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Today's News

  • Hundreds of customers lose power

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A piece of bamboo left hundreds of Lancaster County homes and businesses without power for a few hours Monday afternoon.
    At about 12:30 p.m., a power surge cut service to 366 customers in the Lancaster area, said Duke Energy telephone representative Amanda Burris.

  • Plyler served Lancaster County well

    A fixture in Lancaster County government is now in a well-deserved retirement.
    Irene Plyler, Lancaster County Council’s first clerk, has retired after 33 years at the job assisting council and the county administrator.
    Plyler recently was honored with a retirement party which drew family, friends and co-workers.
    Plyler, during her time as council’s clerk, served under three different administrators, including Carroll Huffman, Chap Hurst and Steve Willis.

  • Chamber breakfast is Friday

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

    It’s a new year for the U.S. Congress and the S.C. Legislature and both have begun considering significant statewide and national issues that will impact the Lancaster County business community in both the short- and long-term future. 

  • January county jobless rate is 14.6 percent

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in January, a trend that mirrors job growth statewide.

    According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment in Lancaster County fell to 14.6 percent in January, a 1 percent drop from December’s rate of 15.6 percent. 

    Lancaster County had the state’s 12th highest unemployment rate in January. 

    The newest reported rate is 3 percent less than January 2010’s unemployment rate of 17.6 percent.

  • Catawba Basin in Stage 1 drought

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the low-inflow protocol. 

    The protocol is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply.

  • Senate hopefuls to discuss issues

    Local residents will soon be able to hear from the three men hoping to become the next District 16 state senator. 

    Democrat Keith Brann, Republican Greg Gregory and Libertarian Stan Smith will appear at the Before You Vote candidates forum March 29 at the Bradley Arts and Science Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. 

    There will be a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. The forum is slated to run from 6 to 8 p.m. 

  • Bruce Miller dives into Tiger Cruise

    “Dive…dive…” 

    These words are familiar to anyone who has ever seen a Hollywood film about a submarine. The words are always followed by a warning signal and the unmistakable sound of “a-rooo-ga, a-rooo-ga.”

  • Using Cambuoy soap not a problem

    Most folks my age will never forget how Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, changed our lives forever.

    For you youngsters, that’s the day the Japanese attacked our naval installation, Pearl Harbor.

    That was one rough month for me.

    Reality sunk in when Sears, Roebuck & Co. canceled my order for a J.C. Higgins Roadmaster Deluxe bicycle because someone in Greensboro thought it would be needed by the Army to fight the enemy.

    I still bet somebody whose daddy worked for Sears got my bicycle for Christmas.

  • Meet Your Neighbor – Eugene Williams

    Age: 73

    Address: Kershaw-Camden Highway

    Family: Wife, Flossie, 69; two sons, Arvan, 47, and Myron, 40, and a granddaughter, Mya, 11 

    Job: Retired, Lancaster County School District

    Church: Second Calvary Baptist Church, Heath Springs

    Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, boating and raising quail

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Jackets sting Volunteers

    Staff Reports
    Buford broke open a tight Region IV-AA baseball game, igniting for five runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 8-4 win over county foe Andrew Jackson on Friday night at Buford Park.
    BHS, up 3-1, rallied for the five spot to forge an 8-1 lead on the Vols.
    AJ rallied for three in the top of the seventh, but the Jackets had done too much damage the inning prior to take the win.