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  • Father Christmas is truly long gone, but is the weight still here? 

    If the answer is yes, then it’s time to detox (detoxify). 

    A good detox can help you loose weight easily, boost your health points, shed up to 5 pounds a week safely and gain sound knowledge for lasting health. You can get that Jennifer Hudson look without counting the points. 

    The problem is what is a good Detox program? 

  • Sometimes, what isn’t visible tells the story.

    Take Janna Noland, for instance.

    Right now, the 17-year-old senior at Carolina Christian Academy is putting the finishing touches on her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

    An Ambassador Girl Scout with Troop 645 in Great Falls, Janna is hand-making 21 tote bags that will be filled with baby items to hand out at Springs Memorial Hospital the week of March 12.

    That week commemorates the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

  • I have often heard it said that “change is good.”

    In the last 70-plus years, I have found out that some promises of change backfire.

    New ain’t always better.

    As soon as my daughter’s broken leg heals, I’m gonna ask her if the “new” leg is an improvement over the old one.

    I’ve been keeping track of the CNN storm that fell on Lancaster.

  • 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 are their first blogs. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.

    Katie’s story

    It’s been two weeks and I still cannot believe I’m actually doing this in front of a camera.

    At first, I was really nervous, but now I’m just excited.

  • Damien Ward had heard enough.

    Ward had already been on the dance floor several times Saturday night at the Fairway Room with his dressed-to-the-nines daughters, Emeliana, 6, and Olivia, 5, at the annual Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance.

    Emeliana is a member of Daisy Troop 2339 and Olivia is a Girl Scout in the making.  Second-generation Girl Scouts, their mom is Emily Evans Ward, who earned her Gold Award.

  • Made with corn and peppers, maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) is a fun Cajun twist on New Orleans-style jambalaya. And  with Mardi-Gras , (the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22), just days away, it may be a great way to celebrate.

     

    Jambalaya Maque Choux

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon oil

    1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into quarter-inch slices  

    1/2 cup chopped celery 

    1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • I know beach sand doesn’t mix with frosty window panes and cold mornings, but bless Pete, I was ready for a change.

    So when Uncle Harry mentioned riding to the coast, I was all for it. Uncle Harry’s friend, Dr. Brown and his smoking buddy, Mr. Plyler, hatched the plan.

    “Harry, you ought to take a few days off from lawyering and so something different,” Dr. Brown said.

  • The men’s prayer breakfast at First Presbyterian Church began 23 years ago in 1989 by Brooks Johnson and Steve Williams Jr., Judd Funderburk, Harold Rowell, Charlie Franks, Frazier Kirkpatrick and Harvey Stewart, who are all now deceased, as well as others.

    It’s was just after Hurricane Hugo came through. 

    Since I was alone, it was a lucky day when I was invited to attend for a time of good fellowship with other Christian men.

  • For Katie Stogner, here and now is the stream of sweat beads dripping from her chin onto the rubber floor of Island Sun Tanning and Fitness on Pageland Highway as owner Steve Lewis encourages her through a grinding workout. Captured on video, there is no place for her to hide  the here and now.

    Stogner’s future is wearing that pair of black leather pants hanging in the closet of her Indian Land home.

    But to do that, she hopes to lose 30 pounds, much of it coming from the birth of her son, Thaxton, on Dec. 7.

  • Holy smoke, at times, we do the stupidest things.

    I just finished reading more bad news about those of us who are Lancaster.

    Dangling a rambunctious child over a chained-up pit bull?

    Nothing good ever comes from adults behaving like children. To hear of such things makes the real grown-ups really mad.

    Seems like some folks need to grow up. 

  • The statewide late winter/early spring wildfire season is still about a month away but the S.C. Forestry Commission has launched a safety campaign so those planning to burn can take the appropriate steps.

    The seasonal outlook for the next few months indicates an increasing potential for high wildfire activity for most of the Palmetto State.

    Although it may not seem like it due to recent rainfall, precipitation amounts for this portion of the Piedmont are already about 1.2 inches below normal.

  • The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Lancaster County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 

    Register your team today by visiting RelayForLife.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

  • If you have a little trouble finding a roll of antacid Monday, that’s to be expected.

    That’s because there is a 20 percent increase in the amount of antacid sold on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday. According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday ranks second in food consumption to Thanksgiving.

    You can trace the spike in antacid sales to the 1.25 billion chicken wings, more than 100 tons of potato chips and 8 million pounds of guacamole that will be eaten when the New York Giants and New England Patriots play Super Bowl XLVI.

  • The Lancaster County Council of the Arts Board of Directors is excited to announce that our annual Arts Gala is Saturday, May 12, at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. If you aren’t an LCCA member and would like more information about the gala as soon as it is available, contact us.

    Mark your calendars now for this, and our other signature event, Ladies Night Out, which is April 19 at Edwards Scott House.

  • Name: Sybil Blakely

    Age: 77

    Address: Hampton Grace Avenue

    Family: Husband, William, 77; two daughters, Gina Warren and Robin West

    Job: Retired

    Church: White Springs Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Visiting the nursing home and with people in their homes

    Favorite book: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom

  • The room was abuzz with laughter and friendly chatter as women from across the area gathered for the Christian Women’s Connection birthday luncheon on Tuesday.

    But this sort of camaraderie isn’t unusual. It’s like this every time these  women of faith gather to encourage one another as they enjoy a meal together.

  • How does being overweight affect children?

    It’s widely known that being obese and overweight leads to health problems in adults.

    Health issues that were once thought only to affect adults are now known to impact our children.

    Obesity has long-term consequences in children, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, increased risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, fatty liver disease and gastro-esophageal reflux.

  • I’ve often heard the expression that folks should be careful when pointing fingers of blame at someone else. When we do, three fingers are pointing back at us.

    I ain’t taking the heat for the financial trouble of Sears and Kmart.

    In late December, they announced plans to padlock 80 stores in the United States.

    The blame for this should be firmly placed on the shoulders of greedy executives who were looking into a fishbowl instead of a crystal ball down at the carnival.

  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, students who pass by Room 412 at Lancaster High School Career Center can count on one thing – a chorus of blow dryers will be singing out.

    The 20 members of Jan Williamson’s senior cosmetology class won’t be talking to each other much and Williamson won’t be lecturing them from an adjacent classroom.

  • I have to hand it to the estimated 7,700 residents of Rockland, Maine.

    They saw snow Monday, ice pellets on Tuesday and went outside this morning to a temperature of about 7 degrees.

    In the upcoming days, the residents of the coastal town will see more snow and rain. Weather like that doesn’t generate many smiles. It’s not something to celebrate.

    But Rockland residents will be celebrating Sunday afternoon with its annual Pies on Parade to commemorate National Pie Day on Monday.