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  • Council tackles budget shortfall

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Now that local government funding numbers have finally been revealed by the state General Assembly, Lancaster County Council will discuss the effects of a shortfall to the county budget at its meeting Monday night, July 9.
    The shortfall, which had been expected, will delay certain provisions of the recently approved budget, including salary raises for county employees and hiring for several new positions.

  • Campers step up, out through the arts

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Musical performances were aplenty June 29 at the last day of a special week-long camp held at the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center and Deliverance Word of Faith Church in Lancaster.
    The two buildings are within walking distance of one another.
    The Arts Initiative Summer Camp, held June 25-29, gave area children ages 9 through 13 a chance to engage in the aesthetics of visual art, dance, music and drama.

  • News staff wins 16 awards in 2011 LCNI editorial contest

    From staff reports
    Barbara Rutledge, editor of The Lancaster News, wasn’t very surprised by the strong showing of TLN and Carolina Gateway staffers in the annual editorial contest held by the paper’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI).
    “As a team, they work hard to bring the news of this community to readers,” Rutledge said. “They are committed and dedicated to doing the best job they can.”

  • Elected leaders react to health-care ‘tax’ decision

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Should the requirements of the national health-care law be interpreted as a tax?
    That’s one of many questions state lawmakers and government officials are debating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the country’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Explaining the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the nation is still talking about it.
    In the weeks leading up to its decision, much speculation surrounded the court’s pending ruling, based largely on conservative justices’ harsh questioning of government attorneys during oral arguments in March.

  • Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.

    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.

    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene. 

    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Cook, Coy place hopes on petition drives

    The two men who were removed from the S.C. House District 44 primary ballot say they’ve made substantial progress in their quest to still appear as candidates in November’s general election.

    Bob Cook and Joseph Coy are each running a petition campaign to be placed on the election ballot as an independent candidate. District 44 is completely enclosed in Lancaster County.

    Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell.

  • Scams target utility customers

    Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

    Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

    Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.

  • That's one fast 'fore' wheeler

    INDIAN LAND – Put away your Corvettes, boys, your fancy new Camaros, your Shelby Mustangs, your Porsche 911s, and don’t even bring your daddy’s old Dodge Viper to the track. None of ‘em stand a chance against one Plum Quick Indian Land golf cart.

    Golf cart? Yes, you read that right – golf cart. 

  • School lunch prices to increase

    Parents can expect to pay more for their children’s school lunches next year after the Lancaster County school board approved an increase in prices.

    The approval came during the board’s meeting June 26, a meeting in which board members also approved first reading of policy revisions regarding student medication and first aid.

    In a vote prompted by U.S. Department of Agriculture policy changes, the school board unanimously approved a 5-cent increase in elementary school lunches and a 10-cent increase for middle and high school lunches.