Today's News

  • Thomas steps down from council

    With a chorus of applause and a standing ovation from his fellow council members, Fred Thomas officially stepped down from Lancaster County Council at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

    After serving more than seven years, Thomas will soon be sworn in as a county magistrate judge, a position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    “I’ve enjoyed serving Lancaster County,” Thomas said. “Each and every one of you means something different to me, but all good. I love you all.”

  • Playhouse hands out Rosie awards

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County recently handed out its annual Rosie awards to performers and crew members for the 2008-09 season.

    The Rosies for each show are determined by general audience votes.

    Season awards are voted on by Playhouse members.

  • City awaits word on funding for projects

    The city of Lancaster is awaiting word on which of its roads will be picked for repairs.

    In late March, Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director, submitted a list of roads to the County Transportation Committee (CTC) and Lancaster County public works for resurfacing.

    The CTC is appointed by the state legislative delegation and decides which roads throughout the county will receive improvements funded by the state gas tax.

  • Super swimmer just likes to swim

    INDIAN LAND – Jada Norman dives in the pool and performs just about every maneuver you’d expect to see from a seasoned swimmer.

    Jada, 10, does the butterfly and breaststroke with ease, and can swim long distances using the backstroke.

    Her ability to easily glide through the water may make you wonder just how good Jada will be in years to come. But if you ask her, swimming competitively or for acclaim is not even part of the plan.

    She simply does it for fun.

  • ILHS student writes, publishes first novel

    INDIAN LAND – It only took a couple of words to spark Taylor Altier’s imagination.

    Altier, 16, was working as a restaurant hostess at Murphy’s Tavern in south Charlotte when a word caught her attention.

    From there, the Indian Land High School student created what would soon be her own self-published novel.

  • Police reports - July 19 , 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Someone stole a gold bracelet and two gold rings between noon Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday from a Hudson Street home.

    The victim got back from work to find his home ransacked. The jewelry is valued at $2,000. There were no signs of forced entry.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Mitchell Scott Pate, 22, 2844 Beth Drive, was charged June 11 with simple possession of marijuana.

  • Economists: Recession improving just slightly

    In June, two economists have shared their views on the economy, the recession and when we will see some relief.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union Association, and Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wachovia Bank, echoed each other’s sentiments about the economic forecast for South Carolina, our nation and the world.

  • Writer cautions Americans to be alert

    In reviewing the events of recent weeks, I am reminded of the words of the late German Professor Martin Niemoller in speaking of events that occurred in Germany. Professor Niemoller had a famous poem that read:

    When the Nazis came for the Communists

    I remained silent;

    I was not a Communist.

    Then they locked up the social democrats.

    I remained silent;

    I was not a social democrat.

    Then they came for the trade unionists.

    I did not speak out;

    I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews.

  • Deeper in debt, with no hopes of recovery

    Following is a letter to U.S. Sen. John Spratt: The people in our Congressional District have long held you in high esteem. Those of us in the opposing party have admired your intellect, honesty and candor.

    What has happened ? You have risen, through your abilities and perseverance, to very near the top of the ladder in the U.S. House. Yet you have helped your party, in the last six months, pass legislation that ensures that our future generations will be laden with debt beyond belief.

  • Is there a fair solution for PHFD?

    Yes or no, sometimes it just isn’t that simple. But right now the future of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is being framed as just that – a yes or no question.

    County Council is considering a recommendation from the county’s fire commission to close the station. Council members may take a vote on the question at its July 27 meeting.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Lancaster County Fire Service, presented a compelling case for closing the department at Monday night’s County Council meeting.