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Today's News

  • Belk's hoping Niners strike Super gold

     

    It has been nearly 40 years since Bill Belk played for the San Francisco 49ers, but he will have his game day focus on his old team late this afternoon in New Orleans.

    “Once a 49er, always a 49er,” said Belk, a Lancaster native who now resides in Columbia.

  • Art & Soul

    Would you like to spend an elegant evening in support of the arts?

    On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts will host its biggest fundraiser of the year.

    The 18th annual LCCA gala, entitled Art & Soul, promises an evening of dancing with silent and live auctions to support Lancaster County’s art programs. The black-tie-optional event begins at 7 p.m. in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus.

  • Volunteer, it's good for your health

    Happy New Year, friends and family of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    As in previous years, the main theme for many of the articles I’ve read so far in 2013 centers around physical health and activity, happiness, mental well-being and living longer and better.   
    Here are some of the things I’ve learned that relate to all of the above:

  • We now have government without representation

    In 1773, in Boston Harbor, patriots dumped tea into the water in protest over the English tax imposed upon them. This iconic American event put into perspective a principle that would later be reflected in our Constitution — no taxation without representation.

  • Medical options available locally

    There’s a special gold bell inside Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center that cancer patients ring three times upon completing their series of treatments.

    The bell ringing is a celebration for all involved – patients, their families and even the medical staff. 

    It’s a place where hugs and kisses are doled out. Some days smiles fill that room. Some days, it’s tears of joy.

    The plated text below the bell, presented in poem form, sums up the experience.

  • Woman accused of $7,756 food stamps swindle

    Deputies arrested a Lancaster woman Jan. 16 after an investigation into almost $8,000 in defrauded food stamps.

    Janet Renee Helms, 33, 998 Hampton Grace Ave., was arrested on a charge of fraudulent acquisition or use of food stamps, valued at $5,000 or more, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • 911 call of armed man locks down IL schools

    All three Indian Land schools were locked down Tuesday, Jan. 29, after a man was seen near campus carrying what was thought to be a gun, but turned out to be a popular recreational replica.

    Lancaster County School District Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident happened about 2:20 p.m. just as students at Indian Land Elementary School were being dismissed for the day.

  • Family Promise holds annual meeting

    More church congregations than ever before are opening up their sanctuaries and hearts to help homeless families in Lancaster County. 

    To date, 20 local churches work with Family Promise, an interfaith network that provides housing and other life-enhancing resources for homeless families in the county. 

    An update on that list of churches, along with a financial overview and plans for generating money, was discussed during Family Promise of Lancaster County’s annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29, at First Baptist Church. 

  • Man faces burglary charge after entering home

    Police arrested a Lancaster man last month in connection with entering a woman’s home and punching a hole in a closet door.

    Matthew Quantel Caldwell, 25, was charged Jan. 11 with first-degree burglary, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records.

    Officers spoke with Caldwell and the female victim in the 2700 block of Pardue Street just before 10 p.m. that day, after responding to a possible burglary, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Woman faces DUI charges after hitting phone pole

    Two people were arrested last month after the car they were riding in hit and damaged a telephone pole.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said Angela Steele Starnes, 35, 4591 Foster Blackmon Drive, Heath Springs, and William Lee Pate, 24, 1004 Bubba Lane, Lancaster, were both arrested Jan. 3. Starnes was charged with driving under the influence, while Pate was charged with public drunk, Grant said.