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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Football dispute leads to assault

    An argument over football turned bloody for two acquaintances Monday.

    Willie Edward Watts, 56, of 111 N. Gregory St., has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    An officer arrested Watts at his home after seeing another man in the street with a large gash on his head.

    The officer went inside Watts’ home, where Watts said he hit the man in the head with a pipe wrench, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.  

  • Maybe the smart folks have died off

    Are you worried? Don’t get upset, things will improve. Who says so? The government, of course. Robin Hood and his merry men (they have a job) are in charge. Sounds good, depending on whether you have green bills or white bills.

    Before I retired I had enough of those green bills to take care of those white bills plus some left over for a meal out, a beach trip or a new car every few years. Life was better than I realized and I yearned for more.

  • Good Will Ambassador: ‘Doing this is what brings me joy’

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105

    These are the words over the door of Jackie’s Place, a haven of hope created by Lancaster resident Jackie Brown.

    Since 1994, Brown has been behind the counter at Jackie’s Place, helping those in need in Lancaster. From shoes to clothes to even appliances and furniture, Brown has tried to distribute whatever people need, when they need it. Even those in need of a hot meal can find it at Jackie’s Place, thanks to Brown’s home cooking.

  • Support for arts benefits community

    Hanging on a wall in the back of Picture Perfect is a self portrait of the late artist Bea Sisson wearing an evening gown. Time has taken its toll on the large oil painting done in the 1950s. But the beauty and talent are evident even through the curling oil flakes.

    Sisson was a Lancaster resident who inspired many local artists with her talent and creativity.

    We thought of Sisson the other day when two Lancaster residents were awarded state honors for their work with the arts.

  • Swinney swell in leading Tigers back

    Seems no matter who coaches the Clemson Tigers’ football team or their status – interim or full-time – he can do no wrong when it comes to the rivalry clash with old foe South Carolina.

    Saturday afternoon was about as good as it gets for Clemson as the Tigers clawed the Gamecocks 31-14. The convincing 17-point win was orchestrated by then interim Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

  • Buford sports new, familiar look

    The Buford Yellow Jackets’ basketball program sports a new and familiar look for the 2008-09 season.

    Coach Jeff Moyer, who led the Jackets to an 8-16 mark, returns for his second season, while the Lady Jackets, 3-20 last winter, are guided by new coach T.J. Armbrust.

    Moyer said his team is molding into shape.

  • Council doesn't care about small business

    I am a business owner in the town of Kershaw and would like to voice my opinion on this vote of the blue law. First of all, it’s not forever. It’s only four weekends. Christmas is the heart of retail shopping season and a lot of business owners depend on this part of the season to bring up already soft sales (myself included).

    To have the pastors of these churches say people shouldn’t shop, but go to church, is unfair. Their stake is as big as the business owners. They are afraid to lose money. Remember, less people in church, less money in the plate.