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Today's News

  • Ask candidates these questions before voting

    In November 2010, South Carolina voters will once again go to the polls to choose our leaders. There will be races for U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and state constitutional offices, as well as county council and school board positions. But in many towns and cities across the state, municipal elections will be held this year, and men and women who aspire to public service are already shaking hands, putting up signs and developing campaign literature. While these races are not as high profile as the 2010 races, they are important nonetheless.

  • Police reports - Sept. 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A 19-year-old was charged with gun possession after police responded to gunshots fired on Miller Street on Sept. 18.

    Johnathan Deangelo Jones, 19, 413 S. Market St., was charged with discharging a firearm in the city and carrying a pistol.

    Police in the back parking lot of the police department heard gunshots, and the department also received calls about shots fired at Miller Grove Apartments, the report said.

    Officers questioned Jones, who was walking on Market Street.

  • Group mobilizes to tackle underage drinking

    A recently formed group is making major plans to combat alcohol consumption among local youth.

    A federal grant awarded to the Lancaster County School District to target underage drinking led to the organization of Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA).

    In late May, the group encouraged county businesses that carry alcohol to sign a covenant not to sell to minors. The group honored the participating businesses with a banquet earlier this month.

    On Wednesday afternoon, CMCA members met to discuss its goals and future action.

  • Fatherhood Project honors dads at event

    Some men who’ve made major turnarounds in their lives were reminded of the qualities needed to be a good father.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which assists local men with various needs, held its 2009 recognition banquet Thursday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church, was the keynote speaker.

  • Joe Cahn believes in fun and food more than football

    Joe Cahn has the best job in America.

    He is the self-proclaimed commissioner of tailgating, a job he invented in 1996 after selling his business, the New Orleans School of Cooking. He also sold his house and bought a motor home.

    Since then, Cahn has traveled to all 31 NFL stadiums, nine NASCAR tracks and 123 college football stadiums.

    He was in Foxboro, Mass., on Monday night for the Patriots’ home opener against the Buffalo Bills.

    It can be a busy profession, but the recently-married Cahn said it has his wife’s seal of approval.

  • Spratt gets an earful at health care town hall

    ROCK HILL – The Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill was packed Thursday night, and judging by the applause and jeers, packed mostly by people who are against health care reform.

    Chairs for 650 people were set up at U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s health care town hall, but when the room was filled, police required that people be kept outside the building. Anywhere from 100 to 300 people were turned away at the door.

  • Council to increase IL fire district charge

    Lancaster County Council recently discussed increasing a special tax district charge that could affect property owners in Indian Land.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Aug. 10 that would amend the 2009-10 county budget to increase the special fire tax from $80 to $90 in the Indian Land communities of Edenmoor, Sun City Carolina Lakes and Bel Air. The fee is used to pay the salaries of full-time firefighters assigned to the Indian Land Fire Department.

  • Cassatt man dies in Saturday car wreck

    KERSHAW – A Cassatt man was killed and three Lancaster County residents were hurt in a three-car crash near Kershaw on Saturday.

    Charles Blackwell, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:45 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. He died of head injuries, Morris said.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Blackwell was headed north on U.S. 521 in a 1999 Chevrolet when he hit a 1998 Ford driven by Isabell Shields, 70, of Heath Springs. Gaskin said Blackwell then hit a 2000 Chrysler van driven by Cathy Hunter, 54, of Kershaw head-on.

  • School district changes insurance companies

    The Lancaster County School District is switching companies that provide insurance-related services to district employees.

    The school board voted unanimously Aug. 18 to uphold its decision to contract with Colonial Life Insurance to administer the school district’s benefits enrollment program.

    District employees receive their insurance through the state, but a third party handles enrollment and provides counseling about related services.

    KeenanSuggs served as the third party for the last six years.

  • City gets grant to upgrade wastewater facility

    The city of Lancaster is receiving federal money to make much-needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

    The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $450,000 grant to the city to replace the effluent pumps that send water from the treatment plant to the Catawba River.

    Mack McDonald, the  city’s public utilities director, said the current pumps are about 20 years old and have lost efficiency, costing more to operate and maintain.