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  • 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.

  • Lancaster Women’s Club
    The Lancaster Women’s Club will sponsor Jam’n for a Cure from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. March 23 at Famdamily’s Restaurant and Tavern, 1227 Great Falls Highway.
    Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
    Featured bands include A Few Shots Down, The Pam Taylor Band, Eight Oh Tree and Element. Dance music will be provided by DJ J Dub. There will also be a raffle for several prizes.

  • Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    Each spring, Donna White, with the help of her committee, turns a negative into a positive.
    The date for that switch this year is April 14.
    That’s when the sixth annual Run for Ryan, a Kleine-Levin Syndrome fundraiser and awareness event that includes the county track meet, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lancaster High School track.

  • Andrew Jackson                         State Park
    Andrew Jackson State Park will host the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items now sold in retail stores were made by hand during President Andrew Jackson’s time.

  • University of South Carolina Lancaster
    University of South Carolina Lancaster Diabetes Education Clinic, Carolina Literacy Network and the Catawba Lions Club are sponsoring a health screening for Diabetes Alert Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center on Hubbard Drive.
    In 2011, the American Diabetes Association encouraged Americans to Join the Millions challenge and more than 600,000 people took the diabetes risk test.

  • Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? As you clean up, why not go a step further and clean out? That’s what the volunteers at Family Promise of Lancaster hope you will do.
    They are readily accepting donations of your gently used items from appliances to books for their third annual Giant Yard Sale and Bake Sale to be held April 20-21 at the American Legion Fairgrounds.