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Today's News

  • Civic activist dies

    Longtime civic activist Rita King Johnson died at her home on Christmas Day.

    Johnson, who was battling cancer, was 58.

    Johnson worked in the banking industry here for more than 37 years. She began her career in the proofing department at the Bank of Lancaster, a bottom-rung position. She climbed the ranks during the bank's four mergers and retired in 2006 as market president of Wachovia Bank.

    Johnson also leaves her mark in the community.

  • Closing achievement gap important

    Those involved with the Closing the Achievement Gap initiative met three times last year to address a concern that impacts everyone – the academic achievement gap between students in different demographic subgroups, including race and income.

    Closing that gap should concern us all. The Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), high school exit exams and end-of-course exams show a 20 percent or more gap in scores between the races and between those receiving free or reduced meals and other students.

  • Protect pets from inhumane treatment

    I knocked on the window rather loudly in an effort to arouse a small dog laying motionless in my back yard. His head didn’t rise when I knocked louder which led me to believe there was something wrong. I slipped on my shoes and went outside to take a closer look.

  • Heath Springs senior center sets example

    I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Catawba Area Agency on Aging, Lancaster County, Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor, Heath Springs town leaders and the senior citizens for their commitment to keeping the Heath Springs Senior Center open after the Lancaster Council on Aging ceases management of the center later this month.

  • AJ, LHS battle for girls title

    County foes Lancaster and Andrew Jackson meet for the third time this season, with the girls' championship in the Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ High on the line.

    The Lady Bruins and Lady Vols tangle at 7 p.m. today.

    AJ advanced with a 51-43 win over North Central and the Lady Bruins, who have defeated AJ twice during regular-season play, earned a title game bid with a 54-40 win over Great Falls.

    In the AJ win, the Lady Vols held a 25-23 lead at the break, but took control in the third period to take a 40-31 lead on the Lady Knights.

  • New system to address court backlog

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield took advantage of his time before local business leaders Dec. 20 to tell them about his office's work and its significance to commerce in this area.

    Barfield told those at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's Third Thursday meeting at Lancaster City Hall about a new system the office will use to deal with the county's case backlog, after acknowledging that the county has a substantial backlog of cases for all kinds of criminal charges, both new and old.

    "We do have a backlog. There's no doubt about it," Barfield said.

  • Officers: Man, 25, shot grandmother

    An argument between relatives turned violent Wednesday night at a home in the Tradesville community, sheriff's office officials say.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 25, of 2403 Ben Massey Road, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say he shot his grandmother in the head inside the home.

    Barbara Scheithauer, 64, who also lives at that Ben Massey Road address, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was listed in serious condition late Thursday afternoon.

  • Heath Springs keeps senior center

    The notification came in a simple press release: The Heath Springs Seniors Center was closing. Seniors using the Heath Springs facility could continue to get the same services at the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center just five miles away.

    We knew what the reaction would be.

    “It upset us really bad (the decision to pull services),” said Heath Springs senior Dessie Reeves. “We’re a close-knit bunch here.”

    That is quite true.

  • Woman’s marker stolen from grave at Kershaw Cemetery

    On Dec. 10, while attending a friend’s burial at Kershaw Cemetery, I visited my late husband’s grave to pay respect. I noticed at this time that my tombstone had been removed. Someone had actually stolen my grave marker that I had placed beside my deceased husband’s grave.

  • 4 churches agree to participate in homeless shelter network

    Just two months into organization, volunteers wanting to start a network of homeless shelters at local churches are seeing concrete results from their work.

    Four host churches have now agreed to participate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network's shelters for qualifying homeless families. A month ago, one church had agreed to participate.

    Host churches agree to donate facilities to shelter families a week at a time.