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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Two pedestrians attacked within hours of each other

    Local authorities are investigating whether two separate attacks on pedestrians within hours of each other on April 26 are related. 

    Deputies first responded at 1:26 a.m. to a Mosteller Drive resident in Lancaster who said he was assaulted as he walked. The 23-year-old man told a deputy he was walking at 1:10 a.m. in front of Mosteller Automotive & Wrecker Service, at 514 Mosteller Drive, when a white Honda Civic pulled up next to him. 

  • It's not a forest, but it will do

    Bless Pete, I’m suffering from Osama bin Laden overload.

    It’s kinda like having to unfasten your britches due to that last piece of pie you just had to have.

    Right now, I’ve had my fill when it comes to reading, watching, hearing and talking about the demise of Osama bin Laden.

    Now, the very first reports about him sure seemed like the kind of heroic story old veterans like me yearn for. 

    The Twin Towers mastermind was finished off in a way that befit his own lifestyle (see Matthew 26:52). 

  • Schools Celebrate Excellence

    Jarrod Bell is an excellent example of what it means to be a great student.

    Not only is the Erwin Elementary fourth-grader good at his studies, but teacher Eron Watts said he always comes to school ready to work, with a positive attitude that motivates his classmates.

    “He gives them a helping hand when they are struggling with an assignment or he just says encouraging words to make them feel good,” Watts said of Jarrod. “They don’t even have to ask for his help; he just jumps in to assist them.”

  • History in the making

    The newly restored historic Lancaster Courthouse is getting a face-lift of another kind outside. 

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs (LCGC) is coordinating an ongoing project to plant and maintain a flower garden at the courthouse’s rear entrance, which faces the Catawba Street courtyard. 

    This is no ordinary flower garden. The garden will showcase local and state plants, as well as provide a habitat for birds and butterflies. The garden will also include historic components to provide a community learning experience.