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Today's News

  • Unfair to single out two major constructions

    First, let me welcome Mary Helen Yarborough back to Lancaster. I have enjoyed reading her guest columns and about the changes she has noted since she left and came back.

    In her Jan. 3 guest column, she wrote about wanting to see more locals hired in the construction going on here. I, too, would like to see more locals hired.

    However, I think it was unfair to single out two projects for “sending” money out of town.

  • Fire-safe cigarettes are making smoker sick

    In the past several weeks, I have noticed a serious change in my health. I am a smoker. I have tried many, many times to quit.

    I know it is a horrible habit and I need to quit. But several weeks ago, I started having constant headaches. I noticed that I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. My chest feels very tight and it has me very concerned. I’ve talked about these things with my family and was considering making a doctor’s appointment after the holidays.

  • Woman grateful for returned wallet

    How do you say thank you to someone you never met? Several months ago, after a doctor’s visit, a friend and I went to JoMars for lunch. We had just started eating and the cashier asked if there was a Jeanette Cole in the restaurant and said that she had something for her. My first thought was maybe a secret admirer had sent me a gift. Was I in for a surprise when she handed me my wallet.

  • Couple lucky to survive errant driver(s)

    This letter should have been written weeks ago, but I got caught up in the holidays. On the night of Dec. 8, the weather outside was storming – raining and windy. My husband and I decided to go to bed around 10:30. About 11:15, we were startled by a very loud bump. I had no idea what it was. My husband thought it sounded like a car turning over and over. I lay there expecting someone to come to the door seeking help. I got up and looked out the front door panes, but I didn’t see anything, so I went back to bed.

  • Jackets' fast start fuels mat win over Camden Military

    Buford built a 52-0 lead on the way to a 58-24 home wrestling win over Camden Military Academy on Tuesday night in the Jackets’ gym.

    BHS’s 34-point win upped the Jackets’ mark to 9-12 this winter.

    Buford posted six pins in forging the early lead. Josh Langley, Marcus Pressley, Josh Mullins, Gabe Griffin, James Shehane and Eric McPhearson each had a fall to boost Buford to an insurmountable spread on the Spartans.

    Devin Starnes registered a major decision and Johntrell Caudle added a pin in the 217-pound weight class.

  • 2nd Chance needs help

    The thrift store and Christian ministry formerly known as Helping Hands will open soon under a new name, 2nd Chance.

    The negative impact of cold weather has affected us here at the 1877 Grace Ave. location. Having no heat in the building has impaired our ability to provide quality services to the community.

  • Mulvaney the right man for the job

    I was shocked when I saw the latest voting analysis for U.S. Congressman John Spratt, published by the Washington Post.

    The data showed that Spratt had voted 97.8 percent of the time with the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other liberal democratic leaders.

    I was taken aback by this information when I considered the fact that Spratt was supposed to be a moderate Democrat. Spratt’s record clearly shows just how far left from center he actually is.

    Spratt is also choosing to seek a mind-boggling 15th term this year!

  • Sleeping in

    After 37 years, some things never change.

    Fred Adams, Donald Boone, Noland Broach, Jack Sistare, Morrison Thompson and Louie Watts still get together around a well-worn table inside the South 200 Drive-In on Great Falls Highway each morning.

    It’s there – between sips of hot coffee, bites of hot breakfast and rounds of warm laughter – the men try to solve global warming and understand cold-hearted politicians.

    But one thing has changed about their early-morning ritual.

    Restaurant owner Larry Small no longer lets them in.

  • Four groups get city grants

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw repeatedly said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he’s opposed to council making adjustments to the proposed hospitality tax grant allotments.

    The city’s Hospitality Tax Grant Committee had recommended that just two of the four applicants be approved for funding during the second-quarter funding cycle, and that those two groups each get $20,000.

    But by the end of Tuesday’s meeting, all four of the prospective grantees found themselves receiving a share of the $40,000.

  • SPEND $20 ON 20th

    Based on the success of last year’s experiment, The Lancaster News is again offering its $20 on the 20th promotion.

    For $20, local businesses are running ads in the Wednesday, Jan. 20 edition of the newspaper promoting specials that cost $20 or less.

    The promotion benefits small businesses that cannot afford to advertise often. Newspaper staffers hope it will create goodwill with advertisers and help the local economy.