Today's News

  • The devil knows my weakness

    Mrs. Sam Marks had been teaching us Bible stuff in Sunday school class for a while and I was finally starting to get the hang of some of it.

    Our latest lessons centered on the 10 Commandments. Most of ’em seem to make sense, but I was having a little trouble understanding just what “Thou shalt not covet” meant.

    “It means that we should not wish for things our friends have,” she said.

    Boy, that one was tough to swallow, especially if what you were coveting was a genuine leather cowboy holster set.

  • City Council to vote on budget

    Lancaster City Council is slated to vote on final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday.

    Recommendations in the $22.39 million budget include a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees. No staff layoffs are proposed.

    The proposed budget has a 3 percent increase in the fee for city water and sewer usage. Trash rates, though, will remain the same.

  • A blaze of Old Glory

    Most drivers passing by the Boy Scout hut in Elgin just off Kershaw-Camden Highway on Monday evening didn’t give the members of Boy Scout Troop 180 a second glance.

    Eleven Boy Scouts and three leaders with sweat stains dripping down the backs of their crisp, clean dress uniforms, stood at attention beneath a flag pole looking at the faded red, white and blue flag that hung over their heads.

  • Lancaster Area Ride Service a success

    Since its debut less than a year ago, the Lancaster Area Ride Service has more than doubled its ridership.

    Operated by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, LARS transports non-Medicaid recipients to appointments with licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. In a report to the county, Council on Aging executive director Sally Sherrin said ridership has dramatically increased since the service debuted last October.

  • GOP voters return to polls on Tuesday

    South Carolina voters will return to the polls Tuesday to vote in several statewide Republican runoffs.

    In the GOP race for governor, state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington, who fell just short of winning the party nomination in the June 8 primary, will face U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster.

    The winner will challenge state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, whose district includes part of Lancaster County. Sheheen easily won the Democratic primary for governor and faces no runoff.

  • Mayor Shaw: Lancaster has many bright spots

    Despite increased unemployment and a recent string of crime, Joe Shaw says there are a lot of things to be proud of in the city of Lancaster.

    The longtime mayor of Lancaster was the guest speaker at the Lancaster Lunch Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Shaw said Lancaster has experienced much growth during the 28 years he’s been mayor. There has been a new city hall, a second fire station as well as the addition of the Municipal Justice Center, which houses the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Two face charges in separate stabbings

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigated two stabbings within hours of each other on Thursday and early Friday.

    According to press releases, an argument between several people at a party on Taxahaw Road ended up with a 21-year-old Heath Springs man getting stabbed in the stomach.

    Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home at 1:25 a.m. and arrived to find the man holding a shirt to his abdomen. He was bleeding heavily, according to the release.

  • Work on the I-77 bridge spans in Chester County takes a new step

    The S.C. Department of Transportation reports that work on the bridge decks has begun on both the northbound and southbound spans on Interstate 77 at exit 62 in Chester County.

    Both bridges are being replaced following the discovery of cracks in some of the steel beams on the two bridges during a routine inspection on April 29.

  • What to do about violence?

    There wasn’t a large crowd, but that didn’t matter to Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris.

    Her crime watch group, Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, held a community forum Friday night at the Lancaster Police Department to discuss violence with a panel of guests, including pastors, city and county council members and law enforcement officials. About 15 people came out for the forum.

  • Celebrate summer a few days early

    The official start of summer is just a few days away.

    But there’s nothing wrong with getting started 12 days earlier by grabbing a tall glass of iced tea and sitting beneath a shade tree to enjoy it.

    This is the perfect time to do it, too. Thursday, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day.

    Americans have enjoyed a love affair with iced tea for more than 100 years.

    The beginnings of iced tea as America’s drink of choice are steeped in legend.