Today's News

  • Teachers realize courage of students


  • Reform our health-care system without doing harm

    The very first lesson they teach you in medical school is “Primum non nocere.” The English translation of the Latin phrase is, “First, do no harm.”

    This thought process can be applied to our impending health-care reform that had once appeared to be on the fast track and being slipped by the American public in the form of H.R. 3200. The health-care system needs to be changed, but to what and at what expense to future generations?

    If we are going to change our health-care delivery system, let us make sure that we “first, do no harm.”

  • Judge Dawkins a positive role model

    There is always someone who will play a positive role in your life. Judge Debra Dawkins is that someone for me. I first met her when she taught Headstart at Southside School. She sort of struck me as a go-getter.

    Judge Dawkins could knock you down and then lift you up at the same time. When I felt like throwing in the towel, she was there with her wisdom and encouragement.

  • Ask candidates these questions before voting

    In November 2010, South Carolina voters will once again go to the polls to choose our leaders. There will be races for U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and state constitutional offices, as well as county council and school board positions. But in many towns and cities across the state, municipal elections will be held this year, and men and women who aspire to public service are already shaking hands, putting up signs and developing campaign literature. While these races are not as high profile as the 2010 races, they are important nonetheless.

  • Police reports - Sept. 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A 19-year-old was charged with gun possession after police responded to gunshots fired on Miller Street on Sept. 18.

    Johnathan Deangelo Jones, 19, 413 S. Market St., was charged with discharging a firearm in the city and carrying a pistol.

    Police in the back parking lot of the police department heard gunshots, and the department also received calls about shots fired at Miller Grove Apartments, the report said.

    Officers questioned Jones, who was walking on Market Street.

  • Group mobilizes to tackle underage drinking

    A recently formed group is making major plans to combat alcohol consumption among local youth.

    A federal grant awarded to the Lancaster County School District to target underage drinking led to the organization of Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA).

    In late May, the group encouraged county businesses that carry alcohol to sign a covenant not to sell to minors. The group honored the participating businesses with a banquet earlier this month.

    On Wednesday afternoon, CMCA members met to discuss its goals and future action.

  • Fatherhood Project honors dads at event

    Some men who’ve made major turnarounds in their lives were reminded of the qualities needed to be a good father.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which assists local men with various needs, held its 2009 recognition banquet Thursday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church, was the keynote speaker.

  • Joe Cahn believes in fun and food more than football

    Joe Cahn has the best job in America.

    He is the self-proclaimed commissioner of tailgating, a job he invented in 1996 after selling his business, the New Orleans School of Cooking. He also sold his house and bought a motor home.

    Since then, Cahn has traveled to all 31 NFL stadiums, nine NASCAR tracks and 123 college football stadiums.

    He was in Foxboro, Mass., on Monday night for the Patriots’ home opener against the Buffalo Bills.

    It can be a busy profession, but the recently-married Cahn said it has his wife’s seal of approval.

  • Spratt gets an earful at health care town hall

    ROCK HILL – The Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill was packed Thursday night, and judging by the applause and jeers, packed mostly by people who are against health care reform.

    Chairs for 650 people were set up at U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s health care town hall, but when the room was filled, police required that people be kept outside the building. Anywhere from 100 to 300 people were turned away at the door.

  • Council to increase IL fire district charge

    Lancaster County Council recently discussed increasing a special tax district charge that could affect property owners in Indian Land.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Aug. 10 that would amend the 2009-10 county budget to increase the special fire tax from $80 to $90 in the Indian Land communities of Edenmoor, Sun City Carolina Lakes and Bel Air. The fee is used to pay the salaries of full-time firefighters assigned to the Indian Land Fire Department.