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Today's News

  • Schools ask for leeway in spending

    The local school district has joined the growing chorus of school districts in asking for leeway from the state in addressing budget shortfalls.

    The local school board passed a resolution last week that asks the General Assembly for program and spending flexibility.

    The vote was 6-0. Board member Janice Dabney was absent.

  • Clerks cited in underage alcohol-buying sting

    Ten store clerks were cited for selling alcohol to minors after a sting by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to sheriff’s office incident reports, officers used an 18-year-old to go into stores and try to buy alcohol on Jan. 24. The teenager was given marked money and sent into the stores.

    After the transactions, the teen turned the alcohol over to officers and the officers went into the stores to write tickets.

  • Police reports – February 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Someone apparently jimmied the front door lock to get inside a South York Street home between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 28. A TV valued at $1,350 was stolen from the home.

    – A Woodland Drive resident said someone broke into her home between 6 a.m. Jan. 18 and 9 p.m. Jan. 24. The woman told police the burglar took her son’s AK-47 machine gun, which was kept in a laundry basket under some clothing. She said some family members knew where the gun was kept.

  • Pop the question in the paper on Feb. 15

    Asking a special girl or guy to become your spouse can be the most fantastic and frightening thing you will ever do, expecially on Valentine’s Day.

    If you are planning to pop the big question, we have a creative proposal to help you propose.

    If you can wait one day, why not do it in the headlines of the February 15 edition of the Lancaster News?

    A photograph of you asking your sweatheart to marry you just might be what you need to get the answer you’re hoping for.

  • One more bowl

    There are thousands of chili recipes out there and no two are the same, which never mattered much to American frontiersman Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson.

    Carson was so fond of chili that his final words made reference to it.

    “Wish I had time for one more bowl of chili,” Carson allegedly said.

    It’s been that way since someone, somewhere, threw a handful of chili peppers, meat, herbs, and beans (sometimes) into a pot to simmer. Everybody wants one more bowl.

  • TV station to help foundation with fundraiser

    CHARLOTTE– Charlotte public television station WTVI will team with Foundation for the Carolinas this week to broadcast live a fundraiser for the foundation’s Critical Need Response Fund, which helps nonprofit organizations in the region, including those in Lancaster County.

    This will be the first time in WTVI’s 43-year history that it has broadcast a fundraiser not directly benefiting the station.

  • Rezoning request upsets residents of IL community

    When Mark and Sandy Fenton moved from Charlotte to Indian Land eight years ago, they never expected to have so many problems.

    The Fentons, who live on Pointe Carpenter Road in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, have seen their neighborhood change dramatically, from the construction of concrete plants to the addition of a water tower near the community.

    “Things have sure changed over the last eight years,” Sandy said. “I liked the country feeling. You used to be able to feel your cares just melt away. Now it’s a different world.”

  • New classes on books for ’09-’10

    Dennis Bivins, a teacher at Indian Land High School, is excited about the new classes that will soon come into the fold.

    Starting in the 2009-10 school year, Indian Land High will offer courses in American sign language, human body systems and principles of biomedical technology.

    The latter two courses will be part of ILHS’ Project Lead The Way (PLTW) initiative, which aims to offer students a rigorous educational experience in science and engineering.

  • Spelling champ crowned

    There was a hotly contested duel between two top-notch spellers last week in Lancaster.

    Noah Bradley and David Johnson went back and forth, round after round, trying to best the other to become the champion of the Lancaster County School District spelling bee.

    The contest was Tuesday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Johnson, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School captured the district title, outlasting Bradley, an A.R. Rucker Middle School sixth-grader.

  • Councilman wants blue laws suspended for next four years

    County Council will consider an ordinance to repeal the county’s blue laws for the next four years when it meets Monday.

    The ordinance would suspend the laws that regulate when retailers may open for business on Sundays. Right now, department stores may not open before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in the county because blue laws prohibit them from selling certain items before that time.

    Once in effect throughout the state, a number of counties have repealed them in recent years.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt is sponsoring the ordinance.