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Today's News

  • Election is not a popularity contest

    I begin this letter by introducing myself once again as a proud wife and mother, as well as a conservative Republican by choice. I recently commented in The Lancaster News editorial section regarding the upcoming Senate District 16 election setting Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, against Democratic candidate Mandy Powers-Norrell for the vacated seat in November. Apparently, my letter stirred some attention to this race.

  • Citizens face worse issues than threat of vouchers

    When asked what the major issue facing our district, Mandy Powers-Norrell answered, “The threat of school vouchers.” School vouchers?

    Was that really her answer or was it a misprint by The Lancaster News to make her look foolish and out of touch with the citizens of Lancaster?

    With Lancaster County unemployment at 9.9 percent, I doubt the threat of school vouchers is keeping those affected up at night. My guess is they are worried if they will be able to find a job.

  • USC-L's Walters earns Region X Player of the Year

    The USCL Lancer golf team hosted the Division III Region X Championship on April 14-15 at the Lancaster Golf Club.The five-team field played 36 holes, with perennial Division III power Louisburg College winning by 13 strokes over USC-Lancaster.Louisburg’s total was 608, while the the Lancers carded a 621.“We had a good chance to bring home the crown. We were only three shots behind after the first day,” said USCL golf coach Rick Walters. “Drew Walters and Stephen Adeimy played excellent on Monday.

  • Line, linebacker key in Tigers' '08 season

    If Clemson solves two question mark areas, the Tigers’ football team could be looking at an exclamation-point season in 2008.Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden, addressing 190 Tiger fans at the annual Lancaster County Clemson Club meeting Monday night at the Fairway Room, said the Tigers’ offensive line and linebacker are major questions coming out of spring practice.“Those are our biggest questions,” Bowden said. “We lose four starters in the offensive line and we could start two freshmen.

  • Nurse killed in Pineville had local ties

    Virginia Sanchez's life began in turmoil, say her grandparents, the Rev. Bill and Saundra Ferguson of Lancaster.

    Sanchez lived with different family members when she was young, including with the Fergusons. She was emancipated from her parents at 16.

    "She had some teenage problems, like a lot of teenagers do," Saundra Ferguson said. "It took a while to get past that, but she was starting to turn her life around."

  • Straight-A student's angry plans for 'Columbine III'

    CHESTERFIELD – "He recognized his anger."

    Chesterfield Police Chief Randall Lear offered insight into the mind of Chesterfield High senior Ryan Schallenberger, 18, who was charged Saturday with plotting to detonate bombs at his school.

    Lear said the young man was angry – and had planned to let the world know.

    Deputies charged the high school senior Saturday after finding plans for an assault on students and teachers. Schallenberger called his plan "Columbine III," police said.

  • Family grateful for law officers monument

    We would like to thank the Raos, the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Committee, the sponsors and all who contributed to the law officers memorial in any way. We were so pleased with the memorial service and dedication on April 16 and honored that our dad, B. Frank Sowell’s name was placed on such a beautiful monument. Thank you all for such a wonderful tribute to these fallen officers.

    The Sowell family (Reba Sowell Hallman)

    Lancaster

  • Support Relay for Life Friday

    Lancaster County is known as a place where caring and giving people live. Those with even a slight hint of doubt about the citizens of Lancaster County need to be at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

    Your doubt will fade as the sun sinks and droves of people file in to continue to battle cancer.

    That’s when the annual Relay for Life unfolds. The stadium is spacious and that’s good because Relay draws a packed field as people from all walks of life gather to continue the fight to defeat cancer.

  • Vaughn dissents on referendum issue

    Most of County Council agreed to appoint a committee that will determine the needs of the county and write a bond referendum question for voters in the November election.

    Council passed a resolution at its April 7 meeting to form the Lancaster County capital projects sales tax commission. The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Bryan Vaughn voting against it.

    The committee will be made up of three members appointed by County Council and two from Lancaster City Council. The two members from City Council will appoint one more member, who will be from either Heath Springs or Kershaw.

  • Heath Springs streets look like landfills

    Something needs to be done about littering in the southern end of our town. I live in this part of town near the projects.

    Ride down these streets any time of day or night and you will see liquor bottles, beer bottles, diapers, marijuana bags, couches and mattresses strewn in ditches.

    After I got home from work Tuesday, someone had discarded a headboard in the ditch behind my home. A little way down the street are piles of trash and mattresses that have been there for months.