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Today's News

  • Couple wants teeth added to leash laws

    When Lois Zarrelli calls her little lambs, they come running as a herd with a pitter patter of tiny hooves down the hallway on the tile floor.

    Hallway? Tile floor?

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Lois and Neal Zarrelli have taken to keeping their lambs indoors.

    The Zarrellis have spent the last two Sundays not in church, but dealing with dead sheep. The Buford residents say a neighborhood dog has decimated their sheep herd, which has gone from 23 to six in the past three months.

  • Steppers competition coming to Heath Springs on Saturday

    Wanda McKinney says her step team is ready to take on all challengers at a local competition this weekend in Heath Springs.

    McKinney, who coaches the Buford Middle School step team, has her squad practicing every day after school in hopes of producing a top showing during the first ever Carolinas Steppers step-off competition, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Heath Springs Elementary School.

    The Buford Middle step team, known as Next Faze, is one of six teams that have registered thus far for the competition, which will benefit the Military Spousal Support Center.

  • Forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway are teaming up to give voters a chance to question political candidates before the June 10 primaries.

    The candidate forum begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Indian Land Middle School gym. Organizers said the forum will be held to 90 minutes. Each candidate will have three to five minutes to introduce themselves before the question and answer session starts, said Indian Land Action Council Secretary Karen Smith.

  • Baker claims first Young Guns win

    For two solid weeks, Lancaster Motor Speedway sat silent on Saturday nights, a victim of much-needed rain. Saturday, it looked as though mother nature would again wash out LMS, but the skies broke by evening, and crews worked hard to prepare the surface for competition.

    Under cloudy skies, the Young Guns launched action. Opening night winner Andrew Blackwood paced the field outside of Austin Baker. At the green, Blackwood powered through the gears, taking the early lead, but Baker drove his orange and white Nova in a bit deeper than the 57, and took the top spot by turn two.

  • Eggs Benedict requires a steady hand

    Sometimes, we look for an excuse to start another holiday; take today, for instance. While April 16 is the day that all tax preparers look forward to, it’s National Eggs Benedict Day, too.I wonder if there is a correlation between the two. Sleep late, eat late and play golf later.

  • Walk raises $5,000 for KLS foundation

    Despite the gloomy weather and the lack of famous athletes who were able to make it last year, local volunteers for Kleine-Levin Sydrome awareness and fundraising still saw a nice return on efforts at this year’s walk.

    The second annual Ryan McKinney walk, held March 29 at the Lancaster High School track, raised $5,000 to be sent to the KLS National Foundation for research efforts into the cause and treatment of the neurological disorder, which causes sufferers to sleep up to 20 hours a day with awake hours of confusion, fatigue and irregular eating habits.

  • Natural gas customers charged twice

    Many natural gas customers in Lancaster County were seeing double on their bank statements last week as a result of an electronic drafting error.

    Officials with Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority say about 3,300 people were charged twice for services this month. The affected customers have payments automatically drawn from their bank accounts each month.

    First Citizens Bank handles those ACH, or automatic clearinghouse, transactions for the gas authority.

  • Raos make monument a reality

    Six years ago, Lancaster residents Sal and Lois Rao, reacting to a family tragedy, could have just faded away in their grief.

    One would understand, but the Raos, despite their loss, opted to go another direction following the death of their son, senior state trooper Mike Rao.

    Rao, while on duty in June of 2002 in Clarendon County, was hit by a car and later died as a result of his injuries.

    The Raos decided to make something positive out of their situation.

  • Stop personal attacks, stick to election issues

    This is in response to Wynette Birchfield’s column “Vouchers make education equal” in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Know dangers of allergies

    On a recent Sunday, my family went to several different restaurants before we gave up on eating out. Why? Like 3 million other Americans, my son, Joel, has a peanut allergy.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to peanuts are the most severe of all food allergies followed by shellfish, fish, tree-nuts and eggs. Peanut allergies are responsible for 80 percent of fatal or near-fatal reactions each year.