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  • Baseball not all that's new at USCL this fall

    You may have heard that the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will have a baseball team, the Lancers, which will start play this fall.

    But there are other new programs coming to USCL.

    Here's a look at them:

    – Meeting Educators At Lunch, or MEALs, which is a new take-a-professor-to-lunch program designed to enhance instructor-student interactions in an informal setting over lunch at local restaurants.

  • Crawford 'on target' for Olympic medal

    VAN WYCK – Several of Shawn Crawford's biggest fans, including his mom, headed to Beijing, China, Friday to watch the Olympic champion vie for another gold medal.

    Crawford, 30, may be Van Wyck's most famous native son. 

  • Man dies two weeks after wreck with ambulance near Lancaster

    An 85-year-old Great Falls man who was involved in an accident with an ambulance last month in Lancaster County has died.

    James Marion Baker died Aug. 10 from brain injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle wreck July 26 on S.C. 200, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office.

    Baker was driving a 2003 four-door Ford that was struck on its driver's side by a Ford ambulance driven by a 29-year-old Lancaster County woman, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Lancaster man, 20, accused of shooting at two women in car

    A Lancaster man remains behind bars after he reportedly shot at an occupied car after an argument on Rock Street on Monday.

    Lancaster police have charged Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 20, of 202 Pacer Drive, with two counts of assault with intent to kill.

    He's also charged with possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, pointing and presenting a firearm and malicious injury to property.

  • Man working to start homeless shelter here

    James Pringle looked out the window of the Lancaster Fatherhood Project on a recent Monday morning and saw someone digging through a trash can looking for aluminum cans.

    Lancaster County is going through some tough times, with the closing of local Springs Global plants and rising prices for just about everything, including gasoline and food.

    But Pringle has been working for the last four years to do something about it.

  • VFD trains on new ladder truck

    INDIAN LAND – Training on the new ladder truck at Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department started Aug. 4, the same day the Lancaster County Courthouse burned.

    The timing was coincidental. Although the new ladder truck is the tallest in the county, it is not yet in use.

    Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. aerial specialist Rodney Pearson flew from Houston, Texas, to train Panhandle firefighters on the truck. Ferrara and Spartan Motors built the truck, which was delivered to the station July 22.

  • Bless Fest features local gospel choirs, other acts

    Last year's Bless Fest went so well that organizers want to do it again. And this time, it will be bigger than ever.

    The 2008 Bless Fest will be a two-day event. It will again feature various local gospel choirs and other acts, such as praise dancers and comedians.

    Saturday's festivities will be at In His Presence Fellowship Ministry, 726 Main St.

    On Sunday, the program will be held at Plantation Pointe Civic Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

  • County OKs $400,000 for Kershaw park

    County Council members unanimously agreed Monday to fund $400,000 worth of improvements at the Kershaw industrial site.

    The site will one day look more like an industrial park, with trees cleared and roads built into it with the funding.

    "This would really be a big jump start for Kershaw," said County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the area.

  • County Council OKs plan to build new courthouse

    Lancaster County voters will have a choice – sort of - in how the county pays for a new courthouse.

    County Council met Wednesday to discuss an installment-purchase plan to pay for a new courthouse.

    The Lancaster County School District used an installment-purchase plan a few years ago to build the new Indian Land High School and pay for renovations at other county schools. It involves the sale of bonds, which are then paid back by taxes.

  • $12,000 offered for info on arsons

    County Council upped the reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved with last week's fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    At the end of a special meeting Wednesday, County Council voted to add $10,000 to the reward offered by the S.C. Arson Hotline.

    "This shows they're serious about trying to get someone to call and give information about the fires," said Allison Love, executive director of the S.C. Insurance News Service.