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Today's News

  • Wise receives state honor

    COLUMBIA – Mary Wise, director of the Lancaster County AmeriCorps Program, has been named the 2010 AmeriCorps Program Director of the Year by the S.C. Commission for National and Community Service.

    Wise was honored July 13 at AmeriCorps Training held at Camp Gravatt Conference Center in Aiken.

    Wise runs the grant program that is now in its 10th year, overseeing 22 members who work throughout the Lancaster County School District.

  • Shaw considered stepping down as mayor

    Joe Shaw contemplated calling it quits as mayor of Lancaster, but said family members convinced him to do otherwise.

    Shaw, who’s been Lancaster’s mayor for 28 years, will vie for an eighth term this year.

    Shaw, 75, said he considered not running again to be able to spend more time with his family. There have been many times he’s missed family events due to mayoral duties, he said.

    He filed to run for re-election Wednesday at the county’s Voter Registration and Election Office.

  • 'Miss Midenna' more than just coach

    When the 2011 Lancaster County Recreation summer swim team season rolls around and it’s time to open the county pool, a new coach and pool manager will be in charge.

    At the recent Lancaster County Sharks’ swim team banquet, veteran coach Midenna Anderson announced her retirement from both jobs.

    Filling the void will be a task.

    Anderson has dedicated the last 15 years to being the Sharks’ head coach. She also served as the pool manager.

    It’s a job she handles well, deftly balancing the task with a smile and needed discipline.

  • Help fill students’ backpacks

    With only a few weeks of summer vacation left, the thoughts of parents and children alike are turning back toward school and all that entails.

    For many, that means new clothes, backpacks and school supplies.

    But for those parents who are are out of work or struggling to make ends meet, it just means one more thing to stress out about. If you can barely pay your rent, how will you afford school supplies for your children?

  • At-home detention program a good thing

    Lancaster  County Council should initiate a program that would allow for nonviolent offenders to serve their time at home.

    Those who serve their time through the program would have to wear electronic-monitoring devices that monitor where they are through GPS, or global positioning system, technology. The technology would allow authorities to easily keep tabs on those sentenced to home detention, as GPS technology would pinpoint where they are at all times.

  • Passionate about America's pastime

    Maybe you sat in the stands. Maybe you were a coach. Maybe your child or grandchild played on a team.

    You got caught up in the action. You shouted instructions from the stands, cheered the players and questioned the umps’ call.

    You moaned the dropped ball, the swing that didn’t connect and the failed stolen base attempt.

    You felt the adrenalin rush of the home run, the clinched glove holding the ball and the slide that worked.

    You dealt with the heat, rain and late games.

  • Council considers special tax district for Brookchase

    In an effort to repair the roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood, a group of Indian Land residents want to create their own tax district.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 near Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light, have gathered enough signatures on a petition to lobby Lancaster County Council for an election to create a special tax district. The petition calls for the special tax district as a means to generate funding for work left unfinished by the neighborhood’s developer.

  • Time to allow sale of alcohol on Sunday

    An Indian Land woman is hoping to get a referendum on the ballot in November 2012 that would let Lancaster County voters decide whether they want to OK the Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at restaurants in the county.

    We not only favor putting the referendum on the ballot, we also favor approving the referendum. We believe Lancaster County restaurants should be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks on Sunday if they want to.

    Why not?

    What’s the point of restricting Sunday sales of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants?

  • Woman assaulted during robbery

    A clerk at a cell phone store told police she was pistol-whipped by two teenagers who robbed the store Tuesday night.

    The woman told Lancaster police that two teenagers, who appeared 16 or 17 years old, came into the Cricket store at 1129-A S.C. 9 Bypass West about 6:40 p.m. The woman said she was talking on her Apple iPhone to her boyfriend when the teens came in and she laid the phone on the counter, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • County honors Belk with employee award

    At first, Maj. David Belk didn’t give his nomination for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter much thought.

    As second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Belk, 48, saw his name listed along with several other county employees on this quarter’s ballot for the employee award. He figured that’s where the attention would end.

    But as County Council neared its July 27 meeting, several council members urged Belk to make sure he was in attendance.