Today's News

  • Cost of Thanksgiving meal drops by 4 percent

    When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps and there is a little good news for consumers this Thanksgiving.

    You may have noticed it while standing in the grocery checkout line.

    According to a report released by the American Farm Bureau Federation on Nov. 12,  the cost of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – the turkey, stuffing cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings – won’t be as high this year. 

  • The feathers, fur (and bull) always fly on Big Thursday

    After losing match play to the orange-clad “Flying Scotts” during the 2008 Big Thursday Golf Tournament, John Catalano and Tim Hallman wanted another shot.

    It’s the “wait until next year” attitude at its best, but it wasn’t to be.

    Phillip Scott said his older brother, Evan, is having back problems that knocked them from match-play competition on Nov. 19 that pitted Clemson supporters against the Gamecocks faithful at Lancaster Golf Club.  

  • City chief seeks new drug dog

    The Lancaster Police Department is asking the city for money to buy another drug dog.

    Police Chief Hugh White asked City Council on Tuesday to provide the needed funding to replace Bruno, the drug dog that’s been with the police department for 10 years.

    White said it will cost between $9,000 and $12,000 to buy a new, well-trained dog.  

    “Obviously, we purchased a top-quality dog in 1999,” he said. “It’s my opinion we need to begin searching for a replacement for Bruno.”

  • District OKs policy on political solicitation

    The Lancaster County School District has put its foot down on certain types of political activity  that can occur on school grounds.

    The school board voted unanimously Tuesday on final reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

    The board had viewed a draft of the policy in April but tabled it for later discussion. At that time, board member Dr. Peter Barry expressed concern about an item that would have prevented politicians from buying ad space in publications such as football programs.

  • Council votes down rezoning request for elderly care center

    With a round of applause from several Indian Land residents in the audience, Lancaster County Council denied an ordinance that would have allowed for elderly care centers in residential neighborhoods.

    Council voted unanimously to deny the ordinance, which would have permitted elderly care facilities as a conditional use in residential and commercial areas with the R-15P, B-1 and B-2 zoning designations. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was absent.

  • Cauthen in shackles during trial

    One woman described murder victim Brenda Steen as “scared and whispering” during a phone call that  authorities say preceded her death on Oct. 17, 2004.

    David Cauthen Jr. is charged with murder in Steen's death. His trial began Monday at the Lancaster County temporary courthouse.

    According to authorities, Steen was killed on Oct. 17, 2004. Her body was found two days later in a culvert under Camp Creek Road.

  • Woman stabbed, dumped in McBee

    McBEE – Chesterfield County authorities are awaiting a key piece of evidence concerning the stabbing of a woman abandoned along the roadside last week: Her statement.

    An investigation into the stabbing of a 47-year-old Lancaster County woman remains on hold as she recovers from her injuries.

    She has yet to be questioned by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

    She remains under medical care for injuries after receiving emergency surgery, said Lt. Brianna Davis, an investigator for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Officials break ground in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County Council was chastised for spending $400,000 on improvements to the Kershaw Industrial Park a few years ago, said its chairman, Rudy Carter.

    Carter spoke at a groundbreaking for the park on Gold Mine Highway on Tuesday morning.

    “In our economic times, things are very difficult,” Carter said. “The key to all this is simply planning. I think we’re going to see a lot going on here. I think investing now will pay off huge in the future.”

  • Vols hoping to rebound from early-season injuries


  • City receives honor for traffic safety

    COLUMBIA – The city of Lancaster has been recognized by AAA Carolinas as a 2009 South Carolina Traffic Safe Community.

    Lt. Jeff Meeks of the Lancaster Police Department accepted the award, which honors the police department and city for working to ensure that roads in the city are safe. The award was presented at a luncheon in Columbia on Oct. 15.

    The city of Lancaster was recognized for its public-awareness campaigns.