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Today's News

  • School district hit with state budget cuts

    The Lancaster County School District is bracing itself for what appears to be a continuing gloomy economic trend.

    District Finance Director Tony Walker presented the school board Tuesday night with information on the most recent state funding cut, the second since the board approved its 2008-09 budget.

    In September, the district lost $909,475 from the state that was designated for salaries and other operations costs. The district, though, recently brought in an extra $1.2 million in local property taxes that offset the cut, Walker said.

  • Expect more officers on roads over Thanksgiving

    Expect additional law officers on the road this week, all in an attempt to ensure more highway safety during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The official holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.  

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the agency will be running several operations during the period, including radar speed detection and seat-belt- and speed-enforcement teams.

    The Highway Patrol has a DUI saturation team, in which troopers from other counties will be in Lancaster County to target drunk driving.

  • Puppy Cam

    My friend in Texas sent me a link to a puppy cam on Nov. 7.  Click here for the puppy cam.

    Most days since then, I've tuned in from time to time throughout the day to watch the little shiba inus playing with their plush jack-o-laterns, carrots and even a stuffed trout.

    Ocassionally, a man with tattoos on his arms wearing black pants reaches in to handle the puppies, or clean up their messes.

  • I'm not in the mood to rake

    Fall is with us. Those beautiful leaves of varying hues are gently fluttering over our lawns.

    I am pleasantly surprised to observe that those hundreds of election signs, (at least those along my stretch of the Charlotte Highway), have been removed. I wish I could say the same for the leaves in my front yard.

    Things are getting back to normal.

    Billy Mays has a ton of new stuff to hawk on the television tube. Late night TV hosts are almost speechless. Politics has pretty much run its course, for now.

  • Jessica Bradburn sees Gamecocks football in a different light

    Just before the start of every University of South Carolina home football game, Jessica Bradburn gets caught up in moment as the strains of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (the theme to “2001: A Space Odyssey”) roar over the public address amid 80,000-plus screaming fans.

    She has one of the best vantage points in Williams Brice Stadium, to see up close what’s been called one of the most electric entrances in college sports.

  • Sign up now for Christmas parade

    The city of Lancaster and See Lancaster are aiming to make the 2008 Lancaster Christmas Parade one to remember with a variety of commercial and homemade floats, walking groups, beauty queens, bands and vintage vehicles. 

    The parade begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. 

  • Government sold our country out years ago

    I am curious where column writer Rob Emory, “Let’s hope America hasn’t been fooled” in the Nov. 7 edition of TheLancaster News, has been for the past 40 years.

    Fooled? “Forbes” magazine labeled Lancaster as the most vulnerable town in the nation. And you are wondering if we have been fooled by electing a black president.

    Our good old boy white presidents and their cabinets took care of ruining America a long time ago. We were sold out for money and oil to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Is that socialism or communism?

  • Some advice on how to save money

     

    Sam Mullis always had an interest in his finances.

    Mullis, 43, a teacher at Lancaster High School, used to be diligent about saving his money and investing in his 401(k). 

  • Heath Springs depot to be transformed into North Pole

    HEATH SPRINGS – On Dec. 6 and 7, the Heath Springs train depot will be transformed into a North Pole Adventure to accommodate this year’s L&C Santa Express.

    With festive decorations and volunteers in costumes, this area of historic Heath Springs will be a winter wonderland that promises to amaze children and adults alike.

  • A Friday night at Chick-fil-A turned out to be not such a fun night for my kids and me.

    Our baby daughter has severe asthma. Just minutes after sitting down to eat with four of our children, our baby went into an asthma attack. That escalated into a mini seizure.

    I took the baby to the restroom and was unsuccessful in her recovery. I then began to gather the other children as quickly and quietly as I could to get the baby to the car for a breathing treatment.