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Today's News

  • School officials discuss cuts

    Officials talked more at Tuesday’s school board meeting about the effects of the latest state funding cut.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, revisited figures detailing the most previous budget cuts and ideas on how to handle an expected cut in funds from the state.

    As of Tuesday, the school district was awaiting word from the state Department of Education about how much each district would be asked to make budget cuts. School district officials are expecting a 7 percent cut from the state.

  • Half of town loses water when Heath Springs line is broken

    HEATH SPRINGS – Water soaked several streets in Heath Springs after construction crews struck a water line late Tuesday afternoon, and about half the town briefly lost water service, according to town officials.

    Jackson-based C&W Construction was performing work on the town’s water lines when a crew struck a line at Spring and College streets.

    “They keep hitting lines and they just hit a big one,” said Mayor Ann Taylor.

    Service was restored to customers by Tuesday night.

  • Christian Services still taking Angel Tree donations

    Christian Services will accept last-minute toy donations through Christmas Eve.

    The official deadline for donations is today. But coordinators say last-minute donations will be accepted at the Church of Lancaster youth building, 206 Mercy Drive, off Craig Manor Road through Wednesday.

    The Angel Tree program normally starts off the donation period with about 1,200 children and usually ends up with about 1,500 children served. Due to layoffs and the downturn in the economy, the program started off with 1,675 children on its list this year.

  • Shoppers rush to stores as Christmas gets closer

    Travis Carnes is trying to avoid doing what he’s done in many holiday seasons past – waiting until Christmas Eve to do most of his shopping.

    The Lancaster resident bounced around from store to store Monday, gathering ideas while looking for the perfect gifts for family members.

    He was among many of the local shoppers browsing as retailers nationwide introduced special discounts in the week before Christmas.

    Carnes’ wife began her holiday shopping earlier than him. She was one of the early birds out at 4 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Basket Fund collects $12,655

    Lancaster County residents and businesses are proving it’s going to take more than a tough economy to stop them from giving.

    Donations have surpassed last year’s total just three weeks into the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.

    The fund, organized this year by HOPE in Lancaster, has collected $5,514 since Dec. 11, bringing the total amount collected this year to $12,665.

    The total amount collected in 2007 was $9,250.

  • Police say men dragged drink machine with SUV

    Harlean Howard is a veteran police officer.

    She’s been with the Lancaster Police Department long enough to obtain the rank of captain. But something happened early Tuesday morning she said she’s never seen.

    Someone took a drink machine from the Market Street Package Shop at the Meeting Street intersection.

    Lancaster Police came to the area after receiving a call just after 3 a.m. about a vehicle dragging a drink box, according to an incident report.  

  • Obama, his family, our country need our prayers

    The Rev. Steve Stewart found it necessary to let the public know in an editorial column that he is not a racist. He backed this statement up by saying that he voted for Alan Keyes, a black candidate who ran as an independent. This is a problem for me because I believe in the famous Mark Twain quote, “All that glitters is not gold.”

    Why couldn’t the reverend just say what he had to say without bringing up Obama’s ethnicity? Rev. Stewart said that America has turned its back on God; he never mentioned how he came to that conclusion.

  • Acclaimed author to speak at USCL’s Stevens Auditorium

    A nationally known, award-winning author is coming to Lancaster this weekend.

    Omar Tyree, who has published 18 books and sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide, will speak Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Tyree, whose past work has primarily been in urban fiction, will lecture at 4:30 p.m. at Stevens Auditorium in Hubbard Hall. He will speak on the need for more urban literacy, as well as financial literacy and ways to convert one’s talent into a business venture.

    The lecture is free.

  • I am writing in response to the letter to the editor written by Tierra Stewart. She wrote about the guest editorial written by the New Horizon Community Church pastor, Steve Stewart. It is obvious she does not know him. I am writing to her and the others who may not know him.

  • 25 years of Thanksgiving fellowship

    In 1983, members of the faith community in Liberty Hill decided they would hold an annual get together to celebrate Thanksgiving.  That was the beginning of a multi-cultural, multi-race, non-denominational event that culminating in hundreds of folks – African American, Caucasian and Native American – gathering at the Liberty Hill Community Center recently for the silver anniversary event.