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Today's News

  • Modify shopping habits to cope with higher food costs

    With three teenagers at home, Laura Joyner is always looking for ways to save money.These days, she constantly reminds the two oldest (ages 16 and 18) to watch their spending habits by coming home for meals.“We’ve cut out eating out and are eating at home a lot more,” she said.Not only that, but her husband, Chuck, is opting to come home for lunch.“I fix him a plate and put in in the refrigerator,” she said.

  • Vote for statesmen, not partisans

    After reading the article,“Dems Push for Change at the Fish Bash,” I surely hope for the sake of public schools in our state that what Superintendent of Education Jim Rex told the crowd is not true and that he becomes an unborn-again “born-again partisan.”

    This new partisan approach would be bad for our schools and our state. You see, there are some of us Republicans and Democrats who are committed to working together to improve public education in this state and we need statesmen, not partisans, if we are going to have any luck.

  • Mandy Powers Norrell 'true Proverbs 31 woman'

    In my more than three decades of music and senior adult ministry at Lancaster First Baptist, I have avoided getting entangled in politics, but I am writing to you today to encourage you to support Mandy Powers Norrell for the S.C. Senate.

    This is not a casual endorsement. I have known Mandy and her family since Mandy was a little girl.

    I was there when Mandy was baptized at Lancaster First Baptist Church in 1981 and since then I have watched her grow as a Christian woman.

  • ILHS band stepping 'Outside the Box'

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School marching band is trying to step 'Outside the Box' this year.

    Instead of playing songs from a movie soundtrack or a popular rock hit, the band has brought concert-style music to the field. And by the sounds of things, the members seem to buy into the idea.

    The Warriors' 2008 show is titled "Outside the Box" and features the songs "Legends in the Mist," "Explorations" and "Prelude and Primal Dance."

    Director Mathew Willis wanted the band to try something different this year.

  • Downtown making serious comeback

    Downtown is stirring some interest, which shouts of exciting news.

    A recent healthy exchange of letters to the editor of The Lancaster News offering readers’ varying views on what’s happening on Main Street shows us downtown is making a comeback attempt.

    Will it be the way it was in its heyday? Never say never, and there are dedicated folks willing to try.

    Recent downtown projects with the work of See Lancaster have the area looking good. There’s more work to be done, but optimistic folks are determined and offer encouragement.

  • Like fine wine, Main Street markets destined to get better with time

    On the morning of Oct. 4, I was delighted to be on Main Street in Lancaster for the first Main Street Market.

    The weather was beautiful, and the mood was very festive as the artists filled tables and displays with their creations.

    After enjoying a fun and profitable day, as one of the artists involved, I looked forward to seeing some photos and possibly an article about the market in the Oct. 5 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Mulvaney response to issue 'amazing'

    In answer to Jane Massey’s letter last week, I really do not care who takes credit for the mowing either.

    However, if Mick Mulvaney wants to have an political sign on his tractor, in this freedom of speech country, what is the probem?

    It just so happens that as a private citizen, I asked Rep. Mulvaney about getting the roadways cut. I thought his response was amazing.

    If we had waited for the S.C. Department of Transportation, there would have been a safety issue at every intersection along that stretch of highway.

  • Man gets 15 years for 2000 shooting death

    A Lancaster man who was accused of killing his friend in 2000 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Demario Lamar Mingo, 29, was sentenced Monday. He will serve his term at the S.C. Department of Corrections, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Authorities said Mingo shot Rodney Jordan on 8th Street in Lancaster on July 15, 2000, which was Jordan's 21st birthday,

    Mingo used two handguns – a .40-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver. Jordan suffered 11 gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

  • Lancaster Jewelers moves to bigger showroom

    Lancaster Jewelers might have a new location, but the hometown jewelry store still offers the same personalized customer service.

    The jewelry store, in business since 1992, recently moved into a much larger showroom a couple doors down from its former location on Great Falls Highway. The store will celebrate the grand opening of the new, 4,500-square-foot space on Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Vehicles used as weapon

    Two unrelated incidents in Lancaster on Saturday involved vehicles that were used as a weapon, according to incident reports.

    In one case, a vehicle was used in self-defense; in the other, it was used in an attack, reports say.

    Lancaster police responded to a call about a fight with a knife on the 600th block of Pardue Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an incident report said.