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  • Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    For the months of October and November, The Lancaster Garden Club is asking members of the Lancaster community to plant or display mums of all varieties and colors through their project “Mum’s the Word.”
    Each household or business is encouraged to display mums so Lancaster visitors will see an ocean of fall colors in the town.
    Chrysanthemums, often called “mums,” come in a variety of natural shades, including fall colors like red, yellow, orange and white.

  • Three trustees have been re-elected to the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s board.  Robert K. Folks, Charles M. Harrell and Marvin L. Starks were re-elected to their third three-year terms and will begin their service on
    Oct. 1.

  • Christian Services is doing its part to end hunger in Lancaster County.

    The Christian Services food pantry is open from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Age: 59

    Address: Hazel Blakeney Road, Pageland (I lived in Lancaster County for 30 years prior.)

    Family: Husband, Jim, 57; two daughters, Meredith Starnes, 30, and Amy Gambrell, 36, of Columbia; two stepchildren, Kristie Starnes, 36, and Jimmy Ewing, 33; and nine grandchildren ranging in ages from seven months to 17 years.

    Pets: Two spoiled cats, Puff and HotRod

  • Members of the medical and legal professions have been re-elected to positions of leadership by the board of trustees of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    Dr. R. Malcolm Edwards, a Lancaster ophthalmologist with The Eye and Laser Center, has been re-elected as chairman of the board.  Robert K. Folks, a partner in the law firm of Folks, Khoury and DeVenny, has been re-elected as vice chairman and Pamela Y. Temple of Great Falls, a medical professional with two decades’ experience in health care, has been re-elected as secretary.

  • The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for S.C., Ann English, announced the first sign up deadline for priority assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is Oct. 19.

    There will be a second deadline of Feb. 15.

    Lancaster District Conservationist Ann Christie says, “Landowners and farmers interested in the program should contact me immediately.

  • Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com

    Low country boil, macaroni and cheese and cold peach soup.

    Tuesday, Sept. 25, The Fairway Room at Lancaster Golf Course played host to chefs and attendees joined for the sole purpose of finding a cure for autism.

    Held annually since 2006 on the last Tuesday of September, the Look Who’s Cooking benefit unites the community to fund more research for a disorder that affects one in every 88 children.

  • The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lancaster will officially get underway on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. as event volunteers and team captains gather at First A.R.P. Church, 701 N. Main St., for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

    The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay for Life, will honor cancer survivors and celebrate the 2012 fundraising teams.

    The theme for 2013 will be announced and light refreshments will be provided.  

  • Most of S.C. remains in a moderate to severe drought. The effects of drought on trees can be either short term or long term. Short dry periods might cause wilting, leaf scorch (edges turned brown) and possibly defoliation in hardwoods or dropping of yellowed needles in pines. Generally, healthy trees have built-in mechanisms to cope with short term lack of water.

  • Before the district-wide meeting, Lancaster County School district faculty and staff created a "lip dub" video to "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves and "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.

    The video, as well as previous Lancaster school lip dubs by Lancaster High and South Middle, is available for view at Learn TV's YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/learntv18 .

  • The Lancaster News and Pageland Progressive Journal advertising staff won 20 S.C. Press Association awards this year. The same staff produces advertising for Carolina Gateway.

    The awards were distributed at the 30th Annual PALMY Awards and Advertising Summit on June 7 in Columbia.


    Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News publisher, said she was proud of the awards and those who won.

  • Money management is one skill that can be difficult for young adults to master as they head off on their own. But no matter what stage of life - whether they’re entering college or the work force - every young adult should learn how to handle their money.

    Establish a Budget

  • Frank Hartley and his wife Betty may be best known locally for running Hartley’s Appliance on South Main Street in Lancaster for 30 years. Some residents and newcomers may not know, however, that Frank Hartley has been playing country and bluegrass music for more than 50 years; a talent that landed him on stage at Carnegie Hall in 1984.

  • Jane Alford jalford@thelancasternews.com Combine about a dozen local volunteer actors in colonial dress and a film crew armed with small video cameras and what do you get?

    Four beautifully shot mini-films that bring to life our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who was born and spent his youth in this area, and highlight the park that bears his name.

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park held a grand film review July 12 to introduce the four mini-documentaries on the young Jackson and the Revolutionary War history of the Waxhaws area.

  • An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but bananas were always what kept us kids coming back for more! Mom would buy them by the bunches to keep us in the yellow. In fact, I never saw a brown banana until I was an adult...because us kids would gobble them up as soon as she brought them home!
    Well, it seems that I’m not alone in my fruit fancying.
    “I’ve got two favorite ingredients – bananas and peanut butter,” says home cook Lorie Roach on www.justapinch.com.

  • Ingredients
    1 box cake mix, any flavor
    8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    1/4 cup butter, room temperature
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
    1- 12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips, or your choice of add-ins such as candy, nuts, etc.

    Directions
    - Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    - Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add egg and vanilla (if using) and mix until well-blended. Use an electric blender if desired.
    - Stir in cake mix a little at a time until well-blended, then add any chips, candy or nuts.
    - Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are brown.

  • (ARA) - When school starts, kids’ schedules fill up fast, and that means they need the right fuel to keep their growing bodies and minds satisfied. After a long day of learning, kids require a snack that will get them through homework, after-school sports and other activities until dinner is served. Before you reach for the default bag of chips, consider these healthier alternatives that are just as easy and convenient.
    Creative, healthier after-school snack ideas that your kids will gobble up:

  • An orchestra seems to make music flow with harmonies and crescendos; sometimes a beautiful solo will steal the show.  The carefully planned musical piece provides continuous entertainment.  

    Now take that same concept and apply it to a garden filled with flowers. Each flower has its time to shine while others fill the background with continuous color and foliage.

  • Betcha my Independence Day was pretty much like the one you just celebrated. Well, maybe not.

    The grilled steaks and sweet iced tea were good, but the July 3 death of Andy Griffith sorta dampened my enthusiasm. I opted to watch the fireworks going off over the Mall in Washington, D.C., via TV.

    I did feel sorry for the folks in San Diego and seeing how their July 4 fireworks popped at one time.

    It reminded me of the time my son tossed a match on the box of firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers.

  • August 26, 2012, is designated by President Barack Obama as Women’s Equality Day. As the anniversary of the 19thamendment, granting women the right to vote, it is fitting to celebrate the many strides the Nation has made towards equality over the past 92 years.
    On August 24, Dr. Charmaine W. Stradford of Lancaster will travel to Germany by invitation to be the guest speaker for the US Army Garrison Equal Opportunity Program. She is the wife of John E. Stradford Sr. of Lancaster.