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Today's News

  • Council must back its decision

    We think there's a major question that County Council members need to consider before they enact more stringent animal-control laws. And that is: Is the county planning to hire more animal-control personnel to make sure that people abide by the rules? We're cynical, so we find ourselves questioning whether there would be any real point to such legislation.

    Council on Monday gave the first of three approvals to an ordinance that would tighten several of the county's animal control laws, including how an owner provides water and shelter for dogs kept outside.

  • Aunt Bess found a way to help out soldiers

    By 1942, "Uncle Sam" was finally getting his act together when it came to all this war business, or so it seemed.

    So were we.

    At the time, First Presbyterian Church – with its huge silver Mason cap roof – was at the corner of Main and Gay Streets.

    The church became the preferred site of frequently held socials for far-from-home soldiers who were passing through here on maneuvers.

  • You got hair cut, slice of life in 'hole'

    Recently looking over some old photographs of downtown and news of the death of an uptown guy sent me down memory lane.

    The death of Frank Ghent took me back in time when downtown was a hopping place in the Red Rose City.

    Mr. Ghent, who died Feb. 26, was one of the two barbers at "the hole," also known as the Friendly Barber Shop.

    The place was quite friendly, but what about "the hole?"

  • Punishment unjust for animal fighting

    This is the last time I am responding about my support of cockfighting unless I am summoned to speak in Columbia. Quite frankly I am tired of repeating myself. I am coughing on all the smoke being used to cloud the true issue.

  • Local singer/songwriter on his way

    INDIAN LAND - Singer, songwriter and recording artist Derek McFarland, who recently released his second contemporary country CD, "I'll Show You Where," performed for neighbors and friends in his BridgeMill community recently, and is ready to share his talents with South Carolina and the rest of the country.

  • Woman fights off assailants

    A woman said she fought back against two men who invaded her Old Blackmon Lane home about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    The woman, who was home alone, is friends with one of the men and knows of the other man.

    They were at the house then left for about 15 minutes before returning.

    When they returned, one asked to use her phone. While he was on the phone, the other man entered the house with a shotgun.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, both men yelled at the woman, asking her, "What you got?"

  • Storm causes some damage

    It has been reported that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County during Tuesday's severe storms.

    The National Weather Service reported that a weak tornado briefly touched down in the county four miles east-northeast of Great Falls in Lancaster County. The tornado, which was on the ground for about a mile and was about 40 yards wide, downed some trees, according to the storm report.

    Lancaster County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

  • Atlanta Rhythm Section rekindles bond to USCL

    Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboardist Dean Daughtry is a lot older than he used to be.

    That's OK. I am, too.

    Times sure have changed – but here I am – as Daughtry and fellow ARS members Andy Anderson, David Anderson, Jim Keeling, Justin Senker and Steve Stone turn back the clock for me and a group of friends.

    I'm sitting here in Bundy Auditorium with Jimmy Addison, Ken Henry, Terry Marshall Povey, Tom Moore, Mark "Green Horn" Starnes and Jono Rabley, who attended the University of South Carolina at Lancaster from 1978-80.

  • Students benefit from collaboration

    Often when Tigers and Gamecocks meet, somebody's departing in a down mode. Such wasn't the case at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus last month.

    When those who bleed garnet and those who have orange in their veins met that day, their smiles were akin to those worn when one state rival downs another.

    The happy event was the check presentations following the sixth annual Big Thursday golf tournament.

  • Cruelty has no place in the world

    I have another comment on how cruelty is not right. It could be to a child who has no one to care about him or her or their feelings, whether it be from an arrogant bully at school or an insensitive gossip at work or elsewhere. It could be an elderly person who can't help himself or herself and are at the mercy of someone who has power over them. It could also be to any living being.

    The point seems to be that there are those who love this power over those who can't help themselves.