• USCL awards diplomas in ceremony

    Saturday's graduation at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a big step for Jeremy Stroud.

    The 33-year-old history major tried his luck at college several years ago, but says he didn't have the focus to succeed. After going from city to city playing in a small rock band, he realized it was time to go back to school and work toward a career.

    He was awarded an associate's in science degree during the ceremony at USCL's Bundy Auditorium.

    The keynote address from former Gov. Jim Hodges resonated with Stroud.

  • Capital projects slashed in county budget

    Cut back.

    That's what Councilman Wayne Kersey suggested the county do when County Administrator Steve Willis gave council the grim news about the 2008-09 county budget.

    Kersey said he didn't want to continue to burden the people of Lancaster County. The budget right now is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year.

  • Man on trial for '06 shooting death

    The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon in the death of Lamont Witherspoon, who suffered a fatal gunshot on a Lancaster street while others stood close by in December 2006.

    Jerry McGriff, 38, of Lancaster, is on trial for the murder.

    The state alleges that McGriff shot Witherspoon after an altercation outside the Taylor Street residence of Barbara Green, who the two men were reportedly romantically involved with.

  • Speaker: Redefine what 'cool' is to motivate boys to achieve

    How can you help black boys reach their potential?

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and inspirational speaker, often ponders that question and recently gave Lancaster County residents a wealth of pointers to find solutions.

    Wynn was one of two keynote speakers at the second State of the African American Male Conference, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, another educator, was the other keynote speaker.

    Set goals for black boys

  • Officials look at Catawba Ridge project

    Lancaster County is reworking a development agreement with a project in Catawba Ridge.

    An original development agreement was negotiated in 1999 for Catawba Ridge, which consists of more than 6,000 acres along the Catawba River in western Lancaster County.

    Over the years, pieces of the property have been sold off or developed.

    Developers, including Dean Harrell, proposed developing 4,400 acres of the property last year. The property is zoned for 10,586 homes.

  • Tower clock to tick again

    A piece of Lancaster history will find a new home.

    The rebuilding of the Lancaster Plant clock tower, a project that has been in the works for more than four years, will take place at the site of the new three-story Founders Federal Credit Union Corporate Center. The headquarters will be located on a 30-acre parcel of land at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads.

    Founders plans to complete the first phase of the headquarters' construction within the next few months.

  • Fire guts four businesses at Lynwood Drive strip mall

    Kathy Hall watched in despair as officials investigated the blaze that destroyed her business early Thursday morning.

    Hall's business – Absolute Tanning, Flowers & Balloons – was one of four businesses in the Pitmon Place strip mall on Lynwood Drive and Old Oakland Circle.

    A fire started in one of the businesses and damaged the entire mall early Thursday morning.

    "It's a little hard to swallow," said Hall, who had the tanning salon open there for about 10 years. "You don't want to see things go this way."

  • Man, 21, shot on York Street

    A Lancaster man was shot late Halloween night while in the parking lot of Sam's Place Club on South York Street.

    The man, 21, told police he was standing at the northern corner of the building about 10:50 p.m. when he heard one gunshot, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man heard three more shots right after he realized he had been shot in the right shoulder, the report said.

    He was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

    He was released the next day.

  • Long wins big in York County

    Republican Deborah Long took more than two-thirds of the York County vote in the S.C. House District 45 race against Democratic challenger Fred Thomas.

    Long is the first woman from Lancaster County to be elected to the House District 45 seat, which covers territory from the city of Lancaster to Indian Land and the northern portion of York County, including Fort Mill. She had 11,051 votes overall between York and Lancaster counties, or almost 57 percent of the vote. Thomas, a Lancaster County councilman, had 8,422 votes, or 43 percent.

  • State passes age of consent amendment

    An amendment to the South Carolina constitution to remove a provision for the age at which a girl can have consensual sex was approved by South Carolina voters Tuesday.

    It passed with 52 percent of 1.7 million people voting in favor of the amendment.

    The consent amendment deletes an item in the 113-year-old state constitution that set the age of consent for sex for unmarried women at 14.