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  • Replace smoke detector batteries when you fall back

    A smoke detector doubles your chances of surviving a home fire, but only if it works.  That’s why the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors this weekend to coincide with the 2 a.m.

  • Talking to roses not a thorny subject for Mary Daniels
  • Bruins seek to rebound

    Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray is hoping for a little deja vu as he looks to Friday night.McMurray, recalling the Bruins’ response to their first loss this season, is hoping for a similar answer following LHS’s second setback this fall.Lancaster, after falling to Northwestern 27-7 for its first defeat this season, rebounded to throttle Nation Ford 30-0 at home.“This time, it’s different,” McMurray said. “We’re on the road and we face a team which is playing pretty good football.

  • Buford students tackle 1M pages and win state reading award

    There were are a lot dedicated readers at Buford Middle School over the summer.

    In fact, the students and faculty read more than 1 million pages and have recently been recognized for their work.

    Buford Middle is this year's statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest. The initiative started last year as a way to encourage recreational reading during the summer.

    More than 8,000 students and 173 schools in South Carolina participated in this year's challenge, reading nearly 16 million pages.

  • Remember when?

    Most of us drive down Lancaster's Main Street at least several times each week without giving it a second thought.

    Granted, there are still a few businesses surviving among the otherwise empty buildings, but I cling to my memories when Main Street was the center of my small universe. It was every bit what a County Seat should be.

    Be nice now here comes Lancaster Police Chief Huey Montgomery out for a walk, too. He knows most everybody in town, including me.ee

  • Perfect blend of color

    By Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    Hues of delicate pinks, blues and yellows sprinkled throughout the yard hint that a lady must be nearby.

    Indeed she is. The lady- Lynn Carter- planned and designed the tapestry of color that blankets her lawn, at 3963 Major Evans Road in Lancaster.

  • Mix treatment methods to control pond weeds

    Do you have weeds growing in your pond?Would you like to know how to get rid of the weeds?Then the Clemson Extension Office in your county can help.If you have a pond, you understand the severity in which pond weeds can rapidly establish in still water.Each year throughout the Southeast, local, state and federal government agencies spend millions of dollars controlling aquatic weeds in public waterways.

  • They're baaaaaaack! Fire ant nests add to water woes

    This week’s tremendous rainfall amounts in such a short period of time may bring an unwelcome visitor up to ground level in your yard.If fire ant nests pockmark your lawn in the next few days, it’s to be expected, said Tim Davis, fire ant suppression expert with Clemson University.“Fire ants don’t have a difficult time with flooding and rain at all,” said Davis.

  • 4-H chicken trio greets returning North students

    The official mascot of North Elementary School is a no-named, medieval armor-wearing knight.Unofficially, it has to be a chicken, said North Elementary School science teacher Kim Threatt.More specifically, it’s Ashley, Clem and Fluffy, the three chickens that now make their home in a barn-red and white chicken coop built by Jamie Gainer inside a fence beside the school science lab.The rooster and two hens are carryovers from a 4-H science project at North last spring to teach science students about the life cycle.Threatt said three were

  • Hammonds head P-31 honorees

    The Lancaster American Legion baseball teams returned to Post 31 on Monday night to be honored for their summer play.

    A host of awards were presented, but the spotlight was clearly on a trio of players brothers Khoury Hammond and Trevor Hammond along with Andrew Smyre.

    Khoury Hammond, a first baseman in the P-31 senior team, was presented the team MVP Award.

    Trevor Hammond, the P-31 senior team catcher, reaped the David Dagenhart Award.

    Smyre, the Post 31 junior team catcher, was named the team MVP after leading the squad to a first-ever state tournament berth.