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Today's News

  • Lucas to guide Volunteers' baseball

    Lancaster native Mike Lucas, one who has had his share of diamond success on various levels, is the new Andrew Jackson High baseball coach.

    Lucas, 53, replaces Andy Morton, who has left the Lancaster County School District for a teaching position in Rock Hill after teaching at Kershaw Elementary School. Morton, in two seasons leading the Volunteers, posted a 22-25 record, including a 13-12 mark last spring and two Class AA Upper State playoff berths.

    AJ athletic director Dale Reeves said he’s confident Lucas will do the job.

  • Foundation awards $1.1 million in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation recently awarded $1.1 million in grants to seven organizations in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

    The grants will provide medical care and assistance with basic needs for low-income citizens.

    “Currently, a number of citizens find it difficult to obtain good medical care or to meet their basic needs for a variety of reasons,” said Jim Morton, foundation president. “We’re pleased to make awards to help meet these needs as well as others in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn.”   

  • Be skeptical of rush to pass health care reform bill

    The founding principle of our nation is that we are a free people – a nation that has a government, not the other way around, as President Ronald Reagan put it.

    To that end, our founders created the most amazing experiment ever in the course of human history, articulated by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both of these documents established how we arrange our affairs in this nation so as to create maximum individual liberty in an ordered society: not anarchy, not tyranny, but the best balance between the two. In short, ordered liberty.

  • Schools brace for swine flu

    Health and school personnel are preparing for a major possible spike in the H1NI (swine) flu virus as the start of school draws near.  

    Officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control met with school nurses last week to discuss preventative measures and the future availability of immunization packages.

  • Heath Springs may increase its utility rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council may opt to raise its water and sewer rates at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    The town has not raised its water and sewer rates since January 2006, when the base rate went from $13 to $15.

    Heath Springs charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons, while the city of Lancaster charges $19.57. Lancaster County charges $31.28 for the first 3,000 gallons. The town charges $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment.

  • Darlings, Belles made us proud

    A pair of Lancaster youth softball teams earned berths to the 2009 World Series in Sumter.

    The teams, who qualified for the prestigious tournament, did so by winning state championships on the way to Sumter.

    When they made the trip to Sumter to launch their World Series drive, the girls’ goals were to bring home a coveted Series title.

    The teams – the Lancaster County Darlings and Southern Belles – fell short in their respective bids.

  • Spratt responds to calls about bill

    I understand the sentiment of those who are calling us to say that they do not want their medical care delivered from Washington. But I also understand that 50 percent of all health care in this country is either paid for or provided through the federal government. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare Standard, Tricare for Life, Veterans Health Care, Military Health Care, Indian Health Care, the Public Health Service, and the Federal Employees Benefit Program.

  • City may update parking ordinance

    Residents of the city of Lancaster may soon face new guidelines on how they can park their utility trailers, boats, motor homes and campers at their homes.

    City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that outlined the storage of such vehicles on residential property. One more reading by council is required for the amended ordinance to take effect.

    Under the revised ordinance, residents would not be allowed to park their utility and recreational equipment in the front or side yard of any single- or two-family dwelling for more than three days.

  • Homeless woman gets help

    VAN WYCK, It’s been more than 30 years since Rosemary Fann went dancing.

    But that’s exactly what she did at a party in her honor last week. Fann, 61, spent some of the night on July 30 shuffling around the dance floor at a celebration organized by the Sun City Carolina Lakes softball club.

    “It’s been awhile since I danced and I’ve never fast-danced like that,” Fann said. “But I really enjoyed myself. It was a lot of fun.”

  • Officers investigate shooting

    Sheriff’s investigators were looking into a shooting Thursday afternoon on North Corner Road.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Carlos McCune, 39, of 3928 N. Corner Road, was shot with a shotgun in the stomach and leg about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Faile said the incident was preceded by a fight in Union County, N.C., between McCune and his brother, Todd.

    The shooting happened after McCune headed home. He was shot at a neighboring home.