Today's News

  • Voters encouraged to register, update information prior to primaries

    COLUMBIA – To help ensure the upcoming state primaries run as efficiently as possible, the state Election Commission wants to remind everyone of upcoming voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their information.

    Those who wish to vote in the June 8 Democratic on Republican primaries must be registered by May 8. Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by May 8.

    To register:

    • Visit your county board of voter registration

  • Two manufacturing firms to bring jobs

    Two new manufacturing companies are set to bring new jobs to Lancaster County.

    Greyne Custom Wood Co., a Charlotte-based hardwood flooring manufacturer, has finalized its deal with Lancaster County and plans to open its operations here by April 30.

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., said Greyne Custom Wood will be fully operational by the summer.     

  • Good Shepherd UMC youth to volunteer at Florida camp in July

    A youth group from The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will volunteer in July at Give Kids The World Village in July, a summer camp for kids with terminal illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. 

    Located on 70 acres, it has more than 140 villas and an enchanted castle,  along with other amenities that are available to those with special needs who stay there.

    Give Kids The World gets the names of the kids from other organizations and flies them in for a week.

  • Officers investigating house fire on Foxfire Drive

    Several volunteer fire departments responded to a fire at a vacant home on Foxfire Drive early Monday morning.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. David Belk said the fire is under investigation. He would not release further details Tuesday.  

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, fire departments were called to the two-story home about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

    When firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames. Fire burned through the roof, causing it to collapse.

  • Former dispatcher appeals for reinstatement

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher claims she failed to perform at her job because she did not receive proper training.

    Laverne Thompson began working at the police department from March 25, 2009, and was fired on Feb. 3, after being on paid administrative leave since Dec. 14, 2009.

    She filed a grievance to appeal her termination on Feb. 22, and her hearing before the city’s grievance committee, which is made up of city employees from various departments, was held Monday at City Hall.

    ‘Poor performance’

  • Students sought for city internships

    Karen C. Evans says her internship with the city of Lancaster benefited her in more ways than one.

    Evans was one of three college interns who worked for the city last summer.

    The Lancaster native spent more than two months helping out in the city’s Building and Zoning and Support Services departments.

    Fortunately for Evans, a position opened up in the latter department a few weeks after her internship ended. And since October, Evans has been working full time as a business license specialist.

  • Council looks to protect memorial

    John Baker was furious when he saw the damage to the area around the J. Marion Sims monument in Heath Springs.

    Baker noticed recently that several people had driven ATVs in circles around the concrete monument near his home, damaging the turf and the monument base.

    Baker asked County Council on Monday to fix the damage and take action to prevent it from happening again.

  • Census: Heath Springs residents will be counted

    HEATH SPRINGS – At Heath Springs’ March Town Council meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor expressed concern about how residents would be counted.

    Census forms will not be mailed to post office boxes, and town officials were not notified that there would be an alternative method of counting Heath Springs residents, said Terry Plumb of regional media relations for the U.S. Census Bureau.

    More than 400 residents receive mail at a post office box only. There were no sites arranged in Heath Springs to distribute the forms.

  • Council nixes plan on government change

    Peggy White of Lancaster pleaded with County Council on Monday not to alter the county’s form of government.

    White was responding to a proposed measure that would transform the county’s government from an administrator to a manager form of government. The proposed change comes as county Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided not to run again after his term expires in 2012.

  • Hot weather, high pollen count caused misery for many people

    Beckie Johnson of Lancaster was tired of the yellow haze that covered about every outdoor surface or was flying through the air earlier this week.

    Johnson suffers from spring allergies, caused by the yellow pollen. She usually has the sniffles this time each year, but it was worse this spring.

    “I can’t even go outside without sneezing,” Johnson said. “It’s horrible. Even sitting inside, taking medicine, it’s bad.”