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Today's News

  • Banana pudding lessens the sting (a little)

    Boy, I was hurting. Daddy had just given me one of his better whippings.                     

    I was wearing overall pants (blue jeans), but that didn’t matter very much. His leather belt seemed to cut right through to my bare legs.

    Like a lot of fellas, I got away with more than I should have.

    But this time, it was different.

    Why?

  • Clean out medicine cabinets

    The New Year’s resolution of “out with the old and in with the new” applies to that out-of-view medicine cabinet behind the bathroom mirror that you stare at every morning while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

    Like a refrigerator, medicine cabinet supplies pile up, often past their expiration dates, said pharmacist Hugh Mobley of Mobley Drugs.

    And just like the refrigerator, a medicine cabinet needs to be cleaned out regularly.

  • USCLancaster is a model for other schools

    Editor’s note: Sen. Mick Mulvaney presented this letter to Gov. Mark Sanford on opening day of 2009 S.C. General Assembly.

    I received your proposed budget late last week, and the courtesy call from your office indicating that you had proposed the closure of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

  • IL library now open

    Although this sounds clichéd, the excitement really was palpable at the ribbon-cutting for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    Even before 3 p.m., the 54 chairs in the front were filled to capacity.

    Others had to stand on their tiptoes, craning their necks for a view of the historic event.

    But the ribbon-cutting – the symbolic culmination of several years of planning and work by the Lancaster County Library’s board, its staff and many others in the community – was not the main event Sunday.

  • FDA dictates drug disposal guidelines

    In February 2007, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly released new guidelines designed to reduce the diversion of prescription drugs, while also protecting the environment.

    The new federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

    – Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash.

  • Police reports – January 16, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A large capacity gas-powered concrete saw was reported stolen from a Gonzales Concrete Finishing truck at a West Barr Street home about 9:25 a.m. Jan. 11. The saw is valued at $1,000.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    – Fire destroyed a recreational vehicle parked at a storage unit on Old Bailes Road on Jan. 9.

    The report said the owner was cleaning the RV and turning on the appliances when he noticed heavy smoke coming from the refrigerator area.

  • Wake-up call

    Ron Steele believes that New Year’s resolutions to get into shape are a waste of time.

    For the 45-year-old Steele, who has lost more than 100 pounds since 2004 in a life-long struggle against diabetes, the word diet means very little. 

    “I did not go on a diet,” he said. “I made a lifestyle change. To me, you fail because you go an a diet. I made up my mind to make a lifetime commitment. That’s the only way you’re going to succeed.”