• I was at a local gym the other day and noticed a sign on the wall. The sign read, “One hour of exercise is four percent of your day.”  

    That made me think; if we’re doing the exercise wrong, what percentage will we end up with? To gauge that from an efficient and exercise productivity stand point, I would say zero percent.

  • The 6th Annual Great Falls Rescue Squad Pro Rodeo, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, will kick off with a performance by The Tams.

    The Tams will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 7 at the Old Republic Ballfield behind the Great Falls Presbyterian Church at 500 Dearborn St., Great Falls.

    Gates open at 4 p.m.

    “Dancing will be allowed/expected,” Great Falls Rescue Squad Captain Terry Sims said. “And concessions will be available.”

  • Age: 70
    Address: Clearwater Drive
    Family: Son, Mitchell Allen; daughter, Porsha Mungo; daughter-in-law, Brenda Allen; grandchildren, Danielle, Justin and Kotera Allen and Anaiya and Darius Brice
    Pets: Fish
    Job: Retired
    Church: Mt. Carmel AME Zion
    Hobbies: Sewing, gardening and cooking
    Favorite books: The Bible
    Favorite movie: Tyler Perry movies

  • From release
    Beginning March 23, the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies department will host its eighth annual Native American Studies Week.

    Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples.

    This year’s program focuses on issues surrounding Native Americans and law and justice, and includes lectures by regional and nationally-recognized scholars, screenings of films and exhibits highlighting the topic.

  • The friendship between a rat, mole, badger and toad is tested in the musical “The Wind in the Willows,” a production of The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County that opens Friday, March 1, at the Barr Street auditorium.

    The production, which runs until March 9, has catchy songs, plenty of comedy and audience participation that children and adults will enjoy, theater officials said.

  • Opera has come to Indian Land.

    Opera Experience Southeast presented Puccini’s “La Boheme” to a full house Jan. 7 and 8 in the Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    Excitement and drama filled the theater from the opening scene to the final curtain. “La Boheme” tells the timeless story of a shy young woman who meets and falls in love with a passionate poet on a cold evening in Paris. Love, jealousy, forgiveness – all the necessary ingredients were neatly wrapped in music, with subtitles conveniently displayed.

  • Have you ever thought of buttermilk as being mysterious? Does its mere mention make you shake in your oven mitts, the James Bond theme song playing in your head? 

    Oh wait, maybe it’s just me.

    For years, this humble ingredient has had me stumped.

    What do you do with it? Is it for baking or am I supposed to put it in savory dishes?

    The answer, it turns out, is a simple “yes.”

  • Chris McGinn
    For The Lancaster News

    Add a little cheer to your holiday season by seeing the Community Playhouse of Lancaster  County’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this weekend.  

    This year’s performances feature 28 local actors, most of whom are children. Indian Land residents Sandy McAlister and Sydney and Sally Strader are among the cast.

  • From release
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest African American service organization for professional women in the U.S. It was founded at Howard University in 1908.

    The Lancaster chapter, Iota Theta Omega, was chartered in 1972. The sorority’s legacy of sisterhood, education, service to humanity and support of numerous non-profit organizations continues today. The local chapter has given over $100,000 in scholarships to local youth.

  • Wilma Faile
    Special to The Lancaster News

    My husband, Ronnie, and I finally completed our dream vacation(s).

    We’ve always wanted to go out west. Ronnie retired from Springs of 42 years and I retired from Wilma’s Daycare in Monroe, N.C., after 40 years.

    We’ve been married 20 years and live in the Taxahaw community.

    Ronnie said we were not getting any younger and needed to go on our trip. Ronnie has health problems, so it was now or never.

    Our first adventure to the American west was two years ago.

  • This Thanksgiving, mix up tradition with a new twist on stuffing.

    Home cook Karen Figgatt puts an ooey gooey spin on this Turkey Day mainstay that’s just downright delicious!

    The zucchini makes it extra moist while baking mix adds heft.

    Shredded American cheese ties it all together.

    This is one new recipe we’re sure you’ll be thankful for!

    See step-by-step photos of Karen’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks around the country at:

  • By: Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    The Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball Club made October a month of fun events devoted to raising funds to benefit an organization called Hope for the Warriors.

    The club was supported by the entire community in its efforts, which included races, a 24-hour marathon, silent auction, Wall of Honor and a grand tournament.

    The club wanted to exceed last year’s goal and, in doing so, managed to exceed the $10,000 goal it set for this year.

  • The Lancaster 4-H Horse Club is collecting non-perishable foods for HOPE in Lancaster, Inc., through Dec. 21.

    Just one or two items can go a long way in helping families in need.

    While all non-perishable foods will be appreciated, HOPE has the following needs at this time: self rising flour, cornmeal, sugar, grits, canned evaporated milk, jelly, peanut butter, juice, canned beans (except green beans), canned squash, canned sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes.

  • Ingredients
    2 and 2/3 cups chopped pecans, plus extra for frosting
    2 cups sugar
    3 cups all purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 and 1/4 cup softened butter
    4 eggs
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 cup milk
    1 cup butter
    8 to 8 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    1 (5 ounce) can evaporated  milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Laura Caskey
    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.