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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • There's a shiny, new cast-iron skillet above the refrigerator in our kitchen. But that's about to change; I'm ready to knock that sheen off by seasoning it and putting it to good use.

    To me, the pride of every southern kitchen is still a cast-iron skillet.

    In a day when stainless, copper-coated cookware is the rage, that old dark skillet has lost its appeal to many.

    Why?

    I'm not really sure, considering that it can be used for a wide array of roasting, frying, sauteing and baking.

  • Slave re-enactor Kitty Wilson-Evans’ scene in Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot” ended up unnoticed on the cutting room floor.

    But her stage performance as “Old Maw” in a Feb. 14, 2008, production of the David Chaltas’ play, “Two Women: One War” grabbed everyone’s attention during two sellout performances at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. 

    The retired kindergarten teacher who helps tell the story of slavery at Historic Brattonsville recently received an award she never saw coming.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • High protein diets have triggered an explosion of interest, but just how much protein is enough or is too much?

    According to the Harvard School of Public Health, adults need a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day to keep body tissues from slowly breaking down.

    That works out to a little more than 7 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight.

    But the numbers can fluctuate.

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