Today's News

  • Council asks state not to pass bill on to county

    Lancaster County Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday objecting to proposed state funding cuts that could lead to property tax increases here.

    The resolution was developed in response to a piece of legislation being considered by the state Senate, Bill H 3581.

    The bill could cut the county’s local government fund, which contains money the state pays to the county to run state operations, including pay for solicitors and public defenders and funding state agencies such as the Department of Social Services.

  • City Council modifies the way hospitality grants are considered

    The city of Lancaster has changed the way hospitality grant applications will be considered.

    City Council voted 6-1 on March 24 to allow all grant applications for hospitality tax funding to go through a special committee before council gets involved.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissented.

    Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director, spoke at the meeting about the Hospitality Tax Grant Committee’s duties.

    The committee has been meeting once or twice a year to review and recommend grant applications.

  • Teams prepare for 2009 Relay For Life

    The 2009 Relay For Life for Lancaster County is scheduled for 7 p.m. April  24 at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser brings teams of local volunteers together to support those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors.

    But until then, the local 59 Relay For Life teams are working hard toward the $205,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs.

  • CareNet helping people every day

    CareNet recently celebrated a milestone – its first anniversary of full-time operation at its clinic in Medical Arts Building 5 near Springs Memorial Hospital.

    That anniversary comes at a time when the national economy is on the rocks and the local unemployment rate is staggering – 17.5 percent in January, according to the latest state figures.

  • Business After Hours is Tuesday

    This month’s Business After Hours is different from most.

    It’s both a Business After Hours and a small business fair, featuring 10 area small businesses that belong to the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    The businesses are: Carolina Pharmacy, CBs Limited, Creative Enterprising, Hutchens, Moore and Associates, Legacy Computer Repair, Palmer’s Refinishing, Rollins Pest Control, Senior Helpers, The Scrub Shop and Wagz & Wishes Deli-Café.

  • Council resolution objects to proposed cut in state funds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss on Monday tax burdens that could be imposed by the state.

    Council will vote on a resolution to oppose any act of the Legislature that could transfer tax burdens to Lancaster County residents.

    This comes as the state Senate is debating Bill H 3581, legislation that could cut the county’s local government fund.

    Money in this fund goes to pay solicitors and public defenders and funds state agencies located in county buildings, such as the Department of Social Services.

  • Teens face charges after truck smashes race car

    The S.C. Highway Patrol worked an unusual case early Sunday morning – at the Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Two men were arrested after a pickup truck belonging to one of them crashed into a parked race car.

    Michael D. Culp, 19, of Edgemoor, was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with driving under the influence, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said.

    Jake M. McDermott, 18, of Rock Hill, was charged with reckless driving.

    Gaskin said a trooper responded to the speedway, off U.S. 521 on Shiloh Unity  Road, about  12:55 a.m.

  • Series Send-off

    The members of Ambrosia have been together for 39 years now.

    The pop music act that climbed to the top of the charts in the 1970s and 1980s with Top-10 hits like “Biggest Part” and “How Much I Feel,” along with John Ford Coley, will close out the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday night.

    Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $50.

  • Litterbugs ignorant, nave, deniers and outlaws

    Litterbugs ignorant, naïve, deniers

    and outlaws

    Things I have learned about litterbugs.

    1. They are as numerous and as pesky as fire ants and mosquitoes.

    2. They are as hard to get rid of as bed bugs or fleas.

    3. In spite of their tenaciousness, litterbugs are not a hardy breed. When it is cold or rainy, they don’t like to open their car windows to throw out litter.

    4. Most litterbugs smoke cigarettes, others get takeout from fast food restaurants – and horrors – some even drink alcoholic beverages while driving.

  • Crawford shows true character in decision

    The men’s 200-meter dash at the Beijing Summer Olympics took a record-shattering 19.30 seconds to decide a world champion.

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s dazzling effort smashed a 12-year mark, giving him the coveted gold medal in blazing fashion.

    The rest of the finish wasn’t nearly as easy to figure.

    In fact, it took more than six months to decide the silver and bronze medal winners.