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Today's News

  • School Tools drive seeks supplies

    Communities in Schools has kicked off its 2008 School Tools campaign that collects pencils and other school supplies for children in need.

    The campaign, now in its 12th year, is the area's largest school supply collection.

    Classroom Central and WSOC-TV are again partnering with the initiative, which began Friday and runs through Aug. 31.

    Businesses and individuals are asked to donate various supplies, which will be given to children who need them.

  • Summer Time Fun not all games

    HEATH SPRINGS – Classic games such as Bingo, checkers and Battleship decorated the gymnasium floor at Heath Springs Elementary School.

    Every Tuesday for nearly two months, dozens of students picked which games they would play with their peers. Because of the wide selection, each day could bring a different gaming experience for any given student.

    But there was much more going on than board games.

  • O'Brien to step down from council

    Lancaster City Councilman Danny O'Brien announced Friday that he won't seek a fourth term.

    O'Brien, who represents District 6, made his announcement on the first day of filing for City Council and Lancaster County school board seats. He said it had been a pleasure to serve the city.

    "After 12 years of service, I feel that now is a good time for me to step down," O'Brien said.

    "I have learned a lot during the past years about city government and I appreciate the opportunity that you all have given me to serve on council."

  • Homeowner frustrated about break-ins

    What does it take to keep our homes safe these days? We do all the right things and then our home was broken into. It happened two weeks ago. We found out who did this, went to the authorities and they did nothing.

    We even told them where the young boys hid some of the things that were stolen from another house. We haven't heard a word from officers and they will not return our phone calls.

    My wife and I work everyday just to make a living. Then some young jerks with nothing else better to do steal our things. Where is our protection and rights?

  • All-stars to state tourney

    Staff Reports

    The weather was not the only thing hot Monday and Tuesday when the Lancaster Chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association held its final event at the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Lancers adds Williams to staff

    Robery Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will open fall baseball practice with a special starting date and familiar face among the Lancers’ staff.

    Steve Williams, who retired as the Lancaster High School baseball coach last spring, is joining the Lancers’ staff as the team’s pitching coach.

    Williams will be on hand for the team’s first-ever fall practice which is scheduled for Aug. 11 just after midnight.

  • Center all ears no more

    The Listening Center, which has offered support groups free of charge for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Thursday.

    Lindsay Pace, who has been director of the center for the last three months, said the agency is closing due to a lack of funding. She didn't get specific.

    "A lot of people are sad to see it leaving," Pace said. "It's been difficult for a lot of people.'

    The New Hope Group of Narcotics Anonymous will continue to meet at the center. Pace said she believes the fibromyalgia support group will continue to meet there.

  • Indian Land company takes part in 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition'

    "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the Emmy-award winning hit reality show on ABC Television, came to Charlotte to surprise one lucky family with an extreme home makeover last week."

    With a goal to help construct a new house in one week, The Master's Construction Co. of Indian Land has joined Charlotte builder, American Heartland Homebuilder, and developer, JED Development, to aid the family.'

    The company was invited by its vendor, Stock Building Supply, which has made significant material contributions to the Charlotte project.

  • 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.