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Today's News

  • Helms grateful for predecessors

    Eric Rowell
    For The Lancaster News
    Acting treasurer Carrie Helms was sworn into office July 18 as treasurer of Lancaster County. 
    Helms is no stranger to the office.  She has been working in the treasurer’s office since 2000. 
    Former treasurer, Mary Alice Belk hired Helms as a clerk when Helms was 23 years old.
    “I am very grateful to Mrs. Belk for giving me the opportunity to work in her office,” Helms said. “I have learned so much from her and Mr. Rowell.”

  • Murder suspect turns himself in

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A third person has been arrested in the July 16 fatal shooting of David Brazzell.
    Cameron Leroy Maier, 21, 4424 Fletcher Funderburke Road, was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday after turning himself in at the Lancaster Police Department, according to a press release issued Monday
    Police had issued an arrest warrant against Maier on Saturday, charging him with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He is now being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety with proof bond.

  • Youth Serve needs our help with its program

    Donna Hartley was pleasantly surprised when she opened the door to her office Monday morning. Hartley, executive director of Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE), said there were three checks targeted for Youth Serve.
    Youth Serve is a program that recruits teenagers to help repair area homes for the needy and elderly, who are unable to do the repairs themselves.
    Youth Serve is a part of KARE, which provides an array of services to people in the southern portion of Lancaster County.

  • Too many people rely on media to make decisions

    Did you know:
    u the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obamacare will cost the economy 800,000 jobs?
    u President Barack Obama was responsible for reducing retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90 percent and gave the unions a majority stake in GM?
    u Obama failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina?

  • Is it Homer or Harland?

    Homer and Brenda Harmon of Great Falls were in Rock Hill when they decided to eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    “We went in to eat, but we didn’t get to,” Homer said.

    That’s because Homer was outfitted in white pants, a white jacket with a black handkerchief tucked inside and a white shirt with his colonel’s “signature” string tie. He wore framed glasses and carried a walking cane.

  • It never looks like the picture on the box

    I walked by the county jail and library on my way to Lancaster High School just about every day.

    I was always fascinated when I stopped by the old library at the corner of Gay and French Streets.

    To me, it was amazing to watch librarian Miss Robbie Horton work. 

    While I struggled to find stuff using the formula Melvil Dewey devised, she never did. 

    Shucks, Miss Robbie made it look easy; she knew where every book and volume was. She was the best book finder and put ’er backer I ever saw.   

  • Meet your Neighbor – Glenda Manus

    Name: Glenda Manus

    Age: 62

    Address: Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck

    Family: Husband, Henry; daughters, Krista Cook and Laura Whittaker  

    Pets: A dog named Fox and a Polish hen named Olive

    Job: Retired from Union County (N.C.) public schools

    Church: Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

    Hobbies: Reading and writing

  • PASS scores improve

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County elementary and middle school students showed overall improvement in most subject areas of last school year’s 2011 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test and remained the same in others.

    The S.C. Department of Education released the results of the annual end of year test Friday morning.

    In all, the Lancaster County School District came close to matching state results, but exceeded them in only one area. 

  • School lunch prices increase by five cents

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night approved a recommendation to raise lunch prices.

    The action came during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting during which it also approved a resolution to issue and sell $7.5 million in general obligation bonds.

    Starting this semester, prices for both elementary and secondary student lunches will go up five cents to $1.55 and $1.80 respectively. The increase is expected to generate about $23,000 in revenue.

  • Council to review redistricting and discuss new federal grant

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After a series of public hearings to discuss redistricting, Lancaster County Council will get its first look at a draft map for new county districts at its Monday meeting. 

    The proposed new district lines are based on population numbers from the 2010 Census, though County Administrator Steve Willis said those are just a starting point. He said the draft is also based on comments and suggestions from residents who attended hearings held throughout the county.