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Today's News

  • Vaughn: Voter scare tactics may backfire

    The price tag to build a new Lancaster County Courthouse may be scary to some people, says County Councilman Bryan Vaughn.

    He also suggested that using "scare tactics" to sell a referendum to voters might not be a good strategy.

    County Council on Monday approved second reading to establish a referendum for voters, who will decide in November whether to add a 1 percent sales tax in the county.

    Proceeds from the tax would pay off bonds to build a new courthouse.

  • IL library high tech but not space age

    INDIAN LAND – The interior look of the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land will fall somewhere between your grandmother's parlor and George Jetson's apartment.

    "The interior of the building is very contemporary and may be considered by some people to be high tech," said Danny Shelley, the library's architect and interior designer. "It's going to be a little different, but it's not space age.

    "It's not going to have floral carpets like your grandmama's living room. It's not a house," he said.

    But it will be comfortable.

  • Author researches roots in new book

    It wasn't always easy to find a quiet place to write with seven brothers and sisters running around.

    So, when she was little, Rosemary Whitlock would sometimes climb under the kitchen table with a flashlight to find some peace before trying to put pencil to paper.

    "I didn't get stepped on there," she said, with a smile.

    Her mother, who was usually in the kitchen cooking or canning, always made sure her daughter had the proper writing utensils.

  • Reporter leaves Lancaster with some mixed emotions

    It's with mixed emotions that by the time this piece appears in the newspaper, I've left Lancaster County to pursue a new career opportunity in my native area, Louisville, Ky., and return to the roots I love. I look to the future with much happiness and hope, but I feel sadness for what I know I'm leaving behind.

  • Council to discuss library funding, sales tax

    County Council will discuss economic development issues, a proposed 1 percent sales tax, noise at Panhandle concrete plants and funding for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land on Monday.

    Council is expected to vote on contributing $200,000 to the Indian Land library at the meeting after a request from Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band at council's last meeting.

    Band told council members then that he had applied for a grant from the state for the $200,000 to buy books and furniture for the new library, but it wasn't approved.

  • Burns, other educators inducted into Hall of Fame

    Dr. Pat Burns helped create the Lancaster County School District Hall of Fame a few years ago to recognize educators for their many years of dedication.

    Burns, the former district superintendent, is now a member of this distinguished group. She is among a class of four that was inducted into the hall earlier this year.

    The other 2008 Hall of Fame inductees are the late Lafayette Belk, the late Donald Crolley and the late C.D. Williams.

  • March for Babies fundraiser kicks off Tuesday at SMH

    The March of Dimes is gearing up for its annual walk.

    Walk-America, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, which brought in $117 million nationwide last year, has been renamed March for Babies. The new name makes a clear connection to what the March of Dimes is all about – babies' health.

    "The name of our event has changed, but our mission stays the same - working towards the day when every baby is born healthy," said Phyllis Stroud, executive director of the March of Dimes North Central Division.

  • Dixie Boys junior all-stars finish as state runners-up

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys junior all-stars, age 13, fell short in their shot to capture a state championship.Host Lexington defeated Lancaster 10-0 in five innings to take the 2008 Dixie Boys junior all-stars state crown on Friday night in Lexington.Lexington now moves on to the Dixie Boys junior all-stars’ World Series in Bluffton.“Friday wasn’t our night,” said Lancaster Dixie Boys junior all-star manager Brant Barnes.

  • Juniors solid at Bermuda Run

    Solid play highlighted the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association’s visit to Bermuda Run on Monday.The brother duo of Trevor and Taylor Banks continued their course battle, with Trevor prevailing with a 70 to take a narrow lead in the overall points – 95-90.

  • AAA stars state champs

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars stepped “fourth” to take the 2008 state championship Friday afternoon.The AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, used a crucial six-run, fourth-inning rally to defeat tournament host Hartsville 7-4 at Byerly Park to take the state championship and a bid to the Dixie Youth AAA World Series in LaGrange, Ga.“I just can’t say enough about the determination of these players,” said Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-star manager Mike Lucas.