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Today's News

  • Consider all options for education in S.C.

    For years there has been abundant discussion about public education in South Carolina. Some people want to continue the status quo, and some agitate for change. Funding has increased over the past 40 years, and now amounts to an average $11,480 per student. Yet we are still last in the nation in SAT scores, achievement scores and graduation rates.

  • Writer remembers fibs made during campaignin

    I still remember all those things we said about a candidate we didn’t like. I still remember those fibs we used in our letters to the editor.

    I haven’t forgotten how we criticized one human being out of the entire population of Lancaster County for  mowing grass on Sunday. I suppose the devil made us do it when we tried to make some other Christian look as devilish as we were when we wrote, unholy and ungodly things about some person we hardly knew.

  • Convenience store robbed last week

    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in last week’s robbery of Meeting Street Express.

    Officers came to the convenience store about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 after a man and woman reportedly fled the building with money from the cash register.

    The man, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, entered the store and walked behind the counter. He told the clerk he was getting a pack of cigarettes from the rack, according to an incident report.

  • Writer challenges others to show Christmas spirit

    This has been a challenging year for the city of Lancaster. We were faced with the courthouse tragedy and named the most vulnerable county in the nation by Forbes magazine.

    Now the Christmas season is here, let’s show our Christmas spirit! The city has done an awesome job of placing the Christmas spirit all around town and after Thanksgiving we will see the marvelous sight of all the trees, lights and welcome signs the city has worked so very hard on.

  • Writer checks on mail from car for safety reasons

    This is to anyone who happens to be driving on Pink Plyler Road while I  check my mail.

    I am truly sorry for inconveniencing anyone who has had to pause a few seconds or pull around my vehicle when I check  my mailbox from my car.

    People have honked, flashed their brights, flipped me the bird, and even rolled down their window to curse at me, because I am not on foot checking my mailbox.

  • County makes cuts in budget

    The state isn’t the only government entity with budget problems.

    Because of budget cuts at the state level, Lancaster County Council gave final approval to a 1 percent,  across-the-board budget cut Monday night.

    Expenses are going up for the county due to the state cuts, such as increased expenses for mental patient security at Springs Memorial Hospital due to a loss of beds in the state mental health system. Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies provide the security.

  • Fast finish sparks Volunteers' sweep

    BOONETOWN – Andrew Jackson used a torrid fourth-quarter rally to post a sweep of North Central in the Vols’ opener on Tuesday night in Boonetown.

    The Vols, down 29-24 after three periods, used a 24-13 final period run to take a 48-42 win over the Knights. AJ’s six-point win gave the Vols a sweep after the Lady Vols rolled to a 43-9 win.

    AJ junior Ryan Miller, plagued by early foul problems, triggered the Vols, hitting 10 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter. Miller netted eight free throws in the final period.

  • Plan your own 'Twilight' evening

    Bella Swan is a clumsy 17-year-old girl and Edward Cullen is an elegant “vegetarian” vampire. They live in the rainiest town in the United States – Forks, Wash. 

    Their supernatural, best-selling, modern-day romance, written by Stephenie Meyer, has ignited a global cult following that has taken a $70 million bite out of the weekend box office.   

  • County may strengthen standards for new roads

    Developers will likely have to build roads to higher standards if they want them to be accepted into Lancaster County’s road system for maintenance.

    County Council postponed final reading of new road standards at Monday’s meeting, moving the vote to a special meeting Dec. 8.

    County Administrator Steve Willis told council members at a previous meeting that these standards are some of the toughest, if not the toughest, in the area.

  • Shore on hand for store grand opening

    HEATH SPRINGS – Carol Boyd remembers when renowned folk artist Jim Shore used to live in Heath Springs. And she’s been waiting for him to come back ever since.

    “I saw in the paper that they were having a signing and I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I have to go back,’” said Boyd. “Who would’ve thought back then he’d be so famous?”

    Boyd traveled to Heath Springs from Indian Land on Nov. 19 to see Shore at the grand opening of The White House gift shop at 426 N. Main St.