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  • Our View: Rosy outlook for Red Rose Festival

    Everything’s set in downtown Lancaster for the kickoff of the city’s sixth annual Red Rose Festival tonight. There’s just one thing missing – you.
    So gather up your family and head down to Lancaster’s historic downtown for two days of outdoor concerts, dancing in the streets, arts and crafts,  kids  activities, a car show, dog show, photo contest, roaming entertainment and more.

  • Our view: Champion Lady Bruins produced perfect finish

    A No. 1 ranking is a challenge to attain, and even tougher to keep.
    As it turned out, the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins earned their top ranking in early January and kept it the rest of the way for a state crown.
    The final record was a brilliant 27-0 mark, capped by the LHS girls’ exciting 44-42 win over Lakewood High School of Sumter County.
    Lancaster, in its first year of competition in Class AAA, made it most memorable with the school’s first state championship in girls basketball since the 1958-59 season.

  • Our view: Take time on Thanksgiving to be grateful

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, when we should all be grateful for all of life’s gifts, big and small.
    The annual American holiday, held the fourth Thursday of November, commemorates the Pilgrims’ celebration of the good harvest of 1621.
    Thanksgiving celebrates the simple treasures of good food and fellowship – conjuring up popular images of family seated around a table, complete with a steaming big bird, mounds of dressing and pumpkin pie.

  • Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday

    Registered voters will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government – on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Voters will help choose our next U.S. senators, U.S. House representatives, S.C. governor and other statewide seats.

    Locally, they will help choose school board members, a probate judge, the 6th Circuit solicitor and County Council members. See today’s news pages for a list of the races on ballots in Lancaster County.

  • School bells will ring tomorrow

    It’s hard to believe summer is nearly over for local schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, on Monday morning, about 12,000 Lancaster County students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to their classrooms.

    This week, school administrators and teachers are making last-minute preparations for the 2014-15 school year. Their planning and preparation welcomed the students back at recent drop-ins and open houses.

  • Americans, have a happy, safe birthday

    Today we don our red, white and blue. We’ll wave our flags, fire up the grills, parade down Main streets and country roads to cheering crowds.

    We’ll shoot fireworks, rally with family and friends and picnic anywhere we can place a blanket. And why not. We’re celebrating our 238th birthday.

    The United States of America is considered a teenager compared to other countries on Earth.

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary

    On Tuesday, June 10, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.

    Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the 6th Circuit solicitor’s race.

    The list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed. So will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner and state treasurer races.

  • Prepare to vote in primary

    The June 10 primary is just a few weeks away. Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the Sixth Circuit solicitor’s race.

    The list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed. So will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner, state treasurer and S.C. House District 53 races.

  • Democrats must choose strong leader

    I have read that President Barack Obama is weak and that Obama’s actions may put the United States in physical war against Russia because of his stance on Ukraine. I agree with the first point, but I hope the second point will not come true!

    I am a Democrat who voted for Obama twice. It seems every day that goes by, I see how stupid the second vote was.

  • Minimize coyote damage to small pets and property

    What Doris Starnes thought was an act of vandalism instead was a pack of determined coyotes.

    Some type of prey, most likely a rabbit, sought refuge in a drain pipe buried well beneath the ground in Starnes’ front yard.

    Not ones to give up easy, the wild canines tore away the ground and destroyed about 80 feet of the drain pipe. The responding sheriff’s deputy said it probably took hours for the persistent pack to do the damage. The fate of the prey is unknown.