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Today's News

  • Governments should embrace transparency

    If you’ve ever wondered how your city or town council spends your hard-earned tax dollars, there’s a powerful tool that’s available at your fingertips.
    Using this tool, you could quickly and easily see which vendors your city or town does business with, along with amounts they’re being paid, what they’re providing and other important details.
    Residents of at least a dozen South Carolina counties, and an even higher number of municipalities in the state, already benefit from this service.

  • Put a legislator on nonprofit board if you want state money

    In 2011, S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman was among a group of state and local officials, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who attended the 49th International Paris Air Show.
    The $3,544 bill for the Florence County Republican’s trip, according to his state income-disclosure form, was covered by the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), a regional economic-development organization serving a nine-county area in the state’s northeast corner, including Florence County.

  • Proposed school budgets for 2013-14 set at $95.4 million

    Lancaster County School Board members got their first look at the district’s proposed 2013-14 budgets during their meeting Tuesday night, May 21.

    The proposed financial plans for the upcoming fiscal year include an $80.5 million general fund budget and a $14.9 million debt services budget, and calls for a slight increase in total millage for county taxpayers.

  • A sense of purpose

    Those who live here know what good jobs most Lancaster County schools do, but the entire country now knows how good at least two of them are doing.

    South Middle and Indian Land Middle schools celebrated their official designations among high-performing middle schools Tuesday, May 14, as National Schools to Watch. 

    ILMS was redesignated for the second time as a National School to Watch. The school  earned its first School to Watch designation in 2010, an honor that must be renewed every three years.

  • Kids step up for 4-H program

    Holding her father Kevin’s hand, Kaitlyn Hudson hopped onto the seat of a chair, leaned close to the microphone and told Lancaster County Council what the county’s 4-H program means to her.

    Decked out in a sky blue 4-H 

    T-shirt and small, round eyeglasses, the 5-year-old Heath Springs native had several things to say at council’s Monday, May 20, meeting.

  • Heath Springs Council fails to meet

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Town Council meeting Tuesday, May 21, was rather uneventful and brief. No formal motions. No action. Not even any debate. 

    That’s because the meeting never happened.

    Only one council member – Mark Bridges – was at Town Hall on time for the 7 p.m. meeting. Councilwoman Iva Drakeford appeared a few minutes afterward.

    Five people serve on Heath Springs Town Council, so at least three members must be present to have a quorum.

  • Lancaster’s Ronald Taylor just wants to be like everyone else

    – Editor’s note: In the next two issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2013. 

     

    High school is one of the most challenging times in a young person’s life. The experience can be made harder when battling a physical disability.

    On May 31, Ronald Taylor will cross the stage at Lancaster Memorial Stadium and receive an attendance certificate from Lancaster High School.

  • Downed tree causes Thursday power outage

    A fallen tree caused more than 1,500 Duke Energy customers in Lancaster to lose power early Thursday, May 23.

    Rick Jiran, the utility company’s district manager, said a “big tree” fell on a power line about 6 a.m., knocking down two spans of lines. A span is the distance between two utility poles.

    Jiran said 1,556 Duke Energy customers lost electricity. The outages were along the eastern end of the Lancaster city limits, as well as areas outside the city limits, such as Greenbriar Drive.

  • County jobless rate at 9.6 percent

    The local unemployment trend mirrors that of the state, which has seen its lowest rate in nearly five years.

    Lancaster County had a 9.6 unemployment rate for April – a substantial drop from the 10.2 percent posted for March, according to recent figures released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

    In comparison, the rate for April 2012 was 11.2 percent.

  • Kershaw Town Council passes first reading of 2013-14 fiscal budget

    KERSHAW – Across-the-board salary increases account for the bulk of the change in the proposed budget for the town of Kershaw.

    At its Monday, May 20, meeting, Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved first reading of the $3.5 million budget for 2013-14.

    The vote was 6-0. Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes was absent.

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said all town employees are scheduled to receive a 3 percent pay raise beginning with the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.