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Today's News

  • 7 prospects eye former customer service center

    The buildings at Springs Global's Grace Complex may provide jobs once again to county residents.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said seven projects are looking at the company's former customer service center, which once housed about 600 customer service representatives for the textile giant.

    Those prospects have come from leads from both the state Department of Commerce and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a 16-county, nonprofit economic development organization based in Charlotte.

  • Don’t take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas

    As I drove down Main Street of my hometown, Lancaster, I couldn’t help but notice that the city had installed flags on the street to celebrate the CHRISTmas season. Instead of having on them Merry CHRISTmas it was Happy Holidays.

    I couldn’t believe that my hometown was going the way of the world by removing CHRIST from CHRISTmas.

    I say shame on you City Council if you allowed this to happen. But we still have the CHRISTmas parade thank you, and not the holiday parade.

    What’s next? If CHRIST is left out of CHRISTmas we have an empty celebration.

  • Once mighty textile company now employs only a few hundred here

    The once-mighty Springs Industries is just a shadow of itself in Lancaster County.

    For years, the Fort Mill-based company, now called Springs Global, was the largest employer in Lancaster, Chester and York counties, where the company was centered.

    It was also the largest taxpayer in South Carolina.

    At its peak about 20 years ago, the company employed 17,000 people in South Carolina, more people than any other company.

  • Hughes inspires others to do their best

    The recent resignation of Ernie Hughes as head football coach at Andrew Jackson marks the end of an coaching era in Lancaster County.

    Hughes has been working high school football sidelines for 35 seasons. Over a third of that time was spent in Lancaster County.

    Hughes also served as the head football coach at neighboring Buford High School. A Winnsboro native, Hughes guided the Jackets from 1989-1994.

    He served as the Volunteers’ football coach from 2003 to this past fall.

  • City put up ‘ugly’ holiday flags in downtown Lancaster

    I’m a retired decorator from the South Park Mall area, but I live in downtown Lancaster. I noticed that the city of Lancaster has put up these ugly happy holiday flags instead of the beautiful decorations they have had in Christmases past. I was very disappointed in the lack of Christmas spirit from the city of Lancaster. The city has the power to put up the Christmas decorations and celebrate the birth of Christ.

    After all this is the Christmas season.

    James H. Gay Jr.

    Lancaster

  • Greater New Hope opens soup kitchen

    It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, but joy seemed to warm the hearts of Greater New Hope Christian Association volunteers when they cut the ribbon to open the Hill area's new soup kitchen.

    Local dignitaries joined Greater New Hope Church members and the Rev. Ronald Cunningham, minister of the church, to open the soup kitchen.

    Opening the soup kitchen was the culmination of five years of work, turning the once "juke joint" location, where alcohol and drugs were sold, into a place of bodily and spiritual nourishment.

  • School conversion almost complete

    INDIAN LAND – David McDonald, principal at Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, will serve as administrator of two schools when the middle school population begins classes in a new building next semester.

    Crews have been working since the summer to convert the former Indian Land High School to the new middle school. Moving the middle schoolers to a separate building is another way to help deal with the population growth in the Panhandle.

    With nearly 1,300 students, the ILEMS population is the second-largest of any school in Lancaster County School District.

  • Jackets drop pair to Knights

    BOONETOWN – Buford’s road trip to Class A foe North Central resulted in a pair of losses to the Knights on Friday night.In the opener, the NC girls downed the Lady Jackets 39-27. The BHS boys dropped a 72-62 loss to the Knights.In the boys’ game, the third period proved to be the difference.North Central held a 37-35 edge at the break and came out with a crucial 14-5 run in the third period to take a 51-40 lead.“We came out a little flat in the second half and had some key turnovers,” BHS coach Jeff Moyer said.

  • Juvenile drug court threatened due to dwindling grant funds

    There's a threat to a county program that has done some good for Lancaster County teenagers addicted to drugs.

    The Lancaster County Drug Court, a program financed mainly through state and federal grants since its inception in 2003, is facing an all-time success rate but also a funding crunch.

    The grant sources are dwindling each year, making it harder to operate, said drug court coordinator Jeff Phillips.

  • Perez on mission to help people of his homeland

    Jose Perez's visit to his homeland this holiday season will carry extra meaning.

    Perez, a Lancaster resident, had planned to leave for Tabasco, Mexico, on Saturday night to provide assistance to people there affected by the massive flooding in late October and early November.

    Heavy rains hit Tabasco and Chiapas, leading to the widespread flooding that has affected more than a million people.

    Tabasco and Chiapas are two Mexican states in the southern part of the country.