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Today's News

  • Director, kids, volunteers worked hard on play

    I am very disappointed that The Lancaster News did not choose to cover the latest work of the Lancaster Community Playhouse. The first show of the year was Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.” The director, Eric Grace, and many helpers, held auditions just before school was out. The turn out for this audition was huge with more than 100 kids from Lancaster County participating. Eric immediately saw potential in so many of the children that he cast 20 extra children than the show originally required.

  • McManus, 22, takes on two preaching jobs this summer

    Brandon McManus realized at an early age what his calling would be.

    At 14, he traveled with his home church, Antioch Baptist, to Go Tell Camp in Toccoa, Ga. He believed God was working on his heart to serve him.

    McManus went to his youth pastor, Chris Blackmon, and told him he thought the Lord was calling him to preach.

    "I never thought about preaching before until I had a dream about it, and it felt so real," McManus said. "I started wishing it was me when I saw somebody preach."

    The next year, Blackmon asked McManus to preach on Youth Sunday.

  • Miss McCarty stole my heart

    Gosh, I knew going from Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School across town to Lancaster High School would be a great adventure, but I didn’t know it would be so intimidating.We eighth grade boys were “required” (by tradition) to “run the belt line.”First, we were afforded a couple of days of acclimation to learn our way around the campus to find our homerooms.Those two days were filled with all sorts of scary threats coming from male upper classmen, like “Boy, you’ll be able to tell where I hit you” and &ldquo

  • Father's jersey inspires team

    Like father, like son.

    It's a well-worn cliche, but in this case, it fits like a special jersey.

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-star right fielder Darius Robinson and his father, Darrell, have something in common besides their love for baseball.

    Darius Robinson has a Dixie Youth Baseball state championship jersey to match one earned by his dad 27 years ago.

  • Washington is full of history and beauty

    Before moving to South Carolina in 1989, I lived in Annapolis, Md., for four years. Even though we were near Washington, D.C., I never attended a July Fourth celebration in the nation’s capital until this year.

    The July Fourth parade started down Constitution Avenue and ended with fireworks on the Mall next to the Washington Monument and reflecting pool.

    The parade included high school bands from Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri and Maryland. The parade also included floats from different cultures in the community – Bolivian, Vietnamese and Taiwanese.

  • Tax-free shopping weekend runs through midnight Sunday

    Retailers here and across the state are hoping to ring up large sales this weekend during the state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend.

    It began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    South Carolina is one of six states to host tax-free shopping weekends this weekend. The others are North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

    During the weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

  • City Council, school board filing begins

    Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

    "People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

    City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.

  • Cairnes family grateful for support of community

    We would like to thank all of the people who worked so hard to help during the time of Ronnie W. Cairnes Sr.’s death on July 9.

    We especially want to thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, coroner and others who we don’t know about.

    We know that we probably have missed thanking someone, but we want you to know that you are appreciated in more ways than you know. Ronnie was a true treasure and had many friends.

    He was always the same person no matter when you saw him.

    When Ronnie loved you there was no doubt in it.

  • Superintendent gets excellent rating

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore is beginning his third year at Lancaster County School District with the full backing of the school board, which has again given him an excellent rating on his annual evaluation.

    The school board shared the 2007-08 review with Moore and others during its meeting Tuesday night.

    The superintendent was evaluated in seven areas: as a chief executive officer and for community relations, educational leadership, facilities management, financial management, staff personnel management and student personnel services.

  • Carrier thanks customers, co-workers

    I have delivered newspapers for 10 years and have been through a lot of vehicles. I would like to thank all my customers for being so patient with me when I was late sometimes. It really gets frustrating when I want to get my customers their paper on time and can’t because of car trouble or some fault not my own. I had the nicest customers, who were very patient.

    My husband, who also delivered newspapers, had some nice customers. He had another job, and if he couldn’t get the newspapers delivered before he went to work, he delivered them after he got off.