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Today's News

  • Although I cherish my early years in Lancaster, another chapter of local history is falling by the wayside.

    A couple of days after the arsonist’s torch reduced our old courthouse to shambles, I walked around the barricaded structure and sorta let my thoughts take over. On this site where my great uncle defended clients in the courtroom and my father oversaw county law enforcement from ground floor offices in the old courthouse, I recalled the Lancaster police, jail and fire departments once shared this same turf and were easily accessible.

  • New law allows background checks on EMS personnel

    Effective Dec. 15, every EMT, intermediate EMT and paramedic certifying or recertifying in South Carolina will have a national background check performed prior to receiving their certification.

    The public puts great trust in EMS personnel and we see them at a vulnerable time. We do our best to make sure that we have personnel with good character responding to calls. This should go a long way toward reassuring the public that all EMS personnel in the state have a clean record.

  • Family grateful for help during difficult time

    Last month was a very difficult time for our family. Our mother, Agnes Stewart, was admitted into the hospital.

    During her time there, we lost our father and hero, Charles Stewart.

    We would now like to thank everyone who helped us get through this rough time in our lives.

  • Respect office of presidency

    It is understandable that there is much skepticism concerning President-elect Barack Obama from the 48 percent of the electorate that did not vote for him. As a conservative, I think many of his campaign positions on social and economic issues to be nothing more than repackaged socialism.

    For decades the advocation of these same positions by less-skilled politicians has failed to gain traction. President-elect Obama, however, is a superbly skilled politician operating in uncertain times.

  • Spirit of giving alive in Lancaster

    The late Marjorie McMurray, retired school teacher and columnist for The Lancaster News, often gave kudos to people in her weekly column, Here & There.

    We, also, need to shout out kudos to some folks. Folks like Wade Hinson, Polly Jackson, Beverly Carter and to each of you who donated to the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.

  • Water tower logo reveals pride in community

    The Lancaster News puts forth great effort to print news, sports and special events from all areas of Lancaster County in a fair and unbiased manner.

    On the editorial page, printed under the caption “opinion” the staff at the paper uses this column to give us their opinion on various topics that arise from time to time.

    We, the readers of The Lancaster News, enjoy reading this section of the paper as various topics are featured on select topics concerning our county, state and nation. The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees them this right.

  • Don’t expect government to come to our rescue

    The Lynches River Electric Co-operative has announced an increase of its retail cost of electricity due to China’s demand for U.S. coal and a resulting price increase of U.S. coal.

    The price of coal has fallen from $150 per short ton to $111.50 per short ton since January 2008. This is about a 26 percent decrease in cost.

    Research of federal statistics shows that China exports one third more of its coal reserves as does the United States.

    Why then would China desire more imports of foreign coal?

  • Scholarship program model for school choice in S.C.

    People like choices. This simple aphorism is the basis of South Carolina’s most popular and far-reaching educational reform in the last four decades: state scholarships for higher education.

    In Lancaster and across South Carolina, the HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships have helped thousands of students attend college. Many of the students come from disadvantaged circumstances. Some will be the first in their family to attend college. For others the scholarship helps lighten the load of high interest student loans.

  • Scripture reveals birth of Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyre’nius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Jewelry stolen at Folk Art Show

    Jewelry stolen at Folk Art Show

    The recent Folk Art Show and sale at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a great success. There was an abundance of art, food and music. Everyone had a great time and it was well organized. There are definitely a large number of people in the area interested in folk art and plenty of talented artists to quench one’s appetite for some unique art forms.