Today's News

  • Of carrots and kings

    I was reading a post on the blog my daughter writes about our 3-year-old grandson. He had been waiting all spring for the vegetables to come up in his garden. Eagerly, perhaps overeagerly, he yanked up a green top. He showed it off to his playmate.
    While reading the blog, my friend, a political scientist, interrupted to tell me that President Barack Obama had endorsed the idea of men marrying men and women marrying women.

  • Effort to nix budget control board, separate powers fails

    South Carolina legislators, whose power dominates the three branches of state government, once again have failed to better balance authority among the branches and give their constituents more ability to hold them accountable.
    The General Assembly broke down on the matter Thursday, June 22, when the Senate voted by the narrowest of margins, 22-21, to carry over a restructuring bill just ahead of the chamber’s scheduled 5 p.m. adjournment for the year.

  • Council passes $35M budget

    Moments after agreeing on details about a county employee pay raise, Lancaster County Council unanimously passed final reading of the county’s 2012-13 fiscal budget during a special meeting on Friday, June 22.

    Once again, there were no public comments as council members put the finishing touches on the budget. The new budget year runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. 

  • Resolute products shutting down production line

    A drop in demand for certain types of paper has forced a local company to shut down one of its production lines. 

    The Catawba plant of Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater, announced last week it will be shutting down its No. 1 machine, forcing the layoffs of several employees. 

    Resolute spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said employees will begin preparing the machine for shut-down beginning Saturday, June 30, with layoffs beginning Monday, July 2. 

  • Finally Friday concerts start up

    The sounds of bluegrass, soul and rock will greet you as you make your way to downtown Lancaster on select evenings this summer.

    The city of Lancaster is preparing to launch the second year of its Finally Friday summer series. The events, held on the last Friday of the month, will feature live music along with a variety of food and arts and crafts.

    The events, to run each time from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place at the intersection of Main and Gay streets in Lancaster. They are free of charge and open to the public.

  • National HIV Testing Day is today

    Monica Adamian believes there isn’t nearly enough talk about HIV.

    Adamian, director of prevention services for Catawba Care Coalition, says conditions such as cancer and diabetes receive much-needed attention, but HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – seems to remain taboo.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV each year, and about 20 percent of them don’t know they have it.

  • Hartley Funeral Home gets new owners

    A Lancaster couple with experience in the funeral service business has taken over one of the county’s funeral homes.

    Michael and Casey Burgess are the new new owners of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory Services, which was run for 17 years by Joanne and Jerry Hartley.

    The Hartleys decided to retire after working for more than 40 years in the funeral service business.

    The transaction became official June 14.

  • York rallies to edge P-31

    York ignited for five runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 5-2 win over Lancaster Post 31 in American Legion baseball League V play Monday.

    York trailed 1-0 to the bottom of the sixth when Post 66, bolstered by a three-run home run, erupted for five runs to take a 5-1 lead on the way to the three-run win.

  • American League stars seek to rebound in Little League tourney



    The Lancaster American League all-stars returned to the Springdale Park diamond Tuesday night to seek to stay alive in the Little League Baseball district tournament.

  • Foul weather hampers LMS races



    Foul weather was the dominant force at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.