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  • The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for S.C., Ann English, announced the first sign up deadline for priority assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is Oct. 19.

    There will be a second deadline of Feb. 15.

    Lancaster District Conservationist Ann Christie says, “Landowners and farmers interested in the program should contact me immediately.

  • Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com

    Low country boil, macaroni and cheese and cold peach soup.

    Tuesday, Sept. 25, The Fairway Room at Lancaster Golf Course played host to chefs and attendees joined for the sole purpose of finding a cure for autism.

    Held annually since 2006 on the last Tuesday of September, the Look Who’s Cooking benefit unites the community to fund more research for a disorder that affects one in every 88 children.

  • The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lancaster will officially get underway on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. as event volunteers and team captains gather at First A.R.P. Church, 701 N. Main St., for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

    The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay for Life, will honor cancer survivors and celebrate the 2012 fundraising teams.

    The theme for 2013 will be announced and light refreshments will be provided.  

  • Most of S.C. remains in a moderate to severe drought. The effects of drought on trees can be either short term or long term. Short dry periods might cause wilting, leaf scorch (edges turned brown) and possibly defoliation in hardwoods or dropping of yellowed needles in pines. Generally, healthy trees have built-in mechanisms to cope with short term lack of water.

  • Before the district-wide meeting, Lancaster County School district faculty and staff created a "lip dub" video to "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves and "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.

    The video, as well as previous Lancaster school lip dubs by Lancaster High and South Middle, is available for view at Learn TV's YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/learntv18 .

  • The Lancaster News and Pageland Progressive Journal advertising staff won 20 S.C. Press Association awards this year. The same staff produces advertising for Carolina Gateway.

    The awards were distributed at the 30th Annual PALMY Awards and Advertising Summit on June 7 in Columbia.


    Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News publisher, said she was proud of the awards and those who won.

  • Money management is one skill that can be difficult for young adults to master as they head off on their own. But no matter what stage of life - whether they’re entering college or the work force - every young adult should learn how to handle their money.

    Establish a Budget

  • Frank Hartley and his wife Betty may be best known locally for running Hartley’s Appliance on South Main Street in Lancaster for 30 years. Some residents and newcomers may not know, however, that Frank Hartley has been playing country and bluegrass music for more than 50 years; a talent that landed him on stage at Carnegie Hall in 1984.

  • Jane Alford jalford@thelancasternews.com Combine about a dozen local volunteer actors in colonial dress and a film crew armed with small video cameras and what do you get?

    Four beautifully shot mini-films that bring to life our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, who was born and spent his youth in this area, and highlight the park that bears his name.

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park held a grand film review July 12 to introduce the four mini-documentaries on the young Jackson and the Revolutionary War history of the Waxhaws area.

  • An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but bananas were always what kept us kids coming back for more! Mom would buy them by the bunches to keep us in the yellow. In fact, I never saw a brown banana until I was an adult...because us kids would gobble them up as soon as she brought them home!
    Well, it seems that I’m not alone in my fruit fancying.
    “I’ve got two favorite ingredients – bananas and peanut butter,” says home cook Lorie Roach on www.justapinch.com.

  • Ingredients
    1 box cake mix, any flavor
    8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    1/4 cup butter, room temperature
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
    1- 12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips, or your choice of add-ins such as candy, nuts, etc.

    Directions
    - Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    - Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add egg and vanilla (if using) and mix until well-blended. Use an electric blender if desired.
    - Stir in cake mix a little at a time until well-blended, then add any chips, candy or nuts.
    - Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are brown.

  • (ARA) - When school starts, kids’ schedules fill up fast, and that means they need the right fuel to keep their growing bodies and minds satisfied. After a long day of learning, kids require a snack that will get them through homework, after-school sports and other activities until dinner is served. Before you reach for the default bag of chips, consider these healthier alternatives that are just as easy and convenient.
    Creative, healthier after-school snack ideas that your kids will gobble up:

  • An orchestra seems to make music flow with harmonies and crescendos; sometimes a beautiful solo will steal the show.  The carefully planned musical piece provides continuous entertainment.  

    Now take that same concept and apply it to a garden filled with flowers. Each flower has its time to shine while others fill the background with continuous color and foliage.

  • Betcha my Independence Day was pretty much like the one you just celebrated. Well, maybe not.

    The grilled steaks and sweet iced tea were good, but the July 3 death of Andy Griffith sorta dampened my enthusiasm. I opted to watch the fireworks going off over the Mall in Washington, D.C., via TV.

    I did feel sorry for the folks in San Diego and seeing how their July 4 fireworks popped at one time.

    It reminded me of the time my son tossed a match on the box of firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers.

  • August 26, 2012, is designated by President Barack Obama as Women’s Equality Day. As the anniversary of the 19thamendment, granting women the right to vote, it is fitting to celebrate the many strides the Nation has made towards equality over the past 92 years.
    On August 24, Dr. Charmaine W. Stradford of Lancaster will travel to Germany by invitation to be the guest speaker for the US Army Garrison Equal Opportunity Program. She is the wife of John E. Stradford Sr. of Lancaster.

  • Heads up, parents! Here come two blatantly obvious observations: 1) It’s not cheap raising young’uns; and 2) every penny counts when you are raising children.

    Which brings us to another blatantly obvious observation: If you do have children, and they’re heading back to school Aug. 20, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of the state’s annual sales tax holiday.
    And it’s right around the corner.

  • The days when you could send your kids off to the first day of school with a lunchbox and a hug are long gone. Today’s back-to-school preparations likely include filing out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re new to this game or simply need a refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • In just a couple of weeks, more than 6,000 students will begin boarding school buses to ride to and from school; more than 70 buses will operate in Lancaster County School District to accomplish this task.

    When the school year ends, our buses will have traveled more than 1.25 million miles during the 2012-13 school year.

    School bus travel is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation on the road; this safety record directly results from the intense training our drivers receive and the safety design of our buses.

  • Every day of the school year, the people in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school.

    We know that healthy, balanced meals make a big difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.

    Here are things you should know about our lunch program:

    Our menus

  • CHICAGO – As many kids are gearing up to begin a new school year, Prevent Blindness America wants to encourage parents to add “get my child’s eyes checked” to the their list of things to do. Having a child’s vision tested by an eyecare professional can help them towards greater success in the classroom since much of a child’s learning is done visually.  Some students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities may simply have a vision problem.