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Today's News

  • Aw, Shucks!

    Grilling corn on the cob isn’t complicated after all. I can say that now after years of scorching and drying out my share of corn ears to something that deer won’t even eat.

    Like many, I had made it much harder than it had to be.

    Think about it; burning a perfectly good ear of corn to the point that it’s inedible isn’t very hard to do.

    Little did I know that all it took was a little water.

    Yes, water. That’s it; nothing more.

  • Communities to hold parades, other events

    Lancaster County is offering several events that promise to be fun for the entire family this Fourth of July.

    In the southern part of the county, the Charlesboro parade, an annual tradition, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

    The parade is open to any participants with a safe vehicle and an American flag included in the display, said organizer Frances Thompson.

  • Thomas to be sworn in as magistrate

    Fred Thomas will be sworn in as a magistrate Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    The ceremony will be held at the Lancaster County Temporary Justice Center on S.C. 9 (the former Wamsutta store across from the old Grace Complex).

    Thomas, 45, is stepping down from County Council to take the job. He will take the post left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    He was nominated to the position by state Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16 and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27. He was confirmed by the state Senate.

  • Council OKs funding for call center

    County Council unanimously approved funding Monday for a call center training program that could attract call centers to the county.

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, appeared before council Monday to request $75,000 in funding from the county. The proposed workforce readiness training program would prepare area residents for jobs in the call center industry.

  • Tractor Supply opens here

    Rickey Lackey is thrilled to have a local one-stop shop to take care of his farming and supplies needs.

    The Lancaster County resident said he’s often had to shop online or go out of town to get what he wanted – whether it was tools for a building project or feed for livestock.

    Well, one company has now made things a lot easier for him.

  • Mary Atkinson’s letter, “Join in battle to save unborn babies,” published in the May 17 edition of The Lancaster News was a call to protect the life of the unborn.

    As parents of two adults with disabilities, some would say why would we want them? We believe they are a special gift from God in our lives. Every unborn is special no matter how it was conceived. It is special in God’s sight. Why kill the baby? What did it do to be killed? The mother has many people who are willing to help her in every way.

  • Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is needed

    I am asking Lancaster County Council to please vote against the closing of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department. I am a resident of the Pleasant Hill community. Morris Russell wants to close the Pleasant Hill VFD, which has been here a long time. His grandfather and several other men started this fire department in the 1950s.

    Pleasant Hill has helped many people over the years and the firefighters have risked their lives to help others the same as the other fire departments.

  • Sign your children up now for arts and science camps

    If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give your children a new learning experience, sign up for one of four arts and sciences camps offered by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    Organizers say camp registration is down so far this summer.

    The camps will be held July 13-17 in Lancaster at First United Methodist Church; July 20-24 in Indian Land at Bel Air United Methodist Church; July 27-31 in Kershaw at First Baptist Church; and Aug. 3-7 in Buford at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

  • Oh well, it’s better crate than never

     

    Oh well, it’s better crate than never

    During our recent visit to Maryland, we made regular stop by the Amish open air market between La Plata and Lexington Park. 

    I like that place. The vegetables aren’t in yet, but flower baskets and fresh, cut flowers are in abundance.

  • Put safety first when handling fireworks

    If you are going to shoot off fireworks, here are some suggestions from safety organizations:

    • Only use fireworks outdoors.

    • Obey state and local laws.

    • Always have water handy with a hose or buckets of water. If water is not available, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Have a cell phone nearby and call the local fire department quickly if fire breaks out.

    • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them.

    • Use a Pyrotorch rather than lighters, matches or punks to light fireworks.