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  • Sanford not calling for axing USCL this year

    Dr. John Catalano said Thursday was a great day for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Catalano, the dean at USCL, waited anxiously Thursday for the release of Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2010-11 budget.

    And when it was released, he was pleased to see it wasn’t a repeat of the last year, when the governor called for closing USCL.

    In his new budget, Sanford calls for funding USCL with $1.9 million next fiscal year.

  • TEA Party set for Saturday

    As Democrats in Congress work to finalize a health-care bill, Lancaster is gearing up for its fourth TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party on Saturday.

    The event will be held outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. If the weather is too cold, the event will be moved inside. The event begins at 11 a.m. and should last about two hours.

  • Forecast calls for more bitter cold temperatures

    Snow or not Thursday night, this weekend will continue a stretch of near record-breaking cold.

    Forecasters said there was a 50 percent chance of snow overnight Thursday.

    Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and with a low of 19 tonight.

    Saturday and Sunday will also be sunny, with a high in the upper-30s and lows in the teens.

    It’s cold, but not record-breaking, said Wes Tyler of the S.C. State Climatology Office. However, Tyler said this is the longest stretch of cold weather with low temperatures at 20 degrees or below since 1981.

  • Two men rob check-cashing/title loan business

    Police say two men robbed a check-cashing and title loan business on the S.C. 9 Bypass on Wednesday morning, tying up two employees and a customer during the incident.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said the department got a call at 9:22 a.m. to respond to Carolina Pay Day and Loans at 1180 S.C. 9 Bypass, which is near Home Depot.

  • Movie prescreening to be held here

    A major motion picture will be shown in Lancaster before it hits the big screen in a couple of weeks.

    Members of the faith community, local leaders and area youth will have a chance to see “To Save a Life,” a movie that centers on a high school star athlete who reaches out to others after going through struggles himself.

    The prescreening will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church. The movie hits theaters nationwide Jan. 22.

  • Del Webb Library birthday party Jan. 16

    INDIAN LAND ee" Almost a year to the day its doors opened to the public, the Del Webb Library at Indian Land will celebrate its first anniversary.

    The 11,000-square-foot library opened in Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Jan. 11, 2009. To mark the one-year milestone in style, the Friends of the Del Webb Library organization is planning a used book sale, refreshments, a children’s activity and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16.

  • Christmas Basket Fund raises $16,546.60

    Lancaster County residents dug deep into their pockets to make sure local families had enough to eat this holiday season.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, operated by HOPE in Lancaster, collected a total of $16,546.60 through the holidays, said HOPE director Elaine Adkins on Tuesday.

    Donations to the fund are used to buy grocery store gift cards for residents who need them.

    Some thought last year’s collection of $15,000 couldn’t be topped this year, with so many out of work in Lancaster County, Adkins said.

  • Cruising for a cause

    A convoy of Walmart truck drivers from across the country will ride into town Thursday to brighten the spirits of several local children and their families.

    As part of a program called Walmart Hearts, many of the company’s truck drivers will arrive at Lancaster’s store on the S.C. 9 Bypass at 5 p.m. Thursday. There, Walmart will make three local children honorary truck drivers, complete with their own Walmart uniforms and rides in the trucks.

  • Lancaster teen dies in one-car crash

    The Lancaster High School family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

    Elyse Hardin, an LHS sophomore, died Tuesday night in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road.

    She was a rear-seat passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that ran off the road and hit a utility pole about 10 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hardin was ejected from the car and died at the scene from blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.

    She was 15.

  • Four arrested in Christmas lynching

    Four Indian Land men have been arrested and charged with first-degree lynching in the death of a Charlotte man on Christmas night.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in Indian Land.

    Wallace, 42, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The four men arrested and charged with first-degree lynching are:

    – Marty Player, 24, 7243 Henry Harris Road