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  • USCL classes help keep seniors fit

    Seniors looking for a low-cost way to stay fit and engaged with their peers can find both at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The center offers health fitness classes for seniors from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gymnasium. The classes are designed for seniors, ages 60 and older, but they’re open to anyone.
    Pat Clancy began participating in the program two years ago at age 58.
    At first she was unsure of the classes, but quickly “ate my words,” she said. “I think it’s great!”

  • Senior Circle offers healthy help

    Senior Circle
    Springs Memorial Hospital

    The Senior Circle Association is a national, nonprofit organization that encourages a healthy and active lifestyle for adults 50 and older. Chapters exist all over the country; the local chapter is offered by Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Babies benefit from stitching hero

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Meet local hero Rick Bianco, a 79-year-old quilter who lives in the Panhandle.
    Rick, who is originally from New Jersey, and his wife, Sandra, moved here three years ago from Florida. Rick’s health issues spurred the couple to move to South Carolina to be closer to one of their sons.
    Shortly after their arrival, Rick had cancer surgery, followed by radiation treatments, which resulted in a heart condition. He also has low vision from failed cataract surgeries.

  • Aging Matters: Keep your balance as you age

    Studies indicate that one in three senior citizens experience a fall and falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions for seniors.  
    Up to half of older adults have fears about falling, and these fears may cause seniors to be less active.  Most falls are preventable and occur during routine activities.
    Falls are usually not caused by just one issue, but being inactive results in a loss of muscle strength and balance.  

  • Lancaster seniors enjoy game for life

    Golf keeps seniors in the game and a trio of Lancaster County seniors are playing proof.
    George Flanders, Bill Williams and Dwight Witherspoon enjoy staying active with golf.
    Flanders, 79, said he began playing golf in 1959 when he was in the Army.
    “The game is addictive,” Flanders said. “I was bitten by the golf bug then and I’ve passed it on to my grandson, Steven Carroll. The game just kind of grows on you.”
    Flanders has posted nine holes-in-one, with most of those aces at the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • A day in the life of Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown starts each day a little differently than most 78-year-olds.
    At about 5 a.m., she makes a round of visits to the homes of eight elderly women ranging in age from 86 to 101.
    Brown helps them get dressed, take daily medicines and eat breakfast.
    “I feel like that’s what I’ve got to do,” Brown said.
    In fact, it’s all she’s ever known – taking care of children and elderly folks.

  • Burgess Family Benefit at $2,480 and counting

    The Burgess Family Benefit raised $1,650 Saturday through food sales, a flea market and donations. This money along with earlier contributions takes the total up to $2,480.
    The figure will rise as donations continue to trickle in at Wells Fargo. The money in the donation jars at local businesses had not been tallied up by press time.
    "I'm very tired and exhausted, but it's a good tired," said R.L. Parham Monday morning. He organized the event in a little over a week.

  • Kershaw residents charged in thefts from mailboxes

    A Kershaw man and woman were arrested Friday on a slew of larceny charges after they were caught with mail stolen from more than two dozen mailboxes across the eastern part of Lancaster County from Buford to Kershaw.
    Matthew Leonard McCoy, 40, of 2228 Crookneck Road, and Cierra Nicole Oxandaboure, 29, of 8293 Taxahaw Road, are charged with 29 counts of petit larceny apiece.

  • Deluge moves Relay for Life to LHS stadium

    This week’s heavy rains have forced the relocation of Lancaster’s 22nd-annual Relay for Life event, which will be held at Lancaster Memorial Stadium instead of the water-logged Springdale Recreation Center, where parking on the soccer fields would have turned them to mush.
    The American Cancer Society fundraising event begins with the survivor lap at 7 p.m. at the stadium, located at 970 Stadium Drive, and continues until midnight.
    Lancaster County has a reputation in the state for being a top Relay for Life fundraiser.

  • Weekend Recap: April 24, 2017

    The Burgess Family Benefit raised $1,600 Saturday through food sales, flea market and donations. Donations are accepted through May 5, and proceeds will benefit the immediate family of Coleen Burgess.

    Relay for Life of Lancaster County will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

    Scott Kodell, 51, was arrested April 17 for stealing campaign signs along Doby’s Bridge Road and the Fort Mill Parkway, and was charged with one count of petit larceny.