Local News

  • Library, rec department face budget cuts

    Lancaster County Council is preparing for significant cuts to the county’s library and recreation services in its new budget.

    Council, which gave first reading to its 2010-11 budget Monday, is considering a third consecutive budget with no property tax increases.

    The new budget will include state-mandated cuts, salary adjustments and increases in utility payments, but the most notable changes include a proposed 10 percent reduction in the county’s contribution to library and recreation services.

  • Horton has defied doctors’ predictions again and again

    SPARTANBURG – Five days before his first birthday, Tyler Horton suffered a fall that led to bleeding in his brain.

    The bleeding affected his vision to the point that Tyler, of Kershaw, is now legally blind. Doctors said that Tyler would never be able to walk or talk and that his growth would be stunted at best.

    However, through his sheer will and determination, Tyler Horton is now a strapping young man at 6-feet, 4-inches, has never missed a day of school in 14 years, and on Tuesday, he graduated from the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB).

  • Councilwoman gives up bail bonding license

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace no longer has a bail bonding license.

    The S.C. Department of Insurance asked Blackmon-Brace to surrender her license earlier this year after it found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with her bail bonding business.

    Blackmon-Brace has owned and operated Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co. in Lancaster for about 14 years. In her business, she bonds out people who appear before municipal judges in the city.

  • Officials investigate death of 13-month-old child

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a 13-months-old child.

    James Brian Jones was found unresponsive by his parents about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services responded to the home located at 1320 Culp-Landsford Road, Lancaster, and began emergency life-saving treatment, but the infant was unable to be resuscitated, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

  • Organizers: Red Rose Festival a success

    The musical acts wowed the crowd, vendors were successful and the weather was beautiful.

    Organizers say things went according to plan for the inaugural Red Rose Festival, which was this past weekend in downtown Lancaster.

    The festival, held Friday evening and most of Saturday, featured a strong helping of entertainment, including bands Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, which headlined, and Nantucket, which drew the largest crowd Saturday.

    There were many local and out-of-town vendors in attendance, selling food and a wide array of arts and crafts.

  • Fashion show raises $8,500 for children’s home

    Local models catwalked on the runway in fashions from local stores for a good cause on Saturday night.

    The Lancaster Children’s Home and Indian Land Rotary Club sponsored Southern Starry Nights, a charity fashion show, held Saturday night at the Artisans Center on Main Street in Lancaster.

    Guests received dinner, with entertainment provided by local attorney and singer Mitch Norrell. A silent auction and cocktail hour started off the evening.

    Clothing, ranging from casual to formal wear, was provided by Hi Lites, Belk and CB’s Ltd.

  • Chamber launches membership drive

    It’s a building campaign – complete with hard hats and a bulldozer – but without red bricks and concrete. The name says it all: “Building a Better Business Community – One Member at a Time!”  It is a two-week construction effort of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce in pursuit of a stronger organization representing the local business community.

  • Man pleads in ’08 death

    A Lancaster man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a former Chicago resident who moved to Lancaster to escape violence.

    Monterio Hood, 20, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of crack cocaine, carrying a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol as part of a negotiated plea in the death of Anthony Armour, 31, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

  • McGriff wants county to help fund Unity event

    Charlene McGriff hopes Lancaster County Council will help fund an annual festival.

    McGriff, the District 2 representative on council, asked council Monday to consider funding the county’s annual Unity in the Community festival. Sponsored by nonprofit group Lancaster Fatherhood Project, the festival is gearing up for its 14th annual event, but still needs funding for administrative costs.

  • Annual Lily Fest is Sunday

    You’re invited to attend an event that highlights one of the most breath-taking natural spectacles in the area.

    The 17th annual Lily Fest is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Landsford Canal State Park, on the Catawba River at the border of Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The festival celebrates the bloom of the Rocky Shoals spider lily, a white-flowered plant found in the Southeastern United States. Naturalists say Landsford Canal State Park has the most abundant population of spider lilies in the world.