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Today's News

  • More than a crown

    Buford High School graduate Randi Hollis has learned how to be a local role model, whether she wanted to or not.

    For the soft-spoken Hollis, stepping into the limelight as Miss Lancaster 2009 hasn’t been easy.

    Calling herself the most “unlikely of contestants,” Hollis left for Spartanburg on Saturday and the 2009 Miss South Carolina pageant which starts Tuesday.

    Hollis, 17, is among the 50 contestants seeking the crown.

  • County gears up for second TEA Party

    While many people will be watching fireworks this Fourth of July, some others will gather to protest government spending at Lancaster County’s second TEA Party.

    Modeled after several other protests being held throughout the United States, Lancaster’s TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party is a forum for residents to protest high taxes and government spending. The event begins at noon Saturday outside the Lancaster County Courthouse. It should last about two hours. Those interested are asked to bring signs and wear a hat reflecting the TEA Party theme.

  • Light up the night

    Looking for some all-American Independence Day fun? You won’t have to look far. From neighborhood gatherings to professional fireworks shows, there’s plenty to do. Here are some area events:

    – Rock Hill will host Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. today at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. The Oneppo Brothers and ZoSo will perform until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. There will be children’s activities and food. For details, e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • In Boy Scouts, you learn about snipes on your own

    My best buddy’s mama, Mrs. Ellie Pipkins, was a den mother and leader of  our neighborhood Cub Scout Pack.

    Cub Scouts get to do some stuff, but nothing like the older Boy Scouts of America.

    Most us were already experienced campers, but Cubs couldn’t go camping overnight. We could have back yard cook-outs and sharpen our knot-tying skills, but that was about it.

    I guess you could say, that made us Boy Scouts in training.

    First Baptist Church sponsored Boy Scout Troop 70 and a bunch of my Sunday School friends were already members.

  • County Administration Building shut down for hours Wednesday

    The Lancaster County Administration Building was temporarily closed Wednesday due to a malfunctioning heating and cooling system.

    County workers had an extended break, from about 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., as the building’s maintenance staff worked with contractors to fix the problem.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said there was a computer glitch in the building’s boiler and chiller system.

    Willis said the chiller was not working properly and was equipped with a fail-safe system that shut everything down when its sensors detected a problem.

  • Breaking News County administration building closed until 1 p.m.

    The Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be temporarily closed until at least 1 p.m. today, Wed. July 1.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the building’s heating and cooling system was not working, forcing a shut down of the county’s computers to prevent them from overheating.

    Willis expects the building to reopen sometime Wednesday afternoon.

  • A sea of day lilies

    Leslie Ragsdale loves her day lilies.

    The proof is the hundreds of them in her yard at 2780 Neill Road. 

    Ragsdale devotes most of her time to tending her gardens filled with flowering lilies in just about every color imaginable.

    Others have noticed the beautiful collection, too. 

    Ragsdale’s yard was named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. 

  • A lesson on birds of prey

    INDIAN LAND – Clair Thain held up a formidable-looking taloned foot that once belonged to a hawk and told her audience of children how a hawk uses those sharp claws to catch a rodent meal.

    Thain, a Wild Wings educator for the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., spoke to a group of children and their parents at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on June 17. It was the first Wednesday event for the library’s summer reading program.

    Thain passed the foot around to the children, who could hardly contain their excitement.

  • Police reports - July 5, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after he tried to run from police on June 28.

    Rico Bernard Green, 32, 407 Nichols Road, was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, assault on a police officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, an officer stopped a Lincoln on Hughes Street at Sumter Street because the car did not have a working license tag light and was speeding.

  • Aw, Shucks!

    Grilling corn on the cob isn’t complicated after all. I can say that now after years of scorching and drying out my share of corn ears to something that deer won’t even eat.

    Like many, I had made it much harder than it had to be.

    Think about it; burning a perfectly good ear of corn to the point that it’s inedible isn’t very hard to do.

    Little did I know that all it took was a little water.

    Yes, water. That’s it; nothing more.