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Today's News

  • A balanced budget with balanced priorities

    Americans are calling for a new direction, and Democrats in Congress are delivering. This month, we passed a plan to balance the budget by 2012.

    When President George Bush took office seven years ago, we presented him an advantage that few presidents have ever enjoyed: a budget in surplus by $236 billion. His economists looked out 10 years and saw nothing but surpluses, $5.6 trillion in all.

  • Writer commends deputies for handling of dog situation

    This is in response to Eric Grace attacking the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and county Animal Control officers in his letter, “Reader appalled by dog shooting.”

    Mr. Grace, the sheriff’s deputies were called out because Animal Control is not staffed 24/7.

    I think the deputy acted appropriately in defending himself and others.

    They took an oath to serve and protect all the citizens of Lancaster County. If the dog made an attempt to harm someone, then he acted accordingly.

  • Man accused of growing marijuana – indoors

    Lancaster’s drought and merciless sun didn’t stop one Lancaster man’s crop from growing, officers say.

    John Thomas Whitaker, 29, of 2141 Whaley St., was charged Thursday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with growing marijuana and simple possession of marijuana.

    After receiving information about drug activity at the home, narcotics agents with the sheriff’s office drug team set up surveillance for several hours on Thursday, sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Take time to thank volunteer firefighters

    Have you ever stopped to think about the volunteer firefighters in our county? Actually, I haven’t either. Recently I had an opportunity to get involved with Station 16, Riverside Volunteer Fire Department, and found there was a whole lot more to being a volunteer than I ever thought.

    These guys give of their time away from their families, sleep when called during the night and money for gas and other miscellaneous things that go along with volunteering.

  • Turn lights improve traffic light

    A few weeks ago, people could be seen jumping for joy while in the cars, pickups and SUVs at the S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue.

    Folks were so joyous, they couldn’t contain their glee. The S.C. Department of Transportation had reworked the traffic lights – finally installing left-turn signals on both sides of Clinton Avenue.

    OK, we’re exaggerating. We saw no one literally jumping for joy after the new signals were put into operation. But we know motorists who travel that way regularly were sure happy about the move. We certainly were.

  • Reader appalled by dog shooting

    I was absolutely appalled and very angry to read the story “Dog owner doggone mad” in the May 30 edition of The Lancaster News.

    There are numerous events that seem to have occurred throughout this horrible ordeal that simply reek of overwhelming inadequacies in our local animal control and law enforcement ranks, not to mention a lack of some basic Southern hospitality.

  • Agriculture Safety Day draws more than 200 kids

    The giant mowing pan on the SCDOT tractor parked in the hay field at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road immediately grabbed Clay Coley’s attention during Tuesday’s 4-H Agriculture Safety Day.Sitting under an awning beneath a shade tree to beat the heat, Coley, 6, listened as Bryan Baker, trade specialist for the local SCDOT right-of-way and vegetation management, explained how the tractor’s mowing pan can throw debris more than 300 feet.“That’s as long as a football field,” Baker said.“I like that tractor

  • Help make children’s park reality

    Organizers are hoping a children’s park in Kershaw becomes a reality in July. Members of the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) have been meeting, collecting donations and planning for Build Week, set for July 21-26.

  • Swim team rolls to win over Camden

    The Lancaster County swim team upped its record to 2-0, dunking Camden 452-87 in summer swim league action Tuesday at the Lancaster County Pool.Jory Pettit led the LCST with four firsts in the individual competition.Gracie Scott, Coulter Jackson, Emily Durant, Chandler Hinson and Pagan Glenn each had three firsts. Jonah Faile, Ashley Abbott, Cody Brown, Tanner Knight, Kailee Glover and Marshall Jackson each had two firsts.The Sharks visit to Camden on Saturday for a 9 a.m. meet.

  • Humane Society opens its office in downtown

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County now has an office.

    And, no, the AFLAC duck in the window is not up for adoption.

    The Humane Society has been working since late last year to establish a fostering and adoption program to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter each month.

    The Humane Society is hoping one day for the donation of land or money to build a low-kill shelter of its own, said Dawn Wagner, the society's publicity and fundraising director.

    Until then, its central location is 126 S. Main St.