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Today's News

  • Fire department to check on address signs

    Firefighters in the city of Lancaster will be going door to door in coming weeks to make sure addresses are clearly marked on homes.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery said firefighters canvassed neighborhoods about six years ago, making sure homes were properly marked with house numbers.

    Without numbers on your house, it slows emergency workers’ response to an emergency.

    “Numbers are so critical for us,” Nunnery said. “This is an emergency service-wide problem and we need to address it.”

  • Council to discuss appointees to Farmers Market Commission

    County Council will discuss possible appointees to three open seats on the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission at its meeting Tuesday.

    Four members of the commission – Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts – were removed by council July 20 following a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the market.

    After removing the four members, council  Robert Steele to serve from District 4. His appointment gave the commission enough members to have a quorum at its meetings.

  • Teaching through the arts

    Discussion of drawings, paintings and poetry isn’t being restricted to just art classes.

    Melanie Rick Layne wants educators to know that the arts can be used in all disciplines to help students learn and achieve at a higher level.

    Layne, who works with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, facilitated a seminar last week for teachers in the Lancaster County School District and Rock Hill schools.  

  • Faile: Evidence act ‘nightmare for us’

    Sheriff Barry Faile doesn’t know how his office will comply with a new act passed by the state Legislature.

    The Preservation of Evidence Act, which amends several different state criminal procedures and databases, contains one provision that concerns him the most.

    It will require the county to store evidence for several types of criminal cases in atmosphere-controlled conditions. The act lists 24 different offenses in which evidence must be saved. They include murder, rape, robbery and arson.

  • Junior golfers wrap up season

    The annual Roy Small Tournament was all that we expected it to be and then some. Monday’s play set the stage for plenty of drama on Tuesday as the Lancaster Chapter of the S.C. Junior Golfer’s Association concluded its season at the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Senior swim champ a true sportsman

    Fred Ruppenthal’s golden years have indeed been golden.

    The Sun City Carolina Lakes resident won four gold medals at the S.C. Senior Sports Classic Games at Francis Marion University in Florence in May.

    Ruppenthal, 77, has dominated the freestyle swimming events at the annual games since moving here in 2007.

    An All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference swimmer at N.C. State in the mid-1950s, Ruppenthal won the 500- meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle events this year.

  • Police reports - Aug. 6, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after police stopped to question him on Glenwood Avenue on July 30.

    James Frank Copeland, 47, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged with second-offense possession of crack cocaine.

    The report said officers stopped to talk with Copeland about midnight after seeing him leave a drug house on Glenwood Avenue. Copeland told officers that he was out walking because he had gone to ask a man about a job.

  • Ice man is king of summer

     Just a few months ago, Mama and Aunt Bess were drawing off water in spare pots, pans and a wash tub or two because our pipes were frozen.

    It’s now late July and as hot as blue blazes. Nothing is freezing.

  • 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.