Today's News

  • Accomplished fashion designer to show at Celebration of Art

    Luis Machicao says he's grateful for every opportunity he gets to show his latest fashion designs and is even more thrilled that an upcoming event will benefit a good cause.

    Machicao, a fashion designer from Peru, is one of several artists who will take part in the third-annual World AIDS Day: Celebration of Art, which will be held Saturday at Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio on Gay Street.

  • And now the holiday rush is on

    Judy Barfield isn't one for large crowds, but couldn't pass the chance to see what bargains she could get at area stores.

    This year, she wants to finish her Christmas shopping early. She thought that Friday would be the perfect time to start, but arriving at stores early in the morning wasn't in her plans.

    The day after Thanksgiving – coined by retailers as Black Friday – is considered the busiest shopping day of the year. Stores were crowded from opening to closing, with shoppers looking to take advantage of early-bird sales and other steep discounts.

  • Group wants 'no-kill' animal shelter

    Rosie, a small black and white stray puppy rescued from the county animal shelter, napped in a padded puppy crate, flanked by people wearing red "I Love Animals" T-shirts.

    Although oblivious to her surroundings, she was the reason that 32 people met at Jackson Shrine Club on Monday night. The discussion was about forming a Humane Society chapter in Lancaster County.

    Organizer Bob Hunter stressed the need to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats in the county. He said most of the 5,146 animals brought to the county animal shelter in 2007 were euthanized.

  • McMaster speaks out on 'water wars'

    INDIAN LAND –S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster gave Sun City Carolina Lakes residents an overview of the "water wars" between North and South Carolina.

    McMaster spoke to Sun City's Republican Club on Nov. 13.

    North Carolina officials want to transfer 33 million gallons of water per day from the Catawba River to the cities of Kannapolis and Concord. The water would be taken from the river each day without being returned to it, McMaster said.

  • Springs: There's an alligator in reservoir

    It's long been rumored that an alligator has called the 35 million gallon reservoir at Springs Global's Grace Complex home.

    And this week, Springs Senior Vice President of Human Resources Roland Myers confirmed that's the case. But how the alligator's home will be affected when Springs closes the Grace plant early next year isn't clear.

    Myers said the company has notified the S.C. Department of Natural Resources about the alligator. He said officials there didn't give the company a clear path on how to secure the alligator.

  • Council OKs heavy industrial ordinance

    Lancaster County Council is working on approving an ordinance that will keep concrete plants in heavy industrial areas and hopefully away from neighborhoods.

    County Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that will require concrete plants to locate in heavy industrial districts. Right now, they're allowed in both heavy and light industrial districts.

    The change was prompted by the situation between Brookchase residents in Indian Land and the Blue Dot concrete plant adjacent to the neighborhood in Perimeter 521 Business Park.

  • Hope on Hill hires architect

    A local nonprofit group has hired an architect to complete plans for the renovation of the old Barr Street School.

    Hope on the Hill has hired Jim Montgomery of MHM Architects of Charlotte to complete design work for new window and roofing work at the old school.

    The Lancaster County School District agreed in 2005 to lease the building for $1 a year to Hope on the Hill. Under the agreement, the organization will ultimately take ownership of the building.

  • Rock band with local ties hopes for MTV gig

    A Los Angeles band with local roots is trying to benefit from its large network of fans to win a MTV 2 contest.

    Djinn, an alternative rock band with three members from Lancaster County, is looking to get enough nationwide votes to be considered to play on the MTV New Year's Eve celebration show in New York City.

    "We're really getting into it for the further exposure," said former Lancaster resident Daniel Ghent, Djinn's lead singer.

  • City Council OKs changes to its zoning ordinance

    Lancaster City Council approved an update to its zoning ordinance at its regular meeting last week.

    Council approved the update after much discussion during its first reading of the proposed changes at the Oct. 23 meeting.

    At that meeting, city building official Richard Bowers presented changes recommended by the city planning commission.

    Council unanimously approved the nearly 41 changes on second reading at the Nov. 13 meeting.

    Councilmen Preston Blackmon and Danny O'Brien were not present.

  • State gives district an average grade

    The Lancaster County School District received an "average" rating on its 2007 state-issued report card, the same ratings it got in 2006.

    The state Department of Education released the report cards earlier this month.

    Schools and districts are assessed by two ratings on the report cards – absolute and improvement.

    Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests, and improvement ratings look at individual student test scores from one year to the next and the number of students who have made such gains.