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  • County Council honors Southern Belles

    After two important wins last year, the Dixie Softball Southern Belles team received a standing ovation and proclamation from Lancaster County Council on Feb. 1.

    Several players and coaches from the team were honored.

    Council Chairman Rudy Carter recognized the Lancaster Southern Belles Softball All-Star team for winning the 2009 Dixie Belles State Championship in Seneca.

    Carter also highlighted the team’s fourth-place win in the 2009 Dixie Belles World Series in Sumter.

  • Crusades 2010 seek to save young people

    Youth and young adults are bombarded with pressures and temptations.  

    They face issues such as alcohol and drug use, relationships, violence, divorce and teen pregnancy. Some struggle with feelings of loneliness, depression and suicide. They are all looking for acceptance.

    In her determination and passion to help reach youth, Ollie Alexander, along with her ministry team, have started The Next Generation – Youth Crusades 2010.  

  • 'Southern Charm' theme of art gala

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is planning a night of Charleston flair to raise money for its community programs.

    The theme for the annual fundraising gala, which begins at 7 p.m. March 6, is “Southern Charm.”

    The gala will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Tickets are on sale now: $40 for arts council members and $50 for non-members.

  • Auditor receives state honor

    County Auditor Cheryl Morgan thought she was just attending an annual meeting of her peers, but left as this year’s winner of a prestigious statewide award.

    Morgan was surprised to learn she’d been named the recipient of the L.H. Sonny Siau Award of Excellence on Feb. 5.

    The award is given out every year at the annual meeting of the S.C. Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors.

    “I was totally surprised,” Morgan said. “I just cried. It was really emotional.”

  • 'Sordid Lives,' a comedy for grown-ups

    “Sordid Lives” is billed as a “black comedy about white trash” and its actors and director hope it will have the audience laughing through its entirety.

    The play opens at 8 p.m. Friday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It will also be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday as well as Feb. 26 and 27. It will also be staged at 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

    “Sordid Lives” is directed by Lancaster Playhouse veteran Wayne Carter, who also directed “Radio TBS” for the playhouse.

  • Police reports - Feb. 14, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Lancaster man was charged with drug possession after a deputy stopped the car he was riding in because the car had a poorly secured couch on top.

    Sean L. Green, 28, 1596 Springdale Road, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    The report said Green was riding in a Cadillac with a couch secured to top of the car by an extension cord. The couch was unsteady on top of the car, the report said, and the deputy stopped him.

  • For some, snow meant a morning of rare fun

    Some Lancaster County residents got their wish overnight Friday as a winter storm blanketed the county with snow.

    From Indian Land to Kershaw, 3 to 4 inches of snow fell.

    It didn’t take long for children and adults to get out in the snow and play.

    For some, golf carts and four-wheelers made the perfect vehicles for maneuvering in the white stuff.

  • Remembering Matt Blackwell

    Four area students will be honored for academic excellence while everyone in attendance will be treated to an inspirational message at the annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

    This year’s event will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lancaster Golf Course Fairway Room.

    Each year, four Lancaster County high school seniors are selected to receive a scholarship, which is named after the Lancaster teen who died in 2001 following an auto accident.

    Dawn Smith Jordan will be the guest speaker Tuesday.

  • Fire guts house on Greenbriar Drive

    Firefighters responded twice to a house fire on Greenbriar Drive on Thursday.

    Several volunteer fire stations were first called to the blaze about 11 a.m., said Darren Player, deputy director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Fire Service.

    Antioch, Elgin and Camp Creek fire departments responded with trucks and equipment, while Buford Volunteer Fire Department assisted with man power.

    When firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames, Player said. Part of the roof collapsed in the blaze.

  • Breaking News Possible snow today in Lancaster

    Looks like snow could fall over Lancaster County beginning this afternoon.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the county effective until 6 a.m. Saturday and is predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow.

    The snow could move into the area after 4 p.m. today, falling as a mix with rain, the weather service said. Snow will continue during the night, before ending about 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

    S.C. Department of Transportation crews will be out today pre-treating roads with a salt-brine mixture in preparation for the storm.