Today's News

  • Cooking with herbs

    For years, I’ve heard cooking experts extol the virtues of using fresh herbs to transform ordinary meals into extraordinary meals.

    That kind of talk got my attention.

    But instead of picking fresh herbs at the grocery store, I decided to grow my own.

    Guess what? They were right.

    I have become a planter box cook, with basil, rosemary and thyme growing right outside our back door.

    They not only boost flavor, they also allow you to cut back on salt, fat and sugar to allow for a cleaner taste.

  • Local input sought on Thread Trail

    Lancaster County is hosting sessions this month to solicit input from residents as the initial step in a countywide master planning process for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread).

    The Thread is a network of trails, greenways, blueways and conservation corridors linking 15 counties in North and South Carolina. It offers opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, paddling and connecting with nature. 

    The Thread is made up of segments that are designed, built and owned by the counties and municipalities through which the trail network is woven. 

  • The Springs Co. to sell L&C Railway

    One of the last vestiges of Springs Global – the L&C Railway Co. – is being sold to a Tennessee-based railroad company.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., and L&C Railway Co., headquartered in Lancaster, announced the pending sale. Gulf & Ohio is based in Knoxville.

    The sale is expected to be finalized by November, the release said.

  • USCL gets grant for TRiO program

    First-generation college students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will continue to receive guidance as they make the transition from high school to college.

    Last month, USCL received a $265,025 federal grant that will go to the campus’ TRiO program.

    The federally funded program provides services for first-generation college students, low-income students and students with disabilities. It has been at USCL since 1997.

    USCL’s TRiO program will receive $265,000 each of the next five years, said program director Thelathia Bailey.

  • Teen airlifted to hospital after beating

    Police are trying to figure out who assaulted a 17-year-old boy they found bleeding from a severe cut to the back of his head on Sunday.

    Police responded to the Market Store on South Market Street about noon and found the teenager, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • Old jail is priceless in historic value

    We’re worried about the old jail. It’s got a sagging roof that could collapse. How soon and how much damage that could cause is another question. And we’re not sure what the answer is, because, frankly, we’ve heard some conflicting information.

    When we first learned about the problem in June, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county’s Emergency Operations Center was moved out of the building after a structural engineer noted that the roof was sinking and could collapse.

  • School bells will ring tomorrow

    It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over for Lancaster County schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, Monday morning thousands of local students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to the classroom.

    This week, teachers began getting their rooms ready for their new students. Their planning and preparation will pay off as they welcome students back. Many students will be sporting new clothes and shoes and carrying new lunch boxes and backpacks full of new school supplies.

  • Spratt's commitment is to Pelosi, Democrats

    I would like to respond to the letter, “S.C. needs Spratt.” For the record, U.S. Sen. John Spratt’s opponent in the coming election is Mick Mulvaney.

    To characterize Mr. Mulvaney as towing the party line or being a puppet to the Republican message is laughable when compared to the party voting record of Mr. Spratt.

    The Congressional voting record for Mr. Spratt provides ample documentation regarding his commitment to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. He votes the party line more than 95 percent of the time.

  • 83 percent of Mulvaney's support from outside district

    This letter is in response to an article on the second-quarter finance reports of U.S. Congressman John Spratt and his challenger, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, as reported in The Lancaster News (July 23) and Carolina Gateway (July 28). The piece quoted several Mulvaney releases in which he painted himself as the favorite and the most supported by local residents.

    Neither paper, it appears, fact-checked his statements, though campaign finance reports are readily available from the Federal Election Commission at http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml.

  • Wanted: new supervisor for Lancaster airport

    For the second time in a year, the administration at the Lancaster County Airport is changing.

    Sandy Laubscher, a county employee who took over as airport supervisor in December, is stepping down from the post today to accept a management position at a Rock Hill company.

    Laubscher took over at the airport after Lancaster Aviation, a private business that oversaw the day-to-day operations at the airport for more than six years, shut down its operations there at the end of 2009.