Today's News

  • Exercise benefits are priceless for seniors

    At some point in most people’s lives, the idea of fitness and “getting in shape” sits in the forefront of the mind. In recent years, the health and fitness industry has seen an increase in the number of senior citizens wanting to exercise. 

  • Majority of Americans fail Alzheimer's quiz

    From release
    It may hit you and your siblings when you visit Mom this Mother’s Day. She’s not as sharp as she used to be – very forgetful and confused. Is it just old age or Alzheimer’s? You suddenly feel panicked and scared…but you’re not alone.

  • For the love of learning

    Tom Morgan never gave up on earning a college diploma, even though it took him 50 years to get it. In May, 2006, at age 68, he walked across the stage in Columbia to graduate, after starting fresh out of Lancaster High School in 1956.

    Fifty years is a long time and some wonder why he kept at it.

    “People ask why it took me so long. I just tell them I found a really good party school,” he said with a laugh.

  • When seniors need financial assistance

    When the last national census was taken in 2010, 48 percent of the population was classified as poor or low–income (earning less than 200 percent of the poverty level). Anyone who’s ever tried to live on a low income knows how difficult it can be to make ends meet when cost increases for essentials like healthcare, housing, food and energy outpace their earnings. This can be especially challenging for seniors living on a fixed income.

  • Travel offers seniors new opportunities for friendship

    Travel offers seniors opportunities for friendship, adventure and relaxation. Whether heading out for a day trip to a local historical site or a longer excursion to a faraway locale, people over 65 have great opportunities to hit the road.

    Day trips

    Lancaster resident Annie Sue Steele, 70, has been organizing day trips for several years. Her trips use local transportation company Lancaster Tours to take groups of 30 and more to regional sites, such as Shatley Springs and Mount Airy in North Carolina.

  • Teacher accused of sex with student

    A Lancaster County teacher and coach was arrested last week after authorities and school district officials say he was involved in a sexual relationship with a former student.

    Tony Allen Ford, 36, 3241 Dunbar Lane, Indian Land, was arrested Friday, Sept. 21, and charged with sexual battery of a student, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The sheriff’s office began an investigation after receiving a report of suspicious activity from the parent of a former female Indian Land High School student.

  • Accutrex to expand Lancaster operations

    Accutrex Products is investing $2.5 million to expand its two Lancaster County facilities – a move that will bring up to 10 new jobs to the area. 

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. announced the decision in a media release issued Tuesday, Sept. 25. 

    Accutrex, which makes custom shims, gaskets, washers and sheet metal products, opened its first precision-parts manufacturing facility on Sunshine Road in the late 1990s.

  • Voter-registration drive is Saturday

    Are you registered to vote in November’s general election? Do you know where your polling place is?

    If you can’t answer yes to both questions, you may need to be at Lancaster Municipal Park (off Chesterfield Avenue) on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the “Fourth Quarter Rally.”

    That’s where a voter-registration drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerned residents in the community have organized the event as a fun, informative and informal way to help ensure more people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

  • County SAT scores drop

    Following the state- and national-level trend, average SAT scores for college-bound Lancaster County high school seniors slipped slightly this year with only one high school showing a slight increase.

    The SAT is one of two widely accepted national college-entrance exams. Redesigned in 2005, the test consists of three sections: critical reading, math and science, which are scored on a range of 200 to 800 points for a perfect score of 2400.

  • Truck hauling scrap metal burns on Flat Creek Road

    A semi-truck was left as little more than smoldering rubble Monday, Sept. 24, after it caught fire and burned on Flat Creek Road.

    Steve Osteen of Lancaster, a driver for Tucker Trucking, was hauling a load of scrap metal east on Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) near the Chesterfield County line around 2:25 p.m. Monday when he heard a loud popping noise as he rounded a curve.

    By the time he stopped the Peterbilt semi and its loaded dump trailer, the motor was already starting to burn, Osteen said.