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Today's News

  • City will tap reserve funds to pay for raises

    City of Lancaster employees will get a pay increase while the city’s residents will not see a spike in their taxes.

    Lancaster City Council passed final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday. The $22.39 million budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for employees.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman John Howard was not at the meeting.

    Last week, the city’s finance committee, chaired by Howard, recommended that council approve a tax increase of 2.8 mills to help offset the already-proposed salary increases.

  • More hot temps in forecast

    To all the Lancaster residents lamenting about the frigid temperatures back in January – be careful what you wish for.

    Many folks asked for summer to return during those chilly days, and now summer is back with a vengeance.

    It has been in the 90s in Lancaster County since June 9, according to the S.C. Climatology Office. By definition, the state is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 98 degrees or more for more than two days, said Wes Tyler of the climatology office.

  • Haley locks up Republican nomination for governor

    Lancaster County voters helped state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington secure the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday.

    The three-term lawmaker is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in South Carolina.

    She easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster, getting about 65 percent of the votes across the state. According to S.C. Election Commission, Haley received 233,371 votes while Barrett received 125,429 votes.

  • Rolling out a red rose carpet

    To See Lancaster SC Director Peggy Little, little things mean a lot.

    That’s one thing she has learned when it comes to luring top-notch acts here as part of the See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    Little and 11 other members of the See Lancaster SC board who come up with the Performing Arts Series each year have also become adept at putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Hope on the Hill is getting another grant from the city of Lancaster to assist in its renovation of the old Barr Street school.

    The local youth-serving organization, which wants to turn the building into a community and family life center, will receive $25,000 from the city in the last quarter of hospitality tax grant awards for 2009-10.

    Two other groups – New Arts Movement and New Jack Enterprises – both requested $25,000, but the grant advisory committee recommended that neither group receive any funding.

  • Heath Springs chooses firm to renovate station

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council has chosen a construction firm to make renovations to its volunteer fire department.

    Major renovations are planned for the department, through a $976,000 Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant. The grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department last fall. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs was required.

  • Corridor study makes recommendations

    Chris Karres wants to make sure the county takes advantage of the years of planning and months of research that went into the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.

    Karres, planning director for the county, recently assembled a prioritized list of recommendations developed during the corridor study for County Council to review.

  • Neff's Omaha diamond chance special time

    There was a twist of irony to Gamecock pitcher Steven Neff’s first full week of June.

    It started with Neff,  the Lancaster Dixie Baseball product who starred for Lancaster High School and the Post 31 Legion baseball programs, being drafted for the second time in his career.

    It was capped with Neff’s USC team rallying for an exciting 10-9 NCAA Super Regional win over Coastal to capture a bid to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

    The last time he was drafted was out of LHS, when he was picked in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Toast to 'Teet'

    FORT LAWN The signs around the banquet room at the Catawba Fish camp said it all.

    “Papaw, tell us about the good old days.”

    They did, but this grandfather was the center of attention Friday night when a group of friends and family surprised Flat Creek native Marvin “Teet” Faulkenberry with a rousing roast at the Fort Lawn seafood restaurant.

    Faulkenberry’s daughter, Ginger Dove, said the event for her 79-year-old father was something she’s planned for two years.

  • Speedway hosting action-packed night

    Lancaster Speedway hosts an action-paced night for Father’s Day weekend on Saturday.

    The NDRA Crate Late Model will be in action with some new faces expected to come in.

    Expect to see Brandy Baker and Timbo Mangum going for the lead along with Steve Davis and Dale Dodge Jr., and many others.