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Today's News

  • Mulvaney on short list to replace DeMint?

    The name of U.S. House District 5 Congressman and Indian Land resident Mick Mulvaney is being floated nationally as a possible replacement for Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint who is leaving the Senate to head a prominent conservative think tank.
    The news comes during a week in which Mulvaney was appointed to the House Financial Services committee.

  • Sheriff's office gets DUI grant

     A state grant has been awarded to help make the roads safer in Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Dec. 7, that it was notified two days before by the S.C. Department of Public Safety about a grant to fund a DUI Enforcement Team in Lancaster County.
    The $219,131 grant will pay for salaries, retirement and other fringe benefits, equipment, vehicles, mileage and training for two deputies. The grant takes effect immediately and will run one year at a time, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.

  • USCL names Emanuel interim dean

    Stan Emanuel will lead the University of South Carolina Lancaster on an interim basis when current dean Dr. John Catalano steps down at the end of the year.
    Emanuel, an adjunct business professor at USCL for 17 years, will assume those duties Dec. 31, as University of South Carolina officials continue their search for a permanent dean, a search expected to be completed next semester.
    USC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Amiridis made the announcement Friday.

  • Mackey's scrap metal makes holiday treasure

    At first glance, nothing seems to be out of place in Gonzie Mackey’s assembly workshop.
    Various hammers, pliers and screwdrivers line the walls, while assorted bicycle parts are strewn about the room.
    With a wrench in hand, Mackey tightens the bolts connecting a bicycle wheel to a metal frame and everything seems in order.
    But for Mackey, a Lancaster City Councilman and owner of Gonzie & Son Assembly Shop, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Redistricting: Who’s affected?

    As many of you know, congressional redistricting happens every 10 years. After the census is conducted, Congress looks at which areas have grown or declined in population and representation across the country is reassessed. Some states lose seats in Congress, some gain, and some keep their current representation.
    This year, South Carolina gained a seat during this process. Therefore, the district lines within the state were revised and on Jan. 3, 2013, the new district lines take effect.

  • How to survive workplace bullying

    Are your days off spent exhausted and lifeless?

    Are you receiving nasty e-mails and snide remarks from your boss or colleagues?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you may be the victim of workplace bullying and harassment.

    Apparently, you are not alone. More than 53 million Americans have reported workplace bullying, and the situation is getting worse in this economic downturn.

    The problem is what to do about it? This became my quest to find out in my bid to help a friend and others navigate through the maze.

  • Make burls into something interesting

    On a Thanksgiving visit to Giles County, Va., we met Allen Neely, a true mountain man who shared his passion for tree burls.

    A burl is an abnormality in which bud cells have grown in a chaotic manner, dividing in many directions to create a spherical shape.

    Burls are commonly found in the form of rounded outgrowths or bumps on a tree trunk or branch.

    Other burls grow attached to roots beneath the ground, and may not be discovered until the tree dies or falls.

    Almost all burl wood is covered by bark even if it is underground.

  • Colonial Dames get chartered

    The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century’s newest chapter, the Land of the Waxhaws, was chartered Oct. 20 at the historic Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. 

    Jane Massey, president of the new chapter, conducted the chartering ceremony, with the help of national and state officers, to celebrate the chartering of S.C. chapter No. 26.

    The Rev. J.R. McSpadden, minister of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, greeted and welcomed the group to the Waxhaws area.  

  • ILMS’s McDonald earns state recognition

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald was sitting in his office chatting with Lancaster County School District administrators Lydia Quinn and Dr. Kathy Durbin on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when he got an urgent message.
    “Miss (Keisha)  Witherspoon and Mrs. (Debra) Miller need you in the gym right now.”
    With that, McDonald politely ended the nearly 40-minute-long visit and headed for the gym expecting the worse.

  • Man gets 10-year sentence in stabbing

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Lancaster man will serve 10 years in prison after he was sentenced this week in the stabbing death of another man last Christmas.
    Yery Hernan Castro-Ortega, 31, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 5, after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Jose Santiago on Christmas Day 2011, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.
    He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith.