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Today's News

  • Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. It’s been a busy year, much of it focused on local, state and national elections and the still-struggling economy. But the election is finally over and while the county’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits this year – 10.8 percent in October, that is an improvement on the 12.6 posted at the same time last year.

  • Haley’s health-care math: 1+1=0

    In the next few months, Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican politicians in Columbia are going to be making some very big decisions about providing health care for 513,000 South Carolinians, and there is more than $3 billion at stake. These are some very large numbers and let’s hope they make the decisions based on math and not ideological purity. Right now, it looks as if math is losing.

  • Year in rewind: Lancaster’s top stories

    Fifteen deaths tied to violence in 2012
    1 There were many violent crimes in the county this year, including several murders, a self-defense shooting and the discovery of the body of a man missing from Pennsylvania. Here is a list of those who died as a result of violent crimes this year:
    • Jenika Jones, 23, shot and killed in her home off Rose Anna Lane, Jan. 19
    • Danny Clyburn Jr., 37, a former Major League Baseball player, shot to death outside a North Market Street home, Feb. 7

  • Haley: Deadline extended for credit monitoring

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    South Carolina taxpayers now have more time to sign up for free credit monitoring in the wake of the massive data breach announced a few months ago.
    Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Dec. 21 that anyone who’s filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 has until March 31, 2013, to register for the service, which is provided by the company Experian.
    The deadline for registration had been Jan. 31.

  • Donations to continue for Christmas basket

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Concerned residents will have even more time to donate to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
    The local drive, in its 53rd year, collects monetary donations that help struggling Lancaster County families with rent, utilities, food and other needs. The effort is run these days by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.
    Through Thursday, Dec. 27, more than $7,400 had been donated.

  • Man injured in moped crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A moped driver was flown to a Charlotte hospital Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, after crashing on the side of a Lancaster road.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said officers responded to a one-vehicle accident at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
    She said the male driver was traveling along Hunter Street, near Central Avenue, when he wrecked his moped.
    “As far as we can tell he lost control of his scooter and had an injury,” Howard said.

  • Habitat for Humanity dedicates 12th home

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Jasmine Stover celebrated Christmas in her very own home this year.
    It was a red-letter day, not only for her, but for all of Lancaster County.
    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of a host of people here, as well as “sweat equity” from Stover, her family and friends, she officially became the 12th Habitat homeowner partner in Lancaster County on Dec. 18, with a dedication for her home on North Penny Street, Lancaster, and a blessing for her and her family.

  • IL Santa enjoys bringing Christmas magic

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – As Christmas Eve dawned chilly and cloudy, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department was alive with activity as volunteers  loaded firetrucks, U-Haul trucks and other vehicles with gifts and food to be delivered in the Panhandle area during the 21st annual Panhandle Christmas Drive.
    Both Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments participate in the event, which begins when names are placed on an angel tree by Indian Land schools.  

  • Football stars had brilliant season

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation 9-10 all-star football team’s season didn’t end the way it wanted, but the team’s run was quite stunning.
    The 9-10 stars fell to defending state champion city of Florence in the S.C. Athletic Programs Division II state champion game at Florence Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Florence built a 12-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-0 win over the Lancaster County stars.
    Florence scored on its first two possessions on the way to the win.

  • FEMA awards county $1 million

    The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

    “The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.