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Today's News

  • Failes celebrate 60 years

    Dr. Marvin and Virgina Toles Faile celebrated their 60th anniversary on Friday, March 8, 2013.
    A party was given in their honor by their children and their families.
    They were married March 1, 1953 in Rome, Ga.
    The couple has two daughters, Teresa F. Fowlkes and her husband, Dr. Earl Fowlkes, of Toccoa, Ga., and the late Linda Faile Talley; three sons, Steve Faile and his wife, Betty, of Cartersville, Ga., David Faile and his wife, Mary Beth, of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Timothy Faile and his wife, Amber, of Rome; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • Thompson-Peay Wedding

    Queserie Nantevia Thompson and Reginald Peay were married at 1 p.m. Sept. 1, 2012, at Christian Assembly Worship Center by Bishop Altheresa Goode Howard of The Master’s Ministry.
    The bride is the daughter of Laramie Thompson and Lovette Chambers, both of Charlotte. She is the granddaughter of Bernice Ford of Charlotte and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Thompson of Huntersville, N.C. She is a 2000 graduate of Independence High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

  • Sellers-Hicks Wedding

    Anna Vanessa Sellers and Christopher Thomas Hicks were married Sept. 29, 2012, by the Rev. Maxie A. Threatt, uncle of the bride, at Plantation Farms in Byron, Ga.
    The bride is the daughter of Mark Sellers of Byron and Alona Sellers of Warner Robins, Ga. She is the granddaughter of Howard and Sybil Threatt Sellers of Lancaster. She is a 2007 graduate of Northside High School in Warner Robins and a 2012 graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She works as an educator in Lowndes County, Ga.

  • Fernandez-Starnes Engagement

    Richard and Alina Fernandez of Hialeah, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Fernandez of Matthews, N.C., to Jamie Starnes of Charlotte, N.C.
    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. March 30, 2013, at the Victorian Crow’s Nest in Monroe, N.C.
    Miss Fernandez is the granddaughter of Ricardo and Berta Cordova of Hialeah.
    She is a graduate of Barbara Goleman High School in Hialeah and Florida International University. \She teaches English at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.

  • Absher-Laney Engagement

    Roger Absher of Fredericksburg, Va., and Kimbrali Harrell of Stantonsburg, N.C.,  announce the engagment of their daughter, Bethany Absher, to Lonnie Laney, both of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for 1 p.m. March 24, 2013, at Coker Ranch in Lancaster.
    Miss Absher is the granddaughter of Gerald and Nancy Absher.
    She is a 2007 graduate of Riverbend High School and works as a beauty adviser.
    Mr. Laney is the son of James Laney and Debbie Ellis, both of Lancaster.
    He attended Lancaster High School and works in the remodeling industry.

  • Caskey-Musselwhite Engagement

    Mark and Lynda Caskey announce the engagement of their daughter, Marla Lynette Caskey, all of Lancaster, to Steven Andrew Musselwhite of Hartsville.
    The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. June 15, 2013, at First ARP Church in Lancaster.
    Miss Caskey is the granddaughter of Clyde and Faye Caskey of Lancaster and Gene and Helen Jordan of Edgemoor. She is a 2009 graduate of the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. She will graduate in May from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

  • Building a winner, from the ground up

    Where you start has nothing to do with where you end up. Nobody knows that as well as the Lewisville High Lions boys basketball team.
    We aren’t just talking about the 0-6 start the team endured while playing Class A’s toughest out-of-region schedule. The program itself has come a long way from humble beginnings.
    History recounts that Lewisville’s first teams, in the 1940s, didn’t have a gym to play in. In fact, it didn’t even have a paved surface on which to dribble. The team’s outdoor court was made of dirt.

  • Consumers can squelch credit card swipe fees

    After taxpayers were forced to spend billions bailing out Wall Street a few years ago, it’s easy to understand why consumers have little tolerance for new fees from banks their hard-earned money rescued.
    It certainly helps explain why many states, including South Carolina, have moved to pass laws against businesses charging their customers credit card transaction fees.
    Credit card transaction fees have existed for years. But until recently, MasterCard and Visa did not permit businesses to pass along these fees to consumers.

  • Chocoholic? Just thank a cacao tree

    Following Valentine’s Day and the shelves piled high with those heart-shaped boxes of candy, I have been thinking about the pleasure cacao trees have given the world.

    The fruit of the cacao tree are large football-shaped pods, each containing up to100 seeds. Cacao seeds are the basis of all chocolate. The seeds, or beans, are very bitter, but the pulp that surrounds them is sweet and when it is allowed to ferment, the bitterness of the beans is reduced and they develop a heady chocolaty aroma.

  • Free therapy, no doctor required

    Back in 1999 when Michael Burgess first began working at Hartley Funeral Home, little did he know one day he would end up owning and operating the business.

    With a degree in Sports Administration from Limestone College, he worked in his field of study for about a year before his uncle Jerry Hartley offered him a chance to learn the funeral business. He accepted the job and spent most of his time maintaining the landscaping of the funeral home while learning firsthand about the business.