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Today's News

  • Council to discuss bond proposal

    County Council will discuss forming a committee Monday that will recommend capital projects that should be included in a November referendum.

    Council is considering a 1-cent sales tax to pay for projects, such as building a new courthouse, expanding the main library and public works facilities, improving utility lines in the county’s municipalities.

    A courthouse could cost at least $20 million. Because the county can’t borrow money for all the projects, the public would vote on a bond package during the general election in November.

  • Springs Memorial looking to honor a special nurse

    Springs Memorial Hospital’s Patient Choice Award will recognize the quality care, comfort and compassion offered by its nurses, honoring one nurse in particular.

    Continuing the tradition of the last few years, this program, which solicits input from the community, will culminate with one nurse at Springs Memorial receiving the Patient Choice Award during Nurses’ Week, May 6-12.

    Why would SMH be asking former patients to be so involved in spotlighting an exceptional nurse, rather than making the choice internally?

  • City ponders clock tower funding

    Lancaster City Council is moving forward on a project to create a monument to Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant and the employees who worked at the plant for many years.

    While the mill is now gone, its tower clock has been refurbished and the city is now hoping to place it inside a monument that will stand somewhere in downtown Lancaster.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the majority of council wants the monument on the island in Elm Street that faces Main Street from the west. That would be part of an effort to beautify the southern part of downtown, she said.

  • Event draws folks to check out works of local artists

    Art aficionados strolled around downtown Lancaster’s galleries Friday night for a new event sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, called the Spring Arts Draw.

    Art lovers checked out the unique vases by Ben Davison and the shadowy, two-dimensional works of Michael Ehlbeck at the Springs House, home of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. Then it was on to Picture Perfect on Catawba Street, where many shared a laugh with the owner of the picture-framing business, Mark Plyler.

  • Bruins hoping soccer playoff run continues

    The Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ soccer team has been in postseason play for three seasons running.

    The LHS girls, led by coach Lara Johnson, hope to keep the streak going this spring.

    “Every year we set a goal to make it to the playoffs,” Johnson said. “This year is no exception.”

    The Lady Bruins have their share of veterans who hope to lead LHS back to the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs.

    Senior players include Danielle Belk, Paige Brumfield, Lindsey Lyles, Elizabeth Simpson and Tesha Tipton, the team’s goalie.

  • Two face drug charges after warrants executed

    Two Lancaster County men were arrested on several drug charges after separate search warrants were executed Thursday.

    John Ervin Carnes II, 21, of 2331 Old Blackmon Lane, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine between 28 and 100 grams, distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Jackets rally, trip Warriors

    Buford rallied from a 4-0 deficit to post a 6-4 home win over county rival Indian Land on Wednesday.

    Colt Ellis, who worked three innings, was the winning pitcher. He allowed no runs and struck out three. Dillon Hydrick went four frames and yielded four runs, three hits, two walks and hit two batters.

    Senior Christian Dickson led the Yellow Jackets’ attack with two hits. Ellis drilled a hit and drove in a run. Jacob Jamison added a hit inBuford’s two-run victory.

  • Doster's selection is deserving

    The University of South Carolina Upstate is in for a treat. Lancaster native Bob Doster, an internationally acclaimed artist, has been selected as the featured sculptor for the 2008-09 season.

    The Doster exhibition, featuring six pieces of his work, will be showcased on the Spartanburg area campus starting in April.

    The irony of Doster's selection is many of his works are abstractions similar to the sculpture on the campus.

  • Writer questions legislators' 'support' of public education

    As an educator, I am quite surprised that Al Simpson, chairman of the S.C. State Board of Education, would deceive the voters of Lancaster County.

    In his editorial, "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News, Simpson said he takes “his service on this board very seriously and spends an enormous amount of time in Columbia."

    He also said that "Rep. Mick Mulvaney helped craft legislation that eliminated the dreaded PACT test in our schools."

  • It sure pays to be lucky

    For some reason, boys of all ages (including me) have a lifelong fascination and obsession with automobiles.

    It’s something we grew up with, or at least I did.

    In back of our house was a magnificent, full-size garage complete with windows, a wooden floor, workbench and hinged doors.

    To one side of it was a slanted shed where the Model A was kept.

    We called it the “big car shed.” It was home to “Old Betsy,” our big, black four-door Dodge.

    We always kept the garage doors closed up tight whenever Old Betsy was home.