Today's News

  • County Council approves plan for using revenues

    County Council approved a plan Monday on how building permit revenue and taxes from homes appraised and sold in 2007 would be used for other county expenses.

    Assessable transfer of interest, or ATI, money comes from homes sold in 2007 that were appraised at a higher value. The county was able to factor in the higher property taxes from new appraisals on those homes, totaling $768,264.

  • Endangered Catawba also 'scenic river'

    We’ve known for years that the Catawba River is a scenic river, but recently it became official. Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill that formally declares 30 miles of the river, from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at the Lancaster/Chester county line, as a state-recognized “scenic river.”

    It’s the 10th river to get this designation. The designation has great symbolic meaning, as it’s intended to bring greater awareness of what a valuable and picturesque resource we have in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

  • 'Matthew lives his faith'

    I am writing to The Lancaster News to thank a wonderful young college student by the name of Matthew Whitaker.

    Many of you who attend the Second Baptist Church or dine at Charlie’s Caf or participate in the classes at Dance Works Studio may already know Matthew, but you may not know what a truly thoughtful neighbor he is.

    I’m writing because I want everyone to know how well he represents his family, his church and the younger generation of the Lancaster community.

  • County OKs 3.5-mill tax hike

    County officials crunched the numbers over the weekend, and came up with a smaller tax increase to pay for costs related to the Lancaster County Courthouse fire.

    County Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday to raise taxes to cover security costs, including hiring 18 sheriff's deputies, in the wake of the Aug. 4 courthouse fire.

    Instead of an 8.9-mill tax increase proposed last week, the tax increase will be 3.5 mills. That will add about $14 to the tax bill of a resident with a $100,000 home.

  • Breaking News Hood charged with murder

    Police have made an arrest in the Saturday shooting death of a Lancaster man.

    Monterio Lamarcus Hood, 18, 100 Jolly Street, has been charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Authorities say he fatally shot Anthony Armour Jr., 31, before 9 p.m. Saturday along the areas of Ferguson and Dunlap streets.

    Hood is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Barnes seeks to motivate students at Lancaster High

    Denise Barnes prepared to be a teacher long before she truly realized she was going to be one.

    As a little girl, Barnes and her peers regularly played school. And she always wound up as the teacher.

    That interest persisted through high school, where Barnes had a math teacher named "Kitty" Jackson. A positive experience in Jackson's class helped convince Barnes not only to be a teacher, but to teach math.

    Now Barnes has been recognized as one of the best in the area.

  • District scores on PACT mixed

    Students in Lancaster County School District produced mixed results on the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test in 2008, which is the last year for the statewide standardized test.

    About 5,100 students in the district took the test in the spring. Results were released last week.

    PACT covers four areas – English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies - and features a mixture of multiple choice, open-ended and extended-response items.

    Scoring levels are below basic, basic, proficient and advanced.

  • Central gets offensive, spoils debut of IL's 'Reservation'

    INDIAN LAND – The debut of “The Reservation” was a downer.Class AA’s fifth-ranked Central Eagles were birds of prey as they used a solid effort to blank Indian Land 35-0 in the Warriors’ 2008 home opener.Prior to kickoff, the Catawba Indians, led by Chief Donald Rogers, dedicated the IL field which was once part of the Catawba’s nearby reservation in neighboring York County.The ceremony was pretty much the highlight for the home team.

  • Local Red Cross volunteers fan out to help storm victims

    The United States has had tropical storm after storm over the past several weeks, and local American Red Cross volunteers jump at every chance to travel and help those in need after a storm makes landfall.

    Longtime volunteer Cricket Harper has been deployed since Aug. 22, responding to Tropical Storm Fay in Orlando, said local Red Cross Director Gina Amato.

    Harper was then sent to Hattiesburg, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., inspecting the Red Cross' emergency response vehicles to make sure the vehicles are ready for deployment.

  • Gas prices rise due to Gulf Coast hurricane

    The countless plastic bags that covered gas pump nozzles on Friday told the story.

    As Hurricane Ike made its way toward the Texas Gulf Coast late last week, concern arouse regarding the price and availability of gas. The storm, which hit Texas early Saturday, forced several refineries in that area to shutdown.

    The national impact was evident around Lancaster County, as gas stations raised their prices and motorists scrambled to top off tanks in fear that fuel would run out.

    Olisha Davis heard rumors Thursday that gas in the area would increase to $5 a gallon.