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Today's Features

  • INDIAN LAND – Right now, she has 87 books swirling around in her head, on her computer and in boxes of notes she takes.

    But Catherine Ritch Guess prefers to handwrite her books.

    "Computers don't have soul," she explained to Kim Tallent's language arts class Dec. 6. She described for the students how each story travels from her head, down her arm, to her hand and then to paper. Students listened in rapt attention as she spoke of how her fiction is based on real people she meets and places she goes.

  • Growing up on Erwin Farm, Christmas breakfast at our house meant fresh sausage and country-sliced bacon from the "freezer locker" (Lancaster Frozen Foods) and tons of Daddy's pancakes loaded with strawberries and blueberries.

    Folks, we're talking about platters full enough to feed Granny and Granddaddy Williams and Granny Summers, along with every neighbor and young'un within shouting distance, which usually happened. Our house was filled with the aroma of maple syrup, hot coffee and pancakes.

  • A 19-year-old Lancaster man was shot in the leg Thursday evening in what he told Lancaster Police was a drive-by shooting.

    The man was walking on Willowlake Road between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a white vehicle with tinted windows drove toward him from the opposite direction, according to an incident report.

    He told police that as the vehicle passed, he heard three shots and realized that he had been struck in the leg, the report said.

    The vehicle turned left onto Arch Street heading east.

  • Some of the best Christmas gifts ever received and given bear the touch of a child.

    Here are two low-cost ornaments that you can make with the help of your children that require little fuss and effort.

    Kids will have a jolly good time crafting non-edible Cinnamon Ornaments and Candy Trains for the Christmas tree and for their friends and family members.

  • Buford again used its comeback attack to up its record to 3-2 on the season. BHS, which trailed county rival Indian Land 20-5 in the early going only to charge to a 55-49 win, rallied to knock off Class A foe Chesterfield on Monday night.The Jackets, down 26-20, used a 19-12 run in the third period to take a 39-38 lead on the Rams. In the final period, Jabari Williams and Qua Reid took over to lead the Jackets to the six-point win. Williams paced the Jackets with 24 points, 17 in the second half.

  • Thomas Edward Price, 68

    JEFFERSON Thomas Edward Price, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.

    Survivors include two sisters, Doris Belk Funderburk and Joyce Price; five brothers, Tommy Price, Ricky Price, both of Jefferson, Jackie Price of Lancaster, John Dick Price of McBee and Marshall Price of Midland, N.C.

    He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Heyward Price.

    Graveside services were Monday at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

  • Posing like a rock star is one way students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster have been able to relieve the stress that comes at the end of the semester.

    Some shoot pool and play ping-pong and others simply break to socialize. Inside the student center at USCL's Starr Hall, you're bound to see students engage in a host of activities to take their mind off the pressures of final exams, which began Monday and will run through Dec. 17.

  • You're about to panic.

    If work, marriage, young'uns, homework and school projects and ball practice wasn't enough, you just found out that the office Christmas party is tomorrow.

    Somehow, you have to find the time to make a holiday treat that wows everyone. Yeah, right.

    So what do you do when time isn't on your side and you know that everyone is looking forward to seeing what you can come up with?

    First, take a deep breath, and start with a little planning.

  • 'Easy as Tater Pie'

    Ingredients

    2 cups of sweet potato (not yams)

    4 teaspoons unsalted butter

    3 eggs

    3/4cup of whole milk

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/4teaspoon nutmeg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 9-inch pie shell (baked)

  • If you're looking for a few holiday decorating ideas, the Lancaster Garden Club's 21st annual Christmas Tour of Homes may be just the place to find them.

    Family, friends gather at Bailey home

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS - Features Editor

    For Bobby and Thelathia "Thea" Bailey, Christmas means family and their Somerset Drive home has become the holiday gathering place for the Barneses, Baileys and their extended family, too.