Today's News

  • Homeless shelter network to open

    After about two years of preparing, Family Promise is set to open its doors in Lancaster County to assist homeless families.

    Family Promise’s day center at 304 E. Arch St. is projected to open Feb. 1, with director Mike Montgomery at the helm.

    Montgomery worked at Springs Global for 26 years. He said he rededicated his life to Christ and wanted to go into full-time Christian service.

    He received a degree from Columbia International University and had originally planned to work in central Asia.

  • Police reports – January 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A car trailer was stolen from behind Bullet Motorsports on S.C. 9 Bypass. The trailer, which was used to haul motorcycles, is 18-feet by 8-feet with wood flooring. The owner told an officer that he believes the trailer was taken sometime around Christmas. The trailer is valued at $5,800.

    –  Three men were charged with drug possession after a traffic stop on South Market Street on Jan. 19.

  • It’s never too late to learn

    When Christine Barrett stepped on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, she was taking classes with people nearly 60 years younger.

    It didn’t bother the 80-year-old Gastonia, N.C., resident that she was old enough to be many of her classmates’ grandmother. She was thrilled to have the chance to attend college.

    Now with a high school diploma and college degree under her belt, Barrett stands as an example that you can achieve your biggest goals if you have faith and work hard.

  • City to discuss funding for Artisan Center at meeting

    Lancaster City Council may vote to approve or pull funding to help The Artisan’s Center in downtown Lancaster with start-up and operating costs when it meets Tuesday.

    Christina Chastain, who plans to open the nonprofit community art center in downtown Lancaster, is slated to give a presentation to council at the meeting.

    Council members will also vote on a resolution supporting the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which Gov. Mark Sanford has proposed to close within two years.

  • Acclaimed folk artist Jim Shore to speak at chamber meeting

    Jim Shore, creator of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s limited edition historic sites series in 1993 and now a nationally known award-winning American folk artist, will be guest speaker at the 53rd annual meeting of the chamber on Thursday.

    The event will be held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club, beginning at 6:15 p.m., with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.

  • Council may vote on pay plan

    Lancaster County Council is slated to vote on a compensation and pay classification plan for county workers at its meeting Monday.

    The plan could help raise the salaries of 84 county employees who are now below the minimum pay grade levels established by the plan. Employees are scattered across many different classifications and positions around the county.       

  • Residents standing up for USCL

    An e-mail address where residents can write to express their  opposition to Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster has attracted a huge response.

    Since the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce set up the account a week ago, more than 1,000 e-mails have poured in.

    Dean Faile, president of the chamber, asked residents last week to add their names to a resolution refuting the governor’s proposal. He said the response has been impressive. Residents were asked to send their e-mails to saveuscl@comporium.net.

  • Downtown banner project shows community spirit

    Anyone can have a hand in designing the new banners that will be hung in downtown Lancaster in March.

    Twenty-five McDonald Green Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders painted some of the 80 banners that will hang from the lamp posts around the city at Chastain’s Studio Lofts on Main Street on Friday.

    They were joined by Lancaster County school board Chairwoman Charlene McGriff and district Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, who tried their hand at painting as well.

    “I’m an artist,” McGriff said with excitement.

  • City OKs agreement with county

    Lancaster City Council approved a revised agreement with Lancaster County to transfer the county’s solid waste to a landfill at it’s Jan. 13 meeting.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the deal should save the county money because the county does not have a transfer station for waste.

    So instead of the county’s trucks driving regularly to the landfill in Lee County, they can deposit their waste at the city’s transfer station. The city can take a larger load at one time to the landfill.