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Today's News

  • City OKs accommodations tax after some questions

    Lancaster City Council gave final approval to support Lancaster County's proposed 3 percent accommodations tax earlier this month.

    Council approved the tax with a 4-1 vote on Jan. 8. Mayor Joe Shaw dissented.

    Lancaster County can charge up to a 1.5 percent tax on hotel/motel stays on its own without seeking the approval of county municipalities. Anything greater requires the nod of the county's municipalities, according to state law.

  • Flappers and fun focus of arts gala

    You may want to brush up on your Charleston for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' annual gala Feb. 9.

    The theme for this year's bash is Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun. The black-tie optional event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The gala is the arts council's largest fundraiser each year. Last year's brought in $25,000 to fund the council's programs.

  • What will become of old Belk site in downtown?

    The future of the vacant downtown Lancaster lot that was home of the Belk store for many years remains up in the air.

    One potential buyer approached the city of Lancaster to buy the lot, but the deal didn't pan out, Mayor Joe Shaw said.

    The city spent about $400,000 to demolish the building after it was deemed a public hazard by an engineering firm last year. The city then took ownership of the lot.

  • South Middle student wins district bee

    For Steven Hendryx, Thursday's district spelling bee turned out much better than the one last year.

    At the 2007 district contest, Hendryx bowed out in the first round when he misspelled the word "prairie."

    He said he was too nervous.

    But this time around, Hendryx, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, outlasted the rest in the field.

    He correctly spelled "chronology" to win the 2008 Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider sale of park

    County Council will consider approving the sale of Roy Hardin Park in Indian Land on Monday night.

    The 9-acre park is worth at least $1 million to the county – the minimum recommended that the county accept for the property by the Lancaster County Recreation Commission, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

    Developers want to buy the park to use it for storm-water retention for a larger development, Willis said Friday.

  • Braves scalp Jackets twice

    Buford, fresh off a 51-47 road upset of No. 8 Lee Central, couldn't pull off another notable win in Conference VIII-AA basketball play Friday night.

    The Cheraw Braves scalped the Jackets twice in a league sweep.

    The CHS boys, in the nightcap, took a 57-45 win and the Lady Braves notched a 37-33 victory over the BHS girls.

    The boys' game saw Cheraw snap a 12-all first-period draw and stay on top for the 12-point win.

    The Braves, who fell to Andrew Jackson on Tuesday night, seemed to gain steam as the game wore on.

  • 13 educators earn National Board certification

    Long nights, tied-up weekends and time away from family are just some of the sacrifices educators make when working to earn the highest credential in the teaching profession.

    Pat McFadden will tell you it's no easy task.

    McFadden, a guidance counselor at Erwin Elementary School, and 13 others educators in the Lancaster County School District recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    The board develops the professional standards that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

  • Officials target underage drinking

    Underage drinking in the region is now under attack.

    That was the message from a meeting of law enforcement and behavioral/health agencies in the 6th Judicial Circuit, who met Thursday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to discuss progress being made by new Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) to enforce the state's tougher underage drinking laws passed last year. The judicial circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • Cream of Wheat ripped me off

    Do you remember Billy Batson? Gosh, a heap of us fellas were envious of his super powers.

    All little Billy had to do was utter one word – "Shazam" – to turn into the action hero, Captain Marvel.

    Captain Marvel was something else; he could do just about everything Superman could do, and he did it in a much flashier outfit.

    It was a big event each month whenever the Marvel and DC Comics "funny books" hit the newsstand racks at the drugstores and at the Greyhound Bus Station.

  • Messer family appreciates support

    The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.