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Today's News

  • County: No conflict of interest in $7M deal

    The county is buying $7 million worth of firetrucks from a company where the recently retired Lancaster County Fire Rescue director works.
    Despite concerns from a lone councilman about that fact, county officials said Jan. 25 that they have taken proper precautions to assure that no conflicts of interest are involved in the equipment decision.
    The issue arose as Lancaster County Council considered final reading of a budget amendment to help pay for the purchase of 18 new vehicles for the county’s fire departments.

  • Kershaw Golf Course to get $30K sprayer, but fewer golf carts

    KERSHAW – The town’s golf course needs a new $30,350 machine to care for its grass, and to pay for that it will reduce the number of golf carts available to patrons.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Jan. 25 to enter a lease-purchase agreement to buy a new turf sprayer for Kershaw Golf Course. Rather than passing along the additional cost to taxpayers, the course will cut back on carts at the 18-hole golf course.

  • Full-time engineer for county?

    Will the hefty price tag for a proposed county engineer position, and its related support staff, pay off for the county in the long run?
    That’s the question county officials will consider as they head into the annual budget process in the next month. Up for review is a budget request for an in-house engineer, as well as an engineering technician, administrative support, start-up equipment, furniture and supplies.
    The estimated cost for the engineer position is about $90,000 plus benefits, with the entire request possibly costing $300,000 to $350,000.

  • Football Fixation

    My beloved Panthers are headed to the Super Bowl!
    As I watched Sunday night, I yelled, jumped up and down. And yes, I cried.
    I watched multiple broadcasts after the game and recorded a few more to watch later. I was so excited that sleep was not an option, so I watched the game again. It was just as good as the first time, minus the stress.
    This may sound crazy to some of you, but not to me.
    I love Carolina Panthers football. Some may call me obsessed, but I call it passion. I freely admit that it consumes my life during the season.

  • Bruins' games moved to Wednesday

    Lancaster High School's home basketball games with Broome, set for Jan. 26 in the LHS gym, have been moved to Jan. 27.
    The girls' game tips off at 6:15, with the boys' game at 7:30 Wednesday. The move was due to the impact of the winter storm in the Spartanburg area over the weekend.

    The junior varsity basketball games with Broome, set for Jan. 25, will be played Jan. 27 at Broome.

    The Bruins' home wrestling match with Chester, set for the LHS gym Jan. 25, was moved to Tuesday in Chester.

  • Bruins top Keenan to post first mat win this season

    The Lancaster Bruins went 1-2 in a quad wrestling match at North Central, posting their first mat win of the 2015-16 season Jan. 21.
    The Bruins notched a 42-36 win over W.J. Keenan High School of Columbia in the Knights gym.
    The Bruins’ winners against Keenan included Tyree Brown-Washington, Jamari Hubbard, Matt Duffell-Hoffman, Chris Gonzalez, Martin Alexander, Anthony Stephens and Brysaan Jowers.
    LHS wrestling coach Rob Hill noted Alexander, at 126, posted a second-period pin against the KHS Raiders to seal the six-point win in the match.

  • Winter weather freezes prep hoops play

    The winter storm, which closed Lancaster County schools on Jan. 22, also put a freeze on the prep high school basketball schedules.
    Hoops games scheduled for Friday night were postponed to a future date.
    Lancaster High School was slated to visit South Pointe of Rock Hill for a Region III-AAA varsity basketball doubleheader on Friday night, but the game was reset to Feb. 11, a Thursday.
    The girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys play at 7:30.

  • Hudson keeps marking

    For the Carolina Panthers, it’s “keep pounding.”
    For Lancaster resident Ken Hudson, a veteran member of the Panthers’ game day chain crew, it’s keep marking.
    Hudson, who has handled the down box in the chain crew at Carolina home games since the Panthers’ inception 21 years ago, said the sideline work is a labor of love.

  • Column: Lucas addresses 3 crucial issues in Haley’s speech

    S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes southeastern Lancaster County, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Jan. 20 State of the State address:

    The people of South Carolina faced unthinkable challenges last year, but were able to persevere because of our strong and steadfast sense of community.

  • Column: Hospital CEO started as nurse’s aide in 1966

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations, from Thursday night’s annual Lancaster chamber annual awards banquet. We will publish the speeches honoring each of this year’s five major honorees. Coming Wednesday: Don Gardner.

    “The best way to find yourself,” Mahatma Gandhi said, “is to lose yourself in the service of others.”