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Today's News

  • CPTC fifth in national qualifier

    The Columbus Parker Track Club placed fifth overall in a field of 26 teams which included 1,600 athletes.

    The club qualified 40 athletes to compete in the national qualifier in Augusta, Ga., June 24-27.

    The club received 95 medals in places 1-6. The breakdown included 21 gold, 22 silver, 16 bronze and 36 copper medals.

    9 year-old girls

    1500 race walk – 1. Infinity McWhirter

    Long jump – 3. Rekia Polk

    100 meters – 1. Rekia Polk

    9-10 boys

  • Officials eye home detention

    A potential home detention program could soon ease the county’s jail overcrowding problem.

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Monday to create a home detention program.

    The ordinance would allow the sheriff’s office to create the program, which would use electronic monitoring devices to keep tabs on non-violent offenders, allowing them to serve time in their homes.

  • Process of elimination

    Budget shortfalls forced Lancaster County School District personnel to eliminate about 100 positions for 2010-11.

    But how do administrators determine which people lose their job?

    Lydia Quinn, the district’s director of planning and accountability, said a reduction-in-force policy is followed when the district has to make position cuts.

  • Natural Appeal

    The natural appeal of Kay Zaitz’ yard at 202 W. Springs St. really draws attention. Chock-full of perennials and woodsy plant material, the yard has been named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The garden of Kay Zaitz is absolutely a veritable display of most plants known to mankind,” said Jackie Palmer, YOTM chairwoman. “She has a vast array of different specimens, planted cottage-style.”

  • Healthy Woman Program adds online benefit

    Beginning Tuesday, the Healthy Woman program of Springs Memorial Hospital is moving to a new online platform.

    At www.healthywomanonline.com, new and existing members can register for upcoming events, read timely health articles, and exchange messages with like-minded Healthy Woman friends. Members will also have access to an award-winning online health library that includes 12,000 adult and pediatric topics in both English and Spanish.

  • Purple Power

    When Brittany Hill downloaded a copy of the schedule for the upcoming Miss South Carolina pageant, it was printed on purple paper.

    For Hill, Miss Lancaster 2010, everything keeps coming up as a mixture of red and blue.

    When part of the white swimsuit Hill planned to wear Wednesday night disappeared before the approval process at the Marriot in Spartanburg on Mother’s Day weekend, she went with the back-up swimsuit, which is purple.

  • Rare local history book resurfaces

    The Lancaster County Historical Commission has rediscovered an out-of-print book about local history.

    The Rev. J.B. Knight, who has written books about Lancaster’s mill hill community and has an extensive collection of local history books, found “Historical Notes from Lancaster County, S.C.” in his collection in March and thought the county Historical Commission would be interested.

    The book was compiled Viola Caston Floyd, who wrote several books and pictorial histories of Lancaster County.

  • County a leader in census count

    Lancaster County is tied to lead the state in census participation.

    Both York and Lancaster counties had 79 percent of their residents respond to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail participation rate on the U.S. Census website. The rates far exceed both counties’ response rates from the 2000 Census, when Lancaster County had a 70 percent response and York County had a 72 percent response.

    Terry Plumb, spokesman with the Charlotte Regional Census Center, said both counties’ numbers were impressive.

  • Little Ben can still get me to grin

    Some days, there’s not a whole lot of grandfathering stuff to do. We decided to tour the Maryland countryside with our granddaughter, who was shopping for a home nearer her workplace.

    The cost of real estate in the greater Washington, D.C., area is outrageous. I guess everything is geared to the cost of living for diplomats, public servants, elected representatives and those looking to get elected.

    One lead seemed promising. We saddled up and headed out in search of it like a herd of thirsty horses smelling fresh water from a stream.

  • County Council delays Glen Laurel decision

    INDIAN LAND – Glen Laurel residents have waited more than a year to see if the roads in their Indian Land neighborhood would be accepted into the county’s road system. Last week, they were told they’d have to wait another week.

    With a large group of Glen Laurel residents waiting anxiously in the audience, Charles Bradford, the York-based attorney representing the Glen Laurel homeowners association, addressed Lancaster County Council on June 28 about having the neighborhood’s roads incorporated into the county system.