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Today's News

  • Healthy habits promote academic success

    Our children will be more successful in school – and healthier – if we, as parents, make sure they do some very simple things.
    In fact, taking the simple steps below to make sure our children are healthy – both mentally and physically – is probably the most important factor in how they do in school.
    Here’s what you can do.

    Rest and sleep
    Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night.

  • Kershaw stylist offers kids free school haircuts

    A Kershaw hair stylist is offering a free haircut next week for any schoolkid who can’t afford one.
    Danielle Beard, a mother of two, works at Hairworks on Hampton Street in Kershaw. She’s offering the free service to students from 5K to 12th grade from Aug. 8-12.
    “Kids are so much fun,” she said Tuesday. “I really just want to help those in need.”
    Beard has been cutting and styling hair for four years and says she doesn’t want anyone going to school without a haircut simply because they are unable to pay for one.

  • Ease the transition from summer to school

    The lazy days of summer are coming to a close in Lancaster County.
     August signals back-to-school time, when bedtimes are pushed up, alarm clocks are reset, pencils are sharpened and schools open to welcome back staff and students. For Lancaster County students, the first day is Thursday, Aug. 17.
    Sixth- and ninth-graders head back Wednesday, Aug.16, for a half-day orientation.

  • New traffic patterns only at LHS

    Lancaster High School is the only campus in the county that will have different traffic patterns at the opening of the school year due to construction projects.
    Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said there is a new bus loading and unloading area at LHS.
    “We’re inverting where the bus loop is and the front loop where the drop-off is,” Vaughn said. “Car traffic, at this point, will remain the same at the upper middle parking lot.”

  • Tax-free weekend is Aug. 4-6

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Make that list and check it twice. No, not for Santa – for tax-free back-to-school shopping during the annual S.C. Sales-Tax-Free Weekend.
    Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6, book bags, clothing, pencils, paper and other school supplies are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax.
    The S.C. Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during past tax holiday weekends.

  • Phipps dives into hectic new job

    One of his first days on the job, Dr. Jonathan Phipps arrived at the Lancaster County School District office at 6:45 a.m.
    The district’s new superintendent sat at his new desk preparing for meetings, reviewing routine paperwork, and returning e-mails and phone calls. Already, the schedule was hectic and varied.
     “You never have the same day twice,” he said.
    He jotted notes in a journal to keep track of events. He’s kept one for the last 10 years.

  • Column: Why tax credits are a bad idea

    Tax credits can be some of the worst policies a government can pass.
    Taxes, as a rule, should be broad-based (everybody pays them) and low-rate (nobody pays much). Tax credits usually violate that principle – after all, tax cuts are different from tax favors. The former lower the overall burden for everyone, and the latter make exemptions for favored businesses, individuals, or sectors at the expense of everyone else.
    And of course, targeted tax credits are often used for economic development – or so the claim goes.

  • Column: My pessimism about Congress keeps growing

    I have been watching the actions in Washington for the past several weeks with great interest and have come to some conclusions.
    First, regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, he has been the catalyst to prove what we have suspected about our government – that we the people have very little control of the “government by the people.” We are the “sheeple” that are needed to justify career politicians’ existence.

  • Thwarted shoplifter tries Plan B

    Sometimes when the first plan doesn’t work, it pays to improvise.
    Two women walked into the Lowes home improvement store at U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 about noon July 22 and made their way to the lawn tool section, where one of them picked out a backpack blower priced at  $259, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The women then went to the garden-section exit, where one of them tried to leave with the blower, but was stopped by a cashier and told to go back inside the store to check out.

  • Sewage spill danger ends on Catawba

    The bacterial danger from a massive sewer spill into the Catawba River nearly three weeks ago has passed, S.C. environmental officials said Tuesday, but they urged ongoing caution among the river’s recreational users anytime there’s heavy rain.
    The state Department of Health and Environmental Control posted no-swimming notices at the Catawba Nation landing and Landsford Canal on July 15, the day after a 21-inch pipe ruptured and dumped untreated sewage into Kings Branch in Charlotte for 11 hours.