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Today's News

  • Column: S.C. officials quietly buy Ted Turner’s island retreat

    South Carolina’s tourism department for months kept secret from the public its plans to buy an island owned by billionaire Ted Turner for what the agency director touts will be a “premium experience” for tourists.
    Beaufort County and school district officials joined in the secrecy surrounding the taxpayer-funded, approximately $5 million purchase of the 4,680-acre St. Phillips Island – owned for decades by media mogul Turner and located along the county’s Atlantic coast, about a 15-minute boat ride from Hunting Island State Park.

  • Column: Fun and games, plus advice on making good decisions

    We live in a world that seems to have lost manners, respect and optimism. Everywhere we turn, it’s as if someone is complaining, and the proverbial glass is always half empty.
    Young people today are especially denounced. Yet how often do we get to actually spend time with our youth?
    On March 24, a broad range of young people of all races, ages and schools attended a Youth Block Party at Lancaster High School. If you are age 15 to 25 and did not attend, ask around and you will most certainly want to be present for the next one.

  • Norman: Job incentives in new law great for Lancaster

    Rep. Ralph Norman talked up job growth Wednesday in downtown Lancaster, home to two of South Carolina’s chosen “opportunity zones,” designed to draw private investment to economically distressed parts of the country.
    Ten census tracts across Norman’s 5th Congressional District are among the targets of the new federal program. 

  • Long road to reopen AJMS gets a bit longer

    Andrew Jackson Middle School’s opening has been pushed back another week to April 24 because of scheduling for the final inspection of the extensive fire repairs.
    “I want to say again to parents, students, teachers and staff at Andrew Jackson Middle and at our host schools how much we appreciate all the support and hard work you’ve put into making this tough situation work,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.

  • Special mayoral election set for July 10

    As Lancaster mourns John Howard’s passing, city officials must put in motion the process for filling the mayoral seat he left behind.
    The seat was already up for re-election Nov. 6, but City Administrator Flip Hutfles said state law doesn’t allow the city to wait until that election.
    “When a vacancy occurs in the mayor’s office more than 180 days from its election, then a special election must be held,” Hutfles said.

  • John Howard: Quote machine

    Reporters call a politician like John Howard a “quote machine.”
    There was almost never a question he wouldn’t answer, often with a home-spun quip or outlandish analogy. He was passionate – often fiery, sometimes indignant – about how the city conducted business.
    Howard gravitated to olfactory references.
    “This thing is starting to resemble a slop jar,” he once fumed over some governmental calamity. “The more you stir it up, the worse it stinks.”

  • Mayor Howard dies at 67

    Three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Lancaster Mayor John Howard died Tuesday night at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was 67.

    “He fought so hard and would have wanted nothing more than to have had more time with his family, friends and beloved city of Lancaster,” daughter Shelley Howard-Robinson said. “Unfortunately, his lungs and body were just too weak, though his spirit was so strong until the end.”

  • Special mayoral election set for July 10

     

    As Lancaster mourns John Howard’s passing, city officials have to put in motion the process for filling the mayoral seat he left behind.

    The seat is up for re-election Nov. 6, but City Administrator Flip Hutfles says the city cannot wait until that election.

  • Lancaster Mayor John Howard dies

    Four months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Lancaster Mayor John Howard died Tuesday night at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was 67.

  • Chamber's Marketplace Forum set for Friday

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Marketplace Forum from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at INSP’s Crossridge Cafe, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land. 

    This event is designed to educate the chamber’s small business members on how they can be included on the vendor list to sell products and services to some of Lancaster County’s larger businesses.