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Today's News

  • Fish fry to raise funds to help Miles with medical expenses

    Two local men will be frying up fish this weekend to raise money for a Lancaster resident who needs a liver transplant.

    Jody Miles, 56, who has served as director of Christian Services for 17 years, contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.

    The fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Justice Park, next to the Lancaster Police Department on Arch Street.

    Plates cost $6 and include fish, slaw, beans and bread. Drinks and dessert cost $1 each.

  • ILHS color guard unit to compete Saturday

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School’s winter guard group has a chance to end its season on a high note as it will compete in the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association championships Saturday.

    The 12-member Indian Land group is scheduled to perform at 8:21 a.m. at the championships, which are being held in Rock Hill, band director Mathew Willis said.

    The Warriors are competing in the CWEA’s Scholastic Regional A.

    This is the first year Indian Land has fielded a winter color guard group.

  • Veterans event will explain benefits

    COLUMBIA " Members of the military and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about their benefits at an upcoming event sponsored by the state Veterans Affairs office.

    The “Welcome Home Event” will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia.

    Registration for the drop-in event will take place in Building 106, Room D100. The event is open to any Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, active duty service members or their families.

  • IL schools to hold festival

    INDIAN LAND – Several Panhandle students are “going green” in preparation for the 11th annual Indian Land Elementary/Middle School Spring Festival.

    The festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the elementary school bus parking lot. The event will feature a host of games, rides, food and entertainment for the entire family.

    Proceeds from the festival will go to the two school’s Parent-Teacher Associations, which are expected to spend some of the money on interactive white boards for the classroom.

  • Astronomical viewing party this week on USCL campus

    Are you interested in seeing distant stars and planets?

    If so, then don’t miss an event at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster this week.

    Dr. John Holt, a mathematics professor, is hosting an astronomical viewing party three different nights this week outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

    Three telescopes will be set up for people to use. Amateur astronomers are encouraged to bring their own telescopes.

  • Annual rabies clinics start Tuesday

    Faulkner Animal Hospital is sponsoring its annual rabies clinics beginning Tuesday. The cost is $5 per shot and yearly shots for cats and dogs are $15 each. For details, call 286-8131.

    Here is the schedule:

    - Tuesday – Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, 6 to 8 p.m.

    - April 2 – Heath Springs Town Hall, 103 Duncan St., Heath Springs, 6 to 8 p.m.

    - April 7 –  Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, 6 to 8 p.m.  

  • Historic restoration under way

    Jenny Arnold

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Local historian Lindsay Pettus looks out his real estate office window every day at the work going on at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    “I’m absolutely delighted that we’re getting under way,” Pettus said Thursday. “The architect said hopefully the restoration will be done by the end of the year.”

  • Councilwoman critical of inquiry to ethics panel

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Blackmon-Brace thinks City Administrator Helen Sowell has a personal vendetta against her.

    Blackmon-Brace said she doesn’t understand why Sowell didn’t contact her before writing a letter to the state Ethics Commission about the councilwoman’s bail bonding business.

    Sowell said it was her job to make sure that no council members were in violation of any ethics laws, and that’s why she contacted the Ethics Commission.

  • Now in session - temporary court

    Jenny Arnold

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    The temporary court building for Lancaster County has brought smiles to the faces of local court officials.

    The 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Lancaster Public Defender and Clerk of Court offices moved into the temporary quarters, formerly the home of Springs Global’s Wamsutta store, about two weeks ago.

    “We’re in better shape than we have been in 25 years,” said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield. “Everyone is in the same place.”

  • Soliant lays off some employees

    Soliant LLC in Lancaster laid off employees about a week ago.

    The company, which manufactures paint film used in several different industries, used to employ about 100 people, according to a press release issued last year when the company was acquired by AkzoNobel.

    Soliant Human Resources Manager Diane Thompson refused to say how many people have been laid off at the plant. She also would not say how many people work there.

    “We have had a reduction in force and it was related to the economy,” Thompson said Thursday.