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Today's News

  • Couple: Stray dogs made a feast of our chickens

    HEATH SPRINGS – Betty Bowers was raising her white Plymouth Rock chickens for a good cause.

    The Bayspring Road resident donated the eggs from her chickens to the food pantry at her church, New Hope Baptist.

    She also bakes a lot, and used the eggs in her own recipes.

    On March 3, Bowers received 26 Plymouth Rock chicks, and invested at least $400 in the new brood. On Tuesday, Bowers found the first egg one of the new chickens had laid.

  • The color purple

    There’s some good news and some bad news.

    The good news? Fresh blackberries are in abundance right now in thickets growing along fences, roadways and in pastures.

    The bad news comes with the territory. As good as they taste, picking plump, sweet blackberries has always been, and will always be, a rather thorny subject.

    You have to fight through layers of thorns that hold on for dear life as you try to pull the dark blue, purple fruit from its hiding place.    

    Ouch!

  • A run for Natalie

    Robin Johnson will probably never forget the day that her daughter, Natalie Griffin, lost part of her leg.

    The two were cutting grass together May 20 at their home near Forty-Acre Rock in Flat Creek.

    Johnson stopped the mower and 5-year-old Natalie stepped down, but she accidentally stepped in a small hole on the top of the mower. And with the blade still engaged, it immediately severed her right leg about two to three inches below her knee.

    Johnson wrapped up Natalie’s leg and called 911.

  • Lawyers: County's threat to sue 'unusual'

    FORT LAWN –  Chester County Attorney Joanie Winters’ threat to take legal action to stop slanderous and defamatory comments attacking a former Fort Lawn police officer was inappropriate, a lawyer for the S.C. Press Association said.

    Another lawyer who works with county governments said he has never heard of a situation quite like what is happening in Fort Lawn.

  • City gives final OK to $20M budget

    Joe Shaw said the new fiscal year is only the first or second time in his more than 20 years as Lancaster mayor that the city’s employees won’t receive across-the-board raises.

    When considering such tough decisions and cuts that had to be made, Shaw said he’s pleased with the city’s 2009-10 budget.

    City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed final reading of the $20 million budget, which is 6.1 percent less than the current budget.

  • Curtis places 2nd in bus mechanics competition

    Chris Curtis believes he’s been rewarded for the hard work he puts into his job.

    Curtis, a maintenance technician at the Lancaster school bus shop, recently placed second in a statewide mechanics competition in Columbia.

    The June 18 competition featured mechanics and technicians from bus shops throughout South Carolina.

    The all-day affair was hosted by the S.C. Association for Pupil Transportation.

    Those competing were faced with scenarios involving real mechanical bus problems and had 12 minutes to identify the problem.

  • Mulvaney: 'I'm disappointed in him as a governor and as a person'

    Between sighs and angry groans, state Sen. Mick Mulvaney tried to process Wednesday’s admission from Gov. Mark Sanford about his extramarital affair.

    “We all know when we go into political office that we are held to a higher standard, but with this action, he fails to meet even the lowest standard,” Mulvaney said. “I’m disappointed in him as a governor and as a person.”

  • 2 ALDI stores coming

    Two ALDI supermarkets are in development for Lancaster County.

    Katherine Davis, spokeswoman for ALDI, said the discount supermarket chain is moving forward with two new locations in the county, one in Lancaster and the other in Indian Land.

    “I’ve talked with the real estate director for where these stores are located and things are moving ahead,” Davis said.

    The Lancaster store is under construction on 2.5 acres of land at Old Charlotte Highway and North Park Drive.

  • Children’s Home facing funding uncertainties

    The executive director of the Lancaster Children’s Home says its number of residents must increase to receive more funding from the state.

    At the moment, the Children’s Home is serving 14 boys and four girls, but is allowed to accommodate up to 18 boys and 10 girls, said Annette Deese.

    The Children’s Home and other group homes in South Carolina are managed under the S.C. Department of Social Services, which allocates money to the homes based on their number of children housed.

  • Man charged with shooting grandmother to go to trial

    A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas in 2007 is slated to go to trial this week.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, was charged shortly after the shooting with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    He is accused of shooting his grandmother, Barbara Scheithauer, who was 64 at the time, with her .25-caliber pistol, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki.

    Aldridge was staying with his grandmother at the time of the shooting and had a dispute with her before the shooting, according to authorities.