• What happened to winter? 80 degrees in mid-February

    Less than a month after we were making snowmen, Lancaster hit 80 degrees Friday, with beaming sunshine but damaging winds.
    Saturday the forecast high was to be 30 degrees cooler, then swinging back up into the high 70s by Tuesday.
    It’s as if spring and winter are trading punches as the change of season approaches.
    Friday’s high was a fabulous 23 degrees above normal for the date, but the winds got a little too gusty, topping 40 mph at times.

  • How bacteria affect your metabolism

    When you think about the billions of tiny organisms living inside your body, it’s pretty mind-blowing. 
    No, it isn’t a new version of the movie “Alien” – none of them are going to take over your body – but they can really affect your health. 
    Think of the terms bloated feeling, abdominal pressure, indigestion. These are all signs of something being off with your microbiome.

  • Debutantes study social-media safety

    From release

    Social-media safety was the topic as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Iota Theta Omega Chapter hosted the 2017-18 debutantes for their second educational workshop Jan. 21.
    Connie Wilson of Affinity Health Center discussed the dangers of social media, including cyber bullying, inappropriate contact with strangers, and the potential risks of posting online.

  • Camaraderie over coffee

    The room smelled like coffee and sausage biscuits, and nearly everyone there wore a cap with a military designation.
    About 20 men, most middle-aged and older, gathered at this week’s Veterans Coffee Club, which has started meeting at 521 BBQ on Main Street in Lancaster.
    An expansion of the Indian Land club, the coffee club meets at 8 a.m. every Tuesday.
    “We’ve all got something in common,” Marine veteran Jim Campbell said. “Now we get a chance to come in here and chew the fat and just talk about old times.”

  • 1st S.C. pediatric death from flu

    South Carolina has seen its first pediatric death of the flu season, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The reported death occurred in the Midlands region, which consists of 12 counties including Lancaster. DHEC would not specify the county where the child died.
    “The most information we can release is the region that the death occurred in,” said a DHEC spokesman.

  • 300 apartments just east of BridgeMill

    A new multi-story apartment complex is coming to Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Council passed a resolution Monday night that moves forward the master plan to build the 300-unit Six Mile Creek Apartments, as well as an adjacent commercial component on 20 acres along the east side of U.S. 521. The property is directly across from the entrance to the BridgeMill subdivision and BridgeMill Drive, which is just north of Transformation Church.

  • Norrell withdraws Facebook post on LHS incident

    After Wednesday’s Florida school shooting, Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell wrote on Facebook that her daughter feared attending Lancaster High because she saw a student assault a teacher there Feb. 2.
    On Thursday, school officials said no such attack had occurred, and the 44th District Democrat from Lancaster removed the post from her Facebook page.
    There was a Feb. 2 incident in which a teacher intervened to stop an argument between two students, said LHS Principal Rosalyn Mood, but “at no time was the teacher assaulted or struck by any student.”

  • Woman watches childhood home burn

    Marie Cunningham watched quietly through a cloud of smoke as her childhood home burned Wednesday afternoon, just 30 yards or so from the house where she now lives.
    The fire crept closer and closer across the yard, but firefighters extinguished it before it got to her home.
    Kershaw, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments, along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, responded to the fire at 7768 Molasses Rd., Kershaw, shortly before 2:30 p.m.

  • Wreck victim tracks down the firefighter who kept him alive

    Steven Hubbard of Belmont, N.C., is glad to be alive after a motorcycle accident a year ago.
    On Feb. 3, he got the chance to thank the man he credits with saving his life – Pleasant Valley Fire Department firefighter Joe Martus.
    Hubbard, 26, was on his way to work March 17 when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a turning SUV, leaving him clinging to life in the middle of Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill.

  • Mayor Howard in good spirits, condition better, daughter reports

    Mayor John Howard is in good spirits and his medical condition is improving, according to a website his daughter created to update the community on his progress.
    Shelley Robinson wrote that Howard, surrounded by family, is using both a breathing tube and a feeding tube, and he has lost 50 pounds since entering the hospital Jan. 16. But he has been able to maneuver out of bed into a chair and begin physical therapy, she said.