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Today's News

  • Recycle your Christmas tree

    Without the lights, decorations and wonderful evergreen scent, the real Christmas tree you just took outside is just an image of what it was last week.

    But if you want to give it new life, take it to one of Lancaster County's convenience sites.

    It's called treecycling and the county public works department is teaming up with its counterparts at the city of Lancaster to cut down on holiday waste.

    "Recycling is a pattern of habit than anything else," said Darin Robinson, county public works director.

  • Landmark looks into selling papers

    Landmark Communications Inc., parent company of The Lancaster News, has hired national investment firms to explore selling the Norfolk, Va.-based company.

    "I can confirm that Landmark Communications has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

    He declined to say whether the company would be sold in whole or part, or at all.

  • We don’t have to throw rocks; extend an olive branch

    Apparently, it is the feeling of a minority of people in the Indian Land community that it is perfectly appropriate to issue a threat of a $4-5 million dollar lawsuit, which if carried through, would have a significant impact on every property taxpayer in Lancaster County.

    However, it is not appropriate for any potentially impacted taxpayer to question the poor choices of those persons making that threat.

    A permit was issued several years ago for a concrete plant in the Indian Land community. There were residential units in the area at the time.

  • Solid start aids LHS girls win

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins used a fast start to open the 2008 portion of their basketball schedule with a 42-38 Region III-AAAA road win over Clover.

    LHS senior Miteka Trueheart hit seven of her team-high 15 points in the opening period when the Lady Bruins bolted to an 11-0 start.

    "We got off to a real strong start," said Lancaster High School girls coach Ronnie Robinson.

    Trueheart netted 10 points in the opening half when the LHS girls held a 24-16 lead at the break.

  • Soldier who died in Texas wreck buried with full military honors

    CHESTER - U.S. Army Spc. Charles Messer of Fort Lawn, a veteran of the war in Iraq, was laid to rest with full military honors at Chester Memorial Garden on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon.

    Messer, 20, died Dec. 22 when his car rolled in northeast El Paso near where he was stationed. He wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.

    Messer would have boarded a plane that same day to go home for the holidays.

    Some of his fellow soldiers who served with him in Iraq came to the funeral.

  • Gregory grateful for loyal support

    By the end of next year the voters of District 16 will have given me the opportunity to serve in the Senate for as long as anyone since the formation of Lancaster County.

    From the time I began my first campaign in 1992 people from Fort Mill to Kershaw to Winnsboro have blessed me with their confidence and support.

  • Sheriff's office gets $94,000 to help build firing range

    A federal grant will help the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office hit its target of building a new firing range.

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, secured $1.2 million for projects in York, Chester and Lancaster counties recently in the omnibus appropriations bill Congress approved this week. The appropriations include $94,000 for the firing range project.

    The sheriff's office now uses the Lancaster Police Department range to complete firearms qualifications, but it has been unable to complete all necessary training in this environment.

  • Rita Johnson was ‘epitome of principle-centered living’

    Early Christmas morning, Lancaster lost a good citizen, Rita Johnson. To her family and friends, Rita was special. Rita was a successful business woman, a devoted mother and wife, a civic leader, a wonderful friend. Rita held many offices in St. Luke United Methodist Church.

  • HS industrial park about 80 percent complete

    HEATH SPRINGS - The Heath Springs Industrial Park is nearly complete.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation President Keith Tunnell said Wednesday that the project contractor, LCI-Lineberger, has indicated that work should be done by the end of the month.

    A water line that will connect the park's system to that of the town's is being installed and sewer lines have already been installed. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is expected to test the water and sewer lines within the next few weeks.

  • Make sure pets are ready for cold weather

    With much cooler temperatures expected in the next few days, it's important for homeowners to protect their pets just like they do their water pipes. Here are a few cold-weather pointers to consider:

    •Cats are very susceptible to the cold and can freeze if left outside whenever the mercury in the thermometer plunges. Keep them inside whenever possible. Also, stray cats have a tendency to hide under car hoods to keep warm. Bang on the hood before cranking your car to alert cats to get out so that they don't get injured.