Local News

  • City of Lancaster receives good audit

    The city of Lancaster is in good financial standing and has sound accounting practices, according to its most recent audit conducted in August and September.

    Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte audited the 2008-09 budget for the city, which had a total fund balance of $8.2 million at the end of that fiscal year (June 30) – a $400,000 increase from the previous year.

  • Lawmakers to speak at chamber breakfast

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative breakfast Dec. 1 to provide members with an opportunity to hear the issues leaders will tackle in 2010.

    The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl will outline the state chamber’s 2010 competitiveness agenda and discuss the top priority issues of businesses throughout the state.

  • Teen accused of threatening local detention center officer

    A Lancaster teenager in jail on armed-robbery charges has been charged with threatening a detention center officer.

    Dendrel Latavis Campbell, 17, of 1515 Carmel Road, has been charged with assault on an employee of a correctional facility, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Iraq vet at home for celebration

    Wearing his dress blues, local Marine Lance Cpl. David West saluted his fellow service members outside the American Legion building Saturday morning.

    For West, 21, this year’s Veterans Day celebration was different.

    It was his first local veterans parade since joining the Marines and shipping off for boot camp in October 2007. Since then, he was stationed in Hawaii and then spent seven months serving in Iraq.

  • H1N1 vaccine being given

    The H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is available, and health officials expect to receive more doses of the vaccine for those wanting it.

    More than 604,000 doses have been ordered thus far in South Carolina by the state’s public health departments or hospitals and other private providers, said Adam Myrick, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The vaccine comes in either a nasal spray or an injectable form, and the majority of the doses have been the latter type.

  • At last - Fann gets her roof

    VAN WYCK - Standing on her new porch under a cloudy sky, Rosemary Fann can still see the tent she was almost forced to live in.

    Fann pitched the tent under the talls trees on her Van Wyck propety soon after losing her mobile home in June. She had fallen behind on payments for her home, and it was later repossessed, leaving her with no place to live.

    The only things left were her garage, filled with her pets, and her piece of property, which she had shared with her late husband, Randy.

  • Council discusses prisoner medical care

    Changes may be on the way for the county’s prisoner medical care policy.

    Lancaster County Council on Monday discussed changes to its policy on medical care for inmates charged with certain types of offenses.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recommended a change to the county’s code 2-233, which would clarify who covers medical costs for inmates involved in municipal court offenses or general sessions offenses.

  • Boy, 10, saved little brother's life

    INDIAN LAND - Thanks to his quick actions on a second-floor balcony, Revery Johnson Jr. saved his little brother’s life last spring.

    The heroic deed has earned him the National Boy Scout Medal of Honor.

    Johnson, a 10-year-old Boy Scout who hails from Indian Land but spent much of the year in Nigeria, saved his 2-year-old brother, Robert, when he almost fell through the balcony railing of the family apartment.

    The family was living in Lagos, Nigeria, where Revery’s father, Revery Sr., was working as a crane engineer.

  • Speaker: Set positive tone; be proactive

    While you may talk about trends and statistics that suggest black boys are struggling in school and in society, what are you doing to address the problem?

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, a motivational educator who’s spent nearly 30 years in education, challenged an audience of concerned residents on Friday afternoon to think about the efforts being made to reach black boys.

    He said a little bit of concern can make a big difference.

  • District gets $220,875 grant

    The Lancaster County School District has received a $220,875 grant to make cost-saving improvements at Buford Middle School and North Elementary School.

    The S.C. Budget and Control Board’s Energy Office, through federal energy stimulus money, awarded the district the grant to replace light fixtures at the two schools.

    David Small, the school district’s facilities director, said the district was notified about the award about two weeks ago.