• LAUGH teaches children lessons in good health

    The aim is to eat more fruits and vegetables, rather than junk food, and to exercise more instead of spending time in front of the TV.

    After two weeks of fun and information, a dozen area children have a better understanding of what it takes to reach those goals.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster recently concluded its first 2008 summer session for LAUGH, which stands for Learning and Understanding Good Health.

  • For nearly 30 years, Williams has donned Uncle Sam suit

    Every Fourth of July, Lancaster County parade goers can rely on one man to stand tall as their Uncle Sam.

    Harold Williams, a Kershaw Town Councilman and business owner, makes sure to give the crowds at the Charlesboro and Heath Springs parades a good likeness of the country's personification.

    He plans to be at the parades again today as the county celebrates Independence Day.

    Williams has been playing Uncle Sam for more than 25 years, and he can't imagine not playing him at the parades each year.

  • Fund started for retired officer who was shot

    The Lancaster Police Department has established a bank account to help retired officer Ray Knight and his family.

    Knight remains hospitalized after being shot in the head last week on Lynwood Circle.

    Police Chief Hugh White said the department encourages everyone to contribute to the BB&T account, which was opened earlier this week.

    On June 27, Knight had gone over to help two people who wrecked a vehicle and one of the occupants shot him in the right eye. Knight has since had that eye removed, and it is uncertain whether he will regain full sight in his left eye.

  • Gregory receives highest state honor

    State Sen. Greg Gregory is among the latest state residents to be honored with the Order of the Palmetto award, South Carolina's highest civilian honor.

    Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston presented Gregory, R-Lancaster, the award, recognizing him for his 16 years of service in the Senate.

    Gregory said he's proud to receive the honor.

    "It means a great deal to me," he said. "I have always taken great pride in this state."

    The Order of the Palmetto was created in 1971 by Gov. John West to recognize lifetime achievement and service.

  • Turkey vultures, cardinals top list of birds spotted here

    It's official. The numbers are in, and the winners are - the turkey vulture and northern cardinal.

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust held its Catawba River spring bird count on April 26, in Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The turkey vulture and cardinal had the highest totals at 33 for each species for Chester and Lancaster counties.

    Blue-gray gnatcatchers, American crows, eastern bluebirds and northern mockingbirds were also common species spotted in the Lancaster County area during the bird count.

    A total of 93 species were identified during the count.

  • Hawks on Main Street perform a captivating drama - Reporter's Notebook column

    We were driving down Main Street last Friday night when I saw some familiar figures perched on the steeple at First Presbyterian Church.

    The steeple served as a perch last July for a juvenile red-tailed hawk and its mother, who occasionally stopped by to check on her baby and feed it. The baby apparently wasn't quite ready to leave home.

    Two months before, I had watched as two hawks spiraled higher and higher into the air above White Street, the mating flight of red-tails in love.

  • Charlesboro, Heath Springs to host July 4 parades today

    Do you love a parade?

    Well, you're in luck today, as there will be two Fourth of July parades in the county – one in the Charlesboro community on Taxahaw Road and the other in downtown Heath Springs.

    The Charlesboro parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in front of New Haven Baptist Church and runs one mile to the Charlesboro Fire Station.

    The only requirement to participate in the parade is to display an American flag for entry.

  • Program gives Heath Springs seniors something to do in the afternoons

    HEATH SPRINGS – Senior Hilda Phillips is thankful that GoldenCare Adult Day Care is now coordinating an afternoon program at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

    If it didn't have it, Phillips said she'd be at home napping or would be bored during the afternoons.

    "I just like all the activities here and the friendliness," she said.

    Margaret Robinson is also pleased that GoldenCare is offering the program. She said last week she plans to start attending it because she "wants to be sociable with people."

  • Family, friends praise Twitty at his 90th birthday celebration

    To Gonze Lee Twitty, age is simply a number, not a state of mind.

    To this day, he still talks about his ability to work like someone much younger than himself on his Pleasant Hill farm. Twitty takes pride in his vitality.

    "He thinks he's still 50," said daughter Odessa White at a birthday celebration held in his honor Saturday at the Lancaster County Community Center.

    The crowd of a couple hundred people laughed.

    It was easy to tell who was the man of honor in the crowd.

  • Council OKs split of development fees

    County Council will help out the Lancaster County School District when it comes to building new schools.

    Council approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote Monday night to share development fees it collects with the school district to go toward building new schools.

    Council approved a 60-40 split of the money.

    That means if a developer agrees to contribute $10,000 per new house in a residential development, the county would receive $6,000 and the school district, $4,000.

    Council would also negotiate with developers for land donations to build new schools.