Today's News

  • Avoid the Christmas party rush

    The season to spend a little leisure time with family, friends and co-workers is now in full swing.

    But that also means the time to do so is at a premium. Here are a few tips and recipes to help you spend a little more time enjoying the social components of the holidays and less time preparing for it.

  • Swain was a work of Art

    Saturday morning the Lancaster Bassmasters were busy with their annual Christmas project of reaching out to the community. The Lancaster sportfishing club each yule season provides toys, food and needed supplies for those less fortunate. Ironically, the same time  the Bassmasters were busy spreading cheer, a memorial service was held for one of the club’s charter members, Art Swain.

  • Derrick Stogner an expert salesman

    Derrick Stogner is only 14 years old.

    But when it comes to Fraser firs, he already knows more than I ever will.

    Derrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 180 and a freshman at Buford High School, knew exactly what Ronny Faile and I were looking for when we stopped by the troop’s Christmas tree lot Tuesday evening.

    That live tree is now decked and visible from the window of Lakewood Christian Church on Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Kershaw raises its garbage rates

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will see an increase in their garbage rates in the new year.

    During its first meeting at its new town hall on Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of an amendment to the town’s budget.

  • New Again

    From a technical standpoint, the color of the 2009 Christmas in Lancaster ornament is listed as pantone color No. 548.

    What does that mean?

    It means this year’s collectible tree ornament is “Founders Blue.”

    Kept a secret for almost six months, See Lancaster unveiled the ornament  at a reception Monday night at the Springs Gallery on East Gay Street.

    And as it was billed, it is indeed representative of the county’s moving from the old to the new.

  • Take a walk in their shoes

    INDIAN LAND – While many people were busy decorating their homes and shopping for holiday gifts, Candi Acuff spent a recent Saturday working on a different sort of present.

    Amidst towering stacks of boxes filled with shoes, Acuff and other volunteers donated hours of their time Dec. 12 lacing up and organizing shoes for the charitable group Samaritan’s Feet. An Indian Land resident and owner of NaturalBody Personal Training, Acuff organized the event to help provide shoes to those who are less fortunate.

  • A.R. Rucker Middle gets IB banner

    A.R. Rucker Middle School now proudly displays a banner that represents its participation in a distinguished educational program.

    A.R. Rucker Middle is the first and only school in the Lancaster County School District to become a International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) school. International Baccalaureate (IB) provides programs for youth that aim to create a better world through intercultural understanding.

  • Guardsmen receive a warm welcome as they arrive home

    Kim Bowers said her son, Clint Wallace, called from the bus that was bringing him home and told her about the police escort he and his fellow National Guard soldiers were getting as they headed home for the holidays.

    Bowers relayed the story to Sandra Collins as they waited with other family members for the Guardsmen to arrive at the Lancaster Tours parking lot. The buses carrying the soldiers were set to arrive any minute.

    “He said, ‘We got police escorts and we haven’t even done anything yet,’” Bowers said.

  • Summey puts his skills to good use

    INDIAN LAND – Old computers never die – they just get reconditioned and put to good use.

    Roger Summey works tirelessly in his workshop, reconditioning old computers for charity.  

    His effort makes a lot of children happy, better educated and far more tech savvy than they could ever have become without his help.

    Summey, a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes, donates his revitalized computers to the Lancaster Children’s Home, as well as the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill.

  • Schools face another budget cut

    Local school officials are exploring ways to deal with another budget cut handed down by the state.

    The state’s Budget and Control Board recently announced 5 percent across-the-board spending cuts – a $238.2 million reduction to help offset lower-than-expected tax collections thus far.

    That equates to about a $1.5 million reduction for the Lancaster County School District, said Tony Walker, the district’s finance director.

    This is the second wave of cuts to come through since the school year stated.