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  • They're not mad scientists, but they are science fair winners

    Thedangerspeoplefacefromcigarettesmokehavebeenlongpublicized.Buthowharmfularecigarettestoplants?Onestudent’scuriosityaboutthosedangersresultedinatopfinishintheLancasterCountySchoolDistrictsciencefairlastweek.NorthElementarySchool’sHunterFunderburkwonfirstplaceamongallthird-gradeentriesatThursday’sdistrictwidefair,heldattheBradleyArtsandSciencesBuildingattheUniversityofSouthCarolinaatLancaster.Therewerealsofirst-placewinnersinfourothergrades.TheyincludedNorthElementaryfourth-graderKatePetit,McDonaldGreenElementaryfifth-grader

  • Iraq War vet thanks police with a special gift

    AnAmericanflagthatflewatoponeofSaddamHussein’sformerpalaceshasbeengiventotheLancasterPoliceDepartmentasatokenofappreciation.ThepolicedepartmentsentseveralcarepackagesoverseastoU.S.ArmySgt.DavidFaris,whoservedinIraqfromNovember2006untilFebruary.Faris,22,workedinIraqasadatawallmanager,meaningheplottedeventsonahugemapandhelpedcategorizethoseoccurrences,suchasroadsidebombings.Thatinformationaidedothertroopsintheiroccupationefforts.Duringhisdeployment,whichFarisdescribedas“crazy,”italwaysfeltgoodtoreceivethosepackagesfrompeoplebackhome,hesa

  • Do you need to aerate your pasture?

    Areyoulookingforawaytoimprovepasturesandhayfieldswithoutdisturbingexistinggrass?Dowanttoimprovegrassgrowthandhayyields?Doyouwanttoincreasetheeffectsoffertilizer?Aerationmaybeyouranswer.Soilsinpasturesandhaylandscanbecomepackedovertimebylivestockandequipment.Thesurfacelayerbecomessohardthatthewaterwillnotmoveintothesoil.Thismeansthefertilizerorlimespreadonthelandcan’tgetintothesoiltohelpthegrass.Italsomeansthatthefertilizer,lime,animalmanure,pesticidesandotherchemicalscanbewashedintoponds,streamandlakes.Theaerationofthesoilinlawns,pastur

  • EMS employees receive recognition

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Service recently recognized some of its workers.JanetCauthenwasnamedAuxiliaryMemberoftheYear,ChrisTaylorwasnamedPart-TimeEmployeeoftheYearandGregBrasingtonwasnamedEmployeeoftheYear.MorrisRussellandChrisNunnerysharedtheFirstResponderoftheYearaward.Elevenmedicsreceivedawardsfortheiryearsofservice:DonaldHyattfor30years;ChuckPayne,DavidCampandLannyBernardfor20years;LenRobinsonfor15years;TimClemmer,StaceyWalden,KellySnipesandMicheleRobinsonfor10years;andRussellRogerandTammyVincentforfiveyears.

  • Medical IT firm to locate in IL

    INDIANLAND–AcompanyspecializingininformationtechnologyandmedicalrecordsmanagementhasmovedtoIndianLand.StateandcountyofficialsannouncedTuesdaythatIntegratedHealthcareSolutionsisrelocatingfromCharlottetoIndianLand’s521CommercePark,saidLancasterCountyEconomicDevelopmentCorp.PresidentKeithTunnell.IntegratedHealthcareSolutionsofferscomplete,cost-effectiveelectronicmedicalrecordsandpracticemanagementsolutions,accordingtocompanyofficials.Thecompanywillinvestapproximately$470,000inLancasterCountyandbring35newhigh-payingjobs.Salariesrangefrom$30,000to$50,000aye

  • 30-pound rabbit delights local special needs clients

    Willhebite?TimmyHallasked,alittleapprehensiveaboutaverylarge,furryvisitorwithacottonywhitetail,whoseemedmoreinterestedinnibblingstrawthanfingers.LynetteStewartwasn’tintimidatedbythebigbunny.“He’sacuterabbit,”shesaid,strokingthesandy-brownbunny.Hall,StewartandotherclientsoftheLancaster/ChesterDisabilitiesandSpecialNeedsBoardhadavisitfromPeterCottontailonThursday.PeterbelongstoClaudeEllisofLancaster,whoownsHavePets,WillTravelpettingzoo.HesentPeteralongwithDSNworkerKayeHoffman,whousedtorunapettingzooofherown,totheDSNoffic

  • Groups to sponsor Light of Hope Vigil

    Everyyear,morethan500childrenarereportedabusedandneglectedinLancasterCounty.

  • About 70 attend meeting to learn about gangs

    HEATHSPRINGS–WendyReinmanwasn’tcertainifLancasterCountyhasagangproblem.ButafterhearingalectureTuesdayaboutlocalgraffitiandotherparaphernalia,shewasassuredoftheirpresenceinthecounty.ReinmanleftthepresentationatHeathSpringsElementarySchoolwithawealthofknowledgeaboutgangsinthearea.Whatsheandotherresidentsonceperceivedasmeredrawingsmayhaveadifferentmeaningtothemnow.Shenowknowsthattherearespecificreasonswhygangmemberswearcertainclothing.FredThompson,theganginvestigatorfortheLancasterCountySheriff’sOffice,broughtaplethoraoflocalganginformati

  • Storms harsher in other counties

    Lancaster County was spared the worst of Saturday afternoon’s severe storms.

    The county was under a tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning late Saturday afternoon, but no damage was reported locally, according to Lancaster County Emergency Management.

  • Drought persists, despite some heavy rainfall in recent weeks

    Lancaster County has seen some rain in recent days, but residents are still being asked to conserve water.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group recommends the region continue the current Stage 3 water restrictions implemented last fall to ensure an adequate water supply is available.  In their implementation of Stage 3 water restrictions, most public water systems in the river basin are prohibiting lawn watering.