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Today's News

  • Rare lilies in bloom for Lilyfest

    CATAWBA – One local naturalist encourages residents to come out to the annual Lilyfest on Sunday to view a natural phenomenon.

    Lilyfest, held each year at Landsford Canal State Park, celebrates the peak bloom of the rare rocky shoals spider lily. The lily only blooms in a few places and is listed as a federal species of concern.

    Lilyfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Those attending may walk a three-quarters of a mile to an overlook where they may view the lilies in bloom – a blanket of white in the Catawba River.

  • SPEND $20 ON 20th

    For just one crisp $20 bill, Lancaster shoppers will have the chance to enjoy discounts on a wide variety of items during the Spend $20 on the 20th event.

    The event, which promotes spending money at local businesses on May 20 to help stimulate the local economy, involves a broad spectrum of businesses in Lancaster County. The list includes several restaurants, home improvement stores, gas stations and clothing and apparel stores. Participating businesses also receive a discount to run their advertisements in The Lancaster News, with ads only costing $20.

  • News staff wins 11 awards in LCNI contest

    The Lancaster News staffers garnered 11 awards from the annual writing and design contest held by its parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Employees won a variety of awards, from sports writing, news reporting and page design. The contest was judged by The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va.

    Here’s a rundown of the awards and what the judges said about the entries:

  • Furloughs should be on table

    We learned last week that County Council will have to make some tough decisions in the weeks ahead as it finalizes the 2009-10 budget. Considering the condition of the economy, it really wasn’t surprising news.

  • America: Is this the change you wanted?

    The current administration and Congress are doing everything they can in the current economic crisis to end the American capitalist system and create a weak dependent socialist state patterned after Europe.

    When you hear words like fairness, crisis, investment and wealth redistribution, be suspicious.

    Here’s what Obama and Congress are considering:

  • Writers congratulate, praise Benjamin

    Congratulations to Arthur Benjamin on his long career as a teacher and administrator in the Lancaster County School District.

    We worked with Arthur and enjoyed his support whenever we had to refer students to him. We hope he will enjoy his retirement.

    Pete and Paula Carnes

    Las Vegas

     

  • Jim vs. Jim battle for fiscal future

    In a state known for dichotomies, there may be none greater than South Carolina’s representation in Congress by both Rep. Jim Clyburn and Sen. Jim DeMint.

    They share the same first names, modest means and low-key manner. The similarities end there, though, especially with regard to fiscal matters.

    In fact, they arguably represent the bookends of the debate that incited the recent “TEA parties” across the country.

  • We should all drive responsibly, defensively

    Motorcyclists and other good people are getting hurt and dying on our highways.

    I found a national statistic on the Web that says there are 75 percent more motorcycles registered now than there were 10 years ago. Sometimes it is the biker’s fault and very often it is the fault of the driver of the passenger vehicle.

  • S.C. doesn’t need dual education system

    If there’s any good at all to be found in South Carolina’s fifth straight year of debate over tax credits/vouchers for private schools, maybe it’s this.

    After years of feigning concern for poor students in struggling schools, of pretending to believe that taking money from public schools might make them better, we are finally debating what this plan has always really been about – subsidizing private education for the few at the expense of public education for the many.

  • Thomas family grateful for support

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank our entire community for its support and prayers during Fred Thomas Jr.’s illness and passing. You stood by us in a very difficult time and we are grateful. We all miss him terribly; but will hang on to the many memories and lessons he provided us during his wonderful life.

    We are comforted in knowing that we will see him again.

    The Thomas family (Anabell, Rosalyn, Kevin, Adrian and Fredrick)

    Lancaster