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Today's News

  • Council resolution objects to proposed cut in state funds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss on Monday tax burdens that could be imposed by the state.

    Council will vote on a resolution to oppose any act of the Legislature that could transfer tax burdens to Lancaster County residents.

    This comes as the state Senate is debating Bill H 3581, legislation that could cut the county’s local government fund.

    Money in this fund goes to pay solicitors and public defenders and funds state agencies located in county buildings, such as the Department of Social Services.

  • Teens face charges after truck smashes race car

    The S.C. Highway Patrol worked an unusual case early Sunday morning – at the Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Two men were arrested after a pickup truck belonging to one of them crashed into a parked race car.

    Michael D. Culp, 19, of Edgemoor, was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with driving under the influence, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said.

    Jake M. McDermott, 18, of Rock Hill, was charged with reckless driving.

    Gaskin said a trooper responded to the speedway, off U.S. 521 on Shiloh Unity  Road, about  12:55 a.m.

  • Series Send-off

    The members of Ambrosia have been together for 39 years now.

    The pop music act that climbed to the top of the charts in the 1970s and 1980s with Top-10 hits like “Biggest Part” and “How Much I Feel,” along with John Ford Coley, will close out the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday night.

    Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $50.

  • Litterbugs ignorant, nave, deniers and outlaws

    Litterbugs ignorant, naïve, deniers

    and outlaws

    Things I have learned about litterbugs.

    1. They are as numerous and as pesky as fire ants and mosquitoes.

    2. They are as hard to get rid of as bed bugs or fleas.

    3. In spite of their tenaciousness, litterbugs are not a hardy breed. When it is cold or rainy, they don’t like to open their car windows to throw out litter.

    4. Most litterbugs smoke cigarettes, others get takeout from fast food restaurants – and horrors – some even drink alcoholic beverages while driving.

  • Crawford shows true character in decision

    The men’s 200-meter dash at the Beijing Summer Olympics took a record-shattering 19.30 seconds to decide a world champion.

    Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s dazzling effort smashed a 12-year mark, giving him the coveted gold medal in blazing fashion.

    The rest of the finish wasn’t nearly as easy to figure.

    In fact, it took more than six months to decide the silver and bronze medal winners.

  • Family grateful to those helped injured woman

    My 85-year-old mother and her sister were enjoying their girls’ day out last Thursday when my mother fell. With a bag in her hand, she simply did not see the curb retainer in the parking lot of Dollar General. She hit the pavement full force with her face and was profusely bleeding from the nose.

    Our family wants to thank the kind gentleman who lifted her up and placed her in her car and insisted that she go to the hospital. We thank the wonderful lady who put her arms around Mother and had a prayer with her. Mother said that was the sweetest prayer she had ever heard.

  • City not ready to fund center

    Christina Chastain will have to wait at least a few more weeks before a decision is made about her funding request.

    Chastain, a local artist, has asked Lancaster City Council for $24,000 for startup costs for The Artisans Center, a building planned to house arts classes, studio space, performances and exhibits that showcase local art.

    Its location will be the old Badcock furniture store on Main Street. Chastain hopes the center will eventually own the building.

  • City right to save historic church

    Lancaster City Council has stepped up to the plate with its decision to authorize $200,000 from its hospitality tax funds to help restore Old Lancaster Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street. City Council voted unanimously March 10 to allocate the funds to help restore the historic church – the second-oldest brick structure in the county.

  • Rain dampens spring festival at IL school

    INDIAN LAND – Brianna Malinowski was persistent in her aim to toss a small bean bag into a bucket Saturday.

    After a few unsuccessful tries, Brianna, 7, made two tosses in a row. As she went to claim her game prize, you could detect her satisfaction and the joy that came along with it. Similar smiles and laughs could be found all around during the 11th annual Indian Land Elementary/Middle School Spring Festival.

    Because of rain, the festival was held inside the elementary school. But that didn’t put a damper on the mood at all.

  • Help us celebrate Fair Housing Month

    Lancaster County Council was pleased to recognize that April is Fair Housing Month by the passage of Resolution 680. The federal Fair Housing Act originated from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. South Carolina enacted the South Carolina Fair Housing Law in 1989. This law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale, rental or provision of other housing services.