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  • 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.

  • Lancaster County School District students will start school again on August 20. Here are other important school dates to note:

    2012
    Aug. 10 - New personnel orientation
    Aug. 13 - Teacher workday
    Aug. 14 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 14 - Districtwide meeting day
    Aug. 15 – Teacher workday
    Aug. 16 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - First day for sixth and ninth grades - 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Our children will be healthier and more successful in school if parents make sure their children do some very simple things.

    In fact, taking these simple steps to make sure children are healthy — both mentally and physically — are probably the most important factors in how he or she does in school.

    Here’s what you can do:

  • Carolina Christian Academy will open its doors to students on August 20. Here are other important dates on the school’s calendar:

  • Patricia Withrow would stand her ground, come hell or high water. On September 21, 1989, hell and high water came. It left the low country looking like a landfill. The 14-year-old and her family stayed as Hurricane Hugo bore down on their Berkeley County farm in South Carolina. They would not leave. They could not leave. Their horses were family.

  • When Zan Garris Raymond found out “Antiques Roadshow” was taping in Atlanta, Ga., she gathered several pieces from her collection of Catawba Indian pottery and set out with her husband for the series taping.
    “I’ve always been a fan of ‘Roadshow,’” Raymond said. “It was a fun experience. I had no clue if I’d be on TV.”

  • By May Vokaty, for The Lancaster News.

  • Nonprofit organizations like the Lancaster County Council of the Arts depend on the good will of others to be able to carry out their mission in the community. Those of us who love and believe in our work in the not-for-profit sector delight in the shared experiences provided for and by our community “family” members. This month’s column will highlight many of the cultural opportunities and events we hope you will share with us.

    Arts gala on May 12

  • Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    This time of year, our thoughts turn toward spending more time outside enjoying the welcome warmer temperatures of spring. As the daylight hours slowly extend, many homeowners are finding creative ways to turn their patios and porches into outdoor living spaces. Decorating magazines and sale papers are filled with ideas to add comfortable seating and accessories to create your own outdoor room.

  • Janet Tharpe
    Janet’s Notebook
    This Easter, why not spring into family gatherings with a smorgasbord of deliciously decadent cupcakes? So much goes in to making a memorable Easter feast – the yummy ham, creamy deviled eggs, all the savory sides – but at the end of the day, it’s always been the cheerful sweets that have caught my eye the most.  

  • By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    In an effort to provide more efficient service to people in the community, Christian Services recently opened a new food pantry on Lynwood Drive.
    The new facility, which takes the place of food pantry services offered at Christian Services’ location on White Street, opened Feb. 20. Operations manager Eric Kramer said high demand and limited space made a new location necessary to provide the best possible service for those who need the help the food pantry offers.

  • Editor’s note: The Lancaster News is tracking the progress of Katie Stogner and Jeff Holden as they undertake the Island Sun Tanning and Fitness 12-week Challenge for 2012. Here is their third progress report. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.
    Katie’s story
    We just finished week seven of the challenge and while I am still so happy I did this, I am realizing why it is called a “challenge” now.

  • It's been fun sharing some of my oldtime adventures with you.  We have walked hand-in-hand along the sidewalks of Lancaster, browsed the store windows along Main Street, scampered for tadpoles in the rain filled pools along the railroad tracks and relived those hot summer nights as we sweltered beneath the covers fearful of the sounds of boogers and other monsters of the night creeping on the stair steps.

  • University of South Carolina Lancaster
    The public is invited to the official opening of the nature trail at the University of South Carolina Lancaster at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The trail is the result of the combined work of USCL, the Catawba Master Naturalist Association and Boy Scout Troop 71. The half-mile of gently sloping trail meanders through pine forests, bottom-land hardwoods, stream-side habitats and upland hardwoods with various plant and animal life.

  • Staff Reports
    The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Action Committee Inc. (MLK-SAC), Food Lion LLC and Citadel of Hope Christian Fellowship will present the ninth annual MLK Memorial Peace Conference at 2 p.m. April 4 at the Fairway Room at the Springs Golf Course, 1821 Springs Club Road.
    The celebration will mark the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Remaining Hopeful through the Storm.”

  • Because of the tough economy – with rising gas and grocery prices – one local church has made it a mission to make meals more affordable for struggling families in the Lancaster area.
    New Horizon Community Church, in conjunction with food marketing company Supreme Sales and Marketing LLC of Braselton, Ga., has launched a new food box program offering groceries at a discount, as a helping hand for those in need.