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Today's News

  • Passing through one last time

    On occasion, I’m a little jealous of W.B. Evans. This is one of those times.

    When it comes to looking back, “Mr. Bill,” as we call him in the newsroom  doesn’t have to pick and choose when looking for what stands out. Choosing the top features stories of the year is hard.

    I went through 157 issues making a few notes and was stunned to recall the people, places, events and organizations that make a difference. 

    To cull the list to 10 was almost impossible.    

  • My used bicycle pedals lessons

    Christmas 2011 has passed, but in reflecting on the past year, it’s an appropriate time to recall Mama’s words from 1941. She made it a point to remind her only son that I should always be grateful, regardless of circumstances.

    “Be thankful of any and all gifts under the tree,” she said.

    That’s as true now as it was then, especially after I showed my selfish streak on that Christmas Day 70 years ago. 

  • Meet your Neighbor – Ilean Granata

    Name: Ilean Granata

    Age: 32

    Address: The McDonald Green community

    Family: Husband, Kevin, 32; two sons, Christopher, 12, and Matthew, 9

    Pets: A dog, Trooper, and a cat, Tiger

    Job: State trooper, S.C. Highway Patrol

    Church: Lakewood Christian Church

    Hobbies: Assistant cubmaster, Pack 180 and zumba

  • 'Dangerous place to drive'

    After a year filled with deadly car accidents, the S.C. Highway Patrol has begun a series of initiatives to help curb dangerous driving on Lancaster County’s roads. 

    As part of that effort, state troopers recently held safety checkpoints in the northern and southern parts of the county, hoping to crack down on all types of illegal behavior.

  • Dog fatally shot, found in creek

    Jay and Rosemary Cauthen’s holiday season was ruined when learning that their Labrador Retriever had been fatally shot. 

    The couple, who live on Mungo Road, contacted Animal Control on Dec. 22 to report that their dog, Blue, went missing the day before. 

    Coincidentally, Animal Control Director Joel Hinson said his office got a call from a man who reported hearing a gunshot on Dec. 21 in the University Drive area. 

  • Community voices shape Panhandle

    Indian Land Action Council (ILAC) is the closest thing Indian Land has to an official governing body, minus the power to make policy, but always willing and able to take on any issue of importance to the community.

    ILAC had a big year in 2011, a year in which the council helped make the Indian Land Fire District a reality and battled landfills locally and in Flat Creek.

  • Progress continues in southern county

    KERSHAW – Although much of the talk in Kershaw these days centers on gold, there’s more than that brewing in Lancaster County’s southernmost municipality. 

    The town has taken measures to improve its appearance while providing occupational and recreational opportunities for residents.

    Mayor Wayne Rhodes says the town-maintained golf course is getting “better and better,” and he expects it to be a major money-maker in 2012. 

  • Resolve to keep new resolutions

    “Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.”

    With those words and a list of suggested resolutions published in the 1738 edition of “Poor Richard's Almanac,” America’s greatest sage, Benjamin Franklin, established the modern tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

    By the time you’re reading this today, you likely fall into one of two categories on the matter: Either you’re taking one on – or not.

  • County leadership to focus efforts on jobs

    Jobs, jobs and more jobs were the highest priorities on the minds of several Lancaster County officials when they sat down recently to discuss the year that was and their plans for 2012. 

    The roundtable conversation, which touched on everything from economic development to Indian Land’s Edenmoor neighborhood to landfills, involved County Administrator Steve Willis, County Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare and Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • Mayor Shaw hopes to strengthen ties between downtown, USCL

    City of Lancaster officials point to many accomplishments in 2011 as sources of pride and expect more of the same in the new year. 

    The past 12 months were quite productive for the city. During that time, it saw improvements to its wastewater treatment plant on Lockwood Lane. A new process is now used to disinfect the water that comes into the plant. Also, the pumps that send treated water to the Catawba River have been replaced.