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Today's News

  • Acclaimed folk artist Jim Shore to speak at chamber meeting

    Jim Shore, creator of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s limited edition historic sites series in 1993 and now a nationally known award-winning American folk artist, will be guest speaker at the 53rd annual meeting of the chamber on Thursday.

    The event will be held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club, beginning at 6:15 p.m., with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.

  • Council may vote on pay plan

    Lancaster County Council is slated to vote on a compensation and pay classification plan for county workers at its meeting Monday.

    The plan could help raise the salaries of 84 county employees who are now below the minimum pay grade levels established by the plan. Employees are scattered across many different classifications and positions around the county.       

  • Residents standing up for USCL

    An e-mail address where residents can write to express their  opposition to Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster has attracted a huge response.

    Since the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce set up the account a week ago, more than 1,000 e-mails have poured in.

    Dean Faile, president of the chamber, asked residents last week to add their names to a resolution refuting the governor’s proposal. He said the response has been impressive. Residents were asked to send their e-mails to saveuscl@comporium.net.

  • Downtown banner project shows community spirit

    Anyone can have a hand in designing the new banners that will be hung in downtown Lancaster in March.

    Twenty-five McDonald Green Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders painted some of the 80 banners that will hang from the lamp posts around the city at Chastain’s Studio Lofts on Main Street on Friday.

    They were joined by Lancaster County school board Chairwoman Charlene McGriff and district Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, who tried their hand at painting as well.

    “I’m an artist,” McGriff said with excitement.

  • City OKs agreement with county

    Lancaster City Council approved a revised agreement with Lancaster County to transfer the county’s solid waste to a landfill at it’s Jan. 13 meeting.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the deal should save the county money because the county does not have a transfer station for waste.

    So instead of the county’s trucks driving regularly to the landfill in Lee County, they can deposit their waste at the city’s transfer station. The city can take a larger load at one time to the landfill.

  • USCL community discusses Barack Obama’s inauguration

    Although the snow kept them from assembling Tuesday, students and faculty at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster got together two days after Barack Obama’s inauguration to discuss  what his presidency means to them.

    USCL’s TRiO program and the student government association had planned an inauguration viewing, but the event was canceled due to the bad weather.

  • Where is the state line?

    Carolinians have disputed the border between North and South Carolina since Lancaster County was established in 1735. But within the next year, that question may be resolved.

    Alan-Jon Zupan, who works with the S.C. Geodetic Survey, said his team has been working with the N.C. Geodetic Survey for the last several months to reestablish exactly where the border line is. Zupan said the surveying of the area cannot begin until his team determines exactly where the state line is.

  • LHS grad now patrol’s top cop

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster High School graduate is now the top cop with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    F.K. “Kenny” Lancaster Jr. has been named colonel of the Highway Patrol, the S.C. Department of Public Safety announced last week.

    Lancaster, 41, a second-generation state trooper, is a 20-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol. His most recent assignment was major in charge of field operations for the lower state.

  • Fifty cents and a cake payday was a big deal

    The house next door looked a little different after it was renovated into apartments.

    I spent a good part of the day watching the new tenants move in.

    The man was young and he spoke to me, which got us off to a good start.

    When darkness fell, they drove away and it was several days before they made it back.

    I was outside playing when a Merita bread truck pulled up in the driveway next door.

    That truck sure is something, I thought. You didn’t get to see very many genuine bread trucks up close in our Chesterfield Avenue neighborhood.