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Today's News

  • Child safety focus of event at Lancaster High

    Organizers want the fourth annual Child Safety Day to be fun and informative for youth and adults alike.

    The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

    There will be three workshops during the day – one on nutrition, another about Internet safety and the third about drugs and alcohol.

    Various groups and agencies throughout the county will have booths set up to share information about their programs and services. The Amber Alert network, gang violence and self defense are some of the topics that will be covered.

  • Fishing rodeo supporters say thanks for support

    Fishing rodeo supporters say thanks for support

    I would personally like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers at the second annual Sunrise Lake Fishing Rodeo. We had more than 400 children and almost 1,000 attendees. As one of Lancaster County's three game wardens who helped organize the event, I thank you.

    Shawn Hanna

    Lancaster

  • Locals react to Obama's nomination

    There's plenty of local excitement about Barack Obama's historic victory this week in the Democratic contest for president.

    The first-term Illinois senator will become the first ever black presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States. On Tuesday, he earned enough delegates to clinch the win over New York senator and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He will be formally named the Democratic nominee at the national party convention in August.

    Perhaps nobody in Lancaster County is more thrilled about that than Linda Blackmon-Brace.

  • Tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an attack in public

    Self-defense manuals will tell you that a victim is never at fault in an attack – 100 percent of the blame lies with the perpetrator.

    But what would you do if you were attacked in public? Have you thought about your safety in a store parking lot?

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard suggests several tips that will help keep you safer at local stores and parking lots.

  • Couple seek grandparents' rights

    We have found that grandparents have little or no rights when it comes to grandchildren. We wonder if there are other grandparents who share this same concern.

  • International festival features a bit of 'everything and everybody'

    The fourth annual Multi-Cultural Information Center International Festival will be Saturday, and it promises to be the largest and most diverse one yet.

    The event, slated for noon to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Starr Hall at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, is intended to showcase the value of ethnic diversity in the community, said Sal Estrada, president of the MCIC and festival organizer.

    "The purpose is to re-introduce the multicultural center to the community and allow the this community to see the people who make it up," Estrada said.

  • Carjacked: A mother's worst nightmare

    He has my children.

    "All you can yell is, 'He has my children,'" said carjacking survivor April Deese, 29. She screamed that as a man stole her Honda Odyssey van with her sons still inside and headed down Main Street last week.

    Deese took her sons bowling and out to eat while her husband, Ryan, attended a men's night at Second Baptist Church on May 29. After supper, she and the boys went to Kmart.

  • Writer thanks retiring sheriff, congratulates new one

    Writer thanks retiring sheriff, congratulates new one

    I know when Billy Dale and I voted for Johnny Cauthen for sheriff he was the best. Johnny has helped us so much. Billy Dale suffered a severe head injury in his wreck and has cussed Johnny and his deputies several times. But they knew Billy Dale was sick and helped anyway.

  • County, schools a step closer to sharing funds

    County Council and the school board are a step closer to establishing an agreement to share money the county gets from residential developers.

    Since last year, members from the two entities have been discussing ways to help deal with growth in the county. The idea is to require developers coming to provide money that can help build new schools or maintain and improve existing buildings.

  • Build strong community by strengthening families

    Summer is fast approaching and Family Promise is rolling along with full steam. Monthly meetings may seem mundane to some, but for me they are exciting.

    Family Promise is on a ride of its life. With humble beginnings in September it has reached a modest middle ground. There is a lot to do and plenty of time to do it right.

    A pace has been set for Family Promise’s progress and we, on the committees, can only go with the flow and course that God has put us on.

    Prayers have been said all along and now we are seeing some graces unfold before our eyes.