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Today's News

  • Final approval of county budget on council agenda

    County Council is slated to vote on third and final reading of its proposed $30.9 million budget on Monday night.

    The budget includes a tax increase, equal to $14 added to the tax bill for a $100,000 home.

    The tax increase includes funds for county agencies such as Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, Lancaster County Council on Aging, Learning Institute for Tomorrow, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and Southside Literacy.

  • County could have historic milestone in November

    Several weeks ago the nation experienced a historic milestone when Sen. Barack Obama snagged enough delegates to defeat Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. If it went the other way, it still would have been a milestone.

    Never in the history of the United States has a black or a female candidate locked up the presidential nomination of one of America’s top two political parties.

  • Bible school is OK, but I'd rather ring the bell and run

    No sooner had the final school bell rung for our last day at Chesterfield Avenue Grammar School, the bell at First Baptist Church peeled, summoning all of us to Vacation Bible School.Mama said most folks thought it best to start “Bible school” just as soon as regular school let out while “you children haven’t forgotten how to be nice and calm.”Nowadays, there is a difference of opinion when it comes to Bible school, or VBS, as many choose to call it.A lot of churches schedule Bible school smack dab in the middle of the summ

  • We are meeting the challenge for South Carolina's seniors

    It’s called the “gray wave,” and it’s headed our way sooner than we think. There are about 770,000 South Carolinians over the age of 60. By 2025, that number is projected to swell to more than 1.3 million.

    Will our state be ready to meet the needs of such a rapidly-growing senior demographic? And can we accomplish this Herculean task of protecting our seniors while simultaneously protecting the taxpayers?

  • Retired officer shot in eye while trying to lend a hand

    A retired Lancaster police officer was shot in the head Friday night while trying to help two people who had just wrecked a car.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a vehicle accident and two shootings – all in the Lynwood Circle area.

    Former Lancaster police officer Ray Knight was trying to help the occupants of a car that had overturned into a ditch when he was shot, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

  • Thread Trail conserving communities

    The Carolina Thread Trail, a bold vision for hundreds of miles of interconnected trails and greenways in 15 Carolinas counties, has taken me in many new directions.

    One unexpected direction was toward Europe, where our delegation visited trail systems in three regions anchored by cities comparable in size to Charlotte.

  • Mackey believes divine intervention saved him

    Gonza Mackey believes it was divine intervention that has allowed him to live to tell his story.

    It was shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 16.

    Mackey, 24, had just left the Grown Folks Club on U.S. 521 and gotten in his four-door Chevrolet Caprice. He planned to drive home and meet with some friends afterward.

    But he didn't get far. His car collided with a car that made a U-turn. The impact overturned Mackey's car and ejected him.

  • Six volunteers from county help Midwest flood victims

    Six Lancaster County residents are helping those in flood-ravaged areas of the Midwest pick up the pieces in the aftermath of severe storms and torrential rain.

    Sheryl Ferguson, a nurse, returned to Lancaster from Madison, Wis., on Wednesday. She stayed on the move, going to different areas, checking on residents and advising people to take tetanus shots.

    She did blood-pressure checks and spoke to residents about other medical and emotional needs.

  • With oversight, city agrees to give See Lancaster $100,000

    Lancaster City Council, which yanked nearly $200,000 in funding from the promotions and tourism group See Lancaster earlier this month, agreed Tuesday to give some funds back to the group.

    Council agreed to allot $100,000 for the group, but the money won't be paid in one lump sum. The money will be given to the group on a receipt-reimbursement basis each month, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.

  • Man, 65, arrested in N.C. on '06 molestation charge

    Authorities captured a man in North Carolina this week who was wanted for allegedly molesting a girl in Lancaster in 2006.

    Lymon Lester Hughes II, 65, was arrested Tuesday in Polkville in Cleveland County, N.C.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office had charged Hughes with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was 8 at the time.

    Authorities discovered new leads last week that led them to Polkville, where Hughes was believed to be living, according to a report from The Shelby Star newspaper.