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Today's Features

  • Mosquitoes have been around for thousands, maybe millions, of years.

    And these winged blood suckers have no intention of taking off this summer.

    With the pop-up thunderstorm season now in full swing, it doesn’t take much to create a mosquito nuisance, said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    That’s where a little routine yard sprucing-up comes in.

  • There’s nothing like the smell of fresh, homegrown tomatoes.
    That is exactly what it smelled like in the Carol Raye Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where in mid-June participants peeled and quartered dozens of tomatoes during Clemson University Cooperation Extension’s hands-on canning course.
    Canning is one of the most time-tested ways to preserve that smell and taste of fresh food, but it must be done carefully.

  • There’s nothing like the smell of fresh, homegrown tomatoes.
    That is exactly what it smelled like in the Carol Raye Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where in mid-June participants peeled and quartered dozens of tomatoes during Clemson University Cooperation Extension’s hands-on canning course.
    Canning is one of the most time-tested ways to preserve that smell and taste of fresh food, but it must be done carefully.

  • – Editor’s note: W.B. Evans is on the mend after a recent at-home mishap. “I climbed a ladder and fell off, simple as that,” he said. “I ain’t as young as I sometimes think I am.” We are reprinting this Remember When column on Vacation Bible School that was originally published in the June 29, 2008, edition of The Lancaster News.

    No sooner had the final school bell rung for our last day at Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School, the bell at First Baptist Church peeled, summoning all of us to Vacation Bible School.

  • Name: Josh McNeal IV
    Age: 25
    Address: Sunshine Road
    Family: Dad, the Rev. Willie McNeal; mom, Robin Stevenson, and three brothers, Adrian McGriff, Quacy McNeal and Willie McNeal Jr.   
    Job: Graduate assistant for the Southern Political Science Association
    Hobbies: Working out, Gamecocks football and baseball, videography, golf and watching the TV news
    Favorite book: “Strivers Row” by Kevin Baker

  • Name: Josh McNeal IV
    Age: 25
    Address: Sunshine Road
    Family: Dad, the Rev. Willie McNeal; mom, Robin Stevenson, and three brothers, Adrian McGriff, Quacy McNeal and Willie McNeal Jr.   
    Job: Graduate assistant for the Southern Political Science Association
    Hobbies: Working out, Gamecocks football and baseball, videography, golf and watching the TV news
    Favorite book: “Strivers Row” by Kevin Baker

  • Eighteen-year-old Morgan “Hot Shoe” Turpen has lofty dreams.

    They include earning an education degree from the University of Memphis and becoming a teacher and high school softball coach and possibly, one day, a principal.

    But should that plan go awry, the Cordova, Tenn., native does have a back-up.

    For now, she has a 1,300-pound winged sprint car with a 360-cubic, 700-horsepower engine and a pair of racing gloves to fall back on. Later on, if she continues to grow and develop, that could mean NASCAR. 

  • Eighteen-year-old Morgan “Hot Shoe” Turpen has lofty dreams.

    They include earning an education degree from the University of Memphis and becoming a teacher and high school softball coach and possibly, one day, a principal.

    But should that plan go awry, the Cordova, Tenn., native does have a back-up.

    For now, she has a 1,300-pound winged sprint car with a 360-cubic, 700-horsepower engine and a pair of racing gloves to fall back on. Later on, if she continues to grow and develop, that could mean NASCAR. 

  • I have breaking news: Our neighborhoods have disappeared.
    The young folks moved away and the older folks have gotten older or moved on, too.
    What happened? Our neighborhoods are now full of strangers who seldom speak, much less wave.
    Why are there no children riding tricycles or scooters on the sidewalks?
    Shucks, most recently developed neighborhoods don’t even have sidewalks. For that matter, most of  the residents don’t even know what a scooter is.

  • Elizabeth M. Hunter has been named the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year for 2010.  
    This annual award recognizes a county farmer who protects natural resources to an unusually high degree or in an innovative way.