Today's News

  • FDA dictates drug disposal guidelines

    In February 2007, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly released new guidelines designed to reduce the diversion of prescription drugs, while also protecting the environment.

    The new federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

    – Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash.

  • Police reports – January 16, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A large capacity gas-powered concrete saw was reported stolen from a Gonzales Concrete Finishing truck at a West Barr Street home about 9:25 a.m. Jan. 11. The saw is valued at $1,000.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    – Fire destroyed a recreational vehicle parked at a storage unit on Old Bailes Road on Jan. 9.

    The report said the owner was cleaning the RV and turning on the appliances when he noticed heavy smoke coming from the refrigerator area.

  • Wake-up call

    Ron Steele believes that New Year’s resolutions to get into shape are a waste of time.

    For the 45-year-old Steele, who has lost more than 100 pounds since 2004 in a life-long struggle against diabetes, the word diet means very little. 

    “I did not go on a diet,” he said. “I made a lifestyle change. To me, you fail because you go an a diet. I made up my mind to make a lifetime commitment. That’s the only way you’re going to succeed.”

  • Closing USCL would be a huge mistake

    I read with great concern the article regarding the proposed phasing out of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by Gov. Mark Sanford.

    To close this campus would be a huge mistake, eliminating the opportunity for a lot of young people to attend college.

    USCL allows high school graduates who did not make SAT scores high enough to be admitted to the University of South Carolina in Columbia or Winthrop the chance to start college courses, make the grades and later transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Governor’s cuts sends elitist message

    While I agree that there are indeed inefficiencies in our education system, I directly relate them to our leaders from Columbia. In the past several weeks Gov. Mark Sanford has used scare tactics to make a point.

    Instead of finding and providing resolutions to fix South Carolina’s economic drought, our governor shows hollow leadership proposing a budget that could devastate the city of Lancaster. It is very obvious that he cares for only those who “need” instead of those in need.

  • Frigid temps on way

    Lancaster County will be in the deep freezer by Friday morning.

    A cold front will pass through Thursday, allowing colder air to rush into area. Overnight on Thursday, the temperature is expected to drop to 16 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Friday night will be even colder, with a low of 11 degrees.

    Highs will be in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday’s high will only reach 33. Saturday’s high will be 38, according to the weather service.