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Out and About

  • Ten easy projects to get a jump on spring

    Scotts Miracle-Gro
    When spring fever hits, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed with all the things you want to do in the yard. Here’s a simple list that will help you get your garden ready for good weather.  
    You can start with this checklist as soon as weather permits.
    If you can get these things done in the coming weeks, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying spring when it gets into full swing.

  • Programs available for landowners

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    April 6 is the deadline to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Late applications will not be accepted.
    The Conservation Reserve Program retires erodible row crop land by planting trees, grass or wildlife foods and the program also benefits pastureland in streamside areas.

  • Take A Hike!

    University of South Carolina Lancaster
    The public is invited to the official opening of the nature trail at the University of South Carolina Lancaster at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The trail is the result of the combined work of USCL, the Catawba Master Naturalist Association and Boy Scout Troop 71. The half-mile of gently sloping trail meanders through pine forests, bottom-land hardwoods, stream-side habitats and upland hardwoods with various plant and animal life.

  • MLK Memorial Peace Conference April 4

    Staff Reports
    The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Action Committee Inc. (MLK-SAC), Food Lion LLC and Citadel of Hope Christian Fellowship will present the ninth annual MLK Memorial Peace Conference at 2 p.m. April 4 at the Fairway Room at the Springs Golf Course, 1821 Springs Club Road.
    The celebration will mark the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Remaining Hopeful through the Storm.”

  • Supreme Outreach Food Ministry starts in April

    Because of the tough economy – with rising gas and grocery prices – one local church has made it a mission to make meals more affordable for struggling families in the Lancaster area.
    New Horizon Community Church, in conjunction with food marketing company Supreme Sales and Marketing LLC of Braselton, Ga., has launched a new food box program offering groceries at a discount, as a helping hand for those in need.

  • 4-H Showcase

    Come join us Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co., 593 S.C. Bypass East (the old Bi-lo) for a day of fun as we showcase the 4-H activities in Lancaster County at the fifth annual Family Fun Day. 

  • 12-Week Fitness Challenge

    Editor’s note: The Lancaster News is tracking the progress of Katie Stogner and Jeff Holden as they undertake the Island Sun Tanning and Fitness 12-week Challenge for 2012. Here are their first blogs. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.

    Katie’s story

    It’s been two weeks and I still cannot believe I’m actually doing this in front of a camera.

    At first, I was really nervous, but now I’m just excited.

  • Wildfires a major concern in South Carolina

    The statewide late winter/early spring wildfire season is still about a month away but the S.C. Forestry Commission has launched a safety campaign so those planning to burn can take the appropriate steps.

    The seasonal outlook for the next few months indicates an increasing potential for high wildfire activity for most of the Palmetto State.

    Although it may not seem like it due to recent rainfall, precipitation amounts for this portion of the Piedmont are already about 1.2 inches below normal.

  • Register your Relay for Life team today

    The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Lancaster County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 

    Register your team today by visiting RelayForLife.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

  • Freaky phobia

    If you feel like pulling the covers back up or staying home today, don’t worry.

    You aren’t alone. Friday the 13th has a way of doing that. 

    According to research, as many as 25 percent of the population believe Friday the 13th is a day of calamity.

    The fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriphobia (“para-ska-vee-decka-tri-phobia”), which stems from the Greek words for fear, Friday and 13. Friday the 13th happens three times in 2012 – today, April 13 and July 13.