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Today's News

  • What are results of water tests?

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    After much debate last summer over the effects of contaminate levels in the county’s water supply, Margaret Smith has been left wondering if there is still anything to worry about.

  • County seeks more info on business licenses

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    With their sales declining due to the struggling economy, and facing competition from Internet businesses than can offer products at lower prices, both Ira Bailey Jr. and John Plyler worry that a business license fee could irreparably harm their businesses.

  • City budget passes first reading

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    There are no across-the-board raises for employees or tax increases planned for residents as part of the city of Lancaster’s proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    City Council voted unanimously Thursday on first reading to adopt the $20 million budget, which is 6.1 percent less than the $21.3 million budget this year.

    The budget has to pass two readings before it is adopted.

    Taxes and rates

  • Five yards a reflection of personal tastes

    National Garden Week is a great opportunity to call attention to the many contributions gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and nation.

    In celebration of National Garden Week, the Lancaster Garden Club is sponsoring a free garden tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday that features five of Lancaster County’s most beautiful yards. The club is also featuring these tours in honor of fellow club member, Betsy Steele, who was just inducted as president of the Garden Club of South Carolina.

  • Saddle up for Riverside Rodeo

    It’s time for the stampede of hooves at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road once again.

    The Riverside Rodeo, presented by Diamond S Rodeos, will be held Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., said organizer Ben Snipes.

    The rodeo is held at the arena at his farm at 1504 Caskey Lane, just off Riverside Road outside Lancaster.

    Events include bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing.

  • AJ seniors receive words of advice at baccalaureate

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School seniors left their baccalaureate service Thursday with a wealth of advice to take as they move forward.

    Dr. Anita Bozardt, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kershaw, was the keynote speaker for the service, held in the AJHS auditorium.

    Bozardt told the graduating class to be aware of all their freedoms in life but also realize that freedom is not absolute and exists in “prescribed limits.”

    She told the group to make sound and informed choices.

  • County may ax Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission is set to vote on a recommendation to close the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its monthly meeting Thursday.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said discussions about disbanding the 12-member department began May 7.

    “I made my recommendation based on ISO and economics,” Russell said Monday.

    ISO stands for Insurance Services Organization. ISO ratings are given to fire departments and set insurance rates in fire districts.

    ISO ratings

  • Graduation day nears for more than 800 students

    Andrew Riner remembers getting his tonsils taken out when he was 6 or 7.

    The operation happened during the summer, so he didn’t have to miss any school.

    Through the years, Riner, who will graduate Buford High School on Friday, rarely got sick. In fact, he never missed a day of school in 12 years.

    He’s one of only two graduating seniors in the Lancaster County School District to achieve perfect attendance throughout his school years.

    The other is Demetrius Stinson, who will graduate from Indian Land High School on Friday.

  • Backpack Buddies making a difference

    HEATH SPRINGS – Jesus’ admonition to Peter in John 21 to feed his lambs can be interpreted in any number of ways.

    Six churches – St. Luke United Methodist, Salem United Methodist, Flint Ridge Baptist, Fork Hill Baptist, Oakhurst Baptist and Rich Hill Baptist  – are doing just that.

  • I still believe in postal carriers

    I’ve always wondered if Benjamin Franklin got the idea for the postal service after his kite got hit by that lightning bolt.

    Whatever the case, it was a good one.

    Plenty of us regularly e-mail our friends.

    But I wonder, too, how much e-mail has impacted the postal service. If we weren’t communicating via e-mail, we might be sending more post cards.

    I’m old enough to remember penny post cards, 3-cent stamps and those special six-centers for air mail delivery.

    Along Chesterfield Avenue, the mailman came by twice each day.