Today's News

  • Great Falls 'a speed trap,' says Chester County councilman

    GREAT FALLS - Chester County Councilman Archie Lucas said motorists are afraid to drive through the town of Great Falls.

    "I had one person who lives on Wateree say they would not come to Great Falls because the police will pull you over," Lucas said.

    "Great Falls is not being considered a speed trap," Lucas said. "It is one."

    Lucas said some people mistakenly think he serves on Great Falls Town Council when they complain to him.

  • About a year remains before all TV broadcasts will be in digital format

    Some people with analog television sets are scratching their heads over how they'll continue enjoying TV once the federal government mandates all broadcasts be in digital come February 2009.

    Lone analog television sets without cable or satellite service won't be able to receive broadcasts then, but the government and other interests are now working to make analog owners aware of what can be done once the change-over goes into effect.

  • Hammaker caring, well-respected student

    Early morning Jan. 27, the Indian Land community and Indian Land High School lost Derek Hammaker, an outstanding young man. I feel blessed to have taught Derek in auto technology classes for the past four years. He lived each day as an example of how life should be lived. Derek was a caring and well-respected member of our student body and our community.

  • Ferguson headed to SMC to play baseball

    The Lancaster County to Spartanburg Methodist College baseball connection added a solid link Wednesday afternoon.

    Nick Ferguson, a Lancaster High School baseball standout, signed with the Pioneers in the Lancaster High School conference room.

  • Funds sought for road study

    Officials hope Lancaster County will land a grant that will pay for a study of an important traffic corridor.

    The grant, available for up to $300,000, could fund a study of the U.S. 521 corridor, from the Lancaster city limits to the North Carolina state line. It would also look at the S.C. 9 corridor, from the Chester County line to where it meets U.S. 521.

    The area south of S.C. 75 in the Panhandle to the Lancaster city limits is undeveloped for the most part right now, as sewer lines have not been extended through the area.

  • Man being held for having sex with a horse, official says

    A local man who was caught having sex with a horse remains behind bars at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Joey Ervin Catoe, 48, whose last listed address is 1430 Kelly Drive, was charged Jan. 15 with indecent exposure and buggery, which means sodomy or unnatural sex.

    On Jan. 2, a resident of Floyd Road in Kershaw walked around his barn beside his house and saw Catoe having sex with his 2-month old horse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • City continues search for part-time associate judge

    The city of Lancaster's associate judge position for Sunday is open after several months of searching.

    After Helen Sowell resigned from her post as municipal judge and became city administrator last summer and an associate judge also resigned, municipal court staff duties were restructured. The associate judge's position for the weekend shift, a part-time job, remains open.

  • Council splits on rezoning request

    County Council was divided Monday night on a vote to rezone a large tract of heavy industrial land on Riverside Road to allow for a residential development.

    LGI Land of Texas owns 1,970 acres along Riverside Road. The company wants to develop homes on the site, but the site will need a special septic tank system because it is not serviced by Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

  • Vols seek to rebound after road losses at LC

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers cap regular-season Conference VIII-AA basketball play tonight with a road date with Cheraw.The Vols, in facing the Braves, will be seeking to rebound from a pair of league losses at Lee Central of Bishopville on Monday night.The Lady Vols dropped a 73-14 loss to the Lady Stallions in the opener. The nightcap saw the Vols battle the Stallions tough for a half before falling to the LC boys, 62-47.The Vols, in the nightcap, started strong, taking a 12-7 first-period lead.

  • Keep state drinking age at 21

    State Rep. Fletcher Smith believes the state's drinking laws should be changed to allow anyone who is in the military to buy alcoholic drinks. Smith, a Democrat from Greenville, has introduced a bill in the state House that would allow a service member under 21 to show his or her military identification card to a bartender or store clerk to buy alcoholic beverages.