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Today's News

  • Issues facing young black males focus of three-day conference

    Community leaders and others will gather this week for a three-day event that addresses issues facing black boys.

    The second State of the African American Male Conference starts Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Organizer Bobby Bailey said the conference was organized as a response to conditions and statistics that suggest blacks don't achieve as high as other groups. The aim is to discuss problems, present research and hear new ideas for programs that can be used locally.

  • Frightfully good Halloween recipes add spooktacular touch

    Fire up your cauldron and get out your broom! Bubble bubble, toil and trouble, get ready for Halloween on the double!You don’t need a magic spell to make your home the best haunt in town, just follow these decadent decorating tips to assemble a ghastly menu.Here are a few boo-tiful decorating ideas:– Place a branch in your chandelier, stretch fake spider webs over it, top with black plastic spider. This is a must for a spooky dinner party.– Use the fake spider web to get that special “haunted house” feel.

  • Garver Homes moves to downtown Lancaster

    Garver Homes celebrated its grand opening in downtown Lancaster with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Thursday.

    The home-building firm, owned by Gary Shamp and Mick Mulvaney, recently moved its corporate headquarters from Charlotte, where it was sharing office space with another firm, to 309 N. Main St., next to the Allen Tate office.

    Shamp has been building homes in the Carolinas for more than two decades, starting as a laborer for a major homebuilder while in high school.

  • Planners OK 'town center' rezoning

    In a close rezoning vote, developers got the go-ahead to build homes, medical offices and retail stores at U.S. 521 and Collins Road in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Planning Commission approved 4-3 U.S. Trust Properties' request to rezone 411 acres from R-15P to Planned Development District (PDD) 26. The rezoning will allow the developers to build 2.63 homes per acre, increasing the density by 200 homes.

  • Long cuts financial ties with voucher supporter

    Deborah Long is the latest political candidate to distance herself from New York City millionaire and political activist Howard Rich.

    After it was discovered that Long, Republican candidate for the state House District 45 seat, accepted campaign contributions from organizations linked to Rich, she decided to return the $12,000 in contributions. Rich supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country.

    "It was getting to be too much of an issue," Long said. "I wanted to clear the air and concentrate on the issues."

  • I will fight for you because I am one of you

    You know me. You worked beside my parents at Springs, you taught me in school, you saw me grow up – you helped raise me.

    You worship beside me, your children go to school with mine, and you love this community as much as I do.

    It is because of you that I am running for Senate. I feel so blessed to have grown up here and that is why I chose to make this my home and raise my children here. You have given me so much and I want to give back – I want to serve you in the statehouse.

  • Politics should be about ideas, principles and truth

    Last month I wrote a column called “What Politics Should Be.” It was a hopeful invitation to my opponent and her supporters to discuss the issues I thought were important to our area: jobs and the economy, taxes and spending and education.

    This column is less hopeful. It is called “What Politics Really Is.”

  • Powers Norrell in the classroom again?

    I honestly cannot believe this happened, and if I hadn’t seen it myself with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    I am a freshman at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. One of my classes is University 101. Recently, Mandy Powers Norrell came to speak to us. Our teacher, Laura Humphrey, assured us she wasn’t there to campaign, but only to talk to us about the voting process, about getting involved, and on the importance of voting.

  • Teams focus on playoffs

    Playoffs are the main focus as the Lancaster County high school football teams head into week 10 play.Friday represents the regular-season finale for Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land, while Lancaster has its final regular-season home game before capping regular-season play next week.LHS, seeking to rebound, has a homecoming battle with Ridge View High School at Memorial Stadium.Buford and Indian Land are at home, while AJ is the lone traveler.Buford hosts the Athletes for Christ Rangers, a Charlotte area based home school football team

  • Vote is needed, even though unopposed

    I want to urge my supporters to take time when they vote to touch my name on the electronic ballot.

    Although I am unopposed, unless you actually vote for me, no vote will be recorded, and a write-in could win the seat if enough write-ins for that person were recorded.

    I pledge to continue working hard to serve the children of our district and to make our schools a place where all children reach their potential.