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Today's News

  • HS plant fire ‘suspicious’

    HEATH SPRINGS – Firefighters were able to contain a suspicious fire at the American Wax plant to one room of the main office building Sunday.

    Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire began about 1:30 p.m. His department, along with Kershaw, Rich Hill and Pleasant Hill, was called to fight the fire.

    Helms said it took less than 250 gallons of water to put out the fire in the office. The blaze also ignited the grass outside the building.

  • UW plans community garden

    A new initiative by the United Way of Lancaster County may soon ease food concerns for residents.

    Carolyn Petroski, interim director of the local United Way, said her organization is spearheading a community garden initiative, hoping to grow food to help the needy in the area as early as this summer.

    The plan is locate a plot of land, identify people in need and then allow them to plant and harvest food from the area.

    Petroski said the Lancaster County Recreation Department will most likely provide space for a garden.

  • Middle school students may have to pay for summer school

    The Lancaster County School District may soon charge some students a fee to attend summer school as a way to make up for budget shortfalls.

    The matter was discussed at the school board’s Feb. 17 meeting.

    Carolyn Jordan, the district’s executive director of instructional services, said her office is looking at assessing a $25 fee for middle school students who need instruction during the summer.

  • Snow blankets county one day; most melts the next

    Missy Hinson said some of the pastures at Larkspur Ranch were under 4 feet of water Monday.

    Hinson, equine manager at the ranch, said she and husband, ranch owner Joe Hinson, had to open pasture gates late Sunday afternoon so horses could reach higher ground. Older horses were put up in stalls to shelter them from the wet, heavy snow and wind.

  • Teen gets 15 years for manslaughter

    Lancaster County Public Defender Mark Grier told Judge Brooks Goldsmith that the case of a 17-year-old charged with murder after the teen’s brother was hit by a car last year has been one of the most difficult cases he’s been associated with.

    Grier represented Alphonzo Markee Robinson, who was charged last July with murder, assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a pistol by a person under 18.

    Robinson pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in general sessions court on Friday.

  • State may ax $1.55M in funding

    Lancaster County could see a cut of more than $1.55 million in its state funding, if a proposed budget becomes reality.

    Recommended by the state House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 19, the proposed state budget would decrease money allocated to local governments by $122 million. This translates to a near 50 percent funding cut for governments throughout the state.

    If approved, the cuts would affect the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

  • Indian Land finally has a post office of its own

    INDIAN LAND – A new post office in Indian Land is making life a little easier for Panhandle residents.

    Located inside the Panhandle Food Store and Citgo gas station at 9775 Charlotte Highway, the contract post office officially opened Feb. 10.

    The post office, which is fully operational, features almost everything a full-service post office offers, allowing customers to mail parcels and buy stamps and money orders. The only feature it will not have are post office boxes.

  • Downtown businesses may be listed on National Trust site

    See Lancaster, the nonprofit organization responsible for marketing and promoting Lancaster County, has started an initiative that allows businesses in downtown Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw to be listed on a Web site hosted by the National Trust Main Street Center.

    The site, www.shopmainstreet.org, encourages shoppers to support independent businesses and local economies by offering a single directory of “Mom and Pop” businesses throughout the nation.

  • Foundation awards $873,580 in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has made awards to nine different community organizations in its responsive grants program, totaling $873,580.

    “In the midst of a deepening recession, our communities face high unemployment and a number of related challenges,” said Jim Morton, president of the foundation. “We applaud the staff and volunteers of the many organizations that are working diligently to help people through these difficult times and are pleased to make these grants to assist them in their efforts.”

  • Living proof

    Editor’s note: Each Sunday this month, in celebration of March as American Red Cross Month, The Lancaster News is honoring local volunteers who are the cornerstone of what the agency does. From donating blood and helping military families to disaster relief and teaching CPR and first aid, 96 percent of the Red Cross work force is volunteers. Many of those who make a difference everyday are your neighbors. 

    In 1989, Lancaster High School senior Pam Neely Giardiello started donating blood to the Red Cross at the urging of her mother, Kathy Sistare.