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Today's News

  • Founders announces $6M in dividends for members

    Amid the current national banking crisis and a possible recession, Founders Federal Credit Union plans to reassure its members by returning $6 million in bonus dividends.

    Bruce Brumfield, president and chief executive officer of Founders, said the dividends will be divided into two amounts, $3 million for savers and $3 million for borrowers.

    The credit union has more than 180,000 members. The bonus dividends will be allocated to members in good standing.

  • Group wants to ensure teen gets fair shake

    With the Carter family all dressed in black behind him, a civil rights advocate for the 17-year-old charged with burning the Lancaster County Courthouse talked about the bigger picture.

    At a press conference in front of the damaged courthouse Wednesday, John Barnette, the South Carolina representative for the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said his organization has been asked to do three things for the family of Martavious Carter.

  • LHS band performs a fast-paced show

    Brittany McCrosson has a unique task this season for the Lancaster High School marching band.

    The junior pit captain not only plays the marimba, she's also a member of the color guard. So, during the band's 2008 show, titled "It's OK ... I'm with the Band," you'll see McCrosson tapping on percussion keys one minute and twirling a flag the next.

    She has to move quickly to do it.

    Fortunately for McCrosson, there's enough time in between songs to go back and forth from the percussion pit to the flags.

  • City sets sights on equipment

    The city of Lancaster is closer to obtaining much-needed new heavy equipment.

    City Council approved first reading Sept. 23 of an ordinance that would provide the city with a lease-purchase agreement to buy new equipment.

    The proposed agreement, which totals $825,000, divides the requested equipment into two separate funds.

    The gross revenue fund would receive $470,000 to buy a dump truck for $60,000, a front-end loader for $140,000 and a sewer jet vacuum truck for $270,000.

  • Group questions charges against teen

    The National Action Network is conducting a civil rights investigation into the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection to armed robberies and the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Area NAN representative John Barnette said a press conference will be held by the family of Martavious Semaj Carter at 10 a.m. today in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Carter is charged with the Aug. 4 arson at the courthouse and another arson on Aug. 7 at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office.

  • We're looking for defining moments

    What an election year this has been. Back in January, South Carolina was in the national spotlight as both the major Democratic and Republican contenders hoping to become the next president courted primary voters.

    It was an exciting few weeks as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the Palmetto State. A couple of those candidates – Republican John McCain and Democrat John Edwards (remember him?) – made campaign stops in Lancaster County.

  • Don't use birthplace against candidate

    Reading a letter to the editor can be entertaining and enlightening. It can also be discouraging and infuriating.

    This whole business of who was born and raised here vs. someone who wasn’t takes me back to the days of county vs. city.Almost every major policy item was fought over in that manner.

    It was difficult it was to change to a county-wide school district, with a board that appointed a qualified superintendent. We were elated when we helped elect Bob Mobley to the County Council. That was the start of working together.

  • Presidential race spurs new voters

    The presidential race is spurring non-voters to register to cast a ballot for the first time.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said since Aug. 18, 1,432 people have registered to vote. Some of those are likely new residents to the county, but others are people, including teenagers, who have never registered before.

    "We've got applications stacked everywhere," Stump said Tuesday, describing her office.

  • It's time to bring back Sunday dinner

    If I close my eyes and listen closely, I can hear the back room fan in my grandparents’ Erwin Farm home pulling a breeze through the house when the kitchen and living room windows were up.And at lunchtime on Sunday, that breeze would pull the smells coming from the stove as Granny Williams put the finishing touches on a traditional Sunday dinner.The table was pulled away from the wall to make room for six, two extra chairs were brought into the small kitchen and the good dishes were taken down from the top shelf, while a brass-colored tea ball steeped in a p

  • Lady Jackets post first league victory

    The Buford Lady Jackets rolled to a 3-0 win to down Lewisville for their first Conference III-A volleyball win this season on Tuesday at home.The Lady Jackets, 3-6, 1-2, prevailed 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23.“I thought we played well and it was good to get our first Conference III-A win,” BHS coach Janet Watson said. “I thought we were in control.“Our floor coverage was good,” she said.