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Today's News

  • S.C. Legislature and lobbyist – free lunch

    Recently, I did a column about lobbyists and the S.C. Legislature, and from what I hear, it created quite a stir.
    Folks were outraged that there were so many lobbyists making so much money to influence our elected officials. This column is about how they do their lobbying business over free food and liquor.

  • Dancing with Daddy

    Damien Ward had heard enough.

    Ward had already been on the dance floor several times Saturday night at the Fairway Room with his dressed-to-the-nines daughters, Emeliana, 6, and Olivia, 5, at the annual Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance.

    Emeliana is a member of Daisy Troop 2339 and Olivia is a Girl Scout in the making.  Second-generation Girl Scouts, their mom is Emily Evans Ward, who earned her Gold Award.

  • Today's Recipe

    Made with corn and peppers, maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”) is a fun Cajun twist on New Orleans-style jambalaya. And  with Mardi-Gras , (the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22), just days away, it may be a great way to celebrate.

     

    Jambalaya Maque Choux

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon oil

    1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into quarter-inch slices  

    1/2 cup chopped celery 

    1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • Redistricting plan OK’d

    It’s official – the federal government has given a seal of approval to Lancaster County’s redistricting plan.
    The plan, which shifts the county’s seven districts to accommodate changes in population found during the 2010 Census, received official approval in a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice this week.
    This comes a few months after the plan was formally approved by Lancaster County Council and sent off to the federal government.

  • Community embraces Paige Duke

    For The Lancaster News
    Famdamily’s Restaurant was the place to be Friday night to show support for a small town girl who hit the big time.
    Lancaster native Paige Duke is the star of the newest season of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality show that is much like “The Bachelor” with a southern twist. Duke won a spot on the show’s second season, competing against 21 other women for the heart of a southern gentleman.

  • 16 districts in zoning draft for IL

    After months of discussion, a committee tasked with clearing up zoning concerns in the Panhandle has developed a proposed list of commercial zoning districts.
    County Planning Director Chris Karres said the list of 16 business districts was recently drafted by a county committee made up of Lancaster County Council members Larry McCullough, Larry Honeycutt and Charlene McGriff, as well as members of the county planning department, the planning commission and residents from Van Wyck and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Three people arrested after bloody fight in Walmart

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Three Lancaster County residents were arrested Saturday night following a fight inside the Walmart supercenter that left blood on the pet food aisle floor.
    Goldie Jackson, 23, 1109 Third St., Lancaster; Branan Scott Pate, 20, and Heidi Marie Phillips, 38, both of 5133 Stonesboro Road, Heath Springs, were each charged with assault and battery.

  • County teams are set for state wrestling tourneys

    County wrestling teams will now turn their mat focus to the individual state tournament, which begins this weekend with the Class AAAA and Class AA Upper State round.

    The Class AA Upstate tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Crescent High School in Powdersville.

  • Taneyhill leaves Chesterfield to guide Union County High

    Former South Carolina star quarterback Steve Taneyhill, who built Chesterfield High School into a Class A state football power, is leaving the Rams’ program to become the head football coach at Union County High School.

    Taneyhill was announced as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach Monday night.

  • Bruins, Warriors launch playoff hopes

     

       

    State championship aspirations begin tonight for two county high school boys basketball teams.