Today's News

  • Relay teams aim to raise $205,000

    The annual Lancaster County Relay for Life is today and organizers are hoping the event will hit its $205,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs.

    “The Relay is from the heart,” said event co-chairwoman Donna Parsons. “There are very few people in Lancaster who can say they haven’t had a friend or family member impacted by cancer in one way or another. All of the teams and volunteers have been working as hard as they can.”

  • Down pat

    Lancaster High culinary arts teacher Gregg Shipston wasn’t a bit surprised when Rachelle Campbell became the school’s first student to earn a ProStart certification.

    “Since the class started, I’ve had close to 175 students,” Shipston said. “If I would’ve had my pick as to who would be our first certified student, it would be Rachelle. She’s very self-motivated.”

    ProStart is a two-year, flexible self-pace career program for students interested in the culinary arts.

  • A mother's pain

    For Dianne Cole, every hour of every day is different.

    She may be OK one minute and burst into tears the next.

    It’s been that way for almost five months now, since her son, Edward Paul “Little Gene” Jenkins, 30, died unexpectedly.

    Hers is the kind of pain that comes from losing a child. She never dreamed her son’s life could be taken away in an instant.

  • 'Indiana' will find treasure out back

    I’m a big Indiana Jones fan. Old “Indy” is always running across some forgotten treasure that’s long been abandoned.

    I recall when I did the same thing.

    Some men were stringing barbed wire fence along a piece of bottom land next to the creek.

    Mama had a lunch for them and I was left alone to wander (and wonder). “Keep out of trouble,” she said.

    Now this briarpatch I was about to explore had some interesting characteristics.

  • Stamp Out Hunger! food drive is May 9

    On May 9, Lancaster County letter and rural carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help.  

    Now in its 17th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, letter carriers collected a record 73.1 million pounds of food from postal customers across the nation. This year’s drive will meet a critical need as many of the recently unemployed in Lancaster County have been forced to seek help from local food pantries.

  • Local GOP leaders to convene here Tuesday

    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold its 2009 Convention  at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Speakers will be local GOP elected officials S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney (D-16), S.C. Rep. Deborah Long (D-45) and District 1 County Council Larry McCullough.

    Karen Floyd, candidate for the state GOP chair, will also attend.

    The 2010 Republican candidates for governor are also expected to attend the convention here.

  • Workshop designed to help owners of small businesses

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, York Technical College and the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University will sponsor “Listening to Your Business” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the chamber office at 453 Colonial Ave.

    Listening to Your Business is a hands-on, facilitated workshop designed to provide entrepreneurs and business managers with the critical evaluation tools and action steps they need to maximize the growth and profitability of their businesses.

  • USCL dean hopes to have new classroom building in 3 years

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is moving forward with its goal to expand, but it has temporarily put the brakes on its fundraising plans due to the sour economy.

    USCL, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has rolled out a long list of plans for the campus.

    Perhaps the biggest aim now is a new classroom building, which Dr. John Catalano, dean of the campus, would like to see opened in the next few years. About $2 million has already been raised for the project.

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  • Man dies, 6 hurt in Kershaw wreck

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw County man was killed early Monday morning after he was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck that his mother was driving.

    Daniel Bennett, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

    Daniel Bennett was riding in the bed of a 2003 Ford dual-cab pickup truck, driven by his mother, Deloris Bennett, 53, of 3252 Old Georgetown Road West, in Kershaw County.