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  • Back-to-School drive helps students in need

    Kelly Morrissette
    kmorrissette@thelancasternews.com

    With just weeks until school starts, back-to-school shopping provides the perfect opportunity to pick up extra items for those in need.  
    The Lancaster County Outreach Project’s annual Back-to-School campaign is collecting school supplies for school-age children in foster care and DSS programs, as well as students preparing to enter college.

  • Park gets new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson

    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, July 29, Andrew Jackson State Park will host the St. Andrews Society of Columbia for an unveiling of a new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson, mother of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson.  
    The St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Columbia, a charitable and social institution, is composed of Scotsmen, the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of Scotsmen and Scotswomen. Over the course of several years, they raised money to fund the creation and placement of the new memorial.

  • Taylor hopes to ‘Steal Your Heart’

    Lancaster native Pam Taylor will sing tonight at The Craft Stand. The award-winning, American roots rock singer/songwriter is performing free at 7:30 p.m. – her way of thanking her hometown.
    Taylor, 39, will be singing from her third CD, “Steal Your Heart,” ahead of its release next month. She and her bands have performed locally before, but this will be her first time alone on stage.

  • Not your average cop car

    The sight of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is, simply put, awe-inspiring.
    Battleship gray with “Lancaster County Sheriff” and “SWAT RESCUE” spelled out in thick black letters along each side, as if somehow someone might need more of a reason to take it seriously, the behemoth towers over almost everything else on the road short of a semi at 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and 21 feet long.

  • Gloves, heads-up play fuel World Series run for Darlings

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball Darlings All-Stars have been perfect this postseason and hope to continue on that diamond path as they open Dixie Softball World Series play in Sumter this weekend.
    The 11-0 Lancaster County Darlings stars will launch their series quest against Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    “Defense has been the hallmark of this team,” said stars coach Gene Knight.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw racers back at Lancaster Speedway

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series will return to Lancaster Super Speedway this week for another exciting Saturday night of dirt racing action.
    The no-roof, “convertible” racing series will pay $1,500 to the winner and $200 to start.
    This week’s feature is a make- up from the July 1 rainout.
    That night, 21 Blue Ridge drivers were here to take on the high banks of LSS before the skies opened up.    

  • The pros and cons of fitness magazines

    This week a client and I had a conversation about all the misinformation in the health and fitness industry.
    She told me that in her old life, meaning before she was a member of Healing Strength Personal Training, she would read magazines and try to piece together a diet or a workout plan.
    The only problem was that each magazine, and sometimes articles within the same magazine, contradicted one another. In one she would read that paleo was the way to go, and yet another told her that being vegan was the only true answer.

  • Remembering July 17, 1967 – A fateful day for Jacky Bayne

    This is an edited excerpt from Don McCorkle’s upcoming book, “The Buddy Plan,” which is expected to be published later this summer or fall. The dialogue in the “Vietnam: The sickening sound” section are a dramatization from the book. Although McCorkle and Bayne entered the U.S. Army in 1966 together on the Buddy Plan, McCorkle was not present when his friend was injured.

  • Howard to serve on S.C. Mayors board

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard was voted onto the Association of South Carolina Mayors board of directors Friday.
    The first Lancaster mayor to serve on the board, Howard was selected by a nominating committee and approved by board members during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s annual meeting.
    Howard, who was elected mayor in a special election in February 2016, said joining the state board is an honor.
    “It’s going to be fun,” Howard said. “I assure you that.”

  • Kershaw to build bandstand

    The town of Kershaw plans to build a bandstand on a 5-acre property given to the town by Lancaster County School District.
    It will cost the town $102,000 to build the bandstand.
    The lot, once the Kershaw High School football field, is beside the Kershaw post office.
    The space will be available for citizens to use through the Kershaw Recreation Department.