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  • County moves up a bit in state health rankings

    Lancaster County is becoming a healthier place to live.
    New state health rankings show the county improved from 21st to 18th among the 46 counties in the past year, but still lags behind in several areas.
    The data come from the eighth-annual County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which compared counties across the country.

  • Heath Springs tips its hat to retiring clerk Thee Baker

    More than 50 Heath Springs residents and town officials took time Tuesday to thank retiring town clerk Thee Baker for 15 years of service and friendship.
    Baker, 62, a self-described introvert and Ohio native, did not think the position was a good fit for her when she started out in 1998, but it was a job she grew to love.
    “I got the job through Phillips Staffing and didn’t think I wanted to do this for long,” Baker said Tuesday afternoon just before the retirement party. “I’m shy and I hated answering the phone.

  • Students and parents invited to Lancaster Literacy Night

    Lancaster’s Literacy Night this Thursday will give parents and students the chance to win prizes, play games and learn about how area schools are building reading and writing skills.
    Nine Lancaster-area schools will have booths with exhibits and activities, including book giveaways, student work and a photo booth.
    The event is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster High School, 625 Normandy Rd., Lancaster.

  • Spring Fun Night at AJ State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park is holding its Spring Fun Night at 7 p.m. this Friday.
    The event is free with park admission and will take place in the park’s main parking lot. Admission to the park is $2 for adults, $1.25 for seniors and free for ages 15 and younger.
    “All are welcome,” said State Park Ranger Kirk Johnston, adding that the event is especially aimed at kids ages 5 to 12.

  • Classical artists Hoffman, Parrini perform Sunday

    Miles Hoffman, a prominent classical violist and a popular host on S.C. Public Radio, WDAV and other public stations around the country, will perform this Sunday in Lancaster.
    He will be appearing at 2:30 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center along with Italian-born pianist Fabio Parrini at the Vivian Major Robinson Spring Concert. Concert-goers will hear the music of familiar composers Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms, as well as a more modern composition published in 1951 by Ernest Bloch.

  • Winthrop Poll: Trump’s S.C. approval rating holds steady

    From release

    ROCK HILL – President Trump’s approval rating of 43 percent has remained steady in South Carolina for the past two months, according to the latest Winthrop Poll.
    His approval numbers in South Carolina continue to be a few points higher than his national average.
    The 45th president has a disapproval rating of 47 percent among Palmetto State citizens. An earlier Winthrop Poll in February showed similar ratings.

  • Woman hurt in 30-foot fall at Devil’s Cave

    A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured last weekend in a 30-foot fall near Devil’s Cave at Forty Acre Rock, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The victim, Chantal Stemen of Indian Trail, N.C., was in fair condition Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to a spokesman at CMC main.
    According to the sheriff’s report, Stemen had “multiple lacerations, bruises and most likely multiple fractures.”

  • Weekend Recap: April 17, 2017

    Three correctional officers were injured, including one that was stabbed, in a “disturbance” at Kershaw Correctional Institute on Sunday. Construction for new multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High School and Buford High School is set to begin this week. Former S.C. Gov. and Lancaster native Jim Hodges has been named president and CEO of McGuireWoods Consulting. See Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News for coverage on these stories and more.

  • Elgin barbecue runs like Ford assembly line

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    Was this a volunteer firefighters' barbecue, a community social, a family reunion or a fellowship dinner? It was all of the above.
    I was fortunate enough to be asked to help the Elgin Fire Department with its big barbecue on March 16-17.

  • First Steps sets $24K goal for Give Local

    First Steps of Lancaster hopes to raise $24,000 through the upcoming Give Local Lancaster campaign.
    And while that’s a lofty goal, it is attainable, said First Steps volunteer Fred Witherspoon.
    “All across America, you have agencies taking part in these campaigns,” Witherspoon said. “We just plug into it.”
    First Steps is one of 41 local organizations that will participate in Give Local Lancaster on May 2.