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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Looks like we’re in for nasty weather

    Power outages are possible today, April 15, as severe weather moves across the Carolinas.
    According to the National Weather Service, a cold front is expected to bring severe thunderstorms into the Western Carolinas and across the Eastern Carolinas during the day.
    Strong winds are expected, with gusts up to 35-40 mph and sustained winds of 15-20 mph. Rainfall totals could reach between 1 and 2 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.

  • ‘Success Starts Today’ says author

    Altheresa Goode Howard, a local pastor and inspirational speaker, has co-written a book on personal empowerment and success, titled “Success Starts Today.”
    Celebrity Press published the book March 22, which also features content from Jack Canfield – a world-renowned entrepreneur, professional speaker and best-selling author – and other contributors.
    Howard was chosen as a co-writer because of her own commitment to professional success and her expertise in the motivational speaking industry.

  • ‘Death Ahoy’ – Murder mystery on the high seas

    Folks in Lancaster will have a chance to try their hand at being detectives Thursday as part of an evening of entertainment with “Death Ahoy,” an audience-interactive investigation into the mysterious death of Sunny Sails, cruise director on the good ship “Legendary Carnival.”
    Each audience member will become part of an investigative team and work with the chief detective to question suspects and help figure out “whodunit.” Cast members of the Charlotte Murder Mystery Company portray the chief detective and suspects.

  • Bright Light Baptist offers messages of hope

    The women’s ministry of Bright Light Baptist Church of Heath Springs is hosting a free survivor-themed conference from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
    “This conference is to let women know we are all survivors of something,” said Bright Light Baptist spokeswoman and deaconess Beverly Cunningham. “And through God, all things are possible if we just have faith.”

  • Column: Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for caring

    Editor’s note: Tom Rosshirt, a national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a foreign affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore, wrote this column about Barbara Bush in 2012. The former first lady died Tuesday at 92.

    My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.

  • Senate update: Nuke debacle and a lot more

    The General Assembly is like the weather in that it rarely remains tranquil. Whether self-induced, or unrelated to our actions, something always stirs the place up.
    This session it’s the cessation of construction at the Jenkinsville nuclear reactors meant to power South Carolina for the next generation. The plug was pulled due to myriad problems, including the bankruptcy of the contractor, Westinghouse. What’s left is $9 billion in debt and a lot of questions.

  • Horn wins third national crown

    Indian Land area youth wrestler Joshua Horn has captured his third national wrestling title.

    Horn, who had a slow start to his wrestling season with a broken ankle to miss the first two months of mat action, came on strong.

    Horn finished on top with his third national title.

    He traveled to the AAU All-American Spring Nationals in Kingsport, Tenn., where he had three straight pins earning him his third national title.

    He was also named “All-American Wrestler” for the sixth time.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models Return

    The popular Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series returns to Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night to highlight racing action.

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models were at LMS on March 31 when Brian “Meathead” Carswell took the lead in the opening laps, but was pressured by Ricky Weeks for numerous laps.

    Weeks made his move on Carswell to take the lead exiting turn four. Weeks pulled side by side with Carswell, roaring down the front straightaway.