Today's News

  • County not yet out of drought

    Easing drought conditions may be a Christmas gift come early to the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

    The Catawba-Wateree Basin is continuing to see drought conditions, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group announced last week.

    But recent widespread rains, Duke Energy’s voluntary limited releases along the river and continued water conservation by customers are holding the region’s water supply at a steady level.  

  • Kershaw man gets 15 years for gun charges

    COLUMBIA – A Kershaw man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.

    Laurkeda Montrell “Magoo” Montgomery, 26, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. to 188 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. Montgomery was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

  • Police reports – Dec. 21, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Mario Mandrell McIlwain, 31, 225 North Circle, and Erick Vaughn Crawford, 29, 2522 University Drive, were each charged Dec. 12 with simple possession of marijuana.

    An officer spotted McIlwain and Crawford sitting in a parked Acura while checking on Crawford Funeral Home on West Meeting Street, the report said.

    The vehicle’s windows were fogged from smoke and the inside smelled like marijuana, the report said.

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  • School officials discuss cuts

    Officials talked more at Tuesday’s school board meeting about the effects of the latest state funding cut.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, revisited figures detailing the most previous budget cuts and ideas on how to handle an expected cut in funds from the state.

    As of Tuesday, the school district was awaiting word from the state Department of Education about how much each district would be asked to make budget cuts. School district officials are expecting a 7 percent cut from the state.

  • Half of town loses water when Heath Springs line is broken

    HEATH SPRINGS – Water soaked several streets in Heath Springs after construction crews struck a water line late Tuesday afternoon, and about half the town briefly lost water service, according to town officials.

    Jackson-based C&W Construction was performing work on the town’s water lines when a crew struck a line at Spring and College streets.

    “They keep hitting lines and they just hit a big one,” said Mayor Ann Taylor.

    Service was restored to customers by Tuesday night.

  • Christian Services still taking Angel Tree donations

    Christian Services will accept last-minute toy donations through Christmas Eve.

    The official deadline for donations is today. But coordinators say last-minute donations will be accepted at the Church of Lancaster youth building, 206 Mercy Drive, off Craig Manor Road through Wednesday.

    The Angel Tree program normally starts off the donation period with about 1,200 children and usually ends up with about 1,500 children served. Due to layoffs and the downturn in the economy, the program started off with 1,675 children on its list this year.

  • Shoppers rush to stores as Christmas gets closer

    Travis Carnes is trying to avoid doing what he’s done in many holiday seasons past – waiting until Christmas Eve to do most of his shopping.

    The Lancaster resident bounced around from store to store Monday, gathering ideas while looking for the perfect gifts for family members.

    He was among many of the local shoppers browsing as retailers nationwide introduced special discounts in the week before Christmas.

    Carnes’ wife began her holiday shopping earlier than him. She was one of the early birds out at 4 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Basket Fund collects $12,655

    Lancaster County residents and businesses are proving it’s going to take more than a tough economy to stop them from giving.

    Donations have surpassed last year’s total just three weeks into the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.

    The fund, organized this year by HOPE in Lancaster, has collected $5,514 since Dec. 11, bringing the total amount collected this year to $12,665.

    The total amount collected in 2007 was $9,250.

  • Police say men dragged drink machine with SUV

    Harlean Howard is a veteran police officer.

    She’s been with the Lancaster Police Department long enough to obtain the rank of captain. But something happened early Tuesday morning she said she’s never seen.

    Someone took a drink machine from the Market Street Package Shop at the Meeting Street intersection.

    Lancaster Police came to the area after receiving a call just after 3 a.m. about a vehicle dragging a drink box, according to an incident report.