Today's News

  • Not time for extravagant building

    I am appalled to know that with this dire economy in a town whose citizens are struggling to keep their families afloat our town leaders are planning to spend $33 million on a new courthouse.

    The people of Lancaster are reeling under the onslaught of lost jobs resulting in the repossession of their homes and cars, loss of medical insurance, rising food, fuel, and utility cost, not to even mention education for our children.

  • Relay for Life earns deserved recognition

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to highway patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of highway patrol.

  • Writer concerned about elderly neighbor

    I was startled by a knock on the door about 10 p.m. Jan. 3. A stranger at the door said my neighbor had sent him over.

    In the distance I could hear my neighbor calling out to me. I grabbed my phone and followed the stranger off my porch. As we crossed the street, he told me that he was passing by and my neighbor flagged him down.

    The night was very cold. I found my 94-year-old neighbor on her front porch. I asked what was she doing there and why she didn’t call me on the phone? She said her power and telephone went out.

  • Family grateful for pet rescue

    I would like to thank the Pettits, who rescued our dog from a creek. He had been missing for a couple of days and I decided to text a coworker who lives a few miles away to see if he was in her neighborhood. She immediately texted me back with information on his location.

    It turns out this nice man heard our dog, a 100-pound lab, wimpering from the creek. He went to check it out and our dog had been struggling for quite some time to get out.

  • USCL lifeline to county

    During Gov. Mark Sanford’s recent State of the State address, he cited the sterling example of Landsford Canal State Park superintendent Al James in neighboring Chester County.

    James drew Sanford’s praise for saving the life of kayakers on the Catawba River last summer. He  noted James “put himself in harm’s way” to perform his duty.

    If Sanford was impressed by James’ example, then he will soon learn, if he hasn’t already, that people from this area are known for an all-out effort to save something precious.

  • Spiritual Spoofs

    The ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) don’t apologize for rewriting secular songs with Christian lyrics to create a Christian message.

    Musicians J. Jackson, Keith Haynie, Jimmy Tanner and Bill Hubauer have been described as a cross between “Weird Al Yankovic and Billy Graham.”

    With their mixture of comedy, parody and contemporary Christian music, Jackson said who they sound like isn’t the focus.

    “It’s reaching the lost and teaching the least,” Jackson said. 

  • Don’t wait too late to express views about USCL

    I am writing in reference to Furman Joye’s letter, “Relax, Sanford’s proposal just that – proposal.” Joye said we shouldn’t make rude and crude remarks. He’s right. We shouldn’t make personal attacks on a person’s character.

    However, I don’t think we should write condescending letters either. When Joye wrote “Relax, Little Red Hen, the sky is not falling,” he was writing to adults as if they were children.

    Sanford’s proposal is simply a proposal. I think most of us get that.

  • Cut spending before closing USCL

    I am writing in regard to our so-called governor. Lancaster has already lost more than it can stand. Lancaster Springs Plant is only a memory. Grace Complex gone. Elliott, Leroy and Close plants are all gone. Our jobs have gone overseas. No one is hiring. Now Gov. Mark Sanford wants to close our college.

  • Lancaster area, USC – successful partnership

    It was early 1959. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce had announced that a major goal for 1958-59 was to investigate the possibility of establishing a college in Lancaster.

    Julian Starr, publisher of The Lancaster News, was named chairman of the committee to pursue this goal. As Chamber of Commerce manager, it was my responsibility to assist Starr and his committee in their work.

  • Chance meeting brings duo here

    Who would believe that an event halfway around the world could bring a classical cello and piano concert to Lancaster?

    But that’s the connection that’s bringing the Jesselson/Fugo Duo to First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. performance.

    In 1981, retired University of South Carolina at Lancaster English professor Betty Hodges traveled to China.

    Since then, Hodges has regularly joined other “Chinaphiles” for reunions.