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Today's News

  • Tax increase to fund school district’s capital budget

    Lancaster County school board members unanimously approved the district’s 2012-13 budget Tuesday, June 26, which totals $91.1 million.

    The debt services budget includes a 3.5 mill tax increase for county property owners, while the general fund budget’s millage remains the same.

    Also during the meeting, school board members named Andrew Jackson Middle School Principal Butch Dutton to replace Jonathan Phipps as principal at Buford High School.

    Tax increase

  • Man with knife arrested on several charges

    Deputies arrested a man on a host of charges after he was found inside a woman’s Heath Springs’ home on Saturday, June 23,  holding a large knife.

    Ashley Demarra Dunlap, 29, was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, first-degree burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The arrest came about 30 minutes after a deputy spoke with a woman about a potential burglary in her home.

  • Carolina Community Actions offers assistance with cooling bills

    Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA, Inc.) has money available to assist low-income families with a variety of services including cooling bills, water, air conditioners, fans, mortgage and rent.

    CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, General Education Degree, child care and youth leadership programs. 

    Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

  • Sheriff presents three deputies, officer with Lifesaving Awards

    It was a phone call Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile never wanted to receive and hopes he never hears again. 

    Standing in front of Lancaster County Council earlier this month with a stack of awards by his side, Faile recounted the news he received on Nov. 17, 2011, that one of his deputies had been wounded in the line of duty. 

    The deputy, Sgt. Brandon Rollins, was shot when he and three of his fellow drug task force officers confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant on Memorial Park Road.

  • Arts and sciences camps begin July 9

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is still accepting registrations for its annual Arts and Sciences Camp, the first of which begins July 9 at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster.

    The camp, which is held at several different locations throughout the county, is designed to spark elementary-age children's imagination and creativity.

  • Nine generations baptized at church

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    hen Marlow Harper Murdock was baptized at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church on May 27, she continued a family tradition that dates back to the 1700s.
    Marlow, the 6-month-old daughter of Ryan and Karen French Murdock of Atlanta, followed in the footsteps of her mother, her grandmother, Catherine Potts French, and six more generations.

  • Duracell receives Literacy award

    Carolinas Literacy Network
    Proctor & Gamble–Duracell received the Literacy Champion Award during the Carolinas Literacy Network’s annual meeting on June 13 at the Lancaster County Historic Courthouse.  
    Elizabeth H. Robinson, chairwoman of the Carolinas Literacy Network board of directors, presented the award.
    Duracell was recognized for its ongoing support of literacy, especially among its employees. Karen Yarborough, employee relations coordinator for Duracell, accepted the award on behalf of the Lancaster Duracell operation.

  • Get patriotic with deep dish cherry pie

    It doesn’t get more American than a homemade pie. The combination of a flaky crust and fruity filling topped with a cold scoop of ice cream just can’t be beat, especially when enjoyed outdoors after a backyard cookout.
    And if you’re going to have pie, you might as well go whole hog! This Deep Dish Cherry Pie is out of this world! Simplified with three kinds of canned cherries it’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

  • Prepare for late-night emergency phone calls

    If you are over 40, you may already have issues with parents who are chronically ill or who no longer have the ability to care for themselves. Have you and your parents properly prepared for the decisions that will be made by others for their continued care?
    So many times, a late night call, an emergency room visit or lack of sufficient funds force decisions without the ability or flexibility to research options or consider the feelings of our loved ones. Advanced preparation is needed.

  • Of carrots and kings

    I was reading a post on the blog my daughter writes about our 3-year-old grandson. He had been waiting all spring for the vegetables to come up in his garden. Eagerly, perhaps overeagerly, he yanked up a green top. He showed it off to his playmate.
    While reading the blog, my friend, a political scientist, interrupted to tell me that President Barack Obama had endorsed the idea of men marrying men and women marrying women.