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Today's News

  • Walmart drivers honor three local children at Hearts event

    It was a scene usually reserved for stars attending a movie premiere.

    A large crowd gathered near the entrance to the Lancaster Walmart store on Thursday, many people holding signs and clutching cameras.

    Only feet from the store's produce section, the crowd burst into applause and cheers as the night's guests of honor entered the doors. But instead of Hollywood celebrities, the guests were local children and their families.

  • Several projects in the works in city for 2010

    A major expansion of the garbage transfer station, continued beautification of South Main Street and a new recycling program are some of the projects the city of Lancaster will focus on in 2010.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell points to a number of key projects that should be completed this year.

  • 2 convenience sites to see reduced operating hours

    In an effort to better manage the county’s convenience sites, Lancaster County Council will have one full-time employee work at two sites.

    Council voted 6-1 Monday to test a plan to split a full-time employee’s time between the Fort and McGill convenience sites. Councilman Jack Estridge dissented.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the idea would better manage hours for employees at these sites, which are the lowest volume sites in the county.

  • Passing through one more time

    Write-in campaigns, resigning town council members, a “hiking” governor and long lines at the unemployment office are just four of the issues we experienced in 2009.

    We lost some neighbors with the deaths of Sonny Bowers, Bobbie Hagins, Ray Knight and Dick Weisner. These are good people whose lives made a difference. OK, that’s enough of the bad news.

    We saw the good in people, too, like the Backpack Buddies, a non-denominational church partnership that makes sure that Heath Springs Elementary School students have nutritious meals on the weekend.

  • Corridor study reveals opportunities for county

    After several years of planning, months of work and thousands of man hours, the results of the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study were revealed Thursday night.

    Representatives from URG, an urban and development planning firm that conducted the study, explained the results to a packed house at the County Administration Building.

  • Due to economy, airport operator shuts down

    In another sign of the poor economy, the operator of the Lancaster County Airport recently closed its business.

    Lancaster Aviation, a private business that oversaw the day-to-day operations at the airport for more than six years, shut down on Dec. 31.

    Called a fixed-base operator, or FBO, the business was responsible for keeping the terminal open for airplanes, selling fuel and completing regular maintenance on airplanes.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the closure was a direct result of the economy.

  • Looking up has life looking up

    It’s hard to admit the truth about yourself, but once you do, it’s as refreshing as a cool, crisp morning.

    I don’t drink or smoke and try hard not to fuss (unless I’m in a long line at Walmart).

    For me, worrying is the downfall.

    I guess I’m a natural worrier and fret about all kinds of stuff.

    When I was little, I worried about learning those poems we had to recite while standing in front of the classroom.

    Then, I worried about those fifth grade spelling bees that Mr. Joe Connors held weekly.

  • Apartments near USCL burglarized

    Police say the area around the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s student apartments on Hubbard Drive was a hot spot for burglaries during December.

    Through Wednesday, police have taken 11 reports at those apartments, and another apartment complex on nearby Fowler Road, where USCL students also live.

    Police believe thieves targeted the apartments because the college students went home for the holidays.

    There have also been burglaries reported at Woodhaven Apartments on Colonial Avenue.

  • Report: Man held woman against her will and threatened to kill her

    A Lancaster man has been charged with kidnapping after a woman told deputies that he threatened her with a knife and held her against her will in her home for hours Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

    David Allen Stevens, 54, of 3007 Lynwood Drive, has also been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated criminal domestic violence.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies were called to a Lynwood Drive home at 6 a.m. Thursday after someone there called 911 and hung up.

  • Bruins jolt FM Jackets

    The Lancaster Bruins launched the 2010 part of their basketball schedule with a sweet sweep Tuesday night.

    LHS avenged a pair of earlier home losses to Fort Mill, taking a non-region varsity twin bill from the Yellow Jackets.

    The 9-3 Bruins capped the hardwood broom job with a 65-64 overtime win over the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets.

    Lancaster, which dropped a 64-62 overtime loss to FM at the LHS gym on Dec. 11, appeared headed for another loss to the Yellow Jackets as it trailed 18-5 after a period of play.