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Today's News

  • Family, friends praise Twitty at his 90th birthday celebration

    To Gonze Lee Twitty, age is simply a number, not a state of mind.

    To this day, he still talks about his ability to work like someone much younger than himself on his Pleasant Hill farm. Twitty takes pride in his vitality.

    "He thinks he's still 50," said daughter Odessa White at a birthday celebration held in his honor Saturday at the Lancaster County Community Center.

    The crowd of a couple hundred people laughed.

    It was easy to tell who was the man of honor in the crowd.

  • Happy birthday, America

    Bang! Boom! Hurray!

    Happy birthday America. Our favorite uncle – Uncle Sam – turns 232 years old today.

    We all know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on this day in 1776 in Philadelphia.

    The document declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Some seven years later, America, after a long, bloody battle, had won its freedom from the mother country. Battles waged from Bunker Hill to Hanging Rock and plenty of points in between. America showed great determination, our country’s hallmark ever since.

  • Neighbor, officers should be commended for protecting neighborhood

    After reading Eric Grace’s letter “Reader appalled by dog shooting” in the June 22 edition of The Lancaster News, I thought about my dog, Butch.

    Animals and humans are a lot alike. The difference is if we humans don’t like someone, we talk to others about the people we don’t like.

    Dogs, whether small or big, have teeth. If they don’t like you, they attack.

  • Mentoring a great investment

    “OK kid, sit down and let’s see what you’ve got.” James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you could smell three blocks away. Seizing my brown cardboard portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table, he shot a dubious glance toward me, then opened the portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an occasional grunt, Mr.

  • Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong

    Letter writer Wayne Bell asked a great question, “Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?” The answer? Absolutely. As this probably comes as a shock to Mr. Bell, I welcome the opportunity to explain.

  • Council OKs split of development fees

    County Council will help out the Lancaster County School District when it comes to building new schools.

    Council approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote Monday night to share development fees it collects with the school district to go toward building new schools.

    Council approved a 60-40 split of the money.

    That means if a developer agrees to contribute $10,000 per new house in a residential development, the county would receive $6,000 and the school district, $4,000.

    Council would also negotiate with developers for land donations to build new schools.

  • Badcock cuts ribbon on new store

    Badcock has been in Lancaster for 23 years, and now it's open at its new location at the old Wal-Mart at 1202 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The new store has more than triple the space of the old store on South Main Street.

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw joined company officials to formally open the store at a ribbon-cutting last Thursday.

    The store is the 263rd that W.S. Badcock Corp's has opened under the "Badcock &more" moniker.

    The store opening is part of a corporate wide expansion initiative to grow into South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and other Southern states.

  • Council to tap reserves to give employees a raise, fund agencies

    County Council still had a lot to discuss about its proposed $30.9 million budget Monday night.

    Council has held two special meetings to talk about budget issues over the past month.

    But Monday's discussion lasted a while, as some council members tried to figure out a way to give employees a 2.85 percent cost-of-living raise and help fund some agencies without raising taxes.

  • Law officers to be out in force over July 4 holiday

    Law enforcement is gearing up for July 4 and planning to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and speeding violations, especially in and around local summer hot spots, beaches and mountain areas.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety is preparing for motorists to begin travel on Thursday.

  • County receives recognition from America initiative

    Lancaster County received an important distinction Monday night after working more than a year to receive it.

    The Preserve America initiative, a federal program chaired by first lady Laura Bush, has designated more than 600 geographic areas since 2003 as places where residents give special attention to preserving their cultural and historical assets.

    Lancaster County is one of the newest Preserve America communities, and the award plaque was formally presented Monday at Lancaster County Council's meeting.