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Today's News

  • Teams earn state rankings

     

       

    With the completion of the 2013 Lancaster County spring sports season, seven county teams earned state rankings in the final state polls.

  • Up, up and away!

    It looks almost like a scene from a science fiction movie. Lines of sleek, white motorless planes speckle a field near the border of Lancaster and Kershaw counties. Anxious pilots wait as an airplane soars overhead, towing one of the machines through the sky.

    This is the 18-Meter National Championship gliding competition, an event that gathers the best glider pilots in the U.S. and Canada to compete in a series of challenges.

  • Trees provide a sense of time and place

    My sister recently sent me interesting newspaper articles about old trees on two Virginia college campuses. In both cases the trees were in rapidly declining health and deemed safety hazards. There were emotional outpourings of sadness by students, alumni and townspeople as each was scheduled for removal. But then, something wonderful happened.
    At Virginia Tech an ancient sycamore had stood prominently on Henderson Lawn, the southern entrance to campus, since before the university was established in 1872.

  • Demby deserves honor

    Plenty can be said of David Demby. What you can’t say about Demby is that he’s inactive. “I’m tied up all the time,” Demby said.
    So true because Demby is a man wearing many hats.
    He’s an army reservist, a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and time as a field training officer with the Lancaster County EMS.
    One time when Demby had to pause for some time came earlier this spring when he was awarded the Paramedic of the Year.

  • Taxes can be paid with credit card

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service to the people who pay our bills, as part of my commitment to Put Taxpayers First in Lancaster County.
    One recent change in how county treasurers conduct business is that many, including here in Lancaster County, now allow people to pay via credit cards. This allows you to make credit card payments for tax bills either in person, on the website, www.mylancastersctax.org or by calling 1 (888) 525-3661.

  • Be prepared for hurricanes

    On May 20, we were reminded that natural disasters of all kinds can bring devastation on a massive scale. In just a few seconds, the lives of Moore, Okla., residents were changed by an EF5 tornado that destroyed entire buildings while injuring or killing residents as they took shelter.
    We can’t prevent natural disasters, but we can prepare for them. By being ready and knowing what to do in a disaster, we can minimize risk, reduce the time it takes to recover and most importantly, prevent the loss of life.

  • Gifts that keep on giving

    Grace Place
    Jada Walker approached her mother, Megan, with an unusual request. She asked her mother if she could give shoes to other children instead of getting presents for her eighth birthday. Jada turned 8 years old on May 11.
    After asking Jada if she was sure, Megan called Melanie Harper, director of Lancaster County Children’s Home. Harper put her in touch with Carol Lee, co-director of Grace Place.
    Grace Place is an afterschool ministry which provides homework assistance and supervised playtime for the children of the Brooklyn neighborhood.

  • Rodeo to feature The Tams, Uncle Si

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Rescue Squad is gearing up for the sixth annual Great Falls Rescue Squad Pro Rodeo.
    The squad will feature “Dancing with The Mighty Tams” on Friday, June 7. The dance is at the old Republic Ball Field behind the Great Falls Presbyterian Church. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the dance will be held from 6 until 10 p.m.
    Tickets are $20 for individuals or $30 per couple and are available online at www.greatfallsrescue.org or at the gate. Parking is free.

  • Are e-cigarettes less dangerous?

    By Tara Baird
    USC School of Journalism
    Ron Sena of Charleston saw his first electronic cigarette while on a cruise with his wife.
    A smoker for 40 years, Sena was aware of the regulations surrounding smoking in restaurants, so he was surprised when a man pulled out what looked to be a cigarette in the dining room.
    “Hey, guy, you can’t smoke in here,” he remembers saying.
    He was intrigued by the answer he got: it’s water vapor, not smoke.

  • Lancaster County Adult Education

    There were 35 beige chairs on the Bundy Auditorium stage inside the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on Wednesday, May 29.
    For the night, one of those chairs belonged to Monica Dye, and rightfully so. The wife and mother of two earned that coveted spot after earning her high school diploma through the Lancaster County Adult Education program. This year, 140 students completed their course work, but only 35 took part in the ceremony.