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Today's News

  • Our View: Stop by VA office to read 'The notebook'

    Lancaster County employees have a “new boss” today. It’s Brooklyn Springs Elementary School first-grader Nathan Gibson.
    Nathan will spend the day with Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis, after winning the grand prize in “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest. Nathan, a student in Rena Cunningham’s class, chose to write about his “big brother,” U.S. Army medic Dwayne “Big Mac” Mackey.   

  • Column: Courthouse grand opening should have been open to all

    As I was driving down Main Street on Thursday (May 12) afternoon, I was marveling at the beautiful new courthouse we, the people of Lancaster County, are having built. It is truly a sight, compared to our previous courthouse, but as I looked at the building and its surroundings, something suddenly drew my attention.

  • Betty “Sadie” Francis Deese Davis Williams, 67

      

     

    Betty “Sadie” Francis Deese Davis Williams, 67, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at her home.  

  • Authorities search for police impostor

    Two men reported being robbed this weekend by someone impersonating a police officer.

    The two separate robberies happened sometime between 10:15 and 11:35 p.m. May 14, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release. 

  • Fort Mill sewage spill should not affect Lancaster County

    An overflow of sewage into a creek in Fort Mill poses no danger to Lancaster County residents, health officials say.
    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday that untreated wastewater was overflowing into Steele Creek. The leak was caused early that day by a damaged sewer line in Fort Mill's Melbourne subdivision.
    By 3:20 p.m. Monday, crews had made a temporary repair to the line, said DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick.

  • Veterans Remembered column: World War II vet molded Heath Springs Class of ’64

    Veterans Remembered is the sixth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.

  • Column: Anniversary tribute to a long-gone friend

    May 11, 2011, marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic loss of a great friend, John Patrick Barnhart Jr. of Indian Land.
    A tribute I wrote about him was published days after his life was swept away, at age 19, by the deceiving current where he and other friends were swimming in the Catawba River under the Highway 5 bridge near Bowater. It was May 11, 1996 – Mother’s Day and the birthday of his sister, Christina B. Rogers, and another friend, Billy Bennett Jr.

  • Monkey/fudge cartoon garners national award

    An Indian Land Middle School 8th-grader has won first prize in a national cartoon contest geared toward teaching youth about the Bill of Rights.

    Hayley Schmelzer, 13, was a first-prize winner in the second annual Nationwide Bill of Rights – First Amendment Cartoon Contest sponsored by the California Administrative Office of the Courts and The Constitutional Rights Foundation. 

    Hayley’s submission, one of 1,315 submitted this year, won first prize in the Middle School Comic Strip category.

  • New wastewater treatment system safer than before

    The community had a chance this week to learn firsthand how the city of Lancaster is disinfecting its wastewater these days. 

    On Tuesday afternoon, the city hosted a presentation at its Lockwood Lane treatment plant that highlighted its new disinfection system, which is being paid for through a federal principal-forgiveness loan. 

    City residents and businesses use about 3 million gallons of water per day. That water has to be treated and disinfected before being pumped back into the Catawba River. 

  • Family Promise’s church list grows

    Lisa Roddey said she and other members of Catawba Baptist Church have felt the need to serve in a major way, and now believe they’ve found their outlet. 

    Catawba Baptist, located on Riverside Road, is the most recent congregation to become part of Family Promise of Lancaster County, which provides shelter for the homeless. 

    Roddey said church members heard a presentation in March about Family Promise and shortly afterward opted to begin the process of becoming a participant.