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Today's News

  • Revised purchasing policy could expedite courthouse planning

    County Council is considering a change in its purchasing policies in preparation for building a new courthouse.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council will vote on an ordinance Monday night that will bring the county's purchasing policy more in line with the state's.

    The change would expedite the planning and building of a new courthouse.

    Instead of completing plans for a new courthouse before asking for bids from prospective contractors, the county would first ask for qualifications from builders.

  • County may soon use city transfer station full-time

    Lancaster County may soon have a permanent way to ease its trash concerns.

    Lancaster City Council, after an executive session Tuesday, approved a preliminary proposal to move forward with allowing Lancaster County to continue using the city's transfer station.

    The station, located at 1309 Lynwood Drive behind the Lancaster Public Works building, is a temporary holding building where trash is transferred after it is picked up curbside.

  • Q&A with County Administrator Steve Willis on courthouse plans

    Q: What is the status of architectural plans for the new courthouse?

    A: The architect, Stevens and Wilkinson, has drawn up a preliminary plan that includes a rough floor plan and a sketch of what the facade could look like.

    "It's not blueprints or anything like that," Willis said.

    County Council will view the plans this week, and if approved, they will be made public.

    "There's no sense in making the plans public and then council says, 'No way,'" Willis said.

  • Red Cross workers help storm victims

    Local American Red Cross workers continue to help in hurricane-stricken areas in Texas and Louisiana.

    Lancaster resident Robert Summers will soon be on his way home from his duties as a site manager in Houston, where Hurricane Ike hit hard. It's the first time he's ever served as a site manager in a disaster area.

    He coordinated about 107 Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention volunteers, who helped feed families affected by the storm. The storm knocked out electricity for thousands, tore down trees and blew roofs off of homes.

    Feeding storm victims

  • Bulldogs trip AJ in 24-14 win

    KERSHAW – Camden used a ball-control “grind-it-offense” to amass 437 yards of total offense and defeat pesky Andrew Jackson High School 24-14 at rain-soaked Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.The game was a defensive struggle as Camden’s Addison Harrelson’s 29-yard field goal was the only points of the first half.“We made a couple of mistakes tonight that probably would have been,” AJ coach Louis Clyburn said.

  • Turnovers thwart Bruins

    Opportunistic Northwestern High School rained on Lancaster High School’s football parade on a rainy Friday night.The second-ranked Trojans, 5-0, took advantage of LHS turnovers to knock the Bruins from the unbeaten ranks in a 27-7 win at Memorial Stadium.A trio of turnovers – two fumbles and an interception – helped NWHS build a 20-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-point win.“We dug ourselves a hole and never recovered,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said.

  • Late score lifts Lions over Jackets

    BUFORD – The Buford Yellow Jackets hosted the Lewisville Lions, sloppy conditions, as well as a Conference III-A football clash Friday night. The Jackets and Lions were deadlocked through this contest until the game’s waning moments.Lewisville converted a key turnover to turn back the Jackets, 21-12.Buford, 2-3, 0-2, was the first to strike, coming off a 53-yard touchdown run from junior running back Andrew Jennings.

  • Warriors' second-half charge sparks 20-0 win over Knights

    BOONETOWN – This time, in timely fashion, Indian Land finished in a flurry.Warriors’ coach Mike Mayer said the manner Indian Land had finished games in two of its three losses had been an IL concern.“We hadn’t finished the game well and if we had, our record would probably be better,” Mayer said. “Those past games we couldn’t do much about. Tonight, with the game in the balance, we stepped up and made a statement with our second-half play.

  • Mule calfnaps bovine baby at Snipes farm

    A strange love story unfolded at Ben Snipes' mule farm last week.

    The tale involves a maternal male mule named Blackie, and the confused newborn heifer he stole from a herd of Brahma cattle in the pasture he shares with the cows.

    This isn't the first time that Blackie has displayed his maternal instincts.

    He did it two months ago. When separated from that calf, he broke a gate and leapt a fence, breaking the top board as he went over, trying to get to his beloved "foster child."

  • In trying times, folks will unite

    The United Way of Lancaster County’s kickoff offered reason to celebrate.

    The recent breakfast event, launching the local United Way’s 51st year, featured a helping of the customary early-morning fare of sausage, scrambled eggs and biscuits.

    The food had to have a taste of victory since the United Way’s board of directors said $450,000 was raised last year, topping the goal of $400,000.

    Those numbers had to produce smiles for the attendees at the thought of trying financial times here and across the state and nation.