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Today's News

  • Jackets hopeful for hoops season

    Heath Joplin
    For The Lancaster News
    BUFORD – Considering all the challenges facing the 2011-12 Buford High School varsity basketball team, BHS head coach Neil Couch enters his third season optimistic and upbeat.
    The 3-21 record paved the way for many players to gain valuable experience and court time.
    “I’m excited about this year’s team,” Couch said. “We have probably the deepest team since I have been here. That will allow us to play more of the style we want to play.”

  • Picks caps season with tight races

    Staff Reports
    How is it that Thanksgiving has passed and still there are turkeys among us?
    The fine flock of football forecasters is still here, but not for long.
    These bumbling birds are on their final week of pecking, uh, picking.
    Picks rules state that if there are no area teams in the high school football playoffs, then the Picks ends with the USC vs. Clemson game.

  • HOPE volunteers help the hurting

    Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

    While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

    That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.

  • City’s 911 center to stand alone

    The city of Lancaster will not be consolidating its 911 center with Lancaster County.

    After a closed-door session at its Nov. 13 meeting, Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 to maintain its stand-alone 911 dispatch center, housed at the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Resident launch effort to change IL ZIP code

    A Panhandle resident with a Lancaster address is exploring an effort to have her neighborhood and others incorporated into Indian Land’s 29707 ZIP code.

    Jan Tacy lives in Walnut Creek, a neighborhood located off Jim Wilson Road near the state line.

    Tacy and the other 68 homeowners in Walnut Creek have Lancaster addresses ending in a 29720 ZIP code. Most homes, and all nearby neighborhoods, such as Carolina Reserve on the north side of Jim Wilson Road and Belair farther west, have an Indian Land ZIP code.

  • Council considers tax relief for L&C Railroad

    A plan to reduce taxes by thousands of dollars for L&C Railroad received unanimous first approval at Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 12 meeting, though council members still have several questions about the proposal. 

    Council voted during the meeting to approve first reading of two ordinances related to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad, including one to place the company in a joint industrial and business park and another to approve special source revenue credits for the company. 

  • BMS students rally to help HOPE

    The outcome of the annual football clash between Clemson and the University of South Carolina may not be decided until late Saturday, but one winner has already been named, and that’s HOPE in Lancaster.

    Thanks to the efforts of the 480-plus students at Buford Middle School, HOPE received 2,102 items for its food pantry last week.

    Now in is sixth year, BMS students split into Gamecocks and Tigers to see which group of fans could raise the most food for the local charity. The drive was held Nov. 8 –16.

  • Deck the halls: Holiday party decorating tips

    When it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family.

    From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event.

    To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Craft Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas.

  • B&B Craft Show

    Traditions of the current season include cooler autumn weather, falling leaves of gold, aroma of turkey roasting, Black Friday sales and Clemson and Carolina fans showing their school spirit. Only one thing is missing from this list – the B&B Craft Show.  

    Celebrating its 32nd year, the B&B Craft Show promises to offer one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift ideas just in time to kick off of the holiday shopping season.

  • Authorities arrest Van Wyck men on drug, weapons charges

    VAN WYCK – Two men are spending Thanksgiving behind bars after authorities seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, electronic surveillance equipment and several firearms from two homes about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    Roger Ross, 57, 1955 Steele Hill Road, was charged with second offense distribution of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.