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Today's News

  • Survey: Enough votes remove flag

    COLUMBIA – A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

    The Post and Courier newspaper, the S.C. Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83 House members say the flag should go.

  • Leadership camp for children living in Southside area

    The children of Southside community have an opportunity to participate in a free leadership summer camp starting the first week in July.

    The camp, sponsored by Dr. George and Stella Williams, will be held at the United Heritage Total Family Outreach Coalition (UHTFOC) located in the Preston Blackmon Career Center.

    There children will learn essential leadership skills to increase their personal, social and academic success, Stella said.

  • Church family lends a helping hand

    Cathyleen Rice

    crice@thelancasternews.com

    O.C. George, 90, has lived in Lancaster since he was 15 years old. He worked multiple jobs to raise his family. With 10 children to feed, clothe and care for there was little money left for home repairs.

    “I've lived on Market Street for 20 years and never had any work done on my house,” George said.

  • Church family lends a helping hand

    O.C. George, 90, has lived in Lancaster since he was 15 years old. He worked multiple jobs to raise his family. With 10 children to feed, clothe and care for there was little money left for home repairs.

    “I've lived on Market Street for 20 years and never had any work done on my house,” George said.

    That changed on June 15, when nine Salkehatchie volunteers showed up to make much needed repairs to his home. They installed vinyl siding, painted, restored his bathroom and repaired his kitchen.

  • School district sets registration dates

    The Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2015-16 school year. No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.

  • June 17: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

    One of the questions of the tragic killing of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is why him? And why now?

    Maybe, just maybe, the answer is the date – June 17th. It was on this date that Dylann Roof opened fire. It was also on this date, 193 years earlier, that Denmark Vesey, a founder of Emanuel, planned to launch a slave rebellion in Charleston.

  • Fireworks safer, but still can be dangerous

    While the fireworks-related injury numbers are down about 9 percent and use of consumer fireworks is up by more than 59 percent over the last 20 years, it is still vital that consumers use the utmost caution with these products.

    Consumer fireworks are truly safer today than ever before, and today’s smarter buying public uses the products carefully and with good common sense, resulting in more use of consumer fireworks with fewer injuries.

  • Catawba-Wateree Basin now in drought watch

     The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced Thursday, July 2, that dry weather conditions and warm temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). 

    Stage 0 is a drought watch stage that alerts members of the advisory group to monitor conditions more closely.

  • ‘My Carolina Town’ lauds city for Verner award

    “My Carolina Town” magazine recently featured the city of Lancaster receiving the state’s highest award in the arts in its April/May issue.

  • Volunteers make difference at animal shelter

     Lancaster County Animal Shelter, 118 Kennell Lane, is a noisy, sometimes smelly but a fun place to spend quality time.

    Staff and volunteers devote their undivided attention to a diverse group of animals ranging from mostly dogs to cats, horses and sometimes even chickens.

    The two full time employees, Shandy Everall, shelter director, and Ronnie Roberts, shelter assistant, work seven days a week, but it’s the behind-the-scene volunteers who make the difference.