Today's News

  • Man charged with shooting grandmother to go to trial

    A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas in 2007 is slated to go to trial this week.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, was charged shortly after the shooting with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    He is accused of shooting his grandmother, Barbara Scheithauer, who was 64 at the time, with her .25-caliber pistol, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki.

    Aldridge was staying with his grandmother at the time of the shooting and had a dispute with her before the shooting, according to authorities.

  • Long calls for Sanford to resign

    State Rep. Deborah Long of Indian Land has joined the increasing list of state lawmakers who are calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

    Long, R-District 45, called the situation of Sanford’s affair “over the edge” and said it would be better for the state if he resigned.

    “My hope is that he does resign so we can put this mess behind us,” Long said. “It’d be best for all of us if he’d resign because an impeachment is messy, embarrassing and costly to the state. I hope he has advisors who will tell him to do it.”

  • Council to discuss proposal to shut down fire department

    Lancaster County Council will discuss the future of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department at its meeting on Monday.

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission, which is made up of representatives from the 25 fire departments in the county, recently recommended to close the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the commission, which makes rules and regulations for the county’s fire service, determined that the Pleasant Hill station was not in compliance with county standards.

  • Pregnancy care center now offers ultrasound ministry

    The Pregnancy Care Center, 718 S. Main St., has joined forces with HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center in Monroe, N.C., to aid women and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

    The Monroe Center recently started a Mobile Ultrasound Ministry which provides pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, free of charge.

    Amy Vincent, Pregnancy Care Center executive director, said it has already been established that ultrasound has a profound effect on abortion-minded women.

  • Summer Fest 2009 is Saturday in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Residents in the southern part of Lancaster County and beyond are asked to come out this weekend to a fun-filled event that will benefit the community.

    The first-ever Summer Fest 2009 will be held Saturday at the United Citizens Community Center in Heath Springs. The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include children’s activities, live singing, praise dancing and much food.

    Participants can also come out to get blood-pressure checks, diabetes screenings and receive other valuable health-related information.

  • UW falls just short of fundraising goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County celebrated the results of its 2008-09 campaign Tuesday night.

    The campaign began in September with a fundraising goal of $425,000. The economic downturn and rising unemployment had a detrimental effect on the campaign, but it still closed out with pledges totalling $410,184.

    Rhonda Fortune reviewed some of the United Way’s accomplishments over the past year.

  • Colonial Banquet set for July 18

    GREAT FALLS – Come experience a banquet that might have been served at a colonial-era tavern at the seventh annual Colonial Banquet sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.  

    The banquet and auction will be held at the Great Falls War Memorial Building on July 18. It will  benefit the work of the GFHTA. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    In the larger cities, elegant taverns served some of the finest food in the colonies.

  • It's always best to get the lay of the land

    You can get into trouble when you don’t know the territory.

    Two brothers who lived down the street, their cousin from Arch Street, and me had a fishing trip all figured out.

    Now, this fishing hole boasted a right nice cabin where we could all spend the night.

    The oldest member of our quartet did the driving and as planned, we arrived just before sundown.

  • Men's conference is Saturday

    Calling all men.

    New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring its first-ever Men’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday.

    The free conference, held at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club, begins with registration from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and a continental breakfast to follow.

    The day will feature sessions on health, finances, employment, self discipline and veterans benefits.

  • Thomas sworn in as new magistrate

    Fred Thomas joined a new group of county officials Tuesday as he became a Lancaster County magistrate judge.

    Thomas, the former chairman of Lancaster County Council, was surrounded by his family as he took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at the Temporary Judicial Center on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond recited the oath, while Polly Jackson, a retired educator and former chairwoman of County Council, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

    “This is really an exciting time for all of us,” Jackson said.