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Today's News

  • Deadline for NRCS assistance Aug. 1

    From Release

    The deadline to apply for priority assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for two of its farm bill programs is Aug. 1. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control.

  • Alcohol petition reaches its goal

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A petition for a referendum to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants is ready to move forward after receiving more than enough signatures to proceed.
    The petition, started by Indian Land resident Elissa Boyet last August, and supported by a group of like-minded county residents and business owners, had garnered 4,633 signatures as of last week.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint at Pardue Apartments

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in a reported armed robbery that sent a man to the hospital last week.  
    Police came to Springs Memorial Hospital about 5:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a call about a robbery victim who had been taken there.
    The victim, a Pageland man, told officers he met a female acquaintance at a gas station in Lancaster the evening before.

  • Tie vote kills budget amendment

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    First reading of an ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2011-12 county budget failed in a tie vote during Monday night’s Lancaster County Council meeting.
    The first reading of the ordinance would have started the process of setting several high-profile appropriations in a detailed budget and, potentially, about a 1-mill increase in taxes to pay for them.

  • Helms grateful for predecessors

    Eric Rowell
    For The Lancaster News
    Acting treasurer Carrie Helms was sworn into office July 18 as treasurer of Lancaster County. 
    Helms is no stranger to the office.  She has been working in the treasurer’s office since 2000. 
    Former treasurer, Mary Alice Belk hired Helms as a clerk when Helms was 23 years old.
    “I am very grateful to Mrs. Belk for giving me the opportunity to work in her office,” Helms said. “I have learned so much from her and Mr. Rowell.”

  • Murder suspect turns himself in

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A third person has been arrested in the July 16 fatal shooting of David Brazzell.
    Cameron Leroy Maier, 21, 4424 Fletcher Funderburke Road, was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after turning himself in at the Lancaster Police Department, according to a press release issued Monday
    Police had issued an arrest warrant against Maier on Saturday, charging him with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is now being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety with proof bond.

  • Youth Serve needs our help with its program

    Donna Hartley was pleasantly surprised when she opened the door to her office Monday morning. Hartley, executive director of Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE), said there were three checks targeted for Youth Serve.
    Youth Serve is a program that recruits teenagers to help repair area homes for the needy and elderly, who are unable to do the repairs themselves.
    Youth Serve is a part of KARE, which provides an array of services to people in the southern portion of Lancaster County.

  • Too many people rely on media to make decisions

    Did you know:
    u the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obamacare will cost the economy 800,000 jobs?
    u President Barack Obama was responsible for reducing retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90 percent and gave the unions a majority stake in GM?
    u Obama failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina?

  • Is it Homer or Harland?

    Homer and Brenda Harmon of Great Falls were in Rock Hill when they decided to eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “We went in to eat, but we didn’t get to,” Homer said.

    That’s because Homer was outfitted in white pants, a white jacket with a black handkerchief tucked inside and a white shirt with his colonel’s “signature” string tie. He wore framed glasses and carried a walking cane.

  • It never looks like the picture on the box

    I walked by the county jail and library on my way to Lancaster High School just about every day.

    I was always fascinated when I stopped by the old library at the corner of Gay and French Streets.

    To me, it was amazing to watch librarian Miss Robbie Horton work. 

    While I struggled to find stuff using the formula Melvil Dewey devised, she never did. 

    Shucks, Miss Robbie made it look easy; she knew where every book and volume was. She was the best book finder and put ’er backer I ever saw.