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  • At age 77, William Reid doesn’t get around that well and prefers to ride his mower to the small garden beside his Culp Ferguson Road home.

    Behind the mower is a small trailer loaded with hoes, clippers, rakes and a Garden Weasel cultivator.

    However, those tools aren’t getting much use this summer. The same goes for the almost-new garden tiller parked in Reid’s shed.

    It hasn’t been cranked all year, which is expected, since Reid decided against using it.

  • "Walt Disney" and "Bonanza' were interrupted on Sunday, July 20, 1969. I missed the "Little Rascals" and "Tarzan" that day, too, but I didn’t care.

    I was focused on what was happening some 238,000-plus miles away.

    Only 8, it was way past my bedtime and I was lying on a homemade quilt on the den floor with my favorite pillow staring at the RCA television set. A window air conditioner was whirring away in the background.

  • Some lessons are never forgotten

    Barely out of his teens, Mickey Perry was proud as a peacock.

    He had just sold a set of new tires to a customer at his dad’s, the late Herman Perry’s North Main Gulf Station.

    But a second look at the tire guide showed something else. Mickey had a problem and needed Herman Perry’s sage advice.

  • A forecast for dry, windy and hot days will always increase the chance for wildfires.

    Accooring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a wildfire is an uncontrollable fire spreading through vegetative fuels that exposes and possibly consumes structures in its path. They often begin unnoticed, spread quickly and are usually signaled by dense smoke that fills the area for miles around.

  • There’s some good news and some bad news.

    The good news? Fresh blackberries are in abundance right now in thickets growing along fences, roadways and in pastures.

    The bad news comes with the territory. As good as they taste, picking plump, sweet blackberries has always been, and will always be, a rather thorny subject.

    You have to fight through layers of thorns that hold on for dear life as you try to pull the dark blue, purple fruit from its hiding place.    

    Ouch!

  • The Pregnancy Care Center, 718 S. Main St., has joined forces with HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center in Monroe, N.C., to aid women and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

    The Monroe Center recently started a Mobile Ultrasound Ministry which provides pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, free of charge.

    Amy Vincent, Pregnancy Care Center executive director, said it has already been established that ultrasound has a profound effect on abortion-minded women.

  • There’s a piece of fluorescent orange poster paper taped on the office wall inside the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool on Wylie Street.

    Listed below the contact information for a welder and two swimming pool supply companies is David Taylor’s name and phone number.

    That’s pretty amazing, since Taylor isn’t on the county payroll. You would think that pool manager Midenna Anderson’s name would be listed first.

  • Sevin dust might be a gardener’s best friend, but it is a beekeeper’s worst nightmare.

    Just ask Robert Lee Steele; he wears both a farmer’s cap and a beekeeper’s sun helmet.

    Steele recently lost a gallon of honeybees from his hives to Sevin dust.

  • Legend has it that enlisted soldiers came up with a phrase after noticing how their mess hall portions of pork always contained shoulder and leg cuts, while officers got top loin, pork chops and ham.

    They called it “livin’ high off the hog.”

    Given that, you wouldn’t think bacon – meat taken from the sides, belly or back of a pig that’s been cured, smoked or both – would be so sought-after by foodies, chefs in five-star eateries and TV cooking shows.

  • Sometimes the circumstances of everyday life consume, drain and overwhelm us.

    During trying times, we turn to friends, family and, most of all, our faith.

    A year ago, Patience Wood, director of health services for United Hospice of the Piedmont in Chester, was going through a season of challenges in her own life.

    After facing a bitter divorce and accompanying child custody issues, Wood said she was searching for a deeper understanding of how to survive the hurt.

  • GREAT FALLS – When Cherry Doster was growing up in Great Falls, a visit to Eagle’s Five and Ten Cents Store on Dearborn Street was quite a treat.

    She walked past a line of thriving businesses to get there.

    Now, most of those businesses are boarded up by sheets of painted plywood. Sidewalk awnings are faded and torn. Portions of the broken intricate tile work in front of the old dime store have been patched and filled with concrete.

  • Local produce is now available and consumers are taking advantage of it.

    The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market on Pageland Highway is in full swing, along with the Lancaster County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association farmer’s market at Ace Hardware on South Market Street.

    The county market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The fruit and vegetable grower’s market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

    Local farmer Don Gowan said the county market is enjoying a banner year. He said the vendor count has almost doubled.

  • It’s about 275 miles from Latrobe, Pa., and Wilmington, Ohio.

    However, the great banana split debate splits the two towns apart much further.

    Both lay claims as the home of the banana split, but there can be only one.

    Who would have ever thought that a one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, a whole banana, pineapple, chocolate syrup, strawberry topping, whipped cream, and nuts and cherries in a “boat” could stir up such controversy?

    Both towns have legitimate claims.

  • Buford High School graduate Randi Hollis has learned how to be a local role model, whether she wanted to or not.

    For the soft-spoken Hollis, stepping into the limelight as Miss Lancaster 2009 hasn’t been easy.

    Calling herself the most “unlikely of contestants,” Hollis left for Spartanburg on Saturday and the 2009 Miss South Carolina pageant which starts Tuesday.

    Hollis, 17, is among the 50 contestants seeking the crown.

  • Looking for some all-American Independence Day fun? You won’t have to look far. From neighborhood gatherings to professional fireworks shows, there’s plenty to do. Here are some area events:

    – Rock Hill will host Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. today at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. The Oneppo Brothers and ZoSo will perform until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. There will be children’s activities and food. For details, e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • Leslie Ragsdale loves her day lilies.

    The proof is the hundreds of them in her yard at 2780 Neill Road. 

    Ragsdale devotes most of her time to tending her gardens filled with flowering lilies in just about every color imaginable.

    Others have noticed the beautiful collection, too. 

    Ragsdale’s yard was named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. 

  • Grilling corn on the cob isn’t complicated after all. I can say that now after years of scorching and drying out my share of corn ears to something that deer won’t even eat.

    Like many, I had made it much harder than it had to be.

    Think about it; burning a perfectly good ear of corn to the point that it’s inedible isn’t very hard to do.

    Little did I know that all it took was a little water.

    Yes, water. That’s it; nothing more.

  •  For my dad, the late Tim Foster;

  •  It’s been 20 years since the Palmetto State’s storm of the century – Hurricane Hugo – slammed onto land near Charleston.

    On Sept. 21-22, 1989, the Category 4 storm – with winds in excess of 131 mph, a 20-foot storm surge and more than 10 inches of rainfall – tore a path of destruction through the state.

    When the rain and wind stopped, portions of Lancaster County were battered. 

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    Incidence of insect bites increase with summer heat

    American College of Emergency Physicians

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As temperatures rise, more and more people are venturing outdoors. The nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of insect bites – specifically from ticks and mosquitoes – which can cause serious illnesses.