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Today's News

  • Patient need should be focus of new cancer center

    In a perfect world there would be no need for a cancer radiation treatment center. But this is not a perfect world. And there are many Lancaster County residents who need radiation treatment. To get that treatment, they have to travel to Rock Hill, Charlotte or Columbia.

    If you or someone you love has gone through radiation treatment, you know it drains your energy. Driving out of town to get this treatment adds to an already stressful situation. Some people have chosen not to take the treatment because of the drive.

  • Capt. Lowe was ahead of his time

    I recently ran into this fella wearing a baseball cap with “USAF” boldly emblazoned on it.

    Being a veteran of that proud branch of the U.S. military, I gave him an immediate “howdy.”

    He recognized me and although I didn’t know him, the airman posed a somewhat interesting question.

    “Did you really know Capt. Lowe?” he asked.

    Gosh, I thought, my old Air Force mentor is still fondly remembered.

  • Together we can bring new jobs, opportunities

    I'll never forget the long, hot summers I spent working in Grace Bleachery to help pay my way through college.

    I'll never forget the smell of the dye that was pumped into the big blue barrels, the 120-degree temperatures between the new Zimmer machine and the cinder block wall, the sounds of clacking and whirring as the cloth was printed and processed, and the bright yellow earplugs we wore around our necks that showed that we were all a part of the same team.

  • Council needs to trust, share information

    In the past we praised Fort Lawn Town Council for doing an excellent job presenting public information to to the public.

    If you attend a meeting, waiting for you is an agenda, a financial report and minutes of the meeting immediately prior to the one you are attending.

    It's something all governmental bodies should take as an example.

    Freedom of Information is as much a habit and a state of mind as anything else. Doing it right can be learned, but it can take time.

    Last week, we saw a great example of this, again at a Fort Lawn Town Council meeting.

  • Senate race about best candidate

    I am a Republican living in Indian Land and former County Council member representing District 1. I support Many Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate.

  • Cathy Hendrick to speak at Douglas

    There aren’t many people around whose lives haven’t been touched in one way or another by cancer. It is no respecter of person, race, creed or income.Take Cathy Hendrick for instance. She could be the “Job” of our generation. Her life was changed forever on Oct.

  • Maybe we need human control

    A few thoughts on the subject of animals being mistreated by humans. I've yet to see a dog or a cat throw their owner into the back of a truck and drop the owner off beside the roadway to be run over by a vehicle or left to starve like we humans do to our once beloved pets.

    So do we have an animal problem? Or is it actually a human problem? Perhaps we need human control just like we have animal control.

    How would we feel if our pets we abandoned survived, returned home and decided to give us owners the very same treatment we gave them?

  • Yard of the Month: Coopers mix gardening tricks with know-how to make yard thrive

    Underneath the tall pin oak trees, the crisp white blooms of azaleas and daffodils welcome guests to the home of Don and Cynda Cooper at 806 Crescent Drive in Lancaster.

    The contrast of these blossoms against the bright green blades of winter rye grass is just a small example of how this yard earned the designation as April Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    The Coopers will receive a $25 gift certificate compliments of Ace Hardware and Garden Center of Lancaster for turning their yard into a showplace.

  • Fourth & Long converts for crown

    The fourth time was the charm for the Fourth & Long flag football team. Fourth & Long, which includes three players with Lancaster ties, won the Carolina Panthers' couch potato black division championship in the NFL team's fifth annual Weekend Warrior Flag Football Championship tournament March 29-30 in Charlotte.

    Games were played at the Panthers' Bank of America Stadium and the team's adjacent practice field. The two-day tournament opened March 29 and concluded the following day when the 2008 champions were crowned in five divisions.

  • Wall threatens business next to old Belk building

    While Lancaster City Council mulls the fate of the old Belk building site downtown, an adjacent business appears threatened by a wall it once shared with the building.

    The wall still stands but is weak and leaks when it rains, said Kirit Shah, co-owner of the adjacent North-South Wholesale. He said the wall was weakened by the demolition process.

    “We just hope it doesn’t come down,” Shah said, adding that the city had contractors evaluate the wall but has yet to take any action.