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Today's News

  • Man dies after ejected from truck

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday, May 12, after he was ejected from a pickup truck along a county road. 

    Otis Patterson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident shortly after 2 a.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. He died from blunt force trauma to his head and chest, Broome said. 

  • SMH honors employees during national event

    from Springs Memorial Hospital
    A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal; it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope.
    From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.
    That’s the message Springs Memorial Hospital hopes to convey through its celebration of National Hospital Week 2013.

  • Deserving honorees

    The 2013 Celebration of Excellence, the annual Lancaster County School District’s salute to the best in education and service, included its annual induction of hall of fame members.
    Four deserving individuals, who made an impact in the classroom and beyond, took center stage on Monday, April 29, at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.
    The latest inductees included Bennett Gunter, C.C. Hanson, Ann Hough and Floyd White.

  • Springtime Lyme disease precautions

    by Judith A. Weeg/President Lyme Disease United Coalition
    Ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, fleas and mites are capable of carrying Borrelia burgdorferi, or, as it’s more commonly known, Lyme disease.
    Dr. Paul Meade, of the Centers for Disease Control, called Lyme disease an “epidemic” at a 2010 Institute of Medicine meeting.

  • Overcoming Extreme Obstacles

    Mother’s Day is today, May 12, a holiday recognized nationally, thanks to a joint resolution signed by President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. That resolution designated the second Sunday in May as a day to celebrate mothers and their tireless dedication to their children and families. For one Lancaster mom, this Mother’s Day will probably have much more meaning than it used to.
    Patty Penegar has two children, Wylie Penegar Jr., 20, and Brooke Penegar, 16. Wylie Jr. helps her run Extreme Automotive on Lynwood Drive. Brooke is an junior at Lancaster High School.

  • City Council set to vote on proposed 2013-14 budget

    Lancaster City Council is preparing to take its first official action on the 2013-14 budget.
    First reading of the proposed $19.4 million budget is set to occur during the Tuesday, May 14, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall.
    Council held its most recent budget work session Thursday, May 9. City Finance Director James Absher said there hasn’t been much change in the proposed figures since the recommended budget was presented to council April 30.

  • Leadership Lancaster spends day in Columbia

    I didn’t realize there were so many monuments and statues on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia.
    Prior to last week, I had visited the building only once. And that was back in high school when I played in a special band on the steps to celebrate the Christmas season.
    I remember playing a few yuletide songs, seeing the governor speak on the steps and then leaving. This time – minus a saxophone to tote and free of cold weather – my visit lasted much longer and was definitely more enlightening.

  • County Council debates budget

    Rising insurance costs, potential hikes to the county road fee and elimination of 4-H funds were all ideas hashed out during Lancaster County Council’s special budget workshop Tuesday, May 7.
    As council prepares to hear first reading of the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 budget during its Monday, May 13, meeting, several County Council and staff members met to discuss this year’s “big ticket” funding items, as well as options to balance the budget.

  • Why must students go to school on Memorial Day?

    Why, given the solemn importance the holiday, do Lancaster County students have to go to school on Memorial Day?
    As always, Memorial Day is observed on the fourth Monday of May. This year, the federal holiday falls on May 27, the first day of the last week of school.
    The Memorial Day question is one patriotic parents such as Lisa Lambert of Indian Land ask of school officials every year.

  • Daughter for a Day

    For Frankie Cunningham, stopping by Morningside of Lancaster the Friday before Mother’s Day to present gift bags isn’t work.
    It’s about being the kind of daughter Cunningham’s mom, the late “Miss Mae” Wright,  raised her to be. It’s a legacy of love in action.