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Today's News

  • Garris: We must listen to citizens, take action

    Tamara Green Garris is fiercely proud of her hometown, and says she’s running for mayor to continue moving it forward.
    “I’m native born in Lancaster – raised and reared,” the 44-year-old mayor pro tem said Thursday. “I grew up in the district I represent.
    “I won’t be the kind of mayor that will only show up on Tuesday or at budget meetings,” she said. “I will go out and touch citizens by working with them and listening to them.”

  • For 40 years, Sue Heath snipped hair, made friends

    Sue Heath presided for 40 years over a gathering place for moms, daughters and friends – a beloved, over-the-top personality who creatively embellished everything she touched.
    Heath, owner of University Hair Center, died unexpectedly in her sleep Tuesday. She was 60.

  • Tameka Morrow, the sole filer, gets Heath Springs council seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lone candidate Tameka Morrow won Tuesday’s special election in Heath Springs to fill the at-large town council seat vacated in January when Eddie Moore was sworn in as mayor.
    Just 37 votes were cast, with Morrow getting 35 of them. She will be sworn in before the May 15 town council meeting.

  • City finance chief Driggers resigns

    After just nine months on the job, Lancaster Finance Director Daniel Driggers has resigned effective May 11.
    “It is with a heavy heart that I offer my resignation…. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me,” Driggers said in a Thursday interview. “Council has been really supportive of me, and everyone has made me feel welcome here.
    “It’s been a pleasure. I hope that I’ve helped the city during my time here,” he said.

  • BMS 12-year-old undergoes surgery for leg fracture

    Tucker Wallace, a 12-year-old Buford Middle School student, was airlifted from the school Wednesday afternoon after suffering a compound leg fracture.
    “He was outside playing and went and jumped on a little hill and landed on it wrong,” said Todd Wallace, Wallace’s father. “When he landed on it, he heard it pop, and felt the worst pain he’s ever felt.”
    Teachers and students came to his aid, and called 911. When EMS personnel couldn’t find a pulse in his foot, they airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

  • Kershaw officials expect $142K in purchases, requiring tax hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents should brace for a tax increase in the next fiscal year.
    The town council passed first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night to fund up to $142,000 in equipment and capital-improvement purchases with general obligation bonds, which must be repaid through property tax revenue.
    Exactly how much Kershaw taxes could go up is unknown, said Mayor Mark Dorman, but the town needs to watch every dollar it spends.
    “I want to be as conservative as I can to make sure we get what we need, not what we want,” he said.

  • 5 easy, daily steps to make you healthier

    We all want to be healthy. We want to eat healthy, feel healthy and have healthy relationships.
    There is no lack of information on ways to achieve this. In fact, one could argue there are too many articles telling us the “secret” to feeling good.
    You can find generic articles about eating whole foods, getting eight hours of sleep each night and drinking plenty of water. This is all is good advice, but it’s so general.
    Today I want to share five very specific things that you can do to move the needle toward a healthier you.

  • County takes a punch

    Sunday’s sudden, fierce windstorm walloped Lancaster County, shutting off power to more than 4,000 homes and businesses, several hundred of which were still out early Tuesday.
    The gusts toppled trees across the county, with some landing on houses, vehicles and power lines. No injuries were reported.

  • Local attorney DeVenny plans run for mayor

    Lancaster lawyer Alston DeVenny on Tuesday announced his candidacy in the special election to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    “I’m running to continue John’s good work and keep Lancaster moving forward,” said DeVenny, 56, a former two-term county council member. “I will be a mayor for all people. It’s time we move beyond old grievances and tired thinking….
    “I believe we have a great opportunity to grow together and show folks that Lancaster is a wonderful place to live, work and play,” he said.

  • 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.