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Today's News

  • Mr. Ben’s legacy is one of caring

    An education career, marked by the admirable qualities of dedication and longevity, is steadily winding  to a close.

    Arthur Benjamin, better known as “Mr. Ben,” is retiring from the Lancaster County School District.

    Benjamin has been involved with education for the last 43 years, including the past seven and a half at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

  • Chillin' in the USA

    The mercury is rising, picnic baskets are coming down from the attic and it’s almost time for swimming pools to open.

    It’s also time to sit back in the porch swing and sip a glass of iced tea.

    Legend has it that English tea merchant Richard Blechynden discovered the beverage nearly 100 years ago at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

    Those attending the gala showed little interest in drink hot tea that day so the quick-thinking Blechynden added ice, and the rest is “hist-tea-ree.”

  • Wreck victim grateful for angels

    In a world where we hear plenty of complains, the following are words of heartfelt gratitude and praise.

    I have nothing but gratitude for the angels of mercy who came to my aid on the afternoon of May 20 when my Toyota Prius ran off the road on Hubbard Drive, flipped over and left me pinned upside down.

  • P-31 charity ride a record

    The fifth annual American Legion Post 31 baseball charity ride was a grand slam.

    “In the past, we’ve done real well and it has to do with the response from the community, bikers and riders,” said Lancaster Post 31 athletic officer Mike Lucas. “Our ride this time around was the best we’ve had. This is our major fundraiser and it was a huge draw. This reflects well on the community and says people are willing to make a difference.”

    The 2009 P-31 charity ride, held a week later than last year, drew a record 170 bikes and 225 total riders.

  • Going green affects a lot of people

    I always look forward to reading The Lancaster News and finding out what is going on in our surrounding community. Boy, I got a shock when I read where some of our County Council members are pushing “going green.”

    With a paper mill located just over the county line, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. There are a number of Lancaster County residents who are employed there.

  • Graduates: The whole wide world awaits you

    Graduation Day. For 815 young men and women, today is that day. They will march across a stage at one of four high school commencement ceremonies and become graduates of either Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land or Lancaster high schools.

    It’s usually a bittersweet occasion. Parents usually glow with pride, but often get weepy-eyed about how fast their little boy or girl has grown up. “Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday that you were starting first grade,” they say.

  • Fort Mill rolls in 17-7 win over P-31

    Headed for a lengthy break, it wasn’t the kind of diamond departure Lancaster Legion Post 31 baseball coach Brett Blackmon was looking for on Tuesday night.

    The Lancaster Legion P-31 senior baseball team, which will be idle until June 17, dropped a 17-7 League V road loss to Post 43 at Fort Mill High School.

    Lancaster, with a solid start, broke on top for a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Fort Mill steadily battled back to take the 10-run home win.

    Fort Mill used a three-run second inning and a single score in the third frame to tie the game at 4-all.

  • Of course we can house Guantanamo prisoners

    The notion that we can’t bring the 250 or so terrorists who need to stay locked up from Guantanamo to this country and lock them up here is pure nonsense.

    The talking heads keep referring to these people as “super criminals” or “the most dangerous people alive.” This is good fiction, but that is all it is – fiction. Our regular state penitentiaries are full of people just as dangerous, if not more so, than they are.

  • Government agencies don’t seem to care

    Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Keith Tunnell, director of Lancaster County Economic Development.

    Sir, can you tell me if you will be at the next Lancaster County Council meeting? If not, can you please make plans to be there.?

  • South Carolina veterans take a very special flight

    Returning to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport from Washington D.C., the terminal was packed with adoring greeters – some active military, many veterans.

    There were lots of families, at least one of which with four generations on hand. There were law enforcement personnel and troops of Boy Scouts. There were balloons, signs, banners, flags, and salutes. Some wept. An Army band played patriotic music.

    It was a fitting end to a daylong trip all of us will remember for a lifetime.