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Today's News

  • Breaking News County administration building closed until 1 p.m.

    The Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be temporarily closed until at least 1 p.m. today, Wed. July 1.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the building’s heating and cooling system was not working, forcing a shut down of the county’s computers to prevent them from overheating.

    Willis expects the building to reopen sometime Wednesday afternoon.

  • A sea of day lilies

    Leslie Ragsdale loves her day lilies.

    The proof is the hundreds of them in her yard at 2780 Neill Road. 

    Ragsdale devotes most of her time to tending her gardens filled with flowering lilies in just about every color imaginable.

    Others have noticed the beautiful collection, too. 

    Ragsdale’s yard was named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. 

  • A lesson on birds of prey

    INDIAN LAND – Clair Thain held up a formidable-looking taloned foot that once belonged to a hawk and told her audience of children how a hawk uses those sharp claws to catch a rodent meal.

    Thain, a Wild Wings educator for the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., spoke to a group of children and their parents at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on June 17. It was the first Wednesday event for the library’s summer reading program.

    Thain passed the foot around to the children, who could hardly contain their excitement.

  • Police reports - July 5, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after he tried to run from police on June 28.

    Rico Bernard Green, 32, 407 Nichols Road, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, assault on a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, an officer stopped a Lincoln on Hughes Street at Sumter Street because the car did not have a working license tag light and was speeding.

  • Aw, Shucks!

    Grilling corn on the cob isn’t complicated after all. I can say that now after years of scorching and drying out my share of corn ears to something that deer won’t even eat.

    Like many, I had made it much harder than it had to be.

    Think about it; burning a perfectly good ear of corn to the point that it’s inedible isn’t very hard to do.

    Little did I know that all it took was a little water.

    Yes, water. That’s it; nothing more.

  • Communities to hold parades, other events

    Lancaster County is offering several events that promise to be fun for the entire family this Fourth of July.

    In the southern part of the county, the Charlesboro parade, an annual tradition, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

    The parade is open to any participants with a safe vehicle and an American flag included in the display, said organizer Frances Thompson.

  • Thomas to be sworn in as magistrate

    Fred Thomas will be sworn in as a magistrate Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    The ceremony will be held at the Lancaster County Temporary Justice Center on S.C. 9 (the former Wamsutta store across from the old Grace Complex).

    Thomas, 45, is stepping down from County Council to take the job. He will take the post left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    He was nominated to the position by state Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16 and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27. He was confirmed by the state Senate.

  • Council OKs funding for call center

    County Council unanimously approved funding Monday for a call center training program that could attract call centers to the county.

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, appeared before council Monday to request $75,000 in funding from the county. The proposed workforce readiness training program would prepare area residents for jobs in the call center industry.

  • Tractor Supply opens here

    Rickey Lackey is thrilled to have a local one-stop shop to take care of his farming and supplies needs.

    The Lancaster County resident said he’s often had to shop online or go out of town to get what he wanted – whether it was tools for a building project or feed for livestock.

    Well, one company has now made things a lot easier for him.

  • Mary Atkinson’s letter, “Join in battle to save unborn babies,” published in the May 17 edition of The Lancaster News was a call to protect the life of the unborn.

    As parents of two adults with disabilities, some would say why would we want them? We believe they are a special gift from God in our lives. Every unborn is special no matter how it was conceived. It is special in God’s sight. Why kill the baby? What did it do to be killed? The mother has many people who are willing to help her in every way.