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Today's News

  • LHS's Foster honored by Tri-County Coaches

    Lancaster High School sophomore defensive lineman Daniel Foster was the lone county player to earn honors at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association.Foster, in the Bruins’ 30-0 Senior Night win over Nation Ford of Fort Mill, notched 14 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pressure passer.“Daniel had a solid game for us and was a key reason for a shutout,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “Our defense has played well this season and we need them to continue that sound play.

  • Musical comedy explores a variety of relationships

    A musical comedy exploring the mystery of romantic relationships premieres this weekend in Lancaster.

    The production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," sponsored by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, focuses on a variety of relationships, from first dates to married life. The play originally premiered last year as part of a fundrasier production and was received very well.

  • Mulvaney stands with S.C. families

    It has become unpopular these days to talk about family values and even more unpopular for politicians to take a stand for them. Rep. Mick Mulvaney has proven to be a proud social conservative as well a fiscal conservative. Mandy Powers Norrell is proud to be pro-abortion (even defending John Kerry’s vote to keep potential partial birth abortion legal), openly opposed the marriage amendment (which passed S.C. by 80 percent) and is happy to grow a more intrusive government.

  • Buford Middle students make reading count

    Chalk up a state title for Buford Middle School. What makes this honor so impressive is that it came when school wasn’t in session – over the summer.

    During the Buford Middle School students’ down time over the 2008 summer break, they were cracking books and opening them to more than 1 million pages read.

    Buford Middle School is this year’s statewide winner of the No Book Left Unread summer reading contest.

    The initiative began last year as a way to encourage recreational reading over the summer.

  • 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.