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Today's News

  • Homestyle Healthy: Puerto Rican Food

    May Vokaty
    Recently, my husband and I took a little vacation to Puerto Rico.  Getting away to a tropical island for a little R&R was a most welcome treat.
    Puerto Ricans are friendly, charming and very proud of their beautiful island, and rightly so. Majestic beaches, beautiful weather, the ancient rain forest, El Yunque are just a few of the reasons to fall in love with Puerto Rico.

  • Puerto Rican Shrimp and Crab Empanadas

    Sauce Ingredients
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion
    ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
    1 teaspoon Sazon seasoning
    3 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 ½ to 2 cups stock, (chicken, vegetable or fish)
    ½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    5 oz. lump crabmeat
    4 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
    Sauce Directions
    u Heat a 10-inch skillet over high heat until hot. Add the oil and sauté the onions and pepper for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened.

  • Caribbean Confetti Salad

    Ingredients
    4 to 6 red lettuce leaves, stems removed, but left as whole as possible
    ½ cup crumbled queso fresca (crumble the cheese, then measure)
    1 fresh tomato, chopped into ½” pieces
    4 ounces guava paste, chopped into 1/4” pieces
    4 ounces hearts of palm, chopped into ½” pieces
    1 orange, cut into segments
    Directions

  • Mango Dressing

    Ingredients
    ¼ cup mango puree
    1 clove garlic, put through the garlic press
    3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
    1½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ½ cup canola oil
    salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    Directions
    u Whisk the first four ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Slowly whisk in the oil, whisking until an emulsion forms. This dressing will be thick. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

  • Initial budget reading passes muster

    Rising insurance costs, extra county personnel and an updated E-911 system weighed heavily on the minds of county officials as Lancaster County Council took its first look at the county’s budget Monday night, May 21. 

    Council voted 6-0 to approve first reading of the county’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013. Councilman Larry McCullough was not at the meeting. 

  • One to grow on

    COLUMBIA – A tough loss did little to tarnish a banner season that saw the Indian Land Warriors soccer team earn the silver trophy in its run for the Class AA state  gold.

    The Warriors, who finished 21-5, took home the silver medals and a state runner-up trophy after falling to Class AA Lower State champion Academic Magnet, 5-0, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.

  • Jobless rate drops to 11.1 percent

    An increase in Lancaster County’s reported labor force coincides with another drop in its monthly jobless rate.

    The county had a 11.1 percent unemployment rate for April, a considerable dip from the 11.6 posted in March, according to statistics released last week from by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    There were 30,372 people in Lancaster County’s labor force last month, a jump of 39 from the 30,533 reported for March. The official unemployment level for the county is now at 3,379.

  • Adult education program holds its largest-ever graduation

    Editor’s note: Due to space limitations in the Sunday edition, this story on the Lancaster County Adult Education commencement on May 16 was not published until today.

     

    Klarissa Stalk of Lancaster coddles and kisses her eight-month-old daughter, Mirakle, who smiles as the golden tassel from mom’s mortarboard tickles her face. Stalk, gives her daughter one last kiss and passes her back to her great-grandmother, Linda King of Waxhaw.

  • Four employees burned at former Bowater plant

    One of the four employees burned in a chemical-related accident at a Catawba paper plant has been released from the hospital.

    Debbie Johnston, a spokeswoman for Resolute Forest Products, said Monday that three workers at its Catawba plant had been taken to burn centers after being exposed to sodium hydroxide about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

    The fourth employee was taken to a Charlotte hospital and has since been released, Johnston said.

  • Deputies charge man under house arrest with aggravated domestic violence

    A Lancaster man out on bond and wearing a GPS- monitoring device was arrested earlier this month on a domestic violence charge. 

    John Jarrod Hill, 29, 1741 Old Carter Road, was arrested May 6 and charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The charge was filed after a deputy responded to an assault call in the 1700 block of Old Carter Street on May 5.