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Today's News

  • Filing opens for city council, school board

    Candidate filing for three Lancaster City Council seats and four school board seats will begin Aug. 1.
    Candidates can file for city council Districts 3, 4 and 6 for a $35 filing fee. The current seat holders are Jackie Harris in District 3, Tamara Green Garris in District 4 and Sara Eddins in District 6.
    School board seats for Districts 2, 4, and 6 are up for election and have no filing fee. The current seat holders are Tyrom Faulkner in District 2, Bill Sumner in District 4 and Margaret Gamble in District 6.

  • School district to pilot soft-skills training

    In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
    The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Matson St. water line project hits weird snag

    KERSHAW – Last month town officials announced that the North Matson Street water line project had been completed in about half the anticipated construction time.
    Not quite, it turns out.
    Unforeseen problems have arisen in switching from the old water line to the new one, which means the new line still isn’t completely in service and might not be for another month.
    The switch-over opened a can of worms, or more like a can of pasta, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim town administrator.

  • Donations flood in for deputies’ kids

    The hot-dog fundraiser held Wednesday at the historic courthouse for the sons of two county deputies raised more than $13,000 and sold 600-plus plates in three hours.  
    Lunch plates were sold for donations only, and raffles were held for a 50-inch TV, a Yeti cooler and a Walmart gift card.
    “That’s pretty cool,” said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, when told the final amount raised. “You hope for the best, but this was beyond anybody’s expectations.

  • Pricey marbles hidden around Lancaster part of global event

    Kevin Robbins is hiding 20 hand-made marbles, some of them worth as much as $100, all over Lancaster as part of a Saturday event called the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt.
    Robbins, a 47-year-old Lancaster resident, is part of a Facebook community with more than 12,000 members around the world. They’re collaborating in this first-of-its-kind event to raise people’s awareness about the hobby and business of collecting marbles.

  • Column: Tragedy 101: We must treat cause, not result

    As I sit here, at my desk, on July 8 with a blank page in front of me, I am trying to organize my thoughts and emotions, in  order to convey some level of objectivity and sense, to events that have just transpired. I have tears in my eyes and in my heart for the tragedy that has just taken place in Dallas, Texas.

  • Good Samaritans all over the place

    We were almost on the road again, until my daughter Sherrie Bailey and her husband, Tim, had a mechanical problem with their pickup pulling their camper to Myrtle Beach Travel Park for a few days of vacation.
    I have always said anything manmade, mechanical or electrical, new or old, can and will eventually give you trouble. Tim always keeps his equipment in good condition. It was near Father’s Day, so Sherrie asked me and my lady friend, Martha, to go to Myrtle Beach with her and Tim for a few days.

  • Kids Day 2016

    Madison Barrett
    For The Lancaster News

    More than 100 people gathered Saturday at Lancaster’s Preston Blackmon Park for the eighth-annual National Youth Empowerment Kids Day.
    Children laughed as they played on the jungle gym and swings. Adults tried to catch a cool breeze on the hot summer afternoon and catch up with friends they hadn’t seen in a while. Everyone chowed down on free food.

  • Rain postpones Crook Memorial at LSS

    A late-afternoon thunderstorm in the area forced the Monster Mini Stocks Association to postpone the July 16 running of the third-annual Buddy Crook Memorial at Lancaster Super Speedway until later this month.
    A four-cylinder race car series, the MMSA races at various dirt tracks in the Carolinas and Georgia. The $2,500 event here is one of the highest-paying stops on the series tour.

  • Softball fundraiser to help Charlee’s family

    Three-year-old Charlee Rivers is developing quite a following.
    Charlee, who was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, may need a new heart.
    A group of supporters led by local youth coach and official Fuzzy Bass are holding a two-day softball fundraiser in Heath Springs later this month to help her family with medical costs. Charlee is the daughter of Chucky and Dustee Rivers.