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Today's News

  • IL man receives awards on July 4

    INDIAN LAND – Former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan was honored July 4 at Sun City Carolina Lakes for the heroism he displayed in combat in southeast Asia more than 40 years ago.  

    With family, friends and neighbors looking on, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-16, presented Monahan with the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam War Wounded Medal. Three Purple Hearts are pending.

    Heroic actions rewarded

  • Expansion of Red Ventures a positive sign

    No, everything isn’t coming up roses as far as the United States’ and local economy is concerned. The economy is still just puttering along, and signs still point to a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

    The U.S. jobless rate hovers close to 10 percent, and here in Lancaster County, it’s about 15 percent. Unfortunately, we ranked among the top 10 counties for unemployment in South Carolina.

    When you consider facts such as these, it’s easy to get discouraged.

  • Heath Springs elects two council members

    HEATH SPRINGS – Voters in Heath Springs returned one veteran incumbent to Town Council but defeated another Tuesday.

    Eddie Moore, a member of council since the early 1990s, was re-elected, as he was the top vote-getter. Moore received 98 votes.

    Iva Lee Drakeford placed second with 69 votes, making her the other winner in Tuesday’s election.

    Six candidates were vying for the two seats on Town Council in the election.

    Elections in Heath Springs are non-partisan, which means candidates are not affiliated with any political party.

  • A historic race for governor

    History was made when South Carolinians chose their two major candidates for governor this month. Nikki Haley is the first woman from the Palmetto State to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

    She clinched the Republican gubernatorial nomination in convincing fashion. She nearly locked up the nomination in the GOP primary on June 8, falling just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to capture the nomination. She then easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster in the June 22 runoff.

  • The future of USCL depends on visionaries

    A recent donation by First Citizens bank is another example of local businesses and individuals’ commitment to our university.

    First Citizens pledged $100,000 toward building a new classroom building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    The campaign to raise the $6.8 million needed to build the classroom building began last year. It may seem like an ambitious campaign given the state of our economy, but almost $3 million has been raised already.

  • Sno Biz blaze called suspicious

    Business has been good at Sno Biz on S.C. 9 Bypass during the recent hot steamy days.

    That is, until a fire started inside the small snow cone stand on Wednesday.

    The Lancaster Police Department has classified the fire as suspicious, according to an incident report.

    The Lancaster Fire Department was called to the business at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for firefighters to put out the blaze.

    Owner J.B. Roof said he was standing in front of the business when the fire started.

  • Disclose full impact of health-care overhaul

    I am writing in reference to an article about the initial steps of  the health-care overhaul now under way. The article only tells part of the whole story of health care and what is kicking in the United States.

    It is certainly virtuous that the new health-care bill does provide coverage for about 1 million uninsured Americans by next year.

  • Teen pleads in fatal crash

    Susan Hardin told a judge on Thursday that she and her husband, Chuck, still call their daughter’s cell phone every day just to hear her voice mail message.

    Their daughter, 15-year-old Elyse Hardin, died in a car crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She had gotten a new cell phone for Christmas, just four days before the crash.

    The teenager behind the wheel before the deadly crash, Devin Rodgers, 16, pleaded guilty in family court on Thursday to reckless homicide.

  • Paper did poor job of covering TEA Party

    I believe that subscribers to The Lancaster News look in each issue for the coverage on the major events that happen around the county. I, for one, was disappointed that there was no coverage of the TEA Party of July 3 until July 9, or until the third paper after the event.

    After the wait, the coverage consisted of two faded black and white photos that failed to provide any coverage of the meeting. The people of Lancaster County need to be informed that the TEA Party is not a political event.

  • Wreck victim seeking information

    I want to thank everyone who stopped to help me when I was hit in the rear turning in my driveway on Grace Avenue on July 7.

    The driver didn’t stop. She just kept going. It was a black car and has front-end damage from the wreck. Two men got the tag number and gave the number to the Fort Lawn Police Department. We still need that tag number. I was so addled I didn’t get the names of the men who got the tag number. If you have information about the tag number or have seen a car fitting this description, please call and share that information.