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Today's News

  • Heath Springs may increase its utility rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council may opt to raise its water and sewer rates at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    The town has not raised its water and sewer rates since January 2006, when the base rate went from $13 to $15.

    Heath Springs charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons, while the city of Lancaster charges $19.57. Lancaster County charges $31.28 for the first 3,000 gallons. The town charges $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment.

  • Darlings, Belles made us proud

    A pair of Lancaster youth softball teams earned berths to the 2009 World Series in Sumter.

    The teams, who qualified for the prestigious tournament, did so by winning state championships on the way to Sumter.

    When they made the trip to Sumter to launch their World Series drive, the girls’ goals were to bring home a coveted Series title.

    The teams – the Lancaster County Darlings and Southern Belles – fell short in their respective bids.

  • Spratt responds to calls about bill

    I understand the sentiment of those who are calling us to say that they do not want their medical care delivered from Washington. But I also understand that 50 percent of all health care in this country is either paid for or provided through the federal government. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare Standard, Tricare for Life, Veterans Health Care, Military Health Care, Indian Health Care, the Public Health Service, and the Federal Employees Benefit Program.

  • City may update parking ordinance

    Residents of the city of Lancaster may soon face new guidelines on how they can park their utility trailers, boats, motor homes and campers at their homes.

    City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that outlined the storage of such vehicles on residential property. One more reading by council is required for the amended ordinance to take effect.

    Under the revised ordinance, residents would not be allowed to park their utility and recreational equipment in the front or side yard of any single- or two-family dwelling for more than three days.

  • Homeless woman gets help

    VAN WYCK, It’s been more than 30 years since Rosemary Fann went dancing.

    But that’s exactly what she did at a party in her honor last week. Fann, 61, spent some of the night on July 30 shuffling around the dance floor at a celebration organized by the Sun City Carolina Lakes softball club.

    “It’s been awhile since I danced and I’ve never fast-danced like that,” Fann said. “But I really enjoyed myself. It was a lot of fun.”

  • Officers investigate shooting

    Sheriff’s investigators were looking into a shooting Thursday afternoon on North Corner Road.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Carlos McCune, 39, of 3928 N. Corner Road, was shot with a shotgun in the stomach and leg about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Faile said the incident was preceded by a fight in Union County, N.C., between McCune and his brother, Todd.

    The shooting happened after McCune headed home. He was shot at a neighboring home.

  • County adult educators care about students

    I would like to let everyone in Lancaster County know that we do have some of the nicest and most wonderful folks in our town.

    The teachers of the adult education classes are so caring and they devote their time to help others. We are fortunate to have such devoted people.

    They always seem to have the time for each student there.

    They listen to you either about work or everyday life. They are not just there for the teaching. They go far beyond their ability to help each and every one.

  • LJGA trio paces chapter to state runner-up finish

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association garnered a second-place team finish in the annual state all-star tournament last weekend at the Pickens Country Club.

    “This was our best overall finish as a team in our 15-year history,” said Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom. “We had some outstanding play and I was really proud of the overall effort. Our chapter is right up there with the best in the state.”

    Greenville won the overall team championship.

  • Vols, Bruins notch wins

    BUFORD Andrew Jackson and Lancaster each were shutout winners to highlight action in the sixth annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium on Friday night.

    The Volunteers of first-year head coach Elmer Bench posted a 7-0 win over Class AAAA Fort Mill and the Bruins followed with a 21-0 victory over county foe Indian Land.

    Host Buford forged an early 7-0 lead on No. 1 ranked Central of Pageland, but the Eagles rallied for 16 unanswered points in a 16-7 comeback win.

  • It's time to get serious about health care reform

    Contrary to what State Sen. Mick Mulvaney’s article said last week, not every federal program has led to socialism or even socialized medicine.

    For more than 60 years, presidents in our country (starting with President Harry Truman) have tried to enact a federal health care plan that would cover everyone and not exclude anyone for a  pre-existing condition. Over those 60 years, Republicans in Congress and their supporting lobby interests have succeeded in killing all such plans.