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Today's News

  • Small: Stand by your pan

    How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove – until smoke filled the house? This has happened in Lancaster on several occasions recently.

  • Hospital can help local residents navigate health-care changes

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance – with few exceptions. Key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., healthcare reform) are fast approaching Oct. 1. These are new initiatives and there will be a lot of surrounding confusion.
    As a key health provider in the Lancaster area, we want to provide education to our community members in an easy-to-understand way, as well as help them sign up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid and/or assistance with their premiums for medical coverage.  

  • First Lancaster Hometown Idol winner hits Nashville, Chicago

    Wendy Winn knew from the time she was a little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up – a performer. 

    A 2012 graduate from Andrew Jackson High School, Winn was part of the art-focused curriculum and had shown a gift t for music all through her school years. 

    Now a sophomore at Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., Winn is studying commercial voice with an emphasis in music business and vocal performance in order to continue to pursue her dream of a career in singing. 

  • Why is an apple a Super Food?

    Do you remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctors away?” 

    Well, studies in science laboratories across the world have proven this very well-known slogan could very well be true. 

    One apple contains a very large number of phytochemicals known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and asthma. 

    Also, adding an apple into your diet could also help lower your risk for diabetes. 

  • A new direction

    Rita Vogel, the new director for the three Lancaster County libraries, envisions the library system becoming even more of a valuable resource for information and connections, assisting in the advancement of the people of Lancaster County.

    “I want people to see the library as a place where they can find reason for hope,” Vogel said. “I would like to train people to see what good information we have for them to use at their fingertips.”

  • Council discusses investigator grant

    County officials had plenty to say about a newly awarded investigator grant for the sheriff’s office during Lancaster County Council’s meeting, Monday, Sept. 23.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile revealed at the meeting that his office was recently awarded a grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety to fund two violent crime investigators. 

    The grant amount is $202,729, with a required 10 percent local match of $22,526, for a total of $225,255. 

  • Local residents needed to help shape region's future

    Organizers of a 14-county Charlotte region initiative called CONNECT Our Future are asking Lancaster County residents for their input in helping develop a strategic plan to guide the region’s growth over the next 40 years.

    Three CONNECT Our Future Community Growth Workshops are 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Building, 509 Hubbard Drive.

  • Financial housekeeping tops meeting agenda

    The city of Lancaster will continue to use cash reserves to pay the municipality’s bills  in the upcoming months.

    Finance director James Absher provided the information to City Council during his monthly report at the Tuesday, Sept. 24, council meeting. 

    Absher said that practice will end once the city receives this fiscal year’s funds in January. 

  • Most recent jobless rate for county improves

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce jobs report for August released last week indicated Lancaster County’s unemployment rate is moving in the right direction again since a sizable increase in June.

    According to the report, Lancaster County’s estimated unemployment rate for August is 10.1 percent, down .1 percent from July’s adjusted rate of 10.2 percent.

  • 'Project Vino' moves forward

    Plans for a potential multi-million dollar economic development project to set up shop in Lancaster County are moving forward, though the identity of the company involved remains unknown.

    Three ordinances and a resolution related to the still not publicly named Project Vino were discussed during Lancaster County Council’s Sept. 23 meeting.