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Today's News

  • Scammers targeting seniors

    Every year, our office receives numerous requests from seniors who are concerned about a suspicious caller, unusual activity, or a bogus offer. In fact, earlier this year, a caller reportedly paid a contactor more than $100,000 to build a house. The contractor finished the foundation and framed the structure, but never completed any other work. The senior called the Office on Aging for help, which intervened to advocate on the senior’s behalf through legal assistance to settle the case in full.

  • Tax holiday allows odd mix of ‘back-to-school’ items

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.
    Now in its 13th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.
    Locally, the sales-and-use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets?
    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong. Garter belts and garters, too. And corset laces.

  • Knights’ garden is like music

    An orchestra seems to make music flow with harmonies and crescendos; sometimes a beautiful solo will steal the show.  The carefully planned musical piece provides continuous entertainment.  

    Now take that same concept and apply it to a garden filled with flowers. Each flower has its time to shine while others fill the background with continuous color and foliage.

  • Remembering Andy Griffith

    Betcha my Independence Day was pretty much like the one you just celebrated. Well, maybe not.

    The grilled steaks and sweet iced tea were good, but the July 3 death of Andy Griffith sorta dampened my enthusiasm. I opted to watch the fireworks going off over the Mall in Washington, D.C., via TV.

    I did feel sorry for the folks in San Diego and seeing how their July 4 fireworks popped at one time.

    It reminded me of the time my son tossed a match on the box of firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers.

  • Women’s Equality Day

    August 26, 2012, is designated by President Barack Obama as Women’s Equality Day. As the anniversary of the 19thamendment, granting women the right to vote, it is fitting to celebrate the many strides the Nation has made towards equality over the past 92 years.
    On August 24, Dr. Charmaine W. Stradford of Lancaster will travel to Germany by invitation to be the guest speaker for the US Army Garrison Equal Opportunity Program. She is the wife of John E. Stradford Sr. of Lancaster.

  • ‘Eatin’ chikin fur a cauz’

    Wanda Ledbetter waited more than 30 minutes at Lancaster’s Chick-fil-A to receive the chicken nuggets she ordered for her granddaughter.

    On a typical day, she likely wouldn’t be willing to stay around that long for “fast food.” But on Wednesday, Aug. 1, her focus wasn’t on savoring the restaurant’s edible items.

  • IL school property a done deal

    The project to build a new elementary school in Indian Land is set to move forward in earnest with major developments announced during the Lancaster County school board meeting Tuesday, July 31.

    In an update to board members, Lancaster County schools superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said the district had finalized the $1.1 million purchase of a 26.5-acre property on Harrisburg Road earlier in the day.

    More big news came when Moore offered board members a first look at the prototype floor plan district officials want to build on the site.

  • Community reaches out to help victims

    A house fire in the Antioch community Sunday night is the second local blaze in less than a week to leave a family without a home. In both cases, the community is reaching out to help the families restart their lives.

    Fire officials said the Sunday, July 29, fire at 2606 Arant Drive began with a grease fire on the stove. 

    According to the incident report, homeowner Jennifer Newman’s 19-year-old son, Michael Newman, put a pot of grease on the stove to cook french fries and then left to make a quick trip to a nearby convenience store.

  • Speedway to induct five into Hall of Fame

    There are five names on one of the backstretch signs at Lancaster Speedway.

    That sign marks the names of local racing legends Carl Brownell, Billy Causey, Kenny Polston, Wade Small and Ira Small. They are the members of the local half-mile dirt track’s Hall of Fame.

    After Saturday night, that list of names will be a lot longer.

    The names of a former track owner, a car builder and three drivers who knew how to maneuver down the backstretch into one of the banked turns will be added to the sign.

  • Man arrested for stealing tablet from restaurant

    Officers arrested a Lancaster man July 25 after connecting him to the theft of an electronic tablet from a fast-food restaurant earlier that week. 

    James Keith Spears, 23, 705 Community Lane, was arrested and charged with petit larceny, according to information released by the Lancaster Police Department. 

    The arrest came less than a day after officers asked for help from the community in tracking down who stole a Kindle Fire tablet from a booth inside McDonald’s, at 316 S.C. 9 Bypass.