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Today's News

  • News staff wins 16 awards in 2011 LCNI editorial contest

    From staff reports
    Barbara Rutledge, editor of The Lancaster News, wasn’t very surprised by the strong showing of TLN and Carolina Gateway staffers in the annual editorial contest held by the paper’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI).
    “As a team, they work hard to bring the news of this community to readers,” Rutledge said. “They are committed and dedicated to doing the best job they can.”

  • Elected leaders react to health-care ‘tax’ decision

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Should the requirements of the national health-care law be interpreted as a tax?
    That’s one of many questions state lawmakers and government officials are debating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the country’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Explaining the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the nation is still talking about it.
    In the weeks leading up to its decision, much speculation surrounded the court’s pending ruling, based largely on conservative justices’ harsh questioning of government attorneys during oral arguments in March.

  • Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.

    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.

    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene. 

    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Make government records easier for citizens to get

    Citizens are frequently urged to get involved in the process of government. Those who heed the call by seeking insights into the workings of government often learn the hurdles can be high and costly.

  • Hero at Lake Wateree

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    When Lancaster residents Elizabeth and Joe Simpson went for a walk at Lake Wateree not long ago they encountered a little more than fresh air.
    The Simpsons were following their dogs along the banks of Lake Wateree near Beaver Creek when they noticed their chocolate lab, Tripp, and German shepherd, Hootie, playing with  a brown object in the water.
    “At first we thought it was a fish or something. Tripp was pulling it up with his head,” Elizabeth Simpson said.

  • Seven tips to help your landscape beat the heat

    Melinda Myers
    Horticulturist
    Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes. The good news is that there are ways to help plants thrive despite these seasonal challenges.
    Adjusting landscape care accordingly during the summer months can not only provide relief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gardener.

  • New evidence for positive health benefits of trees

    Joanna Angle
    For The Lancaster News
    Emerging evidence from international studies is verifying that trees and forests offer invaluable benefits to human physical health.
    Research results from the University of Illinois provide evidence that trees may also help to reduce social problems.
    Investigators found that trees draw people out of their individual homes and foster socialization among neighbors.
    These relationships then help nurture children and build a strengthened sense of community, contributing to good physical and mental health.

  • Cook, Coy place hopes on petition drives

    The two men who were removed from the S.C. House District 44 primary ballot say they’ve made substantial progress in their quest to still appear as candidates in November’s general election.

    Bob Cook and Joseph Coy are each running a petition campaign to be placed on the election ballot as an independent candidate. District 44 is completely enclosed in Lancaster County.

    Cook, a Kershaw resident, had been seeking the Democratic nomination against Mandy Powers Norrell.

  • Scams target utility customers

    Duke Energy and Lynches River Electric Cooperative are warning their respective customers to be on the lookout for two new identity theft scams.

    Duke Energy District Manager Rick Jiran said one that’s sweeping the nation claims President Barack Obama will pay utility bills through a new federal program.

    Jiran said consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and Social Security number and are given instructions on how to make a utility payment.