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Faces and Places

  • Don't buy into hype of fitness myths

    Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do when it comes to your health and fitness.
    After all, you don’t want to be wasting any of your time doing something that’s wrong.

    Take this for example: did you know you should be eating within the first hour of waking up? This simple action trains your body to burn fat.

    If you are eating later than that, you’re doing just the opposite by training your body to store fat.

  • Upcoming events honoring MLK Jr. Day
    • The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at St. Paul AME Church on Barr Street. The speaker is the Rev. Lemuel Washington. For details, call (803) 283-3863.
  • Family and friends join for Connor

    When Pam Taylor lost her voice, she was finally able to empathize with her best friend’s autistic son.

    Connor Anderson, 9, of Kershaw has never spoken a word. His fine motor skills are not good enough to communicate with sign language.

    He cannot hold a pencil to write. His caregivers are left to guessing his needs.

    But family and friends are trying to change that. Ever since her vocal cords healed, Taylor has been raising money alongside Samantha Chilcoat, Connor’s mother, to buy a machine that will speak for him.

  • Called to Hunt

    Many of us probably take for granted the act of doing things outdoors.

    Whether it be hunting, fishing or participating in some outdoor sport, we don’t think twice about the opportunity.

    A group of local state troopers, however, have come together to help those with disabilities also enjoy the great outdoors.

    Mobility Outdoors for Christ is the name of the organization, and First Sgt. Paul Harrison of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said he felt the idea was a calling from the Lord.

  • Impressive desserts for the holidays

    The main course may make a meal, but let’s be honest, isn’t it the dessert that you’re really waiting for? Well, you’re not alone.  Sweet tooths of the world unite, and enjoy this sweetest of all seasons. And while you’re at it, why not make a celebratory splash of your own by serving up holiday sweets as pretty as they are delicious?

  • Tour of Homes

    This weekend you don’t want to miss the annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Lancaster Garden Club.

    In addition, Lancaster Garden Club and arts council organizers teamed up to make a concert featuring South Carolina’s own Capital City Brass Quintet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Cultural Arts Center.

    What better way to end your day of holiday activities than with an entertaining classical holiday concert?

  • Stability and motion equally important

    It is vital to maintain the characteristics of joint stability and joint mobility throughout life regardless of your age or physical stamina.
    It doesn’t matter if you are young, old, a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior.
    Understanding core and joint strength, as well as joint mobility can save us from years of joint pain, arthritis and limited mobility as we age.
    Some of you may actually already have stability and mobility exercises added to your daily schedule.

  • Saving baby Susan

    Ginger Petty
    Special to The Lancaster News

    In July 2011, here in Lancaster, residents started seeing fund-raising jars for a little girl with “Saving Baby Susan” etched on them, not knowing the whole story behind the girl or those jars.
    Well, here is that story from her mother’s words and heart.

    On Dec. 16, 2010, Susan, or “Bean” as she was known by family and friends, was a healthy and normal 18-month-old child.

  • Holiday food safety tips

    Great food is the centerpiece of any holiday celebration, and practicing safe food handling in the kitchen is an important part of holiday meal preparation. There are certain steps you can take to keep friends and family safe from food poisoning.

    “The kitchen can be chaotic and it can be challenging to keep food safety top of mind when dealing with a whole holiday meal, from turkey to trimmings,” cautions Shelley Feist, Executive Director of the non-profit Partnership for Food Safety Education.

  • TOPS ‘Sets the Table’ for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    MILWAUKEE, WI – This holiday season, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, encourages people to change the way they think about eating during family gatherings to avoid seasonal weight gain. Being prepared, having a game plan, and staying positive are all keys to mindful eating during celebrations, allowing you to enjoy time with loved ones without worrying about your food choices.

    TOPS offers several tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday get-togethers without regret: