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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is needed

    I am asking Lancaster County Council to please vote against the closing of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department. I am a resident of the Pleasant Hill community. Morris Russell wants to close the Pleasant Hill VFD, which has been here a long time. His grandfather and several other men started this fire department in the 1950s.

    Pleasant Hill has helped many people over the years and the firefighters have risked their lives to help others the same as the other fire departments.

  • Sign your children up now for arts and science camps

    If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give your children a new learning experience, sign up for one of four arts and sciences camps offered by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    Organizers say camp registration is down so far this summer.

    The camps will be held July 13-17 in Lancaster at First United Methodist Church; July 20-24 in Indian Land at Bel Air United Methodist Church; July 27-31 in Kershaw at First Baptist Church; and Aug. 3-7 in Buford at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

  • Oh well, it’s better crate than never

     

    Oh well, it’s better crate than never

    During our recent visit to Maryland, we made regular stop by the Amish open air market between La Plata and Lexington Park. 

    I like that place. The vegetables aren’t in yet, but flower baskets and fresh, cut flowers are in abundance.

  • Put safety first when handling fireworks

    If you are going to shoot off fireworks, here are some suggestions from safety organizations:

    • Only use fireworks outdoors.

    • Obey state and local laws.

    • Always have water handy with a hose or buckets of water. If water is not available, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Have a cell phone nearby and call the local fire department quickly if fire breaks out.

    • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them.

    • Use a Pyrotorch rather than lighters, matches or punks to light fireworks.

  • Campers GEAR-UP for college

    A dead, pregnant rat laid on the table while cow eyes sat there waiting for students to explore.

    Keenan Shropshire, one of the students in this year’s local GEAR-UP summer camp, wasn’t too fond of dissecting animals. But as time elapsed, he became more comfortable with the exercise.

    “It’s pretty fun – except for the rat,” said Shropshire, a rising junior at Andrew Jackson High School. “I didn’t touch the rat.”

  • Getting ready for Fourth of July fun

    For many South Carolinians, it’s not the Fourth of July until something goes boom.

    And with most fireworks legal in the state, residents are often on the hunt this time of year for items such as ground spinners, sparklers, mortars and roman candles.

  • Man gets 15 years for sex charge

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl four years ago.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Lyman Lester Hughes, 66, to 15 years in prison on Friday.

    Hughes pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act upon a minor on Monday, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo. Mingo prosecutes sex crimes for the solicitor’s office.