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Today's News

  • State bans outdoor burning

    Lancaster County residents are prohibited from outdoor burning at least through the weekend.

    State Forester Gene Kodama has issued a ban on outdoor burning in all South Carolina counties. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the state.

    Kodama said high winds and low humidity fanned a large wildfire in Horry County on Thursday.

    The state Forestry Commission resources are committed to the Myrtle Beach fire and forestry officials are concerned that the commission won’t be able to handle another large fire.

  • Official had questioned Blackmon-Brace’s role as a potential conflict earlier this year

    Whether City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace’s role as the owner of a bail bonding company presents a conflict of interest to her role as an elected official became an issue when she took office in January.

    Then she wanted it discussed in the open. She contacted The Lancaster News when her position as owner of Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co. was questioned.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell sought the opinion after Blackmon-Brace was elected to council last November.

  • Hudson distinguishes himself on, off the field

    Ken Hudson has distinguished himself in a host of endeavors in a life of service to others. Hudson had an outstanding career in education working with the Lancaster County School District.

    The plus for the district is that Hudson was able to share his talent with schools throughout the county. He worked in a variety of fields, including guidance, teaching, coaching, administration and as an athletics director.

  • Daughter gets surprise visit from dad before he deploys

    INDIAN LAND – Army Staff Sgt. Robert Lathan may be the soldier, but his ex-wife, Monica Lathan, was the one with the mission April 7 – pulling off his surprise visit for their daughter, Danielle, before he deploys to Iraq.

    The last time Lathan saw his daughter, she was in a wheelchair following a Feb. 20 car accident. Danielle Lathan, 14, was a passenger in a car that wrecked at Harrisburg and Barberville roads.

    She was thrown from the vehicle and broke her collarbone and femur. Three others were injured less severely.

  • Community garden worth the sweat

    Vegetable gardens were once commonplace in Lancaster County. So, when springtime rolled around, it was time to prepare the garden.

    Time to plow the ground, fertilize the soil and plant the seeds for what would hopefully be a bountiful summer crop. Green beans, limas, peas, okra, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and corn. Yum, how tasty they were when they were fresh  from the garden in the good ole summertime.

  • Glen Laurel residents waiting for County Council’s decision on roads

    At least a dozen Glen Laurel residents waited to hear some good news about their neighborhood’s roads at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on April 6.

    But despite their presence, council decided to table a request to add their roads to the county’s system.

    Residents from the Indian Land neighborhood had hoped council would incorporate their roads, allowing them to be maintained by the county.

    But with the absence of documentation from the owner of the roads, council unanimously decided to table the issue until its April 27 meeting.

  • Letters to the editor

     

    Letters to the editor

    Red Rose Trivia Trek 

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  • Community Playhouse to stage ‘Gypsy’

    Whether he’s sewing an evening dress for a lead character, or getting on stage to show child actors how to make a scene perfect, Eric Grace holds the musical “Gypsy” close to his heart.

    “Gypsy,” considered to be one of the greatest American musicals, will be performed by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County on April 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    A matinee will be performed at 3 p.m. April 26.

  • Call center could bring 600 jobs

    More than 600 call center jobs could become available in Lancaster, but only if the local workforce meets specific criteria.

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., said a call center company is interested in relocating to the city of Lancaster.

    The company, which has not released its name, is comparing Lancaster’s available workforce with two other cities in consideration. The other cities have also not been named.

  • Student pursuing his dream

    INDIAN LAND - As he prepares for an upcoming performance in downtown Charlotte, Tyler Mitchell remembers how his life as a musician began.

    It all started singing in the background as his father, Robert, played guitar. His father gave Tyler his own guitar when he was about 3. That’s when Tyler first discovered his calling.

    “I was just a young kid singing with my dad. It was great,” Mitchell said. “I’ve been around music my whole life.”