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  • Yard of the Month: Coopers mix gardening tricks with know-how to make yard thrive

    Underneath the tall pin oak trees, the crisp white blooms of azaleas and daffodils welcome guests to the home of Don and Cynda Cooper at 806 Crescent Drive in Lancaster.

    The contrast of these blossoms against the bright green blades of winter rye grass is just a small example of how this yard earned the designation as April Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    The Coopers will receive a $25 gift certificate compliments of Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster for turning their yard into a showplace.

  • Routine vehicle maintenance can cut gas expenses

    Next to buying a home, an automobile is the second largest investment for most consumers.

    April is National Car Care Month, the time of year to focus on taking care of that investment.

    It’s especially important in light of record high gasoline prices.

    According to AAA Carolinas, the average price per gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in the Lancaster area was about $3.20 on Monday. The AAA survey, updated daily, tracks prices at roughly 80,000 service stations across the country, including five in Lancaster.

  • Spring rabies clinics begin Thursday

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control usually partners up with local veterinarians this month to provide rabies shots for pets at reduced cost clinics throughout the state.

    But that won’t happen in Lancaster County this year. The clinics here won’t be sponsored by DHEC or the local health department.

    Dr. Forrest Faulkner of Faulkner Animal Hospital is going it alone to provide rabies shots at 11 clinics between Thursday and May 6.

    The issue, said Bill Sims of DHEC in Lancaster, is the $3 cost set by the State General Assembly.

  • Wild Things: What to do when you find a baby wild animal

    As spring approaches, the wildlife in our area will once again begin the timeless ritual of finding a mate and raising their young.

    The Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas (ARC) is requesting your help, on behalf of these wild creatures should you or your friends come across an orphaned, injured or sick wild animal.

  • Severe weather season: Be prepared for spring's unpredictable conditions

    Springtime in South Carolina means budding trees, blooming flowers and more daylight.

    But March to May is also the peak tornado season when sudden severe storms can spawn tornadoes as it did March 15.

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least 15 tornadoes ripped through the state that day. No one was killed in the storms here, but two people died from storms in Georgia.

  • How NOAA Weather Radios work

    The National Weather Service continuously broadcasts updated weather warnings and forecasts that can be picked up by NOAA Weather Radios equipped with SAME technology. SAME technology allows you to keep up with weather conditions in specific counties.

    The average signal range is 40 miles, depending on topography. The information for this part of South Carolina is generated from an NOAA station at SCETV in Rock Hill.

    What to listen for

    - Tornado watch – Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

  • Red Cross still has presence here

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  • Speeding bidding to roll Saturday

    Once again Saturday night, Lancaster Motor Speedway will try to get its weather-plagued season rolling.Two weeks ago, the track set an open practice to give the competitors a chance to shake down their new rides before the opener, but Mother Nature halted the action.

  • Yard of the Month: Gilreaths combine landscaping plan, hard work to make yard stand out

    Living in five houses in 18 years has given Tony and Tracy Gilreath the opportunity to learn a lot about landscaping.

    And now that experience is paying off. Their yard, at 1404 Lavoy Court, has been selected as the March Yard of the Month by Lancaster Garden Club.

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  • Jackets booters drill WC Indians

    Buford High School opened regular-season soccer play with a 12-0 road win over Westminster Catawba of Rock Hill on Thursday night.

    Jackets keeper Andrew Riner had four saves in posting the shutout.

    BHS coach Leland Summers also saluted Jay Robinson, Bryant Sims, Chris Jacobs and Jesse James for their defensive play.

    Jackets senior JoJo Morris drilled six goals and had two assists. Jon Michael Hayes followed with four goals and an assist. Michael Childers netted two goals and an assist.

    Shane Blackmon had four assists for Buford.