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  • County council to hear second reading of $30.2 million budget

    Lancaster County Council will consider second reading of the county’s 2008-2009 budget at Monday night's meeting.The new budget is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year and in its current form, includes no tax increase.Council voted 5-2 on first reading of the budget May 5, with Councilmen Fred Thomas and Kersey voting against it.County Administrator Steve Willis recommended the addition of six new employees to staff the new Indian Land library at a cost of $233,000, another $200,000 to staff new recreation centers at Edenmoor and Buford, and

  • After 25 years, Heath Springs double murder remains unsolved

    Every day, there are countless people and objects that make Terry Thompson remember his slain sister.Some memories are pleasant, others are bad. But what is a constant is the emptiness that results from not knowing what happened to her. It’s a pain that never goes away.It's been 25 years since Lisa Ann Thompson was found dead inside a car near U.S. 521 in Heath Springs. She had been out riding the night of May 14, 1983, with Russell Anthony.Thompson, who was riding in the passenger seat, had been shot with a .38-caliber handgun.

  • Clues few in Arch Street murder

    Yvonne Harris said her family doesn’t have a clue who would want to murder her godson, Harry Frazier Jr.

  • ILES students watch chicks break out of their shells

    Students in Brittany Crimminger’s second grade class at Indian Land Elementary School didn’t get much done May 7.The students were too busy watching chicken eggs shake, rattle and roll in incubators as part of a project through Lancaster County 4-H.

  • Professional join together, tackle youth substance abuse

    Organizers of the second annual Lancaster County Rural Youth Substance Abuse Conference at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster said Friday it was a success, drawing the same number of attendants as last year with some new faces showing up.

  • ILHS senior rises above tough childhood in foster homes

    INDIAN LAND – Travis Anderson was walking to school with his brother, Danny, in Laurens when the two brothers were picked up by a police officer.

  • Man found shot to death in his home

    A Lancaster man was apparently murdered in his home across the street from the Lancaster Police Department late Wednesday or early Thursday.

    Police didn’t release the man’s name Thursday afternoon, but a family member said it was Harry Frazier. He was 31, and lived in the home by himself.

    Police got the call to respond to 412 E. Arch St. at 3:17 p.m., said Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard. Frazier was found on the floor by a cousin, Howard said.

  • Four teens receive Laura Fleming scholarships

    Females reigned supreme at the announcement of this year’s Laura Fleming Scholarship, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union.

    The $1,000 scholarship, now in its fifth year, provides funding every year for four students who plan to attend an accredited college, vocational or technical school. Each senior must also be the child of a member of the credit union.

  • City to pay for Doomsday field improvements

    The city of Lancaster is making an investment in the quality of the Lancaster High School baseball field, giving outsiders one more reason to come to Lancaster.

    Now called “Doomsday Corner,” the home of the Lancaster Bruins high school baseball team, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to fund improvements to the field’s surface.

    Improving the field will make high school play safer and qualify the field for collegiate play that’s coming in the near future.

  • Indian Land mom gets best gift ever

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    Pam Wiltsie had the best Mother’s Day ever.

    Last Thursday, her sons Paul and Michael Swan returned to Indian Land after more than a year in Afghanistan with the 178th Engineer Battalion of the S.C. National Guard in Fort Mill.

    That evening they surprised her youngest son, Jacob, 7, at his Little League ball game.

    Having the whole family reunited was emotional for Wiltsie, who spent last Mother’s Day separated from her two oldest sons.