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Today's News

  • Unemployed get bills instead of checks

    I am writing because I am outraged over unemployment benefits. There is enough hurt with all the job losses in our town and state.

    Recently, I was looking for my unemployment check – which I am entitled to – in the mail. Instead, I got a bill for what they called “overpayment.”

    The state wants the money back from the emergency benefits program that President Obama approved.

  • Boy, 14, shot in arm in drive-by shooting

    A 14-year-old was shot during what he told police was a drive-by shooting near the park at Pardue Street Apartments early Saturday morning.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to the apartment complex about 1 a.m. because of shots being fired.

    When police arrived, officers saw a woman walking toward them with her son. The boy had been shot in the upper right arm, with an entrance and exit wound, the report said.

    The 14-year-old said he was at the park with his brother when he saw a white SUV driving down Pardue Circle.

  • 35 USCL students get an Early Start

    The sight and smell of seasoned shrimp and grits in mid-August usually means one thing – a graduation ceremony at Thelathia Bailey’s home.

    Bailey is director of the TriO programs at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which targets first-generation college students.

    One of the TriO programs, Early Start, allows select students to receive three weeks of mentoring over the summer to help them make a smoother transition to college.

    The participating students in the 2009 class had their graduation Friday.

  • Blackmon family appreciates support

    I would like to thank the citizens of Lancaster County for ensuring Preston Blackmon’s legacy lives on through the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center. Your efforts in making the center a success reciprocates the love that Preston had for each one of you.

    A special thanks to the Revs. George and Stella Williams, Deliverance Word of Faith Church family, Southside Adult Family Literacy Project and Southside Literacy Board for reflecting upon Preston’s life and naming the center in the honor.

  • 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.