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Today's News

  • Senior swim champ a true sportsman

    Fred Ruppenthal’s golden years have indeed been golden.

    The Sun City Carolina Lakes resident won four gold medals at the S.C. Senior Sports Classic Games at Francis Marion University in Florence in May.

    Ruppenthal, 77, has dominated the freestyle swimming events at the annual games since moving here in 2007.

    An All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference swimmer at N.C. State in the mid-1950s, Ruppenthal won the 500- meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle events this year.

  • Police reports - Aug. 6, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after police stopped to question him on Glenwood Avenue on July 30.

    James Frank Copeland, 47, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged with second-offense possession of crack cocaine.

    The report said officers stopped to talk with Copeland about midnight after seeing him leave a drug house on Glenwood Avenue. Copeland told officers that he was out walking because he had gone to ask a man about a job.

  • Ice man is king of summer

     Just a few months ago, Mama and Aunt Bess were drawing off water in spare pots, pans and a wash tub or two because our pipes were frozen.

    It’s now late July and as hot as blue blazes. Nothing is freezing.

  • Wise receives state honor

    COLUMBIA – Mary Wise, director of the Lancaster County AmeriCorps Program, has been named the 2010 AmeriCorps Program Director of the Year by the S.C. Commission for National and Community Service.

    Wise was honored July 13 at AmeriCorps Training held at Camp Gravatt Conference Center in Aiken.

    Wise runs the grant program that is now in its 10th year, overseeing 22 members who work throughout the Lancaster County School District.

  • Shaw considered stepping down as mayor

    Joe Shaw contemplated calling it quits as mayor of Lancaster, but said family members convinced him to do otherwise.

    Shaw, who’s been Lancaster’s mayor for 28 years, will vie for an eighth term this year.

    Shaw, 75, said he considered not running again to be able to spend more time with his family. There have been many times he’s missed family events due to mayoral duties, he said.

    He filed to run for re-election Wednesday at the county’s Voter Registration and Election Office.

  • 'Miss Midenna' more than just coach

    When the 2011 Lancaster County Recreation summer swim team season rolls around and it’s time to open the county pool, a new coach and pool manager will be in charge.

    At the recent Lancaster County Sharks’ swim team banquet, veteran coach Midenna Anderson announced her retirement from both jobs.

    Filling the void will be a task.

    Anderson has dedicated the last 15 years to being the Sharks’ head coach. She also served as the pool manager.

    It’s a job she handles well, deftly balancing the task with a smile and needed discipline.

  • Help fill students’ backpacks

    With only a few weeks of summer vacation left, the thoughts of parents and children alike are turning back toward school and all that entails.

    For many, that means new clothes, backpacks and school supplies.

    But for those parents who are are out of work or struggling to make ends meet, it just means one more thing to stress out about. If you can barely pay your rent, how will you afford school supplies for your children?

  • At-home detention program a good thing

    Lancaster  County Council should initiate a program that would allow for nonviolent offenders to serve their time at home.

    Those who serve their time through the program would have to wear electronic-monitoring devices that monitor where they are through GPS, or global positioning system, technology. The technology would allow authorities to easily keep tabs on those sentenced to home detention, as GPS technology would pinpoint where they are at all times.

  • Passionate about America's pastime

    Maybe you sat in the stands. Maybe you were a coach. Maybe your child or grandchild played on a team.

    You got caught up in the action. You shouted instructions from the stands, cheered the players and questioned the umps’ call.

    You moaned the dropped ball, the swing that didn’t connect and the failed stolen base attempt.

    You felt the adrenalin rush of the home run, the clinched glove holding the ball and the slide that worked.

    You dealt with the heat, rain and late games.

  • Council considers special tax district for Brookchase

    In an effort to repair the roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood, a group of Indian Land residents want to create their own tax district.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 near Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light, have gathered enough signatures on a petition to lobby Lancaster County Council for an election to create a special tax district. The petition calls for the special tax district as a means to generate funding for work left unfinished by the neighborhood’s developer.