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Today's News

  • We must fight to keep right to live in a democratic republic

    June 26, 2008, is a day which should be featured prominently in future history books. Finally, after 217 years, the Supreme Court issued a definitive ruling on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    In the decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority, the court has affirmed what the people have understood throughout our history: the Second Amendment recognizes that every citizen is vested with the right to keep and bear arms unconnected with service in the militia.

  • Duracell's expansion good news for economy

    You know Duracell. It’s the “copper-top battery.” And for 32 years, the company has been making batteries here in Lancaster. You may work at the plant on the S.C. 9 Bypass or know somebody who does. About 500 people now work at the plant, making it one of the county’s larger employers.

  • Community responds to needs of young artists

    On behalf of young artists throughout the region, I would like to thank the multitude of individuals and organizations who have donated “recycled art” camp supplies. Those who have helped make the camps and neighborhood outreach programs possible for our youth are too numerous to name.

    We have received donations from generous folks in Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs, Buford, Fort Lawn, Chester, Great Falls, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land, Rock Hill, and elsewhere.

  • UW surpasses 2007-08 goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County had more than one reason to celebrate Thursday.

    The organization is celebrating its 50th year of operation this year, and it just finished another successful campaign.

    The 2007-08 campaign brought in $455,740 – $55,740, or 14 percent above the fundraising goal. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in Lancaster County.

    Twenty-two community organizations receive financial assistance from the local United Way.

  • AAA all-stars rout Rock Hill

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars (ages 9-10) came on strong to take a 14-3 win over Rock Hill in the sub-district tournament in Chester on Friday night.

  • Grammy-award winning singer to headline Liberty Hill event

    LIBERTY HILL – A local performer and a Grammy Award-winning recording artist will headline the third-annual Celebration of American Music in Liberty Hill.

    It's a three-day affair that runs Tuesday through Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m. each day.

    The free event, sponsored by Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, is billed as an inter-denominational, interracial and interfaith celebration of both sacred and secular music. It will be held at Windward Pointe Pavilion at Lake Wateree in Liberty Hill.

  • When her father collapsed, Hunter acted as his nurse

    Carol Hunter usually works weekends in her job as an emergency room nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But at the last minute, she decided to take the weekend of Father's Day off, so she could take her father, Darwin Steele, out to dinner.

    They went to JB's Barbecue in Heath Springs for Father's Day dinner. Steele fixed a plate for himself, and his wife, Frances, while Hunter fixed their teas.

    That's when Steele, 82, started to feel "right swimmy-headed," he said.

  • SLED investigates charge of misconduct in office

    The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating a Lancaster County employee.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he could say very little about the case. The employee no longer works for the county as of mid-June. The SLED investigation was initiated about that time.

    Willis would not say what department the employee worked for, only that the employee worked in the County Administration Building.

    Willis said he expected SLED to issue warrants in the case.

  • City cuts proposed tax increase in half

    Lancaster City Council gave final reading of its 2008-09 budget Tuesday night, and it includes half the tax increase that was initially proposed.

    Council voted unanimously to approve the $20.7 million budget, which represents a 3.5-mill tax increase instead of 7 mills. The budget, which takes effect July 1, reflects a 19 percent decrease over last year's budget.

    "You have a budget," announced Councilman John Howard, who serves as finance committee chairman, after Tuesday's vote.

  • LHS group receives state award for advocating sun safety

    Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime?

    A club at Lancaster High School was recognized last month for working to increase local awareness on skin cancer and on measures people can take to prevent it.