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Today's News

  • Train Hard, Eat Healthy: Tweaking ‘bad’ foods to make them better for your body

    When I first started learning about being healthy, I was a bit overwhelmed. It seemed as if there was always a “bad” way of doing things and a “good” way.
    It was crazy! If you eat this way, it’s better. If you eat that way, you will die. At the local bookstore were shelves upon shelves of weight loss books, healthy recipe books and personal development books – all claiming to be the “right” way.

  • Why are honey bees dying in their hives?

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    TRAVELERS REST – With every scoop of bees Brad Cavin pours gently into a cardboard box, he brings science one step closer to unraveling the riddle of honey bee decline.
    At an apiary near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cavin gathered samples of honey bees – live ones, dead ones, their unborn brood and the pollen the bees collect – as he has from hives all across the Palmetto State this spring.

  • Man accused of abusing children

    A Lancaster man faces child-abuse charges for incidents involving his 7-, 12- and 15-year-old children earlier this year.
    Randy Lorenzo McIlwain, 37, of 1446 Winthrop Ave., was arrested March 30 on three counts of cruelty/depravation to children.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report and warrants, McIlwain was arrested for offenses that occurred between Jan. 1 and March 30, including one in which investigators said he slapped his 7-year-old son, giving him a nosebleed.

  • Ledbetter picnic-shelter fund reaches $26K goal

    The Terri Ledbetter Memorial Fund raised $10,000 this past Friday after a benefit concert at Immanuel Baptist Church.
    That money will be added to the $16,000 raised from past donations and fundraisers.  The dream of a covered, handicap-accessible picnic shelter will become a reality for Ledbetter’s friends at the Chester-Lancaster Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (CLDSN).
    Janice Steele, Terri’s mother, was overcome with joy Monday as the funds hit the goal.

  • LASS project expands shelter kennels by 30%

    There’s a bit of good news at the Lancaster Animal Shelter this week, even as it remains shut down while officials try to eradicate an airborne virus.
    A new set of seven portable kennels has arrived at the shelter, thanks to $17,500 in donations from the Indian Land-based animal-rescue group Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters. The addition will expand shelter capacity by 30 percent.
    The block of portable, climate-controlled kennels have been placed on a county-laid concrete pad at the shelter at 118 Kennel Lane.

  • 2nd finalist makes pitch, shakes hands

    The second Lancaster County School District superintendent finalist visited Lancaster on Thursday and had the opportunity to meet the community and district staff.
    Dr. Carlotta Redish, 52, assistant superintendent for human resources at Spartanburg School District 7, said she is grateful for the chance to meet the county’s students, parents, community members and district staff.

  • Pope, Norman neck-and-neck in runoff

    Tough campaigning by Ralph Norman and Tommy Pope may not have moved the needle much since the 5th District congressional candidates finished in a virtual tie in the May 2 GOP primary, according to an independently funded poll released Thursday.
    The two meet Tuesday in a runoff to decide who’ll represent the Republican Party in the June 20 special election.

  • Flowers, pizza, cake and trophy!

    Sandra Rollings, who turned 71 this week,  finished her last shift at Applebee’s as the guest of honor this week, receiving flowers, pizza, cake and a trophy.
    For 15 years, she has worked a few hours each week at the Lancaster restaurant, prepping food for the cook.
    Her manager, Darann Weingand, told her she could take the day off Wednesday and just enjoy the party and the celebration of her retirement.

  • 25 frisky dogs face life-or-death decision soon

    Alan Williams, director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, squatted beside one of the temporary pens holding the 25 quarantined animals under his care.
    He shook his head as he talked about the dog inside, one of two that came to the shelter three months ago after a drug bust left them homeless. They were emaciated, dehydrated and full of parasites. Williams and his assistant nursed them back to health.
    The dog wagged his tail wildly at the sight of his caretaker.

  • Column: Let’s assess governor’s 1st 100 days

    May 4 marked Gov. Henry McMaster’s 100th day in office. Since there was such a flurry of reporting about President Trump’s first 100 days, it seems appropriate to look at what McMaster has achieved in his first 100 days.
    Below is a simple recounting of the facts as reported by the state’s media. I then offer my opinion, and I leave it to you to decide for yourself if McMaster, so far, has succeeded or failed.