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Today's News

  • County approves digitizing voter forms

    A new electronic database will soon help with organizing voter registration records in Lancaster County.

    County Council recently approved funding of more than $8,000 to create a searchable voter registration database.

    The database, which will be created by Charlotte-based Advanced Imaging, will include scanned copies of all the commission’s voter registration forms dating back to 1967.

    The digital copies will be kept on servers at another location. The cost to maintain the database will be $2,100 a year.

  • Burke moves on from jobs office

    Lynda Burke has stepped down as director of the Lancaster County office of the Employment Security Commission to take the same position in the Midlands.

    Burke, who was the local director for seven years, is now director of the Lexington County office. Her last day working in Lancaster was Feb. 26 and her first day in Lexington was Feb. 27.

    Last week, she talked exuberantly about her new post while expressing how difficult it was to leave Lancaster.

  • Merle Norman sponsors Most Kissable Lips contest

    Pucker up, women. If you believe your lips are irresistible, there’s a chance you could go home with a basket of goodies.

    The Merle Norman Cosmetics at 949 N. Main St. is having a Most Kissable Lips contest. It started Tuesday and runs through Valentine’s Day.

    Store owner Toni Hicks said Merle Norman is having the event at all its locations. Three winners will be chosen at the store and will each receive a gift basket containing more than $50 in store products.

  • Man surprises burglars in home

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man interrupted a burglary in progress at his Calvin Hall Road home Feb. 23.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 18-year-old said he came home because he had left his wallet on the table.

    When he pulled into the yard, he saw a white work van with an empty ladder rack on it. He also noticed that the front door of his home was open, the report said.

    The man said he went into the home, and noticed a key in the front door. Two men were running toward the back door.

  • City of Light opens to public

    INDIAN LAND – Inspiration Ministries celebrated the opening of its International Prayer and Welcome Center on Feb. 28-March 1. The event marked the completion of Phase I of its City of Light world missions ministry outreach and partners center in Indian Land.

    Hosted by Inspiration Ministries’ chairman and CEO David Cerullo, the event was telecast live to more than 114 nations through the INSP-The Inspiration Network and Inspiration Network International.

  • Breaking NewsWoman dies in Pageland Highway car crash

    A woman was killed in a head-on crash on Pageland Highway on Tuesday night.

    The woman's name was not available on Wednesday.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the woman was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu east on S.C. 9 about 6 miles east of Lancaster when she crashed into a 2001 Ford pickup truck driven by Matthew Rape, 23, 2252 Ben Massey Road.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Rape, who was headed west, drove left of center and sideswiped a 2001 Kia sedan driven by Calvin Curtis, 82, 3305 Lorraine Lane, before hitting the Malibu head-on.

  • Your newspaper vital to your community

    The community newspaper you hold in your hand plays an important role in your quality of life. Weekly, nondaily and other local publications help strengthen the communities they serve.

    Community newspapers boost the local economy – both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow mom and pop businesses to reach their most likely customers.

  • Drugs cause people to do bad things

    Tell me whats wrong with this picture. A man gets five years prison time after giving a baby brain damage.

    Another man gets 15 years after killing a man in front of the police.

    Melvin Steele’s killer only got a 15-year sentence.  My son, Phillip Sims, got a 27-year sentence for stealing a van with children in it.

  • Obama diverts discussion about his plan

    We are being bombarded with Obama propaganda.

    As it becomes more and more evident that spending trillions of our dollars on his recovery plan is wasteful and irresponsible, his strategy is to divert the discussion by saying, “You know, we didn’t cause this situation, it was eight years of Bush.” This is outright dishonesty.

  • Online test can help determine risk for diabetes

    Diabetes has become the greatest American public health crisis of the next 25 years.

    To address the burden of this disease, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is issuing an urgent call-to-action for Americans to find out their risk for type 2 diabetes during the 21st annual American Diabetes Alert Day.

    Nearly 6 million Americans have diabetes, but don’t know it.

    Another 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk.

    There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.