Today's News

  • Mayor, councilwoman exchange barbs

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw and Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace exchanged verbal jabs near the end of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    Council members were about to vote to enter closed, or executive, session.

    That’s when Shaw questioned the need for the closed session, which was to discuss a state Ethics Commission opinion on whether Councilman John Howard’s position as an agent for KMG Insurance constituted a conflict with his role on council.

    KMG Insurance offers services to city employees.

  • Cherish those who have the courage to speak out


    Something special happened on April 15: Tens of thousands of South Carolinians from all walks of life assembled for “TEA parties” at dozens of locations across the state. Their rallies, of course, came on a day many people have come to dread – Tax Day.

  • Tax protesters express their anger at local TEA Party

    Clutching a handmade sign that read “No Public Money for Private Failure,” Dr. William Duke was one of about 300 people to protest federal policies, especially the recent $787 billion federal stimulus and bank bailout bills, at a Tax Day protest held here Wednesday.

    Modeled after several other protests being held throughout the United States, Lancaster’s TEA Party was a forum where people could protest against taxes and government spending.

  • Recycle your gas lawn mower Saturday

    ROCK HILL – In a joint effort to keep the air clean, residents in Lancaster, Chester and York counties are being asked to trade-in their old gas-powered lawn mowers at the Mow Down Pollution/ Lawn Mower Exchange on Saturday.

    The event, part of the 2009 Earth Day Birthday Celebration, is sponsored by Duke Energy, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.  

    Gas-powered lawn mowers produce air pollutants and increase the likelihood of spilling gasoline, which can harm both air and ground water.

  • About 100 attend local GOP convention

    Stacks of paper ballots. Passionate speakers and miniature American flags. Dozens of people adorned with political stickers.

    That was the scene as the Lancaster County Republican Party held its 2009 convention Tuesday.

    Winston Smith, the county party’s chairman, was surprised by the turnout at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Smith said he counted at least 100 attendees, most seated at tables throughout the room.

  • Students promise to be careful on prom night

    Nathan Poore grimaced and winced Thursday afternoon while watching a special video from the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Poore, an 11th-grader at Lancaster High School, joined the rest of the school’s juniors and seniors inside the auditorium for this year’s Prom Promise program.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the Highway Patrol showed a graphic video depicting fatal vehicle wrecks.

  • Paper mill files for bankruptcy protection

    CATAWBA – AbitibiBowater’s woes continue, as the company filed for bankruptcy court protection in Canada and the United States to deal with its $6 billion debt.

    Almost 1,000 people, including many from Lancaster County, work at AbitibiBowater’s Catawba plant in York County.

    Company officials said day-to-day operations will continue through its restructuring process.

  • Web site survey still available

    Lancaster County residents still have time to participate in a survey that could be used to attract a new call center to the county.

    More than 600 call center jobs could relocate to the county, but only if the local workforce meets specific criteria.

    This will be determined by their answers to 17 questions included in an online survey, available at http://lancastersurvey.questionpro.com.

  • USCL housing topic of chamber meeting

    A special membership luncheon of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been set for noon Tuesday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The topic will be on-campus student housing at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.  

    Guest speakers Thomas Butz with Onsight Solutions and Kris Axhoj with Designer Construction will discuss plans for apartment-style housing for students attending USCL.

    The presentation will include architectural renderings, project details and the timetable for completion.

  • More cases of sexual abuse than people realize

    During March, Margo Dixon interviewed or dealt with cases of 41 children who had been abused.

    The children range in age from a 17-month-old who had been inappropriately touched to 15 years old.

    In the majority of the cases, the children had been sexually abused by someone they know – in most cases, by fathers, uncles, brothers or sisters.