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Today's News

  • This is not the time for distraction politics

    I learned a good bit last week about what’s wrong with government.

    First, I went to my opponent’s 75-minute “education issues forum.” I heard two sentences about education (my opponent likes charter schools, by the way). The other 74 minutes and 45 seconds were spent talking about some guy from New York who donated $50,000 to a House campaign in Landrum last spring.

    Then, I got a bizarre e-mail falsely accusing me of “digging for dirt” on my opponents’ 9-year-old son.

  • What will Wachovia's sale will mean for Lancaster?

    It was a wild week for Charlotte-based bank Wachovia.

    The banking institution that has more than 3,300 locations in 21 states, including one on North Main Street in Lancaster, first made headlines early last week with the announcement that Citigroup would buy its operations.

    That was until Friday, when San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. presented Wachovia with an $15.1 billion offer to buy its operations without government assistance. Under Citigroup's $2.1 billion proposal, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., or FDIC, would have supervised the deal.

  • Norrell fliers under fire in Senate race

    Mandy Powers Norrell's trip to career day at Heath Springs Elementary School last month has become a hot-button issue in the intense race for the District 16 state Senate seat.

    Norrell, the Democrat seeking the seat, visited the school Sept. 12. She spoke with second-graders about the process of running for office, and answered questions as varied as who can vote and whether women could run for office.

    The day went as scheduled, but it was what followed that has some people talking.

  • Blum settles in at ILES

    INDIAN LAND – On most mornings, you'll see Indian Land Elementary School Principal Beth Blum walking down the hall with a notepad in hand.

    She's not taking notes on who's misbehaving – the paper and pen is to jot down an item a teacher or student may need.

    Blum, who is in her first year as principal at ILES, aims to visit every class each day. When she steps into a classroom, she greets everyone with a smile, while also extending a helping hand to make the learning process a little smoother.

  • Founders president: Credit union's balance sheet solid

    Bruce Brumfield is president and CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union, which has been based in Lancaster since its inception in the 1950s. Here he speaks about the national banking crisis, its effect on the local banking economy and how his institution is weathering the storm.

    Q: How does the current financial crisis affect your business?

  • 3 schools meet federal standard

    Just three of the 15 elementary and middle schools in Lancaster County School District met standards in 2008 for progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure.

    The state Department of Education released the data last week.

    Because of concerns over possible data corruptions, the department is delaying the release of the high school scores.

    Discovery School, McDonald Green Elementary and North Elementary School met AYP this year.

  • Crowd falls into fun at festival

    INDIAN LAND – It was sunshine and smiles at the third annual Fall into Fun festival in Indian Land on Saturday.

    The festival, which raises money for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, was moved this year from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hoped the move would make the fun more visible from U.S. 521 and draw an even bigger crowd.

    "I'm ecstatic," said ILMS Principal David McDonald. "We've got tons of room and everyone seems to be having a good time. We special-ordered the weather today."

  • Foundation awards adult literacy grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has made awards to 18 different community organizations in its adult literacy and responsive grants programs.

    "Communities in our giving area face a number of challenges on a variety of fronts," said foundation President Jim Morton. "We are pleased to be able to make these awards to deserving organizations for their efforts to meet many of these challenges."

    The foundation has awarded the following adult literacy and basic skills initiatives with grants:

  • $502,000 grant would pay to start new local transportation program

    More Lancaster County residents will have a ride to their medical appointments if the county receives a grant from the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    County Council will vote Monday to apply for the grant for Lancaster Health Ride, which will provide non-emergency transportation for county residents who don't receive Medicaid.

    Council discussed the plan at its Sept. 30 meeting.

    The grant would benefit senior citizens, as well as low-income residents, said Sharon Marshall of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, which assists the county in applying for grants.

  • Late score lifts Devils over Jackets

    GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Red Devils hosted the Buford Yellow Jackets in a Region III-A football game which kept the crowd guessing up until the game’s final moments.Great Falls, snapping a 14-all stalemate, scored the winning touchdown with 5:43 to play as Red Devils’ running back A.J.