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Today's News

  • Do homework before buying new furniture

    Consumers often furniture shop without any sense of what they like, their long-term goals or even something as basic as the dimensions of the room you are buying furniture for.

    You should do the same amount of preparation when buying furniture that you do when buying a dishwasher, cell phone or computer. After all, a quality dining room table will cost more than those items and lasts longer.

    Before visiting a furniture store, do your homework so that you don't become a victim of a sofa that you don't want.

  • Help support Family Promise of Lancaster County

    Family Promise of Lancaster County started in September 2007. The essential backbone of any organized group is to have committees to collect needed information or recruit volunteer help.

    Family Promise is no different. The committees and their chairmen are: Host Recruitment Committee, the Rev. Dan Batson of First United Methodist Church, chairman: Fundraising Committee, Calvin Miller of Covenant Baptist Church, chairman: Public Relations, Mary Atkinson of St. Catherine Catholic Church, chairwoman and the Day Center with Chad Catledge of First Baptist Church as chairman.

  • Batter up for USC-L Lancers

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is ready to play ball.

    The Lancers, members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, are adding baseball to their athletic program.

    USC-L will play a 20-game schedule in the fall and a 56-game schedule in the spring of 2009.

    The Lancers will be led by coach Mike Prochaska, who has an extensive background in S.C. baseball.

  • Gregory represents county admirably

    It was all in the wording. The original S.C. Constitution outlawed gambling in the Palmetto State. But that changed in 1980s when a legislative loophole allowed payouts – in paper receipts not cash – for video poker. The receipts were then exchanged for cash.

    That act helped spur one of the most profitable businesses in South Carolina – video poker gambling. Video poker had been around since 1975, but it boomed in the 1980s and became a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Memories of a dear friend still linger

    Mary Jane Bailes Watson, who died in December, was a longtime friend. Our families shared good times together. We were Lancaster High School classmates.

    She left us for a faraway Pavilion gleaming amid the glow of a full moon, the incoming tide foaming over a sandy shoreline and those ever present salty breezes blowing through your hair.

    The sounds of 1950s beach music resounds as she moves across the dance floor with effortless ease as in days of old.

    Save a dance for us.

    Mary Alice Rankin Evans and W.B. Evans Jr., LHS Class of ’51

    Lancaster

  • Business owner thanks paper, staff for stance

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lancaster News for wishing and printing numerous times "Merry Christmas” for its subscribers, as society is pushing toward “Happy Holidays” or “Winter Holiday Wishes.”

    The Lancaster News staff and editor isn’t afraid of sticking to traditional values and standing proud of Lancaster County.

    Our business advertises weekly with The Lancaster News and Mica Jones, an advertising representative with The Lancaster News, also wasn’t afraid to use Merry Christmas once or twice.

  • Folic acid can give babies a healthier start

    It does take a little extra effort for a mother-to-be to eat healthy, but it has its benefits for her and the baby she's carrying. After all, she is eating for two.

    One of the most important nutrients pregnant women need is folic acid, a B-vitamin that is needed to ensure proper cell growth. It helps the neural tube (the part of the developing baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord) develop properly.

  • Sheriff won't seek 4th term

    Being charged with the protection of 71,000 residents is a large burden.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen worries every day about the people of Lancaster County. He worries about the safety of his deputies and whether he'll have enough money each year to adequately staff and equip the sheriff's office, detention center and E-911 center.

    Cauthen, 51, said he's thankful for the opportunities he's had during his 31 years in local law enforcement, and for the chance to serve three terms as sheriff.

  • Soldier ships out for 5th time

    INDIAN LAND - Military deployment has made life tough at times for Chris Fite and his wife, Amy.

    Chris, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, has just gone overseas again for his fifth tour of duty in five years. He left last week for Qater, Afghanistan, where he will work in a squadron that secures airplane runways.

    He expects to come back in May.

    Amy, an Indian Land native, says it's difficult having a loved one gone so often. The deployments create inconvenience, and when Chris is gone, she worries all the time about his safety.

  • Roads more deadly in '07

    Seven more people died on Lancaster County roads in 2007 than the year before, and the S.C. Highway Patrol points to alcohol use and the failure to use seat belts as major reasons for the spike.

    In 2007, 16 crashes in the county resulted in 17 fatalities. That's up substantially from 2006, when 10 crashes resulted in 10 fatalities.

    About half of the fatal crashes in the county last year were alcohol-related and about 70 percent are tied to non seat-belt use, Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said. Other key factors have been speeding and failing to yield to other vehicles.