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Today's News

  • Promises made, promises broken

    You have to admit they are impressive. The seven architectural shafts of light at the entrance of Inspiration Ministries City of Light campus on U.S. 521 in Indian Land are definite eye-catchers.

    The shafts of light symbolize Inspiration Ministries’ commitment to “bring” light to people on every continent.

    But it’s the ministry itself that’s now in the spotlight. CEO David Cerullo owes the success of his organization to the people who donate to his ministry. The donations have provided healthy salaries for Cerullo, his wife and children.

  • Writer asks for clean-up of Kershaw mill village

    I read the recent story about the arrests of 218 people on various charges. I applaud Lancaster County Sheriff”s Office.

    I encourage the Sheriff’s Office to keep up the good work, but please don’t forget about the Kershaw mill village.

    We have a lot of drugs down here. I am 66 years old and I came back last year to live here. It is so sad to see what has happened to the old mill village.

  • Time spent with your child valuable

    Children live in a world of confusion and misunderstanding. Some children are very poor. Some seem to have it all. Or do they?

    Money and possessions are not the most important things in life. We, as parents, need to slow down and focus on what our children truly need. Time is so precious. And love even more so. Their little hearts need to know how very much we love them.

    They need to feel protection from the evil that so badly wants to pull them out of our arms.

  • Jackets buzzing with pride

    The 2009 spring has been a flood of athletic honors for Buford High School sports teams in a  watershed season.

    The success of the upstart Buford High School softball team under the leadership of first-year coach “C” Davis has been well-chronicled in its banner state championship run.

    Another first-year coach, Jackets’ baseball mentor Eric Funderburk, guided the BHS nine to an impressive postseason on the diamond.

    BHS had to win a final regular-season road game with rival Indian Land to earn a bid to the Class A Upper State playoffs.

  • Russell: Years that bear '9' bear watching

     It’s been 20 years since the Palmetto State’s storm of the century – Hurricane Hugo – slammed onto land near Charleston.

    On Sept. 21-22, 1989, the Category 4 storm – with winds in excess of 131 mph, a 20-foot storm surge and more than 10 inches of rainfall – tore a path of destruction through the state.

    When the rain and wind stopped, portions of Lancaster County were battered. 

  • Incidence of insect bites increase with summer heat

     

    Incidence of insect bites increase with summer heat

    American College of Emergency Physicians

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As temperatures rise, more and more people are venturing outdoors. The nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of insect bites – specifically from ticks and mosquitoes – which can cause serious illnesses.

  • An apple pie never goes out of style

    It had been as hot as a firecracker all week.

    Truck convoys loaded with soldiers were a common sight, with maneuvers in full swing.

    The Red and Blue armies invaded Lancaster from opposite directions. Campsites were set up wherever thee was a hint of a shade tree.

    The fellas were making the best of it, too, roaming around from one group of GI’s to another.

  • State denies tax break to Inspiration Networks

    INDIAN LAND – Inspiration Networks is facing another hurdle this week as the state of South Carolina has now denied the organization’s request for tax-exemption status.

    With this revelation, the faith organization may now be required to pay taxes on its 90-acre Indian Land campus, the City of Light, as well as any property inside the buildings.

    Inspiration Networks is appealing the decision.

  • Plyer donates 11.4 acres to Katawba land trust

    More than 10 acres has been donated to the Katawba Valley Land Trust in the city of Lancaster.

    According to the land trust, Mary Neal Plyler, wife of the late G. Millon Plyler, donated 11.4 acres to the trust. 

    The land is between First Washington Baptist Church and Eastside Academy on Hannah’s Creek along East Meeting Street. 

    The property holds bottomland hardwoods subject to frequent flooding. The land adds to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, roughly 300 acres of protected property running through the city of Lancaster. 

  • Fred Thomas appointed new magistrate judge

    About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fred Thomas embarked on a new career.

    Thomas will step down next week as chairman of Lancaster County Council for a new position, that of magistrate judge. Thomas has served on County Council for more than seven years. He previously served as vice chairman and is the current chairman of council.

    He will soon fill the magistrate position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    Thomas was nominated by both S.C. Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27.