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Today's News

  • Have a happy, but safe Labor Day

    No school. No work. Yes, it’s the Labor Day holiday. Time for that end-of-summer fling whether it’s in the mountains, the beaches or just in the backyard with family, friends, a grill and even fireworks.
    Monday, Sept. 3, is a federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of America’s workers. Schools  are closed, as well as government offices, banks and other businesses.
    The origin of summer’s final holiday dates back 130 years.
    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

  • Pay hike raises ire from council

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Wagging fingers and raised voices set the tone as Lancaster County Council members debated a pay raise for the county’s economic development president on Monday. Aug. 27.
    The heated exchange began during the citizens’ comments portion of the council meeting, when Kershaw resident Genny Hendrix adamantly opposed a proposed adjustment to the county’s budget.

  • DNC to affect Charlotte commute

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department has announced road closures and traffic restrictions associated with the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Sept. 4-6, including some that will affect Lancaster County residents who travel in the Charlotte area.
    Coming as the result of the DNC’s designation as a National Special Security Event, the restrictions will mostly affect traffic, pedestrian activity and access downtown near Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium.

  • Education remains key to vibrant local ecomomy

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Education forms the basis of a fulfilled life and the ongoing success of a community.
    This was the main  message Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s Annual State of Education Breakfast.
    The breakfast drew about 75 chamber members and local government and education leaders to the multi-purpose room inside the  University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • HOPE assists with hunger study

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    Midlands Family Study and Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina have joined with HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster to end childhood hunger in Lancaster County.
    In his 2008 campaign for the presidency, then Sen. Barack Obama announced plans for an initiative to end childhood hunger in the next three years.
    That plan became “End Child Hunger 2015” and works in part with the United Nations’ millennium campaign “End Poverty 2015.”

  • Masons honor Glenn Watts for service to state lodges

    From release
    One of Lancaster’s finest, Glenn R. Watts, was recently honored for a lifetime of exemplary and distinguished service to the Masonic Order of South Carolina.
    The award was presented on behalf of Wannamaker Masonic Lodge No. 329, Flat Rock Masonic Lodge No. 178, and the 24th Masonic District of South Carolina, along with other lodges throughout the Palmetto State.
    A Lancaster native, Watts is married to the former Peggy Rowell. He is a retired vice president of Kanawha Insurance Co. The Watts have two children and four grandchildren.

  • Woodle may be charged with multiple campaign violations

    S.C. News Exchange
    The State Ethics Commission found probable cause to charge Lamar Police Chief Charles Woodle with 33 counts of campaign finance violations following a three-month investigation. Woodle ran for Darlington County Sheriff in the June Democratic primary.
    The commission will convene a formal hearing into the matter at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Columbia. The hearing will be held in executive session unless Woodle requests an open hearing. A notice of hearing was served to Woodle on July 31.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives $18,000 grant

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A new law enforcement grant will help county deputies access records and criminal databases while in the field.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile announced Friday, Aug. 24, that his office has been awarded the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $18,291.

  • Voter ID laws are bad idea

    In the era of insincere indignation and mislaid naivete concerning voting rights in this country, it is worth noting that the past is indeed prologue.

  • We need to reject Act 388 II

    Bureaucrats are pushing a plan to raise taxes and increase spending on public schools. The districts spent $9.4 billion last year. Apparently $13,600 per student isn’t enough.
    The plan will raise taxes across the state. Families and small business owners will be hardest hit. First, local taxes for public school operations would be eliminated and replaced with a new statewide property tax. Then the districts would get the chance to go back and (re)introduce “new” local taxes to supplement the state money.