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Today's News

  • Stimulus 'saved day' for USCL

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said he prayed every day that the campus would receive its share of the $700 million in federal stimulus money targeted for South Carolina.

    Earlier this week, his prayers were answered.

    On Monday, following a court order, Gov. Mark Sanford applied for the $700 million that is  intended for education and law enforcement.

    USCL will get $356,295, which will go toward its 2009-2010 budget – a budget that is now set at $2.47 million.

  • Training programs help unemployed find jobs

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    As an assistant area director at the Lancaster Workforce Center, David Veal has worked with hundreds of unemployed county residents. But rarely does he find out how the programs his office provides helps those people after they leave his office.

    That all changed several weeks ago when Veal was standing in line at Lancaster’s Wal-Mart store. As he approached the head of the check-out line, the employee behind the register asked to shake his hand. At first Veal didn’t recognize the man.

  • Two arrested in store robbery

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    Two people have been charged in an armed robbery at the Stop-N-Shop store on McIlwain Road late Saturday night.

    Kristen Crawford, 17, 307 Cedar St., and Antonio Dupree Leach, 21, 363-B Knollwood Apartments, have been charged with armed robbery, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the Stop-N-Shop clerk said he was behind the counter at the store about 11:20 p.m. when a man came into the store.

  • Firm to service Kershaw plant

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted last week to contract with a consulting firm to provide services at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

    Town Council voted 3-0 to contract with Oliver Environmental Consultants of Ruby. The contract states that the firm will be paid $150 for four hours of on-site service in wastewater treatment five days a week.

    “It is to operate the plant,” Town Administrator Tony Starnes said.

  • Curb ID theft

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County officials hope to curb identity theft with a special event for residents this weekend.

    Sponsored by Lancaster County Public Works, Lancaster County Records Management and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the identity theft event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday will give county residents a chance to dispose of sensitive documents, while at the same time learn strategies for protecting against identity theft.

  • What are results of water tests?

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After much debate last summer over the effects of contaminate levels in the county’s water supply, Margaret Smith has been left wondering if there is still anything to worry about.

  • County seeks more info on business licenses

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    With their sales declining due to the struggling economy, and facing competition from Internet businesses than can offer products at lower prices, both Ira Bailey Jr. and John Plyler worry that a business license fee could irreparably harm their businesses.

  • City budget passes first reading

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    There are no across-the-board raises for employees or tax increases planned for residents as part of the city of Lancaster’s proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    City Council voted unanimously Thursday on first reading to adopt the $20 million budget, which is 6.1 percent less than the $21.3 million budget this year.

    The budget has to pass two readings before it is adopted.

    Taxes and rates

  • Five yards a reflection of personal tastes

    National Garden Week is a great opportunity to call attention to the many contributions gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and nation.

    In celebration of National Garden Week, the Lancaster Garden Club is sponsoring a free garden tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday that features five of Lancaster County’s most beautiful yards. The club is also featuring these tours in honor of fellow club member, Betsy Steele, who was just inducted as president of the Garden Club of South Carolina.

  • Saddle up for Riverside Rodeo

    It’s time for the stampede of hooves at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road once again.

    The Riverside Rodeo, presented by Diamond S Rodeos, will be held Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., said organizer Ben Snipes.

    The rodeo is held at the arena at his farm at 1504 Caskey Lane, just off Riverside Road outside Lancaster.

    Events include bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing.