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Today's News

  • UW falls short of campaign goal

    The board of the United Way of Lancaster County set its sights high for its fundraising goal for the 2009-10 campaign.

    The campaign raised $344,484, falling short of the $425,000 goal.

    But board chairman Steve Sherill said he’s still pleased with the results, especially since the organization lost an executive director during a tough economy.

  • Fire guts home in Buford

    Lightning may have been the cause of an early Saturday morning house fire in the Buford community.

    Firefighters received a call from a passerby just before 4 a.m. that a two-story home in the 4700 block of Stacks Road was on fire.

    Capt. Billy Lloyd of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze started in the garage, spread to the attic and mostly damaged the second floor.

    Nobody was inside the home when the fire started, as the residents were on vacation, Lloyd said.

  • Graham puts 6,200 acres of Montrose up for sale

    CHESTER – The 6,200-acre tract of land that was to have been the site of Montrose in Chester County is now for sale.

    In October 2006, developer Melvin Graham, a nephew of evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, announced his intention to build Montrose, which he hoped would eventually include thousands of homes (some in gated communities) and townhouses, shopping malls, golf courses, schools, churches and other amenities.

  • Mulvaney challenges Spratt on budget, taxes

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, challenged U.S. Rep. John Spratt on Thursday to take a position on middle-class tax hikes and the federal budget. And on Friday, Spratt, a Democrat from York, released a statement on tax cuts and the budget.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, is challenging Spratt for the 5th District congressional seat, which Spratt has won in every election since 1982.

  • City OKs change in Streetscape plans

    Hal Crenshaw said he is satisfied with the compromise reached regarding the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project and his business, Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    In April, Crenshaw expressed concern about the Streetscape plans, which called for greenery, lighting and curbing to be installed along the South Main Street side of his business, located at the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

    He said the planned curbing would greatly hurt his business, as motorists would have less space to access gas pumps from Main Street.

  • Volunteers tackle home rehab projects

    INDIAN LAND – With specks of white paint splattered on her hands and clothes, Angie Weeks takes a step back to admire the newly plastered walls and ceilings she and her fellow campers have installed.

    Weeks, a member of Grover United Methodist Church in Grover, has only been in Indian Land for about three days, but she’s already learned how to paint a room, repair holes in a wall and dig a trench for water pipes. And judging by the smile on her face, it’s been a good week.

  • Barbara ‘Cookie’ Reeves Helms, 57

    CATAWBA – Barbara “Cookie” Reeves Helms, 57, died Friday, June 26, 2010.

    Born in Rock Hill, she was the daughter of Shirley Haire Reeves and the late J. P. Reeves. She was married to Vick C. Helms Jr.

    Survivors include her mother of Rock Hill; her husband; and her brothers, J. P. “Buddy” Reeves Jr. and Charles Reeves, both of Rock Hill.

  • Juniors build League V lead

    The Lancaster Post 31 junior team completed a perfect week with a 7-3 road win over Gaffney on Thursday night.

    “The win was huge because it helped us to pad our league lead,” Lancaster P-31 junior team coach Sam Sinclair said. “It’s been a tremendous week for our team and this was a good way to cap it.”

    Lancaster, 11-1, 9-1, wasted no time in getting the edge and taking control of the issue.

  • Unbeaten swimmers dunk Camden

    The Lancaster County swim team improved to 2-0 on the recreation swim season with a 439-115 win over host Camden on June 12.

    The LCST Sharks were paced by Lauren Spencer, Coulter Jackson and Jonah Faile with four wins each. McKenzie Henry, Charlie Brooke Henry and Jory Pettit each posted three firsts.

    Alaina Houghtaling, Samuel Page, Kelly Sullivan, Georgia Moore, Grayson Young, Jonathan Wade and Simon Wright each had two wins.

    Individual medley

    9-10 girls – 1. Alaina Houghtaling, 2. Abbi Denyer, 3. Savannah Small

  • Thanks for Dad, coaches who were a cut above

    A few weeks back, I was summoned to the office lobby where Billy “Clyde” Self, a former Dixie Youth baseball teammate, stopped by to see me.

    He didn’t have to say why. I knew. Some years back, Billy told me he’d come across an old team photo of our Dixie Youth Baseball farm league team.

    The farm league was for those players who were cut from the Dixie Youth teams after tryouts. Billy had told me he had the old photo and I knew one day he’d make a stop at the paper.