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Today's News

  • Our doorbell is getting a workout

    An early Christmas gift arrived at our house last week, just a couple of days before Thanksgiving Day.

    I have been blessed with a great-grandson who weighed in at 6 pounds, plus some small change.

    It's been almost 30 years since a newborn has been under our roof.

    I must admit that this blessed event has been an eye-opening experience for me.

    I never realized all the stuff it takes to support a tiny little person.

  • 12-year-old boy impresses Heath Springs officials

    HEATH SPRINGS – It's not all the time you find a 12-year-old boy who would rather work instead of play video games and ride bikes, but Anthony Ledford is different.

    He's a boy who does a lot of volunteer work in Heath Springs.

    Ledford, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, was recognized by Heath Springs Town Council on Nov. 19 for his work, mainly at the town fire department. He received a plaque for his volunteer work.

  • Carol Parker was an inspiration to many

    I would like to send my condolences to the Carol W. Parker family. I was out of town when Mrs. Parker went to be with the Lord and did not know it until I returned.

    She was my chorus teacher 38 years ago at South Junior High School. She was a great inspiration to everyone who knew her. I was blessed to have her touch my life.

    Not only did Mrs. Parker teach us to sing our best and blend our voices together, she also taught all of her students to respect each other, strive to be the best they could be.

  • Costs too great for animal shelter

    Bob Hunter, Krista Moore and B.J. Mishoe must be rich or foolish to start a separate shelter for unwanted animals. Have they considered the cost of a building, feed, medication, spay and neuter fees and employees to take care of 5,146 or more animals a year if the animals are not spayed or neutered?

    To spay or neuter an animal costs between $60 and $100.

    Do they plan to keep the animals in pens their entire life if not adopted?

  • IL Action Council's first president calls it quits

    INDIAN LAND _ The Indian Land Action Council has a new president.

    Former president Mack McDonald recently resigned as president of the group, which was started by County Councilman Bryan Vaughn as an advisory board to him in his efforts as Indian Land's county representative.

    McDonald's reason?

  • Officials to break ground Sunday for IL library

    INDIAN LAND – Book lovers in Indian Land will feel the earth move on Sunday.

    Well, maybe they won't feel it move from the ceremonial shovels of dirt, but they'll see it move, during the groundbreaking for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    The ceremony, which should last about 20 minutes, begins at 3 p.m. at the site, on U.S. 521 across from Jim Wilson Road. It will be followed by cookies and coffee.

  • Parade season begins Saturday in Kershaw

    The Christmas parade season in Lancaster County starts Saturday when the town of Kershaw hosts its parade.

    The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., will run south through the downtown area on Hampton Street, from Hilton Street to the bypass.

    Sherie Russell, secretary of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that the parade has almost 60 entries, but additional entries are still being accepted.

    The Kershaw chamber sponsors the parade.

  • Annual Christmas Basket drive seeks donations to help families

    Many families in need of financial support will benefit from an annual fund that provides assistance during the holidays.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket is up and going and has raised more than $300 in the first few days of the 2007 campaign.

    The fund, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, provides food vouchers to local families that can be used to buy groceries at local stores.

  • Buying winter robe not an easy task

    After 25 years I decided I needed a new winter bath robe. That sounds like an easy task. The bath robes looked like cotton balls at the first store I visited. When I questioned why the robes weren’t pretty, the salesman said the robes were “practical and warm and no one would see you in it anyway.” Well, I didn’t want my neighbors to see me in a huge cotton ball walking to my paper box.

    Who designs these robes anyway?

  • Holiday activities aplenty in county

    You can’t say there is nothing to do in Lancaster. Not if you take a look at the events calendar for December on the front of Wednesday’s feature section.

    The activities available run the gamut – from Santa train rides to a winter wonderland in Heath Springs, caroling and candle lighting in the Van Wyck community, Christmas parades to home tours and a Christmas concert by the highly talented Lancaster Chamber Choir.

    Fashion designer Luis Machicao will be showing some of his latest designs at the Celebration of Art at Bob Doster’s Studio.