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Today's News

  • Some Panhandle residents think they pay more for water

    Carrie Miller said saving water is a waste, since she gets charged the same rate whether she uses 2,000 gallons of water or half that.

    She and her husband cut their water usage to about 1,000 gallons a month at the height of the drought last year, but ended up paying nearly the same amount for half as much water. She wants to know why.

  • Powers-Norrell would be 'treasure to Senate'

    This letter in response to Dave Zoglmans letter "Powers-Norrell throws first dirt in Senate race," printed in the Feb. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. I am a Buford High School senior. Neither my teacher, classmates and I quite understand the article.

    As far as throwing the first dirt goes I think you just did. I challenge you to find one flaw with Mandy Powers-Norrell.

    She was one of the most intelligent who ever graduated from Lancaster High School and the USC School of Law. Our district should be honored that she is representing us.

  • Pride in black history emphasized at gala - Picture Slideshow included

    Music was the backdrop for an evening filled with much praise, celebration and reflection about black history as February draws to a close.

    A black history gala was held Wednesday night at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Press play on video player when photo gallery loads.

  • Writer: Animals should not be equalized to humans

    I would like to thank Lancaster residents Mary Reimers "Time to change animal abuse laws" and Barbara Small "Writer proud of legislators for protecting animal rights" and John Goodwin from the U.S. Humane Society for their replies to my letter "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights."

    Thanks for proving my point that people are personifying animals with human emotions and souls that they don't have. Thank you for proving that rash emotions are superceding common sense and empathy for your fellow man in regard for laws and accompanying penalties.

  • County offering 'corporate welfare package' to Continental

    When Continental Tire suspended production at its Charlotte plant and sent those jobs overseas to Brazil and other countries, scores of Lancaster County residents lost their jobs.

    This created a tax burden on Lancaster County and an impact on commerce when those folks' disposable income was eliminated. Not only that, soon after the production suspension, Continental Tire implemented terms requiring some of their retirees at one point to pay more than $1,600 for health care.

  • Official hurt helping out at accident

    A county official hurt his toe in the line of duty on Tuesday.

    It wasn’t a sheriff’s deputy or firefighter, whose jobs sometimes put them in danger. It was Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

    Willis and county Planning Director Chris Karres were driving back from Indian Land on U.S. 521 about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. At the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 9 Bypass at the Lancaster city limits, they came upon a wreck that had just happened.

    They didn’t see the wreck occur, Karres said. But no emergency workers had arrived at the scene.

  • Lancaster County stars open play in Central District tournaments

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department will have six youth basketball teams in action this weekend.All six squads will be vying for the Central District championships Saturday.The 10-under girls team, coached by Derek Vick, travels to Forest Lake Park in Columbia to take on Fairfield County in a first-round game at 11:15 am.The 10-under boys have two teams traveling to Columbia and both will play at Trenholm Park.

  • Red Cross merger inevitable

    They are the first to help after a house fire. They are the first to help after a natural disaster. They provide training for lifeguards who watch our children in area pools.

    They are the staff and highly dedicated volunteers of the American Red Cross.

    They distribute food, clothing and shelter for those who have lost their homes through fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes.

    The Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided these services since 1917.

  • Man faces charges in fatal wreck

    Imagine getting a phone call that your sister was in a wreck and then having to go to the hospital to identify her body. Teresa Kinsey lived that nightmare over the weekend when her sister, Mary Beth Johnson, died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident on S.C. 341 just south of Kershaw on Saturday. “I couldn’t believe it,” Kinsey said. “I thought it was just a crazy game, but it was real.”

  • Matt Blackwell Foundation awards five high school seniors scholarships

    Five Lancaster County high school seniors were spotlighted at the seventh annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Scholarship banquet Feb. 19 at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The five scholarship recipients included two from Lancaster High School –  Danielle Gainey and Steven Khoury. Blackwell Foundation Scholarships were also presented to Rebekah Bowers of Andrew Jackson High School, Nathan Folks of Indian Land High School and Taylor Threatt of Buford High School.