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  • Thank you, with a hug

    Melissa Peach hugs S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Walters at Chick-fil-A on May 4 during a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Peach was thanking Walters and the other troopers for their service. Today, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. There will be a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. today at the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial behind Lancaster County Courthouse. Residents are urged to take time this week to tell law officers how much their service is appreciated.

       

  • Flags at half-staff on Wednesday

    Flags across the nation will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, in honor of the Peace Officers Memorial Day.

  • Man dies after ejected from truck

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday, May 12, after he was ejected from a pickup truck along a county road. 

    Otis Patterson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident shortly after 2 a.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. He died from blunt force trauma to his head and chest, Broome said. 

  • City Council set to vote on proposed 2013-14 budget

    Lancaster City Council is preparing to take its first official action on the 2013-14 budget.
    First reading of the proposed $19.4 million budget is set to occur during the Tuesday, May 14, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall.
    Council held its most recent budget work session Thursday, May 9. City Finance Director James Absher said there hasn’t been much change in the proposed figures since the recommended budget was presented to council April 30.

  • Leadership Lancaster spends day in Columbia

    I didn’t realize there were so many monuments and statues on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia.
    Prior to last week, I had visited the building only once. And that was back in high school when I played in a special band on the steps to celebrate the Christmas season.
    I remember playing a few yuletide songs, seeing the governor speak on the steps and then leaving. This time – minus a saxophone to tote and free of cold weather – my visit lasted much longer and was definitely more enlightening.

  • County Council debates budget

    Rising insurance costs, potential hikes to the county road fee and elimination of 4-H funds were all ideas hashed out during Lancaster County Council’s special budget workshop Tuesday, May 7.
    As council prepares to hear first reading of the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 budget during its Monday, May 13, meeting, several County Council and staff members met to discuss this year’s “big ticket” funding items, as well as options to balance the budget.

  • Why must students go to school on Memorial Day?

    Why, given the solemn importance the holiday, do Lancaster County students have to go to school on Memorial Day?
    As always, Memorial Day is observed on the fourth Monday of May. This year, the federal holiday falls on May 27, the first day of the last week of school.
    The Memorial Day question is one patriotic parents such as Lisa Lambert of Indian Land ask of school officials every year.

  • Daughter for a Day

    For Frankie Cunningham, stopping by Morningside of Lancaster the Friday before Mother’s Day to present gift bags isn’t work.
    It’s about being the kind of daughter Cunningham’s mom, the late “Miss Mae” Wright,  raised her to be. It’s a legacy of love in action.

  • USCL commencement salutes hard work, support systems

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster kicked off the graduation season for all USC campuses and Lancaster County on Saturday, May 4, with commencement exercises honoring 96 students.

    The ceremony in the James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building’s Bundy Auditorium drew a packed house of faculty, friends and family members to honor the graduates on their academic successes.

  • Man arrested for attempted murder

    A Lancaster man was jailed on an attempted murder charge Thursday, May 9, a day after another man reported he was attacked with a knife.

    Police arrested Noel Sanchez, 40, 1030 Sara Drive, about 11 a.m. Thursday on charges of attempted murder and malicious injury to property, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.

    The arrest came within a day of a 34-year-old victim reporting the alleged attack about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.