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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.