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Today's News

  • Tax-free shopping weekend runs through midnight Sunday

    Retailers here and across the state are hoping to ring up large sales this weekend during the state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend.

    It began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    South Carolina is one of six states to host tax-free shopping weekends this weekend. The others are North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

    During the weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

  • City Council, school board filing begins

    Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

    "People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

    City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.

  • Cairnes family grateful for support of community

    We would like to thank all of the people who worked so hard to help during the time of Ronnie W. Cairnes Sr.’s death on July 9.

    We especially want to thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, coroner and others who we don’t know about.

    We know that we probably have missed thanking someone, but we want you to know that you are appreciated in more ways than you know. Ronnie was a true treasure and had many friends.

    He was always the same person no matter when you saw him.

    When Ronnie loved you there was no doubt in it.

  • Superintendent gets excellent rating

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore is beginning his third year at Lancaster County School District with the full backing of the school board, which has again given him an excellent rating on his annual evaluation.

    The school board shared the 2007-08 review with Moore and others during its meeting Tuesday night.

    The superintendent was evaluated in seven areas: as a chief executive officer and for community relations, educational leadership, facilities management, financial management, staff personnel management and student personnel services.

  • Carrier thanks customers, co-workers

    I have delivered newspapers for 10 years and have been through a lot of vehicles. I would like to thank all my customers for being so patient with me when I was late sometimes. It really gets frustrating when I want to get my customers their paper on time and can’t because of car trouble or some fault not my own. I had the nicest customers, who were very patient.

    My husband, who also delivered newspapers, had some nice customers. He had another job, and if he couldn’t get the newspapers delivered before he went to work, he delivered them after he got off.

  • New law impacts cyclists, drivers

    When avid bicyclists George and Renee Gunter go street biking these days, they pass two white bicycles on U.S. 521 near Niven Road in Indian Land.

    A month ago, those bikes weren't there. Ten months ago, they had no reason to be there.

    George and Renee were at a bike shop Oct. 21, 2007, when they got a call from Renee's mother.

    An accident involving two bicyclists had happened near the Gunters' house.

  • Obama shunned troops during overseas visit

    Sen. Barack Obama had been planning to go to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany before a flight to Paris on July 25.

    He was told that his campaign staff would not be allowed photo ops and this visit was not to be considered as a campaign stop.

    Since he is a U.S. senator, Obama and other political dignitaries are always welcomed and encouraged to visit wounded soldiers out of respect and appreciation of their service.

  • High school football drills begin today

    Staff Reports

    Preparation and perspiration for the 2008 Lancaster County high school football season begins today at three of four county schools.

    Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster are scheduled to open pre-season drills today in camps around the county.

    Andrew Jackson High School, under new football coach Louis Clyburn, kicks off its preseason drills Monday.

    Teams will work on conditioning before moving into full-contact drills later in the week. The first pre-season scrimmages are scheduled for Aug. 8.

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  • Ponytails stars begin series play

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster Ponytails all-stars launch their World Series hopes Saturday when they play in the opening round of the 12-team girls softball tournament in Pineville, La.

    The Lancaster Ponytails all-stars, who captured the state championship and a bid to the World Series, meet the Tennessee champion Dyersburg/Dyer County in the opening game.

    The Lancaster Ponytails, who left Thursday for the double-elimination tournament, will participate in the opening ceremonies today.

  • Organizers prep for IL library festival

    INDIAN LAND – It's not too early to start thinking about fall, particularly about the Fall Into Fun Festival for the new Indian Land library.

    It's just a few months away and organizers are already gearing up for the Oct. 4 festival.

    "This year's goal is $25,000, which will enable the new library's browsing area to be named for the festival," said Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway. Last year's festival brought in about $18,000. The first festival, in 2006, made about $12,000.