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Today's News

  • State of Community event set for Aug. 24

    Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    This breakfast event will provide a venue for the top elected officials of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on activities and challenges they are facing.

  • Fire chiefs group awards scholarships

    The Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association recently announced the latest winners of its annual scholarship.

    Sara Gardner and Meredith Hagins are the winners for the 2010 cycle, each receiving $500. They were presented their award July 22 at the association’s regular meeting.

    Each year, the association awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student or $500 to two.

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • Siren switch puts me in a bind

    On a very cold afternoon, I stood by the old North Bridge in Concord, Mass., trying to get a good handle on what happened on this patch of land more than 200 years ago.

    It was here, on April 19, 1775, where about 500 militia fought and defeated three companies of the King George’s troops.

    Romanticized in hundreds of history books, the “shots were heard around the world” signaled the start of the American Revolution.

    It kind of reminds me of the two shots America fired 65 years ago this week to end the war of all wars.

  • Standing the test of time

    Growing up, Jeff Whisnant always figured he’d drive an 18-wheeler for a living.

    But sometimes childhood plans don’t quite work out. Only part of that one did.

    “I just drive a bus, instead,” he said.

    When that bus crosses the state line into Lancaster County today, he will be behind the wheel. His wife, Susan, and their sons, Austin, 16, and Ethan, 13, will be on it, along with Aaron Hise and Eric Ollis.

    That bus has become a way of life for the Whisnants, one of the leading trios in Southern gospel music.

  • Eastside Baptist to host women's conference

    The women of Eastside Baptist Church are taking a leap of faith. 

    For the first time ever, they will be hosting a women’s conference, presented by New Desire Christian Ministries, on Friday and Saturday.

    New Desire Christian Ministries is a nondenominational ministry founded on the truths taught in God’s Word. It is led by Brenda Robinson and her evangelist husband, Dan.

  • Prep coaches note strides

    Lancaster County high school football coaches noted bright spots and areas of attention after opening scrimmages Friday afternoon.

    Teams continue work this week in preparation for the opening of the 2010 jamboree schedule.

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    Lancaster High School head football coach Bennie McMurray said the Bruins’ scrimmage with host Chesterfield and Class AAAA South Florence High School was a mixed bag Friday night.

  • Good News Trio to host benefit for Jerry Scott

     

    Want to help?

    WHAT: A benefit Southern gospel music singing for Jerry Scott, featuring the Good News Trio and King’s Cause

    WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 14

    WHERE: Kershaw Second Baptist Church, 7737 Kershaw Camden Highway

    HOW MUCH: Free, with 100 percent of a love offering going to defray Scott’s medical expenses

  • In the swim

    Madelyn Rainey, an outstanding youth swimmer from Tampa, Fla., doesn’t miss a chance to do something she enjoys.

    Rainey, the granddaughter of Jay and Libby Rainey, was returning from a Tennessee family vacation earlier this week and made a stop in Lancaster.

    During the vacation in the Tennessee mountains, Rainey, on a hike, suffered a broken bone in her left forearm after a fall.

    Still, the injury couldn’t halt the yearn of a pool return.

  • IL Walmart to open Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The new Indian Land Walmart store will be overstaffed when it opens Wednesday.

    “I want it overstaffed so we make sure we have everything the customer needs,” store manager John Clevenger said Thursday. “And this way we can have every register open for its first five days.”

    Walmart aimed to fill about 350 positions, but have already hired about 370 employees for the store, Clevenger said.