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  • Many area churches will host special worship services between today and Sunday to celebrate Maundy Thursday, Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, Good Friday, Jesus crucifixion, and His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Here is a look at where they are so you can make plans to attend the services of your choice.

    Today

    - Greater New Hope Christian Center, 1721 Wadell Stinson Road, will hold Holy Week revival at 7 p.m. through Friday. The theme is Women of the Word.

  • Good Friday 2008 will be marked by the local release of the newly-published book “A Month of Miracles: 30 Stories of the Unmistakable Presence of God,” co-authored by Lancaster’s Women by Design ministry team.

    Two of the six authors –  Kimberly Sowell and Edna Ellison – will be signing copies of the book from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Silver & Spice Gifts, 408 N. White St.

    The book features 30 heart-warming and tender devotionals.

  • Amidst the sounds of the hammer dulcimer and musket fire, history came to life Saturday at Andrew Jackson State Park. March 15, 2008, marked the 241st birthday of the nation’s seventh president.

    Logan Waldo, a fifth-grader at the Discovery School, was excited to be at the celebration Saturday.

    “The event was an opportunity to go back in time,” said Logan, who was dressed in colonial garb, complete with a toy musket.

    Dressing up and re-enacting was also on fourth-grader Jordan Reeves’ mind.

  • The men’s ministry of Hopewell United Methodist Church missed out on its fall barbecue chicken fundraiser in 2006.

    It was expected when they temporarily traded in their cooking tongs and aprons for trowels and hammers to construct an up-to-date, 1,500-square-feet cooking facility.

    But now, they are switching back.

    The new building – which started in April 2007 – two weeks after Hopewell’s 2007 spring barbecue – has been completed.

  • Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboardist Dean Daughtry is a lot older than he used to be.

    That's OK. I am, too.

    Times sure have changed – but here I am – as Daughtry and fellow ARS members Andy Anderson, David Anderson, Jim Keeling, Justin Senker and Steve Stone turn back the clock for me and a group of friends.

    I'm sitting here in Bundy Auditorium with Jimmy Addison, Ken Henry, Terry Marshall Povey, Tom Moore, Mark "Green Horn" Starnes and Jono Rabley, who attended the University of South Carolina at Lancaster from 1978-80.

  • Sunday at 2 a.m. signals the beginning of daylight-saving time when children across the country will have their clocks turned ahead and lose an hour of much-needed sleep each night.

    The sudden change can make morning routines, daily school activities and extra-curricular commitments that much more hectic.

    But with a couple of well-planned adjustments, the time shift needn't be a difficult one.

    Despite the change, children's sleep needs do not decrease and remain vitally important to their overall health.

  • Sifting through complex food and nutrition information can be a daunting task for consumers, with new information bombarding the airways and Internet almost daily.

    From food recalls and personal endorsements to secret ingredients, fad diets and conflicting information of dietary supplements, it can be complicated just to separate fact from fiction.

    During March – National Nutrition Month – the American Dietetic Association is urging consumers to look beyond the myths of nutrition to focus on the facts.

  • When it comes to the Great Wagon Road, Jim Riley knows there had to be more than one shallow ford along the Catawba River where 18th-century traders crossed and branched out into the Carolina Backcountry.

    Now he’s trying to find them.

    Riley, an author and retired history professor at Indiana University, was in Lancaster this week on a “personal quest of a retired man with too much time on his hands.”

  • WAXHAW, N.C. – JAARS invites visitors to attend JAARS Day and learn how people are transformed through the word of God. JAARS Day is an opportunity to see how this life-transforming work is done and how people can be a part of it.

    According to JAARS, there are 2,251 language groups around the world with no Scriptures.

    The new season of JAARS Days opens Saturday. The first event focuses on logistical support – construction and maintenance, materials transportation, purchasing and shipping.

  • Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will have football fans from Taxahaw to Bell Town and Coats Crossroads to Pleasant Valley glued to their television set for hours.

    When you count all of the "must-see" commercials and a halftime show that pulls out all of the stops, it's more than a football game.

    It's an event.