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Today's News

  • Column: Obama’s ideas on guns won’t fix anything

    “We have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country. It’s not going to prevent every mass shooting. It’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal.”
    That was President Obama, speaking last week at his town hall about guns.

  • Column: S.C. ignores law requiring public budget process

    Two years ago this month, then-House Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas  sent a spirited letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, asking him a simple question.
    Would he support Lucas’ desire to see the House,  Senate and governor’s office obey the law on creating the state budget?
    The silence then, and now, is deafening. The most important voices not being heard don’t belong to legislators ducking an issue but the general public who are left out of a budget process they were meant to play a role in but never have.

  • Column: New neighbors: Who are those guys?

    One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The ultra-cool Paul Newman and Robert Redford play small-time bank robbers in the 1890s cowboy West who were relentlessly pursued by a posse of lawmen that followed them for months across mountains and deserts, to big cities and ultimately even to South America.
    The constant refrain between Butch and the Kid as they struggled to stay one step ahead of the posse was “Who are those guys?”

  • Remember When: Whole town reined in every child

    Usually, my great-grandson, Steven, spends the weekend with us. To be more specific, he spends his weekend on our computer.
    I have no secrets in cyberworld. Steven has unlocked my passwords, and in doing so, he has unleashed a stalking tiger. As his granny says, “Well, you let him do it, so don’t complain.”
    This boy is only 8 years old, and we do our best to protect him from unsavory individuals and web sites.

  • No-passing zone accident claims life of Lancaster man

    A driver passing in a no-passing zone caused an accident on Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200) that claimed the life of a Lancaster man.
    Killed in the accident near the intersection of Douglas Road was Raeford Eric Robertson, 64, of Memorial Park Drive, said Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said the accident happened about 7:20 p.m. when the driver of an eastbound 2003 Honda sedan crossed double lines to pass another car and struck Robertson’s westbound 1997 Honda coupe head-on.

  • City council makes board appointments

    Lancaster City Council stuck to its guns and light agenda when making new appointments to nine municipal boards and commissions at its first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 12.
    Council was set to make 19 appointments to 10 total boards, but nominations for the city’s planning commission were mistakenly omitted from the meeting agenda.
    Since the agenda was approved prior to the votes, one appointment to the city’s planning commission could not be made.

  • Council backs away from Sunday-alcohol referendum

    Don Podrebarac worries that a decision by county officials Jan. 11 not to get involved with efforts to craft a Sunday alcohol sales referendum could hurt his  business and cost the county tax revenue.
    As owner of Southern Spirits, an Indian Land store selling beer, wine and liquor, Podrebarac has spent the last year keeping an eye on efforts to bring a referendum to voters this November. If created and approved, the referendum would allow retail stores to sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption on Sundays.

  • A new idea for handling bad checks

    Victims of bad checks, as well as the people who write them, will soon have a new process to turn to in Lancaster County, which could save merchants money and prevent criminal records before they begin.
    Known as the worthless-check unit, the initiative is one of several alternative court ideas envisioned by Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman and designed to cut down on case backlogs, criminal records and expenses for merchants.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the first steps toward forming the unit during its meeting Jan. 11.

  • Meeting the man who saved your life

    Indianapolis resident Charlie Campbell owes Buford’s Hamp Sherrin his life.
    Sherrin donated stem cells to Campbell, who suffered from a form of leukemia, in 2010, and the two finally met a few months ago. Now they have a bond that will last forever.
    “You can be as manly as you want to be,” Campbell said. “You can be a Navy Seal and rough and tough as you want, but this will shake you down to the bone and affect you like nothing else you’ve ever been a part of.”

  • Norrell back from Cuba

    Kayland Hagwood

    For The Lancaster News