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Today's News

  • Spinners coming to town Aug. 29

    We were so excited to see The Spinners kick off the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster that we jumped the gun.

    The concert is Aug. 29, not Saturday as reported in Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

    The other information in the story was right. The only thing that’s wrong was the date.

    Peggy Little, See Lancaster director, was very understanding over the snafu.

  • Firm picked to do inspecting testing at new courthouse

    A firm has been chosen to perform testing services for Lancaster County’s new courthouse.

    County Council’s finance committee met Wednesday to discuss consultant proposals that had been submitted for special work on the new courthouse.

    The committee includes council members Rudy Carter, Larry Honeycutt and Jack Estridge. Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders is serving as project consultant and is overseeing construction.

  • Support sought for women's resource center

    Iris Hinckley has a vision, and she’s rallying women from the community who share it and want to make it a reality.

    Her vision? To establish a resource center for the women of Lancaster County.

    On Aug. 13, about 25 women gathered at Charley’s Cafe in downtown Lancaster to hear about her vision.

    “Our goal is to prepare women to be a cut above in the job search market,” Hinckley said.

  • Bridge steers me from trouble

    Remembering the past, unfortunately, isn’t always as much fun as a wagon load of fresh cardboard and a hot backyard construction project just waiting for a young boy’s touch.

    There were some bad times, too, including jail time – that my father, the late Major Evans, saw more than I did when he was county sheriff.

    To me, jail time has to be the worst. I know I don’t want to experience any confinement first hand.

  • Woman robbed, tied up while home alone

    Sheriff’s deputies are looking for four men they say committed a home invasion on Springhill Church Road in the Tradesville community on Sunday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a woman said she was packing up her car preparing to leave for college on Monday and then sat down to eat about 9:30 p.m.

  • The tie that binds

    The significance of the fire that damaged the Lancaster County Courthouse fire on Aug. 4, 2008, wasn’t lost on Walter Lee Tillman.

    But Tillman’s feelings for the 181-year-old structure that Robert Mills designed go well beyond its role as a house of justice.

    For Tillman and the 160-plus members of St. Paul AME Church, the courthouse is the house of worship they trace their religious roots to.

    While St. Paul AME will celebrate its 114th anniversary on Aug. 29-30 at its Pleasant Hill Street home, its tie to the historic courthouse remains binding.

  • Training for the trainers

    Snap, crackle, pow.

    Those were the sounds at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center as officers from three states honed their Taser skills Thursday.

    Twenty-two officers – which included sheriff’s deputies, police officers, military police and security officers from the Carolinas and Georgia – practiced firing Tasers at the center, which is normally the site of more staid banquets and other community gatherings.

  • UW to hold Second Chance Prom fundraiser

     INDIAN LAND – As part of the 2009-10 campaign kickoff, the United Way of Lancaster County will hold a Second Chance Prom fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land.

    The prom will feature a dance-off contest, with a $300 grand prize.

    A prom king and queen will crowned, while light refreshments will be served and prom portraits taken. There will be a cash bar, a live disc jockey, and, of course, dancing.  

    The cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited.

  • Council has to abide by federal, state laws

    Recently there have been several letters to the editor complaining that County Council has misplaced priorities or has failed to address certain road maintenance issues.

    As county administrator, I readily admit that county operations are run by humans and therefore we are not perfect. Complaints and suggestions for improvement are welcome, but we do ask that they be based on fact and several recent letters were simply not factual.

  • Road work continues downtown

    Road improvements continue to be made throughout the city of Lancaster – the most recent on Market and Barr streets.

    S.C. Department of Transportation selected those streets as part of its yearly pool of roads it would resurface, said Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director.

    The project extends from the 900th block of Market Street to Barr Street, ending at Main Street.

    Portions of Springdale Road are also being resurfaced.