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  • Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent are indeed the real deal.

    And given the way the two veteran musicians are taking the bluegrass scene by storm, there is a lot of truth to their “Real Deal” nickname.

    The award-winning duo will be in concert here at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fairway Room at Lancaster Golf Club.

  • With our tough economic times, it’s great to fall back on your favorite hobbies to take your mind off the real world for just a little while. 

    If you’re handy with a needle and thread, or would like to begin learn about sewing, the Lancaster One Stop Shop Hop is for you. 

  • For Donzell and Billy Allen, every day is Valentine's Day. It’s been that way through almost 50 years together and 42 years of marriage. And the Allens – who have been inseparable since becoming grammar school sweethearts in 1959 – don’t plan on changing any time soon.

    It’s not that they don’t appreciate holidays, family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

    They keep it in perspective.

    “We try to make every day special,” Billy says. “We try not to make issues out of big days.”

  • On June 10, 1950, the big news in Lancaster was the upcoming high school graduations, the annual opening of Springs Park and a visit here by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

    There was no newspaper mention about the group of Rock Hill Road (Riverside Road) residents who met at the old Catawba School that day with the goal of forming a missionary Baptist church in their community.

    But it was a something that everyone at the meeting fully agreed with.

  • Now, this one is for the fellows out there who have run out of ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. If you want to give your sweetheart something she will really enjoy, serve her breakfast in bed.

    You may be scratching your head right about now, saying, “Huh?”

    Trust me, this is one idea that works every time.

    There are several pluses of this breakfast-in-bed deal you may not have thought of.

  • The Van Wyck Community Development Club is under new management. After 10 years with the same leadership, the club voted in new office holders in January.

    New officers are Ollie Bass, president; Chris Madden, vice president; Eloise Williams, secretary; and Kelly Bishop, treasurer.

    Retiring club secretary Betty Broome said she is excited about the change, adding that new people bring new ideas and energy.

    For 20 years, Broome has been a member of the club, which was formed in the 1940s. The club is responsible for the upkeep of the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • The ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) don’t apologize for rewriting secular songs with Christian lyrics to create a Christian message.

    Musicians J. Jackson, Keith Haynie, Jimmy Tanner and Bill Hubauer have been described as a cross between “Weird Al Yankovic and Billy Graham.”

    With their mixture of comedy, parody and contemporary Christian music, Jackson said who they sound like isn’t the focus.

    “It’s reaching the lost and teaching the least,” Jackson said. 

  • Who would believe that an event halfway around the world could bring a classical cello and piano concert to Lancaster?

    But that’s the connection that’s bringing the Jesselson/Fugo Duo to First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. performance.

    In 1981, retired University of South Carolina at Lancaster English professor Betty Hodges traveled to China.

    Since then, Hodges has regularly joined other “Chinaphiles” for reunions.

  • Asking a special girl or guy to become your spouse can be the most fantastic and frightening thing you will ever do, expecially on Valentine’s Day.

    If you are planning to pop the big question, we have a creative proposal to help you propose.

    If you can wait one day, why not do it in the headlines of the February 15 edition of the Lancaster News?

    A photograph of you asking your sweatheart to marry you just might be what you need to get the answer you’re hoping for.

  • There are thousands of chili recipes out there and no two are the same, which never mattered much to American frontiersman Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson.

    Carson was so fond of chili that his final words made reference to it.

    “Wish I had time for one more bowl of chili,” Carson allegedly said.

    It’s been that way since someone, somewhere, threw a handful of chili peppers, meat, herbs, and beans (sometimes) into a pot to simmer. Everybody wants one more bowl.

  • It was a twist of fate.

    After winning the Miss Bronze America contest in 1962, Florence LaRue had to crown her successor, Marilyn McCoo.

    While the two were posing for the typical beauty pageant photos in 1963, they caught the full attention of Jet Magazine photographer Lamonte McLemore.

    Evidently McLemore, a would-be-singer, was impressed by LaRue and McCoo’s talents and stage presence.

  • During the winter, most homeowners are indoors, thinking little about their dormant lawns and yards. For this reason, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selects a business as its January Yard of the Month.

    This month, the lawn of the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land has received this honor.

    Library director Richard Band is very proud of the new facility and landscaping that surrounds it.

    The 11,000-square-foot library in Carolina Commons, the commercial center at Sun City Carolina Lakes, opened Jan. 5.

  • Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, 133 South Potter Road, will dedicate its new family life center during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. worship service.

    Dr. Dale Roach, director of missions for Moriah Baptist Association, is the guest speaker.

    Roach lauded the 300-plus member Pleasant Dale family for its dedication in completing the 15,188-square-foot facility. The family life center includes a kitchen, work-out rooms, a multi-purpose room that will serve as an interim sanctuary, a gym, a fellowship hall and a youth center. Ground was broken on the project in June 2005.

  • Super Bowl Sunday. The only thing missing is a verb. That, and the Green Bay Packers. Oh well, life goes on.

    I’m in a quandary as who to support during Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. This year, I may just root for the commercials.

    What I’m going to enjoy most about this Super Bowl is that it means that racing season and the Daytona 500 are only two weeks away.

    It seems one of my high school and college friends doesn’t share my fondness for NASCAR.

  • LIBERTY HILL – On one hand are the Seven Deadly Sins – pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth.

    On the other hand, is the tale of a fateful trip that started from a tropic port aboard a tiny ship.

    The two subjects don’t seem to have very much in common, but a group of local youth pastors have found a connection between “Gilligan's Island” and the capital vices.

  • Your pet is a member of the family and when you buy food for them, it’s important to make sure that they are getting the best nutrition possible.

    That means reading the label on the back of the bag, said Max Talbert, of Animal Supply House on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Talbert knows what he talking about. He is a pet food specialist who’s taken courses on what works best for pets.

  • Retailers continue to pull selected snack food items from grocery store shelves after several food companies issued a recall on products made with peanut butter and peanut paste supplied by the Peanut Corp. of America in connection to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

  • Maroon and white are the predominant colors at most Carolina Christian Academy basketball games as fans fill the school gym to root for the Cougars.

    But on Friday’s home tilt against Hawthorne Christian Academy Hawks of Chester, school colors took a back seat to purple.

    Why?

    Led by Carolina Christian 12th grader Jessica Hartley, all the proceeds from ticket sales at the door and from a basketball game bake sale were for Relay For Life.

  • Freda Usher isn’t very hard to find most mornings. She’ll be walking along the roadways near her South Potter Road home.

    And Usher does the same thing each afternoon when there is enough daylight left to safely be out.

    This 56-year-old wife and mother of two isn’t walking for her health. Trash bag in hand, Usher is picking up litter.

    It’s a sure thing that Usher will leave things better than she found them.

  • The New Year’s resolution of “out with the old and in with the new” applies to that out-of-view medicine cabinet behind the bathroom mirror that you stare at every morning while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

    Like a refrigerator, medicine cabinet supplies pile up, often past their expiration dates, said pharmacist Hugh Mobley of Mobley Drugs.

    And just like the refrigerator, a medicine cabinet needs to be cleaned out regularly.