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Today's News

  • Remember When: Savor your life in the present, let your mind wander back

    During my relatively long life, I must confess, I have probably stacked up a goodly share of time just sitting and looking. When you tack on a lot of thinking, that surely gets mighty close to laziness.
    Now, I’m not one of those Devil’s Workshop characters who sit around apparently doing much of nothing and end up in trouble.

  • Senior Lifestyles: A ministry endures

    The Rev. W.C. Wallace enjoys sitting in a back porch chair in his bedroom slippers.
    But on any given Sunday, he’ll swap them for dress shoes and step behind a pulpit to talk about Jesus.
    For more than four decades, he has served congregations in the Lancaster area, as a full-time, interim or substitute preacher, a calling that he will continue to answer.
    “I guess I’ve been to three-quarters of the churches in the Moriah Baptist Association,” he said, laughing.

  • Walmart employee robbed in parking lot

    A Lancaster Walmart employee reported that two men robbed him at gunpoint late Monday night in the supercenter parking lot.
    The employee wasn’t hurt, but he said the two suspects stole his driver’s license, $90 in cash and a $25 check.
    “This is a bad incident and the likelihood of him being hurt was extremely high,” said Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter. “We are so grateful that did not happen.”
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the robbery happened about 11:25 p.m. Monday.

  • Kershaw shifts work schedule for street, utility departments

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is adjusting the work schedule of employees in its street and utilities departments to give them a half day off in the middle of the week.
    Starting May 1, those seven employees will work from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a total of 34 hours. They will work from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (six hours) on Wednesdays with no lunch break.
    Right now, the weekday schedule for utility workers is 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • City scrambles to stop leaks in old Springs building’s roof

    Roof leaks that sprang up this past winter in the city of Lancaster’s 15th Street Center have buckled flooring on the top level, but have not damaged any equipment yet.  
    Now the city is trying to get the leaks repaired before any more damage is done.
    “Water always follows the path of least resistance,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. “What’s happened is that a couple of days after a rain, it comes through the insulation and then shows up in places.”

  • Kershaw: Dental office will replace 1940s gym

    KERSHAW – The old Kershaw High School gymnasium on Matson Street likely will be demolished to make way for a dental office under an ordinance approved by town council last week.
    The council rezoned the 1.14-acre tract at 501 N. Matson St. by a 6-1 vote, with  councilwoman Sonya Poole voting no.
    “I was appalled when I found out it was going to be razed,” Poole said. “I could not and will not vote for that.”

  • Survivors’ stories inspire Relay supporters

    Relay for Life – to most of us it is just one night, but to those with cancer it is one big fight that goes on every single minute of every day.
    Lancaster’s 21st Relay for Life begins Friday with a celebration as 200 cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track at Lancaster High School’s Memorial Stadium. Loved ones and supporters will then take over and walk laps nonstop the rest of the night to honor loved ones battling cancer or remember someone who lost the fight.

  • Police pull children from burning house

    Four city police officers are being credited with pulling two sleeping children from a burning house late Friday.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter identified the officers as Sgts. Dustynn Burlingame, Dale Johnson and Kenneth Warlick and Lt. Dean Short.
    “What they did makes me proud, but moreover, I hope our citizens appreciate the hearts of our officers and their willingness to answer a call to action whenever it’s needed,” Carter said.
    The fire happened about 10:15 p.m. Friday at 527 Central Ave.

  • McCoy campaign ‘terrible nightmare’

    Calling Billy McCoy’s run for sheriff a “terrible nightmare,” a volunteer is breaking away from McCoy and campaign manager Malcolm Little, recounting a strange three weeks of being pulled into a plagiarism scandal.
    “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever been through in my life,” says Lee Burkett, a veteran Democratic volunteer from Rock Hill. Reached at press time Tuesday evening, McCoy would not comment directly on Burkett’s account.

  • Remember When: ‘Papa, act your age’ – Don’t want to quite yet

    Like a thief in the night, he came and messed stuff up.
    I began to notice little things, shortness of breath when bending down, but that didn’t last long after taking a short break. The breaks became more frequent, and walks around the yard became fewer.
    My doctor said my heart was good for a man of my age. I could have figured that one out all by myself.  Getting up real quick sometimes made me a might dizzy. Shucks, that happened bunches of times.