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Today's News

  • Sanford’s priorities skewed

    I am outraged at Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster as a way to cut costs in the state budget. My family is personally affected by his proposal.

  • Board considers consolidating schools

    GREAT FALLS – Chester County School District is making plans to handle a severe state budget cut.

    Nothing has been decided, though some people believe a decision has already been made to close the schools in Great Falls and send those students to Lewisville schools.

    School trustee Jim Stroman said the board heard a presentation about consolidation as a budget option from district staff.

  • YouthBuild to help HOPE expand its building

    HOPE in Lancaster, a charitable organization known for helping Lancaster County’s needy, will soon receive some assistance of its own.

    YouthBuild, a youth program that helps low-income students learn job skills through construction projects, has agreed to build an addition to HOPE’s headquarters at 2008 Pageland Highway.

    The program recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that allocated $70,000 towards the construction of a new building or renovation of an existing building for a nonprofit agency in the area.  

  • Water tower will sport ‘Indian Land’

    INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Commission voted Jan. 13 to allow the name “Indian Land” to be painted on the community’s newest water tower.

    The board unanimously accepted a proposal from LCWSD Director Mark Knight to amend its policy to include the name of the community in which each water tower is located, along with the water and sewer district’s logo in its paint scheme.

  • Closing USCL would be Sanford’s biggest mistake

    I think it is a shame that Gov. Mark Sanford would even consider closing the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus.

    My daughter signed up for classes last week, and has a LIFE scholarship and a PELL grant. We make too much money for her to qualify for any other type of financial aid, yet we don’t make enough to pay tuition at a four-year state university. We make less than $50,000 per year, yet the government doesn’t take into consideration we are a family of seven and we have to pay rent, utilities, car payments, etc.

  • Community to honor King

    A number of events are slated to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day today and Monday. They include:

    – The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 4 p.m. today at Living Word Church, 117 Market St. The speaker will be the Rev. Wayne Murray.

  • Chance of snow flurries

    Don’t hold your breath, but it’s possible you may see a few snow flurries on Sunday night.

    According to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance of  “sprinkles and flurries.” The night will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees.

    One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be cold today and tonight, with a high temperature of 31, and a low of 9 tonight. Saturday’s high will reach 37, with a low of 19.

    It will begin warming up Sunday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s through Wednesday, and lows in the 20s.

  • Playhouse to hold auditions for roles in musical ‘Gypsy’

    If you’d like to sing and dance in the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s next production, you can audition Tuesday.

    The playhouse held auditions last week for “Gypsy,” but more actors are needed. Another audition will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Stevens Auditorium, in Hubbard Hall.

    The show originally starred Ethel Merman in the lead role as Mama Rose. It is based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist.

  • Retired officer dies in hospital

    A retired police officer who was shot in the eye last summer died early Saturday morning.

    Ray Knight, who worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 17 years before retiring in 2001, died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

  • Study suggests pay hikes for some county employees

    A pay grade study could help raise the salaries of some Lancaster County workers.

    As part of a compensation and pay classification study requested by the county, The Archer Co. found there are 84 county employees who are paid below the minimum pay grade levels.

    The employees are scattered across many different classifications in positions around the county. One example is a clerk in the auditor’s office who makes $1,600 below the recommended minimum salary in the study.