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Today's News

  • Make time for your Mom today

    Mother’s Day history dates back to the spring celebration of ancient Greece to honor Rhea, the gods’ mother.

    In the United States, Mother’s Day was first suggested after the Civil War by social activist Julia Ward Howe, who penned the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She was astounded by the war’s carnage. In 1870, she tried to issue a manifesto for peace at international peace conferences in London and Paris.

  • Paper shouldn’t sing praises of Roberts

    This letter is in regards to the May 6 article about Sgt. Stacey Roberts. I don’t understand why he is being hailed as some kind of hero when, in fact, he killed an innocent 22-year-old young man and seriously injured a 22-year-old young lady.

    I’ve always believed there was a double standard between police officers and regular citizens, but to say “he loved pulling people over and writing tickets” is a blatant act of disrespect to Jordan Smith’s loved ones.

  • State budget less than desirable

    Several weeks of some of the most hotly contested debate in recent memory culminated last week with a vote on the 2009-2010 state budget in the S.C. Senate.

    While most media outlets have pitched this year’s budget debate as a “Sanford vs. the Legislature” proposition, that didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the complexity of issues involved.  

    At the end of the day, the budget passed. I voted against it. Here’s why:

    First and foremost, I thought there was a better budget that had been offered.

  • Most know what conservative means

    In the May 3 edition of The Lancaster News, letter writer Wayne Love clarified some points he made in an earlier letter.

    Mr. Love, it would have been a lot easier, and greener  for you to just say, “I am a right-wing, conservative Republican.” Then all of the other “I ams” would have been understood. Most Americans know what a right-wing, conservative Republican is. We’ve lived – or should I say endured – the past eight years with one as president.

  • Police reports - May 20, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after an officer saw him stumble into the street May 16.

    Randy Kirkland, 50, 412 Kershaw St., was charged with public drunkenness, littering and resisting arrest.

    The report said the officer was leaving an unrelated call when he saw Kirkland stumble in the street in the area of Dunlap Street and Willowlake Road. The officer got out of his car and saw Kirkland pour out the contents of a cup, throw the cup in the street and walk away quickly.

  • Featured in Southern Living

    The sparks fly at Bob Doster’s metal-working shop in East Gay Street as a computerized torch cuts out the shape of a stainless-steel angel oak tree.

    Doster, 60, sketches out a design, then uses the torch to cut out the shape. The piece is then shined up and welded onto a base.

    That’s the process for the smaller pieces, such as the palmetto trees, Rocky Shoals spider lilies, angel oaks and various Christmas ornaments that Doster is known for.

  • Don't pass on good times around dinner table

    These days, you just don’t know what to believe. I’ve seen plenty on television and picture show screens to make me skeptical.

    But there is one thing I do believe in; talking tables.

    Now that I have your attention, let me explain.

    This isn’t your typical flat piece of furniture suspended on four legs. And it isn’t an end table, card table, nor coffee table and the like.

    It’s the family dinner table.

  • USCL grad Rick Stevens a living testimony

    On Saturday, Frederick “Rick” Stevens was one of 80-plus graduates who walked across the Charles Bundy Auditorium stage inside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to receive a two-year college degree. That’s a far cry from Oct. 9, 1996.

    That’s the day when Stevens – strung out on crack cocaine – walked into Meeting Street Express and tried to rob the place.

    He was arrested the next day after someone recognized him from the store’s video tape.

  • Bench to guide AJ football

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – A small-town atmosphere and a football program with “a ton of potential” are key factors that attracted Andrew Jackson High School’s new head football coach, Elmer Bench.

    Bench, a Manning native, was named the Volunteers’ 10th head football coach Friday when he was approved by the Lancaster County school board upon recommendation by AJ Principal Mary Barry.

  • Gooches' fire explorers take their post

    A group of high school students are learning how to become firefighters. But that’s not all they’re learning.

    They’re also learning what it means to be leaders through hands-on community service.

    The members of Explorer Post 8, sponsored by Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, recently constructed a handicap accessible ramp at Bonnie Thompson Wright’s home on Memorial Park Road.

    The materials to construct the ramp were donated by Payless Lumber on Brooklyn Avenue, which is within the Gooches fire district.