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Today's News

  • 3 to run for school position

    Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

    Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

    The special election will be Nov. 30.

    Ronald Burke

    Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

    He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.

  • Think Lancaster First campaign aims to help local businesses

    Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, hopes that group’s new Think Lancaster First marketing campaign can help give local businesses a better chance to stay open.

    The campaign, which was launched Sept. 28, will feature posters, fliers and other materials encouraging Lancaster County residents to think about Lancaster County businesses before heading outside the county to shop, dine or get other services.

    Faile believes the campaign is a “component of a strategy” that can prevent local small businesses from closing.

  • 12 candidates set to take part in forum

    INDIAN LAND – The stage is set for a spirited candidates forum in Indian Land next week.

    A dozen candidates for local, state and national offices have confirmed that they will take part in the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel.

    The forum will feature these races and candidates, in the following order:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • Can downtown thrive?

    Fresh food at affordable prices was the name of the game at Wagz & Wishes in downtown Lancaster.

    The South Main Street deli-cafe opened in October 2008 and quickly developed a following of customers who came to enjoy their soups, sandwiches, salads, coffees and made-from-scratch baked goods.

    Its laid-back atmosphere was a major attraction, too.

    “Downtown was missing a place to eat and socially gather,” owner Dawn Wagner said. “It became a nice social hub for Lancaster.”

  • L&C's roots run deep in our area

    Its cargo has run the gamut – from cotton, coal and soybeans to anxious children visiting Santa Claus and adults attending presidential inauguration balls.

    It houses a museum. It has a colorful past and has been a presence in Lancaster County for a long time – 114 years. And it’s belonged to one family for that entire period.

    But that changed on Aug. 31 when the Springs Co. announced that it was selling the L&C Railway to Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., which is based in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The sale is expected to be finalized in November.

  • Webster deserved his special recognition

    An old line says every dog has its day. If so, then Webster, the Hospice Care of South Carolina in Lancaster office therapy dog, received his just due.

    The 10 ½-year-old Labrador/husky mix, nicknamed “Webbie,” died of kidney failure in September.

    For the better part of his life, Webster brought endless joy to hospice patients. Joan Long, the dog’s owner, took Webster along on visits to help brighten the final days of countless hospice patients.

    Webster, a real trooper, did all he could to produce smiles and bring a little canine sunshine.

  • Lancaster High golf team improves to 8-0

    The LHS girls golf team continues to improve its record with an unbeaten 8-0 mark.

    Lancaster posted its lastest win, downing Northwestern on Thursday at the Rock Hill County Club.

    The LHS girls shot a 204 to NWHS’s 210.

    Anna Jenkins of NWHS was the medalist with a 38.

    Indian Land High participant, Alexandria McCain, led the LHS team effort with a 44, while Carly Funderburk continued her steady play with a 48.

    Carley Snyder improved her score, firing a 53. Rachel Hovis shot a 59 and Madison Sullivan had a 69.

  • Outreach Project grateful for support

    On behalf of The Lancaster County Outreach Project, an initiative of Lancaster County Partners for Youth, I would like to thank United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools, the staff and management of Walgreens in Lancaster and Indian Land and the residents of Lancaster County for their outpouring of support during our recent school supply drive.

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project was able to give 169 children of various grade levels school supplies so they could have a great start in the 2010-11 school year.  

  • Great teachers deserve recognition

    The Lancaster County School District’s Celebrate Great Teaching Award presentations didn’t have the fanfare of past events, but nonetheless four outstanding educators were duly honored for their wonderful work.

    In recent years, the recipients were saluted during a special assembly in front of their peers to launch the new school term.

    This year, district officials still opted to honor the teachers, but the ceremony, as part of a cost-cutting measure with a furlough day, wasn’t held.

  • Show your candidate support with letters

    Today is the first official day of fall, also known as the autumnal equinox. That’s when the sun will be directly over the Earth’s equator, making the length of day and night equal from pole to pole.

    Fall is usually marked with cooler temperatures and vibrant beauty as the fall foliage puts on its annual colorful display.

    However, that colorful display could be impacted by the high temperatures and extreme dry spell we are experiencing. The weather forecast calls for extended heat, no rain and temperatures in the 90s.