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Today's News

  • Carnes column: Most excess money in budget used to fund public safety

    Last month, we looked at how excess funds are generated in the county budgeting process. We also talked about $2 million in excess funds from the 2013-14 fiscal year.
    This month, we will examine where some of these funds have been approved to be used in this fiscal year and why generally appropriating these one-time funds for reoccurring expenses do not make for sound fiscal policy.

  • Horan column: USDA, EPA need to do more to protect bees

    Although the “buzz” about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have failed to act with force on one of the key causes of pollinator declines – neonicotinoid pesticides.

  • Education, business leaders discuss future of local workforce

    ROCK HILL – When it comes to developing a prosperous local workforce and making sure students have the right education and training to find jobs, S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt says “cool” may be the operative word.

  • Dressing down raises awareness

     Denim  Day, sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) Wednesday, April 29, at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse was a rousing success as its staff danced into the room to begin the exciting and informative program.

  • Unrelated arrests made in break ins

    KERSHAW – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men in separate property crimes cases, one a rash of vehicle break-ins in the northwestern part of town, the second burglaries at two restaurants.

    In the meantime, detectives are still investigating a string of burglaries at local business and homes that began back in late March and have identified a person of interest in the case.

  • Unity is at heart of community

     Words and images of hate in Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., Tulsa, North Charleston and New York City. 

    Let’s be honest. By now, we’ve all heard and seen some of em’ just a little too much. 

    Most of those words surround racial tension, as well as cries of “no justice,” accompanied by riots, looting and fires.

  • County prep soccer teams launch playoffs

     

    State championships will be the stakes as eight Lancaster County high school soccer teams open the playoffs Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5.

    The girls open postseason play Monday, May 4, with the boys squads to kick off postseason play Tuesday, May 5.

  • AJ golfers push record to 19-0

     

    The Andrew Jackson golf team closed out regular season play with undefeated record – 19-0, 15-0 in Region IV-AA after a win over  North Central at Kershaw Golf Club.

    The Vols shot a 158 to North Central’s 216.

  • Jackets, Vols notch wins

     

    Buford and Andrew Jackson each posted wins to open the Class AA Upper State baseball playoffs on Thursday, April 30.

    The third-ranked Jackets, 23-0, blanked Fairfield Central High School of Winnsboro, while Andrew Jackson topped Pelion at the Volunteers’ field.

  • Staggering number of children are sexually abused

     When it comes to the sexual abuse of children in Lancaster County, the numbers are staggering. 

    Margo Dixon, Children’s Advocacy Center director and 6th Judicial Circuit lead forensic interviewer, said she deals with 35 to 45 local sexual abuse cases per month involving children ages 2 to 18.

    The youngest victim of sexual abuse she’s seen in recent months was just 6 weeks old, she said.