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Today's News

  • City employees may get raises

    City of Lancaster employees may be getting a raise after all.

    A 2 percent across-the-board pay increase has been recommended as part of a revised draft of the 2010-11 budget.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins wanted City Council to discuss the idea during its budget meeting Thursday.

    She said the city runs because of its employees and that a 2 percent raise is a reasonable consideration. The increase will cost the city an extra $129,793.

    “They’re our greatest assets,” Eddins said. “We need to do this.”

  • Official: Top of old jail is sinking

    Restore it or knock it down.

    Those are the choices facing County Council about what to do with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The building, designed by noted Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, was built for $8,000 in 1823, making it five years older than the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Years ago, a cement and mortar ceiling was added to the building, but was too heavy for the building to support it, City Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • IL recognizes top spring athletes

    Indian Land High School capped its 2010 spring sports season honoring a host of Warriors athletes at the school’s spring sports awards May 24.

    Spring sports honors were presented in seven sports – boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, baseball, softball and golf.

    Scholarship winners

    The IL Booster Club’s four scholarship winners were honored – Paige Brugh, Tyler Watkins, Trevor Jones and Mykela Hallums. Each received a $500 scholarship paid for by Showmars Booster Nights.

  • AJ taps Moore as interim football coach

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School has selected one of its own to serve as interim coach for next year, a move that Principal Mary Barry says will give the program needed stability as well as time to evaluate options for a search.

  • Hidden Beauty

    One must have a special eye to visualize the possibilities of a house and yard that have been left unattended for a period of time. 

    When Tony and Nancy Topf first spotted the house at 910 Forest Drive in Lancaster, they were able to see beyond the dense trees and a lawn covered in moss instead of grass. 

    They could even see potential that a house built in the 1950’s would have, once it was painted, a neutral color to blend into the natural surroundings.

  • They gave all

    A debt of gratitude is owed to the 198 soldiers whose names are etched in bronze on the war memorial at Lancaster’s Memorial Park, said Ernest Stroud.

    Stroud, a Korean Conflict veteran and legislative chairman for the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and S.C. American Legion,  didn’t mince words Sunday during the county’s 19th annual Memorial Day program.

    Stroud said too many times politicians and those drawing government salaries tend to forget it’s the war dead who gave their all to protect a way of life that we now enjoy.

  • Preparing for kindergarten

    Local educators are gearing up for the annual program that helps make a child’s first year of public school a little more comfortable for all involved.

    Countdown to K, the state’s school transition program for rising kindergartners, kicks off this month and runs into August. Eleven kindergarten teachers in Lancaster County are participating this year.

  • Promoting river, other attractions could bring dollars

    Dean Faile is hoping tourism can help stimulate the area’s economy.

    Faile, executive director of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, attended the Catawba Regional Tourism Summit on Wednesday looking for ways to attract more tourists, and ultimately more tourism dollars to the county.

    The summit involved representatives from Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties and was held at the Baxter M. Hood Center on the York Technical College campus in Rock Hill.

  • Lancaster man, 38, faces dog-fighting charge

    A Lancaster man has been charged with dogfighting after officers heard what they believed was a dog fight on Miller Street on May 27.

    James Junior Clark, 38, of 1751 Flat Creek Road, was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with dog fighting.

  • Lancers sign AJ's Beavers

    KERSHAW The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ soccer connection to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers program added a solid link Monday night.

    A year ago, Randy Jordan, the former AJ boys soccer coach who now guides the Lancers women’s soccer program, signed former AJ standouts Rachel Dippel and Sydney Hinson.

    The newest Lady Vols’ standout to join the royal blue and gold fold is Ashley Beavers.