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Today's News

  • Artisan's Center to receive hospitality funding from City Council

    The Artisan’s Center on Main Street is one step closer towards becoming an arts hub for the city of Lancaster.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved $24,000 in funding Tuesday to help relocate art classes from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to the new Artisan’s Center. The funding will come from Lancaster’s hospitality fund.

    Helen Sowell, city administrator, said city council will most likely wait to give the funding to the center, until Lancaster County Council decides on a similar motion.

  • Living history speaks at AJ Middle School

    Manfred Katz doesn’t want to see the day when people will doubt the Holocaust ever existed.

    Katz thinks younger generations may not believe that millions of Jews were forced to live in sub-human conditions. He believes people may doubt that a widespread program was used for nearly five years simply to eliminate one group of people.

    That fear of disbelief has driven Katz to tell his story.

  • Council to take up blue laws at Monday meeting

    Lancaster merchants may not have a blue Christmas this year.

    Lancaster County Council is holding a special meeting Monday to vote on first reading of an ordinance to repeal the state’s blue laws through Jan. 4, 2009.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the ordinance was brought up by staff for County Council to consider, in hopes of keeping Lancaster County merchants competitive with those in surrounding counties.

  • Nutcracker ballet returns Nov. 24-25

    An enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of young dancers from Lancaster County will return to the stage for performances of the beloved ballet, “The Nutcracker,” later this month.

    The ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 24-25 at the Lancaster High School Auditorium. The performance is a collaboration between the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Lancaster County School District and Kennedy Center Partnership Project, said David Platts, arts coordinator for the school district. The ballet will also be performed for students in the mornings.

  • Playoff game postponed

     The Lancaster Vs. Greenwood playoff game has been postponed to 6 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood.

  • Great Falls wants to keep on practicing

    Great Falls High School coach Ken Schofield said his team isn’t looking forward to a return trip to the Class A championship game. In fact, he said, the team isn’t even looking forward to its next game.

    “We want to get three more practices,” Schofield said. “That’s all a win this time of year gets you. If you win, you get three more practices. Nothing else is assured.”

  • Great songs lead to Firefall's longevity

    There’s a tradition at Yosemite National Park in California where a woodpile is set on fire and slowly pushed off a cliff, forming a burning cascade as it falls.

    That image proved to be the inspiration that gave Firefall its name.

    Formed in 1974 in Boulder, Colo., Firefall , with its string of top Country rock hits from two decades, is coming to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Pickle jar changed my future

    The pickle jar was a fixture in my parent’s bedroom. It sat on the floor beside the dresser and when Dad got ready for bed, he would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar.

    The sounds that pocket change made as they were dropped into the jar were always fascinating. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. However, the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled.

  • Buford, AJ cheer squads compete for Class A-AA Lower State title

    Cheer teams at Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools will be bidding to earn a berth to the Class A-AA state cheer competition on Saturday.

    Buford High School, the defending Class A-AA Lower State champion, will be defending its title at Lexington High School.

    The Jackets’ squad, led by veteran coach Julie Thompson, has done well during its cheer competition this fall, including a first at the Trojan Invitational in Rock Hill earlier this fall.