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  • 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.

  • In February 2007, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly released new guidelines designed to reduce the diversion of prescription drugs, while also protecting the environment.

    The new federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

    – Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash.

  • Ron Steele believes that New Year’s resolutions to get into shape are a waste of time.

    For the 45-year-old Steele, who has lost more than 100 pounds since 2004 in a life-long struggle against diabetes, the word diet means very little. 

    “I did not go on a diet,” he said. “I made a lifestyle change. To me, you fail because you go an a diet. I made up my mind to make a lifetime commitment. That’s the only way you’re going to succeed.”

  • The circumstances surrounding the life of Anastasia – a 17-year-old Russian princess who disappeared in July 1918 – is full of mystery, intrigue and emotion.

    Did the fourth daughter of Tsar Nicholas II survive the Russian Revolution or was she murdered, along with her family, by the Bolshevik secret police?

    Persistent rumors of her possible escape have circulated for more than 90 years, with Anastasia’s life chronicled by books, movies and musicals.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – The staff at Springs Memorial Hospital knew exactly what was going on when the strains of Johannes Brahms’ “Lullaby” rang out over the intercom during the wee morning hours of Jan. 1.

    It signaled the birth of Jayden Elijah Jacques Anthony.

    Jayden arrived at 1:47 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making him the first baby born in 2009 in Lancaster County.

    He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long.

  • A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination survey shows that less than 10 percent of Americans are eating the recommended amount of fiber in their daily diets.

    While the dietary fiber found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes can prevent or relieve constipation, it can also lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    It can also aid in weight loss.

  • From a courthouse fire and the nastiest local political race I can recall in my life (the state Senate 16 seat), to hard times, lost jobs and $4 a gallon gas, no one can deny that we had our share of serious issues to deal with in 2008.

    But, we also saw circumstances that bring out the best in folks.

  • Your favorite college football team has made it to a bowl game. Congratulations!

    Your game plan includes hosting a get-together with family and friends around the TV set to root on your favorite team.

    Tailgating around the TV gives you a great opportunity to add a little special menu flavor to the festivities.

    Since the kitchen is only a room or two away, you can think outside the normal tailgating line-up that you are limited to in a stadium parking lot.

  • Randy Cook is a pretty good carpenter, as evidenced by the kitchen of the High Point Circle home he shares with his wife, Crystal, and their three children.

    Spotless and neat, the kitchen walls bear new paint, cabinets have been repaired and new floor covering is down. Family photos hang on the refrigerator.

    Randy has plenty of time on his hands these days to fix up the house that he moved his family into less than a month ago.

    Just like many around Lancaster whose lives revolve around a shrinking housing and home repair market, Randy Cook can’t find a job.

  • The yard outside the L&C Railway can be a loud place.

    Between the roar of locomotives and boxcars coming and going down the tracks starting and stopping, to the railroad’s restoration workers grinding and welding on luxury train cars, it can be downright deafening.

    “It better be noisy,” said Bob Willetts, the former Hartsville arts teacher who now manages L&C passenger car shop. “If it’s not loud, nothing is going on and we’re in trouble.”

  • Heaven Craig’s compass was working just fine Saturday afternoon as she rode to Heath Springs on the L&C Railway’s Santa Express with friends Ty’Keahja McIlwain and Ari Adams.

    She may have been riding southbound in the Hollywood Beach dome car, but Heaven knew she was headed to Heath Springs’ North Pole Adventure.

    “That’s where Santa is,” the giggling 5-year-old said.

    She was right, too, and had a chance to visit with the jolly old elf at the Heath Springs depot just as the sun was starting to set.

  • In his heyday, the late Cab Calloway’s unique, innovative and ground-breaking, high-energy swing music and jazz brought joy and happiness to millions.

    Now his namesake – Calloway “C.B.” Brooks – is following in his grandfather’s footsteps by teaching the “Hi De Ho” to a new generation. 

  • On Dec. 7, 1941, a young Lancaster man – U.S. Army Sgt. Paul D. Robertson – found himself in the center of America’s entry into the World War II.

    Robertson, an electrician in the 259th Quarter Master Corps of the 7th Bomber Command, was stationed at Hickam Field on the island of Oahu in Hawaii when the war broke out. Hickam is adjacent to Pearl Harbor.

    That day, Robertson received a near-fatal chest wound from flying shrapnel when the Imperial Japanese Air Force started its ugly Sunday morning bombing.

  • It’s no secret that many families here are hurting.

    Right now, Lancaster County has the ninth highest unemployment rate (12.1 percent) in South Carolina.

    Local charities are being hammered by those clamoring for assistance.

    Helping the hurting is what being a Christian is all about, especially at this time of the year, said Brad Strider of the Southern gospel music trio, Mercy’s Well.

  • Bella Swan is a clumsy 17-year-old girl and Edward Cullen is an elegant “vegetarian” vampire. They live in the rainiest town in the United States – Forks, Wash. 

    Their supernatural, best-selling, modern-day romance, written by Stephenie Meyer, has ignited a global cult following that has taken a $70 million bite out of the weekend box office.