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Today's News

  • Community Foundation awards $10,250 in grants to local agencies

    More than $10,000 was awarded in the first round of grants to benefit local service groups.

    In January, the Lancaster County Community Foundation announced that it had set up a special fund to assist nonprofit agencies in Lancaster County that offer aid to residents.

    Money for the fund was generated through donations from individuals, businesses and other groups in the community.

    The first cycle brought in $10,250, said Jodie Plyler, the foundation’s board chairwoman.

    Four groups applied for the funding during that cycle.

  • Closing the Achievement Gap group to hold summit at USCL

    The Closing the Achievement Gap Committee will be sponsoring the 2009 Community Education Summit at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The summit is open to parents, interested residents and youth groups. Admission is free.

    Award-winning author Dr. Mychal Wynn will be the keynote speaker. Wynn will speak about teaching, parenting, mentoring and what can done to help close the achievement disparities between whites and minority students.

  • Finances focus of school board planning meet

    A measure to show support for a local university and ways to cut costs were some of the items Lancaster County School District officials discussed at their planning meeting, which was Feb. 6-7.

    The annual meeting allows school board members, the superintendent and other district level staff a chance to assess the current school year, review district procedures and plan for 2009-10.

    With the downward economy, budget talks naturally dominated portions of the meeting.

  • U.S. 521 to get another stoplight

    INDIAN LAND – A new traffic light will soon be installed at an Indian Land intersection.

    Residents have clamored for a light at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road ever since construction began there on several commercial properties.

    The area now features a CVS drug store, BB&T bank, Wendy’s and the new library, with a Harris Teeter grocery store expected to open this spring.

    And as traffic has increased, so have the number of car accidents, as residents have been forced to dart across several lanes of traffic.

  • Lancaster County receives $81,327 for emergency food, shelter programs

    Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    The county will receive $81,327 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.  

  • Florists feel the pinch this Valentine’s Day

    For the last few years, Frances Baker has seen a good deal of business at her flower shop. But the declining economy has presented her with a thorny problem – fewer customers.

    Baker, owner of The Lily Pad Florist on S.C. 9 Bypass, said she has seen a significant drop in customers as Valentine’s Day edges closer.

    Through Wednesday night, she said orders for Valentine’s Day flowers were only about 25 percent of the total ordered during the same time last year. She also said she’s seen far fewer pre-orders compared to last year.

  • Billboard campaign seeks to educate motorists about distracted driving

    CHARLOTTE  – AAA Carolinas is expanding its ad campaign to billboards in North and South Carolina to warn drivers of the dangers of distracted driving, particularly the use of a cell phone and texting while driving.

    “Last year, we started a campaign with ads above gas pumps in gas stations in different counties in the Carolinas to warn drivers of the possible consequences of using a cell phone or texting while driving,” said Tom Crosby, president of AAA Carolinas’ Traffic Safety Foundation.

  • Early warm spell doesn’t concern local peach farmer

    The recent stretch of warm weather has Lancaster County plants a little confused.

    Van Wyck resident Janie Straight said daffodils are blooming where she lives.

    And in Rich Hill, some of the peach trees at Don Gowan’s farm are budding.

    Gowan, a longtime peach farmer, is accustomed to the ups and downs of growing the delectable, fuzzy fruit. He has about 25 acres of peaches, 1 acre of plums and about 2 acres of Asian pears.

  • Movies keep me up with the times

    As spring got warmer, things got busy with school and such.

    All of that reading, writing and arithmetic temporarily pushed back my plans to build a British Spitfire out of cardboard gleaned from behind the Parr Brothers’ Furniture store.

    I didn’t like it, but I had to wait until summer vacation to assemble my English fighter plane.   

    Now you may ask why I had my heart set on a British Spitfire. Well, why not?

    One  cold winter Saturday morning, I got lucky.

  • Photos signed by DiMaggio, Mantle to be auctioned at gala

    A baseball signed by major league stars, a puppy and art are just some of the items that will be auctioned off during the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual gala on Saturday.

    The gala, the arts council’s biggest fundraiser, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club. The theme is Mardi Gras Mystique.

    A jazz band, fortune teller, magician, food and open bar will be part of the fun. The band, Troy Conn, will be performing New Orleans-style jazz.