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Today's Features

  • Ron Steele believes that New Year’s resolutions to get into shape are a waste of time.

    For the 45-year-old Steele, who has lost more than 100 pounds since 2004 in a life-long struggle against diabetes, the word diet means very little. 

    “I did not go on a diet,” he said. “I made a lifestyle change. To me, you fail because you go an a diet. I made up my mind to make a lifetime commitment. That’s the only way you’re going to succeed.”

  • The circumstances surrounding the life of Anastasia – a 17-year-old Russian princess who disappeared in July 1918 – is full of mystery, intrigue and emotion.

    Did the fourth daughter of Tsar Nicholas II survive the Russian Revolution or was she murdered, along with her family, by the Bolshevik secret police?

    Persistent rumors of her possible escape have circulated for more than 90 years, with Anastasia’s life chronicled by books, movies and musicals.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – The staff at Springs Memorial Hospital knew exactly what was going on when the strains of Johannes Brahms’ “Lullaby” rang out over the intercom during the wee morning hours of Jan. 1.

    It signaled the birth of Jayden Elijah Jacques Anthony.

    Jayden arrived at 1:47 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making him the first baby born in 2009 in Lancaster County.

    He weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long.

  • A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination survey shows that less than 10 percent of Americans are eating the recommended amount of fiber in their daily diets.

    While the dietary fiber found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes can prevent or relieve constipation, it can also lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    It can also aid in weight loss.

  • From a courthouse fire and the nastiest local political race I can recall in my life (the state Senate 16 seat), to hard times, lost jobs and $4 a gallon gas, no one can deny that we had our share of serious issues to deal with in 2008.

    But, we also saw circumstances that bring out the best in folks.

  • Your favorite college football team has made it to a bowl game. Congratulations!

    Your game plan includes hosting a get-together with family and friends around the TV set to root on your favorite team.

    Tailgating around the TV gives you a great opportunity to add a little special menu flavor to the festivities.

    Since the kitchen is only a room or two away, you can think outside the normal tailgating line-up that you are limited to in a stadium parking lot.

  • Randy Cook is a pretty good carpenter, as evidenced by the kitchen of the High Point Circle home he shares with his wife, Crystal, and their three children.

    Spotless and neat, the kitchen walls bear new paint, cabinets have been repaired and new floor covering is down. Family photos hang on the refrigerator.

    Randy has plenty of time on his hands these days to fix up the house that he moved his family into less than a month ago.

    Just like many around Lancaster whose lives revolve around a shrinking housing and home repair market, Randy Cook can’t find a job.

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  • The yard outside the L&C Railway can be a loud place.

    Between the roar of locomotives and boxcars coming and going down the tracks starting and stopping, to the railroad’s restoration workers grinding and welding on luxury train cars, it can be downright deafening.

    “It better be noisy,” said Bob Willetts, the former Hartsville arts teacher who now manages L&C passenger car shop. “If it’s not loud, nothing is going on and we’re in trouble.”

  • Heaven Craig’s compass was working just fine Saturday afternoon as she rode to Heath Springs on the L&C Railway’s Santa Express with friends Ty’Keahja McIlwain and Ari Adams.

    She may have been riding southbound in the Hollywood Beach dome car, but Heaven knew she was headed to Heath Springs’ North Pole Adventure.

    “That’s where Santa is,” the giggling 5-year-old said.

    She was right, too, and had a chance to visit with the jolly old elf at the Heath Springs depot just as the sun was starting to set.