Today's News

  • Measure would make auditor’s, treasurer’s jobs appointed posts

    County Council is considering a measure that would change the form of government in the county from an administrator to a manager form of government.

    The proposed change comes as longtime County Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided he won’t run again after his term expires in 2012.

    The change in the form of government would have to be approved by voters in a referendum.

    Council will have to approve an ordinance to put the referendum on November’s ballot. The ordinance would require three readings to be approved.

  • Writer questions state and county priorities

    I read that South Carolina legislators are considering giving the PGA a $10 million dollar loan to hold a golf tournament at Hilton Head.

    The budget, at the same time, would eliminate all department of disabilities and special needs programs except for people who live in institutional settings.

    Does the word  “priority” come to your mind?

    At the same time, I read that a community in your York County known known as Blackmon Road lives mostly without water, sewer or electricity. They have lived that way for at least 20 years.

  • Congress has no respect for Constitution

    Using arm-twisting, threats and bribes, the administration and its leaders in the Congress have passed legislation that will spell the end of our republic. The progressive movement has won. By promising everything to the masses, our government has finalized complete control of our future. No more respect for the Constitution. No more states rights. The insertion of the government and its bureaucrats between each of us and our doctors will be the norm for everything to come.

  • Response to census here above state rate

    Local participation is high as residents have begun mailing back their Census 2010 forms.

    As of March 24, 22 percent of Lancaster County residents have responded to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail-participation rate on the U.S. Census Web site.

    Lancaster County rates were higher than several neighboring counties.

  • Groups to hold gun drive here

    The number of murders and other violent crimes involving guns has spurred local law officers and community members into action.

    A gun drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 at the Lancaster Municipal Justice Center, 405 E. Arch St.

    The event is a joint effort sponsored by Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Welcome vernal equinox (spring)

    It’s hard to believe, but there are signs. The yellow daffodil defying the snow. The sound of the bat making contact with a baseball from area ballfields. The engines roaring from Lancaster Motor Speedway. The annual festivals. The little buds about to burst on the flowering trees.

  • Health-care bill passes against will of people

    On March 21, the Democratic controlled Congress passed President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional health-care bill against the will of the majority of Americans. Before the vote, opinion polls were showing between 55-65 percent of citizens were against the bill.

    I guess we are learning elections do have consequences. Never has Congress passed such a sweeping piece of legislation affecting every American with the support of only one party and against the will of a majority of its citizens.

  • Upgrades under way at city’s wastewater plant

    Upgrades to the city of Lancaster’s wastewater- treatment plant are under way.

    City Council was updated at its March 9 meeting about the plans for the plant, which includes the installation of a chemical-feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The system will also control the pH levels.

    The city is also converting the plant’s disinfection system from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

  • Native American Studies Week starts Saturday

    There’s plenty opportunity in the next few days to get a healthy sample of Catawba Indian art and culture.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is hosting its fifth annual Native American Studies Week, beginning Saturday with the Native American Festival at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The festival will be similar to the Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) Festival that was held at USCL in November 2007 and 2008.

  • Politician who favors abortion is liberal of the worst kind

    Jesus was considered blasphemous by the religious leaders of his day because he claimed to be the son of God, the only way to heaven. It had nothing to do with hair length or liberal American politicians who support abortion.