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Today's News

  • Mentoring a great investment

    “OK kid, sit down and let’s see what you’ve got.” James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you could smell three blocks away. Seizing my brown cardboard portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table, he shot a dubious glance toward me, then opened the portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an occasional grunt, Mr.

  • Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong

    Letter writer Wayne Bell asked a great question, “Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?” The answer? Absolutely. As this probably comes as a shock to Mr. Bell, I welcome the opportunity to explain.

  • Council OKs split of development fees

    County Council will help out the Lancaster County School District when it comes to building new schools.

    Council approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote Monday night to share development fees it collects with the school district to go toward building new schools.

    Council approved a 60-40 split of the money.

    That means if a developer agrees to contribute $10,000 per new house in a residential development, the county would receive $6,000 and the school district, $4,000.

    Council would also negotiate with developers for land donations to build new schools.

  • Badcock cuts ribbon on new store

    Badcock has been in Lancaster for 23 years, and now it's open at its new location at the old Wal-Mart at 1202 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The new store has more than triple the space of the old store on South Main Street.

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw joined company officials to formally open the store at a ribbon-cutting last Thursday.

    The store is the 263rd that W.S. Badcock Corp's has opened under the "Badcock &more" moniker.

    The store opening is part of a corporate wide expansion initiative to grow into South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and other Southern states.

  • Council to tap reserves to give employees a raise, fund agencies

    County Council still had a lot to discuss about its proposed $30.9 million budget Monday night.

    Council has held two special meetings to talk about budget issues over the past month.

    But Monday's discussion lasted a while, as some council members tried to figure out a way to give employees a 2.85 percent cost-of-living raise and help fund some agencies without raising taxes.

  • Law officers to be out in force over July 4 holiday

    Law enforcement is gearing up for July 4 and planning to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and speeding violations, especially in and around local summer hot spots, beaches and mountain areas.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety is preparing for motorists to begin travel on Thursday.

  • County receives recognition from America initiative

    Lancaster County received an important distinction Monday night after working more than a year to receive it.

    The Preserve America initiative, a federal program chaired by first lady Laura Bush, has designated more than 600 geographic areas since 2003 as places where residents give special attention to preserving their cultural and historical assets.

    Lancaster County is one of the newest Preserve America communities, and the award plaque was formally presented Monday at Lancaster County Council's meeting.

  • Follow fireworks safety tips to ensure a happy July 4

    Fireworks go with the Fourth of July like, well, the “bombs bursting in air” and the “rockets’ red glare” go with the national anthem.Here in South Carolina, where almost all fireworks are legal, shooting off your own fireworks display is a big part of the holiday.Using fireworks can be dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be.

  • County teams take titles

    A year ago, the Lancaster Debs didn’t even field an all-star softball team.This summer, the Lancaster Debs stars are the class of the S.C. Dixie Softball District Two field.The Lancaster all-stars capped a 3-0 run in the double-elimination tournament with a convincing 13-2 win over Chester at the Chester Middle School field on Sunday.“We’re real proud of these girls and the way they came together,” Lancaster coach Ron Johnson said. “They played well in all phases of the game – offense, defense and pitching.

  • Listen to the 911 call Retired officer may lose eyesight

    The gunshots that were fired in Ray Knight's direction Friday night were a total surprise to him and shocked the 911 dispatcher he had been speaking with.

    Knight, a retired Lancaster police officer, was walking around his daughter's neighborhood on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the head.

    The suspected assailants – Charles Raffaldt, 23, and Stephanie Myers, 21 – had overturned a red Infiniti a few feet away, and Knight was going over to check on them and had just called 911 when he became a shooting victim, authorities said.