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Today's News

  • City denies church’s request to waive debt

    Lancaster City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to deny Victory Tabernacle AME Zion Church’s request to have $1,100 in land-clearing fees forgiven.
    Council members Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood, Linda Blackmon, Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris and Mayor John Howard voted against the motion, and council members Hazel Taylor and Sara Eddins voted for it.
    The church was denied the waiver because the city had already granted the church a waiver previously. The city has a one-time waiver policy.

  • Woman gets 5-year term for killing son in refrigerator

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Angela Renee Blackwell, the Chester woman who confessed to killing her newborn last year by putting him in a refrigerator, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.
    Blackwell, 28, appeared before Circuit Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily harm in the death of her 4-day-old son William David Paul Lewis.

  • Why isn’t IL town vote moving ahead?

    Two months after approval of their plan by a key legislative committee in Columbia, the leaders of Indian land’s incorporation effort have yet to take the next step toward a public vote on the issue.
    County election officials say Panhandle residents are expressing concern about when, how and where the voting will take place, and who will be responsible for assuring its accuracy.

  • A new destination for Gonzie’s bikes

    It’s the start of Christmas season, so you know what Gonzie Mackey is doing – packing his little shop on Great Falls Highway with bicycles destined to be presents.
    That’s what Mackey has been doing for the past eight years with his charity – Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids. Bikes line the floors, walls and ceiling of his workshop, with lots of shiny chrome and glistening new paint jobs.
    But this year is different, because all the bikes he has collected so far are going to Texas hurricane victims.

  • Keye-Stewart Engagement

    Donna and Jeff Moree of Heath Springs and Mikey Keye of Lancaster announce the engagement of their daughter, Autumn Elizabeth Keye, to Daniel Dale Stewart, both of Lancaster.

    The wedding is planned for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Waxhaw, N.C.

  • Lalla-Tinsley Engagement

    Dr. and Mrs. Sunil Vishin Lalla of Pawleys Island are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Grace Lalla, to Robert Morgan Tinsley, both of Cambridge, Mass.

    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. April 14, 2018 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, with a reception at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club.

  • Warlick-Witherspoon Engagement

     Ms. Jennifer Long Warlick of Chapin and Mr. Van Warlick of Murrells Inlet announce the engagement of their daughter, Candice Brooke Warlick, to Gavin Donnom Witherspoon Jr., both of Charlotte.

  • Bruins sweep Vols

    The Lancaster Bruins opened their 2017-18 home basketball schedule, taking two wins over county rival Andrew Jackson.

    The Lady Bruins posted a 63-38 win and the LHS boys topped the Vols, 72-62.

    The teams meet for a rematch at AJ on Friday when the girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys tip off at 7:30.

    In other action, Buford dropped two games at home, falling to Parkwood of Union County, N.C.

    The Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Rebels, 60-29 and BHS boys dropped a 66-55 setback.

  • Column: Lawmakers need to deal with nuclear plant debacle

    The General Assembly will be back in session starting in January, and although this year’s session covered a lot of ground, the next one likely will bring big challenges.
    Today, I’ll explain one of those issues – the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant project in Fairfield County. Part two of my legislative preview Sunday will deal with pension reform and the opioid crisis.

  • Column: Income distribution shows clout of the rich in setting U.S. policy

    In the Nov. 24 Lancaster News, Rudy Schmidt responded to my Nov. 15 column about how Democratic policies help the middle class.
    I appreciate the cordial nature of Mr. Schmidt’s comments. In his article he asked me to give the basis for my statements. I will try succinctly to do just that.
    The Gini Coefficient, a measure of income distribution, has been increasing in the United States since 1980. (That means the middle class has been shrinking and the few very rich have been getting richer. Also, real wages have been decreasing.)