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Today's News

  • John Howard: Mayor, soldier, family man

    John Howard played many roles over his nearly seven decades – husband, father, mayor, city councilman, soldier, radio deejay, insurance salesman – but one was surely closest to his heart.
    “The title he was most proud of – and I think he’d tell anybody – was ‘Papa John’ to his five grandkids,” Matt Howard said during Sunday’s memorial service for his father at Second Baptist Church.

  • 401 Special Olympians ready to compete

    Mary Beth Mize is focused on Friday with a Christmas-like excitement.
    Her anticipation is centered on the first-ever Lancaster County Special Olympics, scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Springdale Park in Lancaster.
    “I’m excited,” said Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, who is helping coordinate the event for special-needs students ages 4 to 21 from across the county. “The response to our event has been amazing.”

  • Chris Timmons named AJMS principal

    The Lancaster County school board Tuesday night named Chris Timmons the next principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, which should reopen next week after extensive fire repairs.
    “I’m beside myself, to be honest,” said Timmons, who will replace the retiring Daryl Hinson at the end of the school year.
    Timmons is currently the assistant principal at Buford High School. He was the assistant principal at Buford Middle School for eight years, before being moved to the high school in September 2017.

  • Council denies church’s rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 April 9 to deny a conditional-use application that would let bilingual Chinese-American congregation Truth In Grace Bible Church build a sanctuary on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, who made the motion to deny, noted that neighboring residents and property owners submitted a 103-signature petition asking county leaders to reject the application. 

  • Nurturing rare skills

    Becca Brennan, Abe Danaher and Reema Vaidya
    Columbia Voice

    It’s organized chaos as you walk into Palmetto Strings on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue.
    The small violin-repair shop is bursting with instruments, tools and craftsmanship as owner Gregg Lange emerges from the back room, an instrument in one hand, a tool in the other.

  • Town rallies around Talf

    CHARLOTTE – Talf Wrenn, 23, has been a fighter since he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at just three-years-old. The disorder generally affects the voluntary muscles in early childhood, which ultimately placed him in a wheelchair.
    On March 27, Wrenn began what his family – parents Will and Meg and siblings Caroline and Hammond – feared would be his last fight. He went to a local doctor for what was treated as a cold, but later that night he stopped breathing. His heart had stopped.

  • Needed: 45 more voting machines

    Lancaster County is short 45 voting machines of the required number required by state law, and there’s not much the county can do about it.
    “The election commission is an unfunded mandate,” said Rick Crimminger, Lancaster County Election Commission chairman. “The state says we got to have it, but doesn’t fund it. When you have this kind of growth, you got to deal with it.
    “It used to be 35,000 registered voters in the county and now it’s up to 58,000,” he said.

  • IL looks to move on, unify after vote

    It’s been 20 days since Indian Land voters chose overwhelmingly not to incorporate.
    So, now what?
    For one thing, do not expect another incorporation organizing effort any time soon, said John A. Delfausse, vice president and treasurer of pro-incorporation Voters for a Town of Indian Land.
    Years down the line perhaps those who opposed incorporation will eventually seek it, he said.
    “But I don’t think you’re going see that effort from the group that just completed this exercise.”

  • Mayor Howard’s funeral today

    A service celebrating the late Lancaster Mayor John Howard’s life is 2 p.m. today, April 15, at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway.
    The family will receive visitors after the service and at other times at his daughter’s home in Fort Mill.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood through the Lancaster County Partners for Youth or the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com.

  • Tax deadline coming soon

    If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, now is the time to do so.
    They must be filed by midnight April 17. This is the absolute, drop-dead deadline when the IRS will quit accepting filings electronically. If you file by mail, as long as your return is postmarked before the deadline, it will be accepted.
    The date is traditionally April 15, but when it falls on a weekend it is pushed to the following Monday. This year it was pushed to Tuesday, April 17, because Washington, D.C., is celebrating its emancipation holiday on Monday.