• Humble Abode empowers women

    The Women’s Enrichment Center held the grand opening Monday for its new Humble Abode retail store and sewing room, which is designed to be self-sustaining and to teach women a trade that’s becoming a rarity.

    WEC Humble Abode, at 311A N. Main St. in Lancaster, works with local businesses and individuals who request custom-made products. 

  • Main St. move pays off

    Local restaurateur Howard Witherspoon thinks Lancaster’s Main Street is still the place to do business, which is why he moved there.
    “From Market Street to here, it’s like night and day,” said Witherspoon, who co-owns The Hot Dog King with his wife, Toya. “Even on slow days, it’s 100 percent better.”
    Witherspoon’s move to 220 S. Main St., fueled by word of mouth, has become the talk of the downtown business district. Witherspoon moved to Main Street in mid-June.

  • Open enrollment time for many health plans

    It’s that time of the year again when people are allowed to make changes to their health insurance plans for the upcoming year. It’s also that time of year when people stress and procrastinate making these decisions.
    A best practice is to evaluate how your current plan has performed in 2016 and to make changes (if needed) to improve your plan for 2017.

  • Construction-equipment school starts Lancaster classes Oct. 17

    For people looking for a job, a new kind of school is opening soon in Lancaster – Carolina Construction School, offering classes in heavy-equipment operation and commercial driver’s license certification.
    At a kickoff luncheon Aug. 19, more than 50 representatives from government agencies, utility companies, businesses and service groups gathered to hear more about the school’s plans.

  • CWI buys user for Lancaster plant’s wire

    Central Wire’s Lancaster plant just got an additional guaranteed customer for its products, through an acquisition by its Canadian-based parent company.
    The Lancaster facility, at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road, manufactures single-strand wire. Central Wire Industries has bought Indiana-based Sanlo Inc., which manufactures stainless and galvanized strand wire. Sanlo strands single-end wire into rope or cable.

  • An 'out-of-the-box' pizza experience

    Gayle Adams tried her first Kono cone-shaped, soft-crust pizza several years ago while vacationing in Singapore because she was hungry and in a hurry.
    “I saw a pizza I could eat while I kept shopping,” she said. “And it tasted really, really good, too.”
    At the time, she was a program analyst for VSE Corp., which provides engineering and technical support services for the U.S. military.

  • Why is that peach tree full of paper bags? It’s organic

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – More Southeastern peaches will be grown organically thanks to a $1 million federal grant awarded to Clemson University.
    Clemson pomologist Juan Carlos Melgar and pathologist Guido Schnabel are tying paper bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides. The peaches are bagged when the fruits are young and small.

  • Hospital launches telemedicine program

    Springs Memorial Hospital went live Tuesday with a telemedicine program for its intensive and critical care units that gives patients access to doctors through a television screen 24/7.
    With the push of a button, a patient or hospital staffers can have a two-way conversation with a doctor within 60 seconds.
    Springs Memorial has 10 ICU rooms and 10 CCU rooms, which are now all equipped with a television screen and ceiling camera.

  • Rezoning draws company to in-town site

    Lancaster City Council passed a rezoning request Tuesday night to allow a construction company office and warehouse to locate at 305 E. Arch St.
    The vote to change the zoning from R-10 (Residential) to B-2 (Neighborhood Commercial) was unanimous. While property owner James Boswell had originally requested a B-3 (General Commercial) rezoning to also allow the sales and service of golf carts, city council opted for the B-2 classification.

  • Column: What does an average Medicare enrollee pay?

    Many people have a misconception that Medicare is free healthcare coverage for when they reach age 65.

    That is far from the truth.

    This column spells out some of the common costs that are associated with Medicare, to show future Medicare recipients what they might expect when they enroll. For a more detailed explanation of each of these parts of the program, visit Medicare.gov.