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  • Agriculture Safety Day draws more than 200 kids

    The giant mowing pan on the SCDOT tractor parked in the hay field at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road immediately grabbed Clay Coley’s attention during Tuesday’s 4-H Agriculture Safety Day.Sitting under an awning beneath a shade tree to beat the heat, Coley, 6, listened as Bryan Baker, trade specialist for the local SCDOT right-of-way and vegetation management, explained how the tractor’s mowing pan can throw debris more than 300 feet.“That’s as long as a football field,” Baker said.“I like that tractor

  • AA all-stars to launch Lancaster Dixie Baseball postseason tournament play

    The 2008 Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star tournaments open with the annual AA city championship playoffs for the ages 7-8 league.The playoffs open Saturday with games at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Wylie Park’s field five. Play continues Monday with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.If needed, games will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • Ready or not, 2008 Hurricane season is here

    Ready or not, the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun.And until Nov. 30, weather forecasters will keep a close eye on tropical systems along the Eastern Seaboard.June 1 is the start date for activity.In April, a team of Colorado State University forecasters predicted that at least 15 named storms will form in the Atlantic basin, with eight growing into hurricane status.

  • Gardening a hobby all can enjoy

    Area garden clubs will celebrate National Garden Week from June 1-7 by showcasing, touring and improving some of the most beautiful gardens in the county.

  • Fact versus friction: Is synthetic oil really better?

    If you’re in a quandary about whether to use synthetic oil or conventional motor oil in your vehicles, you aren’t alone, said Billy Mosteller of Mosteller’s Automotive and Wrecker Service.

  • Vets offer advice to fight pesky pests

    As North America wipes away winter’s residue and temperatures begin to rise, fleas and ticks again emerge in the ecosystem.Veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, co-founders of PetEducation.com, have insight on fighting these pesky pests.Research shows that tick and flea saliva can cause allergic reactions in some pets.Cats and dogs rarely become desensitized to flea or tick bites once they develop the allergy, chewing at the base of their tails and scratching.

  • Color explosion: VIncents' Camp Creek Road yard a sea of brilliant shades

    With an entire yard filled with brilliant color, it's easy to see how the home of Ray and Margie Vincent at 2469 Camp Creek Road received the designation of May Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    The Vincents will receive a $25 gift certificate, compliments of Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster.

    Thirty-seven years ago, the Vincents purchased the former home of Margie's late mother.

  • Jackets notch state tourney bid

    The Buford High School golf team finished fourth in the Class AA Lower State tournament at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell on Monday to earn a bid to the Class AA state tournament.The Jackets shot a 335 team total to finish behind Waccamaw, Bishop England and Central of Pageland.Waccamaw shot a 307, while Bishop England had a 313. Central, the Conference VIII-AA champion, finished with a 326. BHS, the VIII-AA runner-up, followed the Eagles.Buford was led by Trevor Banks’ 77 (36-41) and Taylor Banks’ 79 (39-40).

  • IL's Scott leads state qualifiers

    A trio of Indian Land High  athletes captured firsts at the Class A Upper State track meet at Landrum.IL also claimed three seconds and a fourth. The Warriors have seven athletes set to compete in the Class A state meet on Saturday at Spring Valley.Wes Scott, IL’s ace distance runner, won the 3200-meter run in 11:02 and 1600-meter run in 4:58.8. IL freshman Mariah Williams also placed in two events, finishing first in the 100 meters hurdles in 17.66 and fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 10-inch effort.

  • Stingers sign AJ's Phillips

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ softball connection to Florence-Darlington Tech added another solid link Monday afternoon.