Today's News

  • Taking a stand against alcohol

    It hurts Karl Kakadelis to speak in front of crowds, but he knows it’s something he has to do.

    On Wednesday evening, he spoke with his head down, taking long pauses in between sentences. He would glance toward the audience and then begin to talk about his big mistake – a mistake he regrets every day of his life. His story is quite appropriate, as he was the guest speaker at a special town hall meeting on underage drinking, held Wednesday at the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Buford rezoning measure passes second hurtle

    Despite a complaint from a concerned resident, County Council voted unanimously Monday to approve second reading of a rezoning request for an old Buford night club.

    Council reviewed a rezoning request from Collins Realty for a 2.41-acre tract of property at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road. The realty company has asked that the property, formerly the B&W night club, be rezoned to allow a cabinet shop to operate in the 5,600-square-foot building, which is now vacant.

  • Candidates can begin campaigns

    Filing ended Tuesday at noon for candidates wishing to run for several political offices this year.

    Republican or Democratic candidates looking to run for County Council Districts 2, 4, and 6, probate judge or state House seats for District 44 and District 45 were required to file with their parties by noon on March 30.

  • Staffers win 7 awards in SCPA contest

    The Lancaster News staffers won seven awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting held this weekend in Columbia. The Alabama Press Association were the judges for this year’s entries.

    Christopher M. Lucas, news coordinator, won first place in page design, with “Ghouls and Goblins.” The judges wrote, “Page is a lot of fun and the listings are broken up in a way that is easy to read. I like  how the illustration interacts with the text box. My eye goes straight to the center of the page. Color scheme fits the Halloween theme.”

  • Kershaw plans two events remembering children

    KERSHAW – In March 1999, David Kellin’s son, Chandler, died during his premature birth.

    A year later, Kellin’s daughter, Sara, was born at 25 weeks old. She was put on life support in neonatal intensive care but suffered a pulmonary embolism. After three days, Kellin had to make the decision to take his daughter off life support.

    “We let her go peacefully,” Kellin said.

    Kellin runs Kershaw Counseling, a private counseling practice for adults and children, in the evenings and on weekends.

  • City upholds officer's firing - updated April 1

    Pat Parsons will not get his job back.

    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Parsons, who had worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 11 years.

    Parsons, 50, a sergeant, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    The two said in their February complaints that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Annual Friends Concert is Sunday

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts and EMK Music will present a Friends Concert on Sunday afternoon.

    The classical concert will feature local and regional musicians, including flutist Erin Moon-Kelly, pianist Margaret Walsh-Monroe and soprano Michelle Evans Jarell.

    The concert will begin at 3 p.m at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster.

    Admission is free, but the Arts Council will take donations for future performing arts programs.

  • Statewide effort to limit alcohol to teens

    Karl Kakadelis’ sobering speech about the dangers of underage drinking and driving was part of a statewide campaign to raise awareness about teenagers and alcohol.

    In a statewide effort that began Friday and will last through April 11, law enforcement, prevention specialists and other community members will coordinate activities aimed at limiting access to alcohol by  people under age 21. Officials hope increased enforcement and a public education blitz will promote a safe prom season and end to the school year.

  • Bowater lays off 40 workers

    Abitibi Bowater has let go of more of its employees.

    The paper mill located in Catawba just across the county line laid off 20 workers on March 26 and another 20 on Wednesday, said Barry Baker, the mill’s human resources manager.

    The reductions were made in all operating departments throughout the mill, he said.

    “This is part of our reorganization to lower costs and become more efficient as we emerge from bankruptcy protection,” Baker said. “These were some very good employees and we regret having to take these steps.”

  • District layoffs possible

    Teachers will be laid off and classroom sizes will increase next year, according to officials with Lancaster County School District.

    Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, says the district is expecting to receive a funding reduction of between $8 million and $10 million for the 2010-2011 school year.

    To make up for the shortfall, officials are looking at layoffs, furloughs, fee increases and program restructuring as possibilities, Walker said.