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  • Made with corn and peppers, maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) is a fun Cajun twist on New Orleans-style jambalaya. And  with Mardi-Gras , (the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22), just days away, it may be a great way to celebrate.

     

    Jambalaya Maque Choux

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon oil

    1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into quarter-inch slices  

    1/2 cup chopped celery 

    1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • I know beach sand doesn’t mix with frosty window panes and cold mornings, but bless Pete, I was ready for a change.

    So when Uncle Harry mentioned riding to the coast, I was all for it. Uncle Harry’s friend, Dr. Brown and his smoking buddy, Mr. Plyler, hatched the plan.

    “Harry, you ought to take a few days off from lawyering and so something different,” Dr. Brown said.

  • The men’s prayer breakfast at First Presbyterian Church began 23 years ago in 1989 by Brooks Johnson and Steve Williams Jr., Judd Funderburk, Harold Rowell, Charlie Franks, Frazier Kirkpatrick and Harvey Stewart, who are all now deceased, as well as others.

    It’s was just after Hurricane Hugo came through. 

    Since I was alone, it was a lucky day when I was invited to attend for a time of good fellowship with other Christian men.

  • For Katie Stogner, here and now is the stream of sweat beads dripping from her chin onto the rubber floor of Island Sun Tanning and Fitness on Pageland Highway as owner Steve Lewis encourages her through a grinding workout. Captured on video, there is no place for her to hide  the here and now.

    Stogner’s future is wearing that pair of black leather pants hanging in the closet of her Indian Land home.

    But to do that, she hopes to lose 30 pounds, much of it coming from the birth of her son, Thaxton, on Dec. 7.

  • Holy smoke, at times, we do the stupidest things.

    I just finished reading more bad news about those of us who are Lancaster.

    Dangling a rambunctious child over a chained-up pit bull?

    Nothing good ever comes from adults behaving like children. To hear of such things makes the real grown-ups really mad.

    Seems like some folks need to grow up. 

  • The statewide late winter/early spring wildfire season is still about a month away but the S.C. Forestry Commission has launched a safety campaign so those planning to burn can take the appropriate steps.

    The seasonal outlook for the next few months indicates an increasing potential for high wildfire activity for most of the Palmetto State.

    Although it may not seem like it due to recent rainfall, precipitation amounts for this portion of the Piedmont are already about 1.2 inches below normal.

  • The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Lancaster County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 

    Register your team today by visiting RelayForLife.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

  • If you have a little trouble finding a roll of antacid Monday, that’s to be expected.

    That’s because there is a 20 percent increase in the amount of antacid sold on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday. According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday ranks second in food consumption to Thanksgiving.

    You can trace the spike in antacid sales to the 1.25 billion chicken wings, more than 100 tons of potato chips and 8 million pounds of guacamole that will be eaten when the New York Giants and New England Patriots play Super Bowl XLVI.

  • The Lancaster County Council of the Arts Board of Directors is excited to announce that our annual Arts Gala is Saturday, May 12, at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. If you aren’t an LCCA member and would like more information about the gala as soon as it is available, contact us.

    Mark your calendars now for this, and our other signature event, Ladies Night Out, which is April 19 at Edwards Scott House.

  • Name: Sybil Blakely

    Age: 77

    Address: Hampton Grace Avenue

    Family: Husband, William, 77; two daughters, Gina Warren and Robin West

    Job: Retired

    Church: White Springs Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Visiting the nursing home and with people in their homes

    Favorite book: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom

  • The room was abuzz with laughter and friendly chatter as women from across the area gathered for the Christian Women’s Connection birthday luncheon on Tuesday.

    But this sort of camaraderie isn’t unusual. It’s like this every time these  women of faith gather to encourage one another as they enjoy a meal together.

  • How does being overweight affect children?

    It’s widely known that being obese and overweight leads to health problems in adults.

    Health issues that were once thought only to affect adults are now known to impact our children.

    Obesity has long-term consequences in children, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, increased risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, fatty liver disease and gastro-esophageal reflux.

  • I’ve often heard the expression that folks should be careful when pointing fingers of blame at someone else. When we do, three fingers are pointing back at us.

    I ain’t taking the heat for the financial trouble of Sears and Kmart.

    In late December, they announced plans to padlock 80 stores in the United States.

    The blame for this should be firmly placed on the shoulders of greedy executives who were looking into a fishbowl instead of a crystal ball down at the carnival.

  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, students who pass by Room 412 at Lancaster High School Career Center can count on one thing – a chorus of blow dryers will be singing out.

    The 20 members of Jan Williamson’s senior cosmetology class won’t be talking to each other much and Williamson won’t be lecturing them from an adjacent classroom.

  • I have to hand it to the estimated 7,700 residents of Rockland, Maine.

    They saw snow Monday, ice pellets on Tuesday and went outside this morning to a temperature of about 7 degrees.

    In the upcoming days, the residents of the coastal town will see more snow and rain. Weather like that doesn’t generate many smiles. It’s not something to celebrate.

    But Rockland residents will be celebrating Sunday afternoon with its annual Pies on Parade to commemorate National Pie Day on Monday.

  • In 1972, Arlo Guthrie recorded a song about a nightly passenger train that travels the 934-mile stretch from Chicago to the Big Easy.

    I can’t recall all the lyrics of “The City of New Orleans,” but the chorus  makes reference to the train going “500 miles when the day is done.”

    You know, I can identify with that these days. I have to travel 500 miles to get to my granddaughter’s Maryland home.

  •  Name: Barbara Benton

    Age: 55

    Address: Denton Hill Road

    Family: Husband, Freddie, 46; a daughter, Jessica, and a grandson, Carson

    Pets: Four horses, Princess, MayBaby, Buford and Spirit; four cats, Marley, Slater, Smokey and Flame; and a miniature dachshund, Rascal 

  • Most days, a labor and delivery nurse goes home smiling.

    “We get to share in the happiest days of people’s lives,” said Cathy Montgomery, who is the nurse manager for labor and delivery and newborn nursery at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But there is a flip side to that happiness coin, when things go wrong and pure joy turns to unspeakable sorrow.

     Those are the days when infants are stillborn or die.

    “I always say we have the best job in the world or the worst,” Montgomery said.

  • If you feel like pulling the covers back up or staying home today, don’t worry.

    You aren’t alone. Friday the 13th has a way of doing that. 

    According to research, as many as 25 percent of the population believe Friday the 13th is a day of calamity.

    The fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriphobia (“para-ska-vee-decka-tri-phobia”), which stems from the Greek words for fear, Friday and 13. Friday the 13th happens three times in 2012 – today, April 13 and July 13.

  • Having a successful career means a lot to Stephanie O’Dea. 

    But in the big picture, being a successful mom means more, especially when that family includes three children under age 10, including one with Celiac disease (gluten intolerant).

    But can you have both? 

    Absolutely.

    How else can you explain a cookbook on the New York Times best-selling list for six weeks and national TV appearances, as well as feature stories in “Real Simple Magazine and “Woman’s World?”