• Train Hard, Eat Healthy: Tweaking ‘bad’ foods to make them better for your body

    When I first started learning about being healthy, I was a bit overwhelmed. It seemed as if there was always a “bad” way of doing things and a “good” way.
    It was crazy! If you eat this way, it’s better. If you eat that way, you will die. At the local bookstore were shelves upon shelves of weight loss books, healthy recipe books and personal development books – all claiming to be the “right” way.

  • Why are honey bees dying in their hives?

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    TRAVELERS REST – With every scoop of bees Brad Cavin pours gently into a cardboard box, he brings science one step closer to unraveling the riddle of honey bee decline.
    At an apiary near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cavin gathered samples of honey bees – live ones, dead ones, their unborn brood and the pollen the bees collect – as he has from hives all across the Palmetto State this spring.

  • Ledbetter picnic-shelter fund reaches $26K goal

    The Terri Ledbetter Memorial Fund raised $10,000 this past Friday after a benefit concert at Immanuel Baptist Church.
    That money will be added to the $16,000 raised from past donations and fundraisers.  The dream of a covered, handicap-accessible picnic shelter will become a reality for Ledbetter’s friends at the Chester-Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN).
    Janice Steele, Terri’s mother, was overcome with joy Monday as the funds hit the goal.

  • LASS project expands shelter kennels by 30%

    There’s a bit of good news at the Lancaster Animal Shelter this week, even as it remains shut down while officials try to eradicate an airborne virus.
    A new set of seven portable kennels has arrived at the shelter, thanks to $17,500 in donations from the Indian Land-based animal-rescue group Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters. The addition will expand shelter capacity by 30 percent.
    The block of portable, climate-controlled kennels have been placed on a county-laid concrete pad at the shelter at 118 Kennel Lane.

  • Pope, Norman neck-and-neck in runoff

    Tough campaigning by Ralph Norman and Tommy Pope may not have moved the needle much since the 5th District congressional candidates finished in a virtual tie in the May 2 GOP primary, according to an independently funded poll released Thursday.
    The two meet Tuesday in a runoff to decide who’ll represent the Republican Party in the June 20 special election.

  • Flowers, pizza, cake and trophy!

    Sandra Rollings, who turned 71 this week,  finished her last shift at Applebee’s as the guest of honor this week, receiving flowers, pizza, cake and a trophy.
    For 15 years, she has worked a few hours each week at the Lancaster restaurant, prepping food for the cook.
    Her manager, Darann Weingand, told her she could take the day off Wednesday and just enjoy the party and the celebration of her retirement.

  • 25 frisky dogs face life-or-death decision soon

    Alan Williams, director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, squatted beside one of the temporary pens holding the 25 quarantined animals under his care.
    He shook his head as he talked about the dog inside, one of two that came to the shelter three months ago after a drug bust left them homeless. They were emaciated, dehydrated and full of parasites. Williams and his assistant nursed them back to health.
    The dog wagged his tail wildly at the sight of his caretaker.

  • Confederate flag-placers complain after their removal

    Leland Summers complained to county council Monday night that his First Amendment rights were denied when the county removed Confederate battle flags from a wreath placed at the Confederate memorial in front of the historic courthouse.
    “It has become obvious at this point that if you are a descendant of a Confederate veteran, you have no First Amendment rights,” Summers said. “We beg to differ.”

  • City buys ramshackle house so it can fix sewer-line issue

    Lancaster City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to pay $35,000 for an uninhabitable house it condemned almost two years ago, saying it needs the property to resolve a major sewer-line problem.
    The city set aside $12,000 for the purchase two years ago, which means another $23,000 was needed.
    The 1,945-square-foot house is at 212 W. Meeting St. and has been empty for some time. Built in 1944, it has several huge cracks in the foundation.

  • TV’s ‘Pickers’ come to S.C.

    From release

    SUMTER – A Palmetto State antiques landmark is getting some national exposure with an appearance on the TV series “American Pickers.”
    Rob Dinkins, son of T.J. and Nancy Player of Sumter, will appear on the show, which will air at 9 p.m. this Monday on the History Channel. Crews visited Sumter Ice and Fuel Co. on Commerce Street in Sumter and spent hours there interviewing Dinkins and negotiating purchases while filming the show.