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  • Economic stimulus package in a nutshell

    How much "stimulus" are you going to receive from this package? Your wallet may not get quite as stimulated as you think.

    For the past month, you've been hearing figures all over television saying the rebates will be either $300 or $600 for individuals and $600 or $1,200 for married couples filing jointly.

  • Brookchase residents looking for answers

    There are questions about what the dust generated from concrete plants near Brookchase may be doing to children's lungs and how the runoff may be affecting nearby creeks.

    Why do the concrete plants at 521 Perimeter Commerce Park run day and night? Why won't Blue Dot Readi-Mix meet with residents or turn down the noise?

    But what the residents of Brookchase and Lakeview Landing really want to know is how a residential neighborhood could be approved so close to an industrial park in the first place.

  • Schools to get field houses

    Threecountyhighschools–insteadoftwoaspreviouslyplanned–willgetnewathleticfieldhousesforthe2008-09schoolyear.TheLancasterCountyschoolboardvotedunanimouslyTuesdaytoaccepta$1.6millionbidfromSouthernBuildersinYorkCountytobuildfieldhousesatAndrewJacksonHigh,BufordHighandIndianLandHighschools.Theschooldistrictonlyexpectedtohavethemoneytopayfortwofieldhousesthisyear.Sowhenthebidfortheprojectwentout,justAndrewJacksonHighandBufordHighwereincluded,withIndianLandHighasanoptiontopickup.SouthernBuilders,whichdecidedtoincludeILHSintheproject,wasoneofnineg

  • Basketball tournament to benefit local support group
  • Fort Lawn seeks money for sewer project

    FORT LAWN - Fort Lawn Town Council says it will need about $300,000 to become part of a regional sewer system and not have rates for in-town residents increase.ThecouncilaskedChesterCountyCouncilforhelpwithfinancingoptions,butChesterCountySupervisorCarlisleRoddeyandCountyTreasurerJackKindlesaythereislittleavailablemoneyinthecountybudget.InNovember,FortLawnTownCouncilvotedtojoinaregionalsewerplanproposedbycityofLancasterandLancasterCountyWaterandSewerDistrictofficials.Theplancallsforusingan8-inchpipecrossingonarailroadbridgeovertheCatawbaRivertogetthewas

  • Local 4-H officials offer wildlife food project

    The Clemson 4-H FACE (Food and Cover Establishment) for Wildlife Project, now in its 28th year, is now accepting entries from youths ages 5-19. The FACE for Wildlife program works through local 4-H clubs to educate children in wildlife habitat needs and encourages the planting of wildlife food plots.

  • Springs executive office workers can apply for aid

    WASHINGTON,D.C.–U.S.Rep.JohnSpratt,D-5thDistrict,announcedlastweekthatadministrativesupportworkerslaidofffromtheexecutiveofficeatSpringsGlobalinFortMillareeligibletoapplyforfederalassistance.Allworkersattheoffice,includingon-siteleasedworkersfromDiverscoInc.andCanteen,whoweretotallyorpartiallyseparatedfromemploymentonorafterJan.28,mayapplyforassistance.SprattsaideligibilityforassistancewasmadepossiblewhentheLaborDepartmentrecentlyapprovedaTradeAdjustmentAssistance(TAA)petitionfiledbythecompanyonbehalfofitsworkers.“IampleasedthattheLaborDepar

  • 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