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Today's News

  • Bench to guide AJ football

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – A small-town atmosphere and a football program with “a ton of potential” are key factors that attracted Andrew Jackson High School’s new head football coach, Elmer Bench.

    Bench, a Manning native, was named the Volunteers’ 10th head football coach Friday when he was approved by the Lancaster County school board upon recommendation by AJ Principal Mary Barry.

  • Gooches' fire explorers take their post

    A group of high school students are learning how to become firefighters. But that’s not all they’re learning.

    They’re also learning what it means to be leaders through hands-on community service.

    The members of Explorer Post 8, sponsored by Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, recently constructed a handicap accessible ramp at Bonnie Thompson Wright’s home on Memorial Park Road.

    The materials to construct the ramp were donated by Payless Lumber on Brooklyn Avenue, which is within the Gooches fire district.

  • Basic chemistry

    Marinades have an unspoken mystique about them.

    These contrived secret blends miraculously change poultry, seafood, meats and vegetables from bland to bursting with taste.

    Using marinades has been around for hundreds of years, says food writer and cookbook author Peggy Trowbridge Filippone. 

    Marinades date back to pre-Columbian Mexico when cooks wrapped meats in papaya leaves to make them more tender, she writes in her blog on about.com.

    These days, there are many simple flavor-infusing liquids to choose from.

  • Council could table park plans

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    County Council will vote on tabling an ordinance to relocate Indian Land’s Roy Hardin Park at Monday’s meeting.

    After a review of the property, council realized there is a deed restriction on the park as a result of it being purchased using federal grant money.

  • CDC says swine flu doesn't come from eating pork

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement Monday that there is no evidence you can get swine flu virus (H1N1) by eating pork.

    “Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food,” the statement said. “You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees kills the swine flu virus, as it does other bacteria and viruses.”

  • Overcash discusses park plans with IL Action Council

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    The future plans of Indian Land’s parks and recreation center were the main topics at Thursday’s meeting of the Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Chrysler cuts Lancaster dealership

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County will lose one of its new-car dealerships as auto companies cut out sellers to cut costs. Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep is set to have its contract terminated as part of Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring.

    The dealership learned of the company’s decision on Thursday.

    Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep owner David McKinney said customers have been stopping by the past two days to talk with employees and ask questions.

  • City awards funding to two projects

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The Rev. Wayne Murray says he is perplexed regarding the amount of money City Council awarded Hope on the Hill on Tuesday.

    Hope on the Hill, a local youth-serving organization, is renovating the old Barr Street School and had asked for $500,000 from the city’s hospitality tax grant fund.

  • Hodges wins crate late model special

    Andy Hodges took over the No. 7 Country’s Race Team in 2007 when Rooster Ghant left the crate late model team. Jerry “Country” and Valerie Strickland, the car owners, make sure the crew is always dressed with racing-style uniforms. They have raced Lancaster Speedway since the 2004 inception of the crate late model division.

  • Banks Class A medalist

    Buford High School senior golfer Trevor Banks used some sage advice to capture a second straight state medalist championship on Tuesday afternoon.

    Banks, who shot a 77 in the opening round of the Class A state golf tournament at the Wellman Club in Johnsonville, said his putting needed to quickly improve to have a shot at the individual state title for a second straight season.

    Banks’ solution was to sleep with his putter Monday night.