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Today's News

  • Ex-death row inmate talks about 'Smart' choices

    Ron Smart knows a lot about choices.

    Smart, an ex-death row inmate, had the opportunity to speak to students at Buford Middle, Andrew Jackson High and Buford High schools about that very thing Thursday.

    “I can tell you plenty about making the wrong ones,” Smart said during a telephone interview Wednesday. “I spent 46 of the 50-plus year span from March of 1955 to September of 2005 in prison for the bad choices I made. I would say that makes me an authority on what not to do.”

  • Man behind the mill

    Things were looking up in Lancaster in mid-October of 1959.

    Fifty years ago, the undefeated Lancaster High School Blue Hurricanes had just beaten the Clinton High School Red Devils on a soggy, rain-soaked Presbyterian College field.

    Julian Starr, publisher of The Lancaster News, Dr. J.P. Sims and local attorney D. Glenn “Rock” Yarborough had  been named to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

    Despite an employee’s strike, the Bowater family announced a $30 million expansion at its paper mill along the Catawba River.

  • Technology helps pharmacy with efficiency

    It moves and packages pills in a way you may have never seen before.

    A job that takes a person several minutes has now been reduced to 30 seconds – thanks to a device known as an automatic dispensing system, or ADS.

    For about a year now, Mobley Drugs Inc. has been using an ADS made by the Raleigh, N.C.-based company Rx Medic. The computer-run machine can store more than 200 different medications and dispense them instantly to fill a prescription.

  • Mahaffey now locally owned again

    The scent of freshly baked cookies greets you as you walk through the doors of Mahaffey Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

    Those tasty treats are some of the small things Joe Wilson has introduced to make his business friendlier.

    Wilson is the new owner of Mahaffey Funeral Home, which is Lancaster County’s oldest continually operating funeral establishment. With his purchase in May, the business is now locally owned for the first time since the early 1990s.

  • High-rise landscaping

    A local company has played a role in helping reshape the residential landscape in Uptown Charlotte.

    Majestic Landscaping & Palms, based in Lancaster, was hired earlier this year to deliver and plant windmill palm trees on the rooftop terrace of The Garrison at Graham, a new six-floor loft-style housing development that offers its residents close views of the Charlotte skyline.

    Dennis Donahue, owner of Majestic Landscaping, said his business was contacted in July and did the job on Sept. 25, all in one day.

  • Two pediatricians join new Lancaster practice

    A new pediatrics practice in Lancaster marks the return of a Heath Springs native turned doctor.

    Lancaster Pediatrics opened in July with Dr. Katie Fine. She was joined by Dr. Darniya Powe Belton last month.

    Belton, 31, was born in Lancaster County and is a summa cum laude graduate of Johnson C. Smith University.

  • Crime march set for Oct. 31

    Several Lancaster County residents are planning to spend their Halloween standing up against crime in their neighborhoods.

    Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS), a citizens crime awareness group, is hosting a crime watch march on Oct. 31. The aim is to stop the violence and take back the neighborhoods, said City Councilwoman Tamara Green, who founded LAPS.

    She said the march includes school children, LAPS members, pastors and other citizens.

    “Anyone is welcome to participate,” Green said.

  • Are you $200,000 richer?

    Someone got very lucky Wednesday with a $1 Powerball ticket bought at a Lancaster convenience store and is now $200,000 richer.

    The ticket, sold at Twin Pine Convenience Store in Lancaster, matched all five white balls in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, according to state lottery officials.   

    The winning numbers were 5, 15, 25, 30 and 40. The Powerball was 6 and the Powerplay number drawn was 2.

  • Floor in old courthouse won't be restored to its 1828 style

    Although the county plans to restore Lancaster’s historic courthouse as close to its 1828 condition as possible, it won’t be with the same type of basement flooring the building originally had.  

    County Council decided Monday not to move forward with a proposal that called for installing basement flooring similar to the building’s original flooring.

    The project, estimated at $40,000, would have involved placing brick pavers on the bottom floor of the building. The floor there is now made of cement and tile.

  • Who took pizza signs?

    INDIAN LAND – Where do missing business signs go?

    That’s what county officials and several businesses in Indian Land want to know.

    The debate began earlier this year after a few business owners in the Panhandle sought the culprits for their missing temporary signs, the kind that advertise special deals or goods for sale.

    David Loughry, a partner with Figaro’s Pizza off U.S. 521 in Indian Land, was one of those business owners.