

  •  From release

    Danielle Amanda Miller, a 2013 Lancaster High School graduate, is a foster child. 

    Each year, a ceremony for all graduating foster children in South Carolina is held in Columbia. This 2013 event was June 14 at the Columbia Conference Center. 

    Part of the program includes an essay contest for the “My Guiding Light Award.” 

  •  Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    Two and a half years ago when Debbie and Wayne Dickson married, they began finding ways to blend the belongings each had accumulated over the years. Both having been married previously and lost their spouses after many years of marriage, they each had a house filled with furniture as well as yards full of plants that had special meanings. Debbie’s house was in Chesterfield and Wayne’s home was in Lancaster.

  •  While walking to the mailbox one sunny morning, I saw odd-looking spheres hanging from one of the young white oaks. 

    About the size of golf balls, they were white with a few brown spots and fuzzy.

    Several days later I saw more on another tree. Having no idea what they were, I made a note to ask our S.C. Forestry Commission Project Forester Roy Boyd to take a look on his upcoming visit.

  • The Rev. Harriss Ricks, pastor at Douglas Presbyterian Church, is a good friend of mine – and everyone else, for that matter. He has a very nice family home just off Lousiana Street in Montreat, N.C. He invited all of his friends and church members to go up to Montreat for a day on June 11.

  • While driving along a busy street in a nearby city, I noticed ornamental trees in the median standing in what are called mulch volcanoes.

    Shredded mulch had been piled in circles almost a foot deep at the edges and nearly two feet high against the trunks.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people (in this case, taxpayers) actually spend money to have this kind of  landscaping done because it is a major no-no for tree care.

  • Calling all churches and nonprofit community organizations – you are invited to participate in the first Lancaster Community Gospel-Fest, a two-day festival set to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Hope on the Hill facilities, located at 610 Old Barr St. in Lancaster.

    The Gospel-Fest Event promotion manager and founder, Ollie Alexander, has organized several expos and events in the past.
    The focus of this festival is unity and the strengthening of local families and the community as a whole, she said.

  • Psychologists have long delved into people’s memories trying to identify early events that influenced later behavior or choices.

    I clearly remember attending a birthday party when I was four years old.

    Several games were played and when I won one, the prize was a very small pocket-sized book about trees. All of the pictures were in full color and I spent hours turning the pages, amazed to see flowering trees.

    My favorite was one with big white flowers that I now realize was a Southern Magnolia.

  • Bertha Harris of Catawba will turn 100 years old on Saturday, June 29. On her birthday, devoted family members and loving friends and neighbors from her church community will gather for a day of celebration in her honor from 10 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1989 Reservation Road, Rock Hill. The public is invited to attend the gathering.

  • Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Carolina Christian Academy celebrated the graduation of 19 kindergarten students in a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 28.
    The students were taught by K-5 teacher Cassy Pittman, who said she couldn’t be prouder of the tiny graduates.

  • A recent email from an old friend reminded me of a trip I took in the summer of 1991. It was a pilgrimage to see the oldest trees on Earth.

    That journey required flying across the continent and then traveling winding, steep, scary roads high into the White Mountains of California’s Eastern Sierras. Finally reaching the part of Inyo National Forest known as the Ancient Bristlecone Forest was like arriving on a moonscape.

  • As a part of Lancaster County for more than 60 years, the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District wants to remind the community that everyone has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) celebrated the 58th year of Stewardship Week April 28-May 5. The 2013 Stewardship Week was themed “Where Does Your Water Shed?”  

  • Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – Two years ago, a piece of history was uncovered in Great Falls.
    “Stoney Lonesome,” the old town jail, was unearthed. But now the brick building sits abandoned with weeds and bushes growing up around it.
    Great Falls Mayor Don Camp says he has not abandoned the historical project. He said the weather has prevented plans to spruce up the area and make the piece of history a place people would want to visit.

  • From simple wooden boxes to complex systems made for an entire flock of birds, birdhouses come in all shapes and sizes.
    However, one Lancaster resident has turned them into works of art.

    John R. “Cornbread” Collins Jr., 75, started building regular birdhouses back in 2004, after retiring as a truck driver in 2001.
    Collins said he sold about 1,200 of the birdhouses in one year, mainly on eBay, but also out of the back of his truck.

    David Poston, who lives in Rock Hill, saw the birdhouses and ordered 150 of them, Collins said.