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Today's News

  • Local United Way gives us reason to celebrate

    Even in the toughest of times, there’s always something to celebrate. And while these may not be the toughest of times (anyone who lived through the Great Depression or World War II would tell you those times were much tougher), these are certainly not the best of times.

    The national economy has slowed, and gas prices are at historic highs, with some experts predicting the national average for unleaded regular gasoline will break the $5 mark this year.

  • Ponytails win state crown

    The Lancaster Dixie Ponytails are riding high after winning the state championship and a bid to the World Series.The Lancaster Ponytails, in a do-or-die situation, rebounded from a tournament-opening loss to Hartsville to defeat Hartsville 5-0 for the state championship on Wednesday night at the Bobby Richardson Recreation Complex in Sumter.In the title game, Katy Ghent, who won three tournament games, went the distance, allowing one hit and a walk.

  • Medical future of children and adults in question

    This letter is addressed to the medical professionals doing business in the Lancaster area, but it should be of interest to other folks, as well.

    In reading newspapers, watching TV and listening to AM radio lately, it has become apparent that many things are occurring in this city, state and country that should be of concern to everyone.

  • Writer questions Mulvaney's opposition to alcohol inhalers

    A few weeks ago, I sent a letter to the editor criticizing Rep. Mick Mulvaney for opposing a ban on alcohol inhalers (devices that turn liquor into a mist so that it can be inhaled into a person’s lungs, getting them drunk quickly).

    As the victim of a drunken driver, my point was that we don’t need any devices that get people drunker faster because who knows how many of them will end up behind the wheel of a car.

  • Grants could have been used for library

    I am responding to the story “Schools get s $4.5 million from feds” in the July 16 edition of The Lancaster News. The grants are to be used to reduce alcohol use, foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to go to college.

    Grants are those gifts from Washington that don’t have to be paid back. Apparently they come like manna from heaven.

  • County schools plan registration

    Registration dates have been set for the 2008-09 school year.

    No general school fees will be charged this year, although some fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks. School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

    All students new to the district must complete a student information form and provide two proofs of residency. New students are asked to bring report cards and any other available records from the school attended last year.

    They will not be allowed to register without the following documents:

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  • Breaking News Home of accused killer burns

    Authorities are investigating the early Tuesday burning of the two-story house that accused killer Darren Winchester used to live in.

    Firefighters received a call about 2 a.m. Tuesday that the house near Blakley Crossroads was on fire and the blaze was "fully involved," sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

    Firefighters were called out later that day to douse hot spots.

    "It pretty much burned to the ground," Holland said.

    The sheriff's office is treating the fire as suspicious and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made.

  • Kids go bananas in 'Jungle Book'

    Six-year-old Caleb Griffin is just so special. He says that's why the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County cast him as Mowgli in "Disney's The Jungle Book Kids."

    "Mama says I'm just so special," he said. "I'm specialer."

    Griffin is one of 60 children cast for the production, which opens Friday.

  • Family Promise appreciates support from community

    Family Promise of Lancaster County would like to thank Darlene Hallman and the Red Hat chapters who gave their time and energy to plan and run a Chinese auction to benefit Family Promise.

    We would also like to thank everyone who came to the auction. Family Promise has been gaining momentum over the past two months with getting into the community and sharing our information with as many people as we can.