Today's News

  • A flair for hair

    Krista Cahill walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma Friday. But unlike her fellow 398 Lancaster High grads, Cahill, 18, has some unfinished business to take care of later this month.

    After taking top honors in the hairstyling division at the 2009 Skills USA Trade Competition in Greenville, Cahill will represent South Carolina in the upcoming nationals.

  • Next Street Market scheduled for July 4

    The third Lancaster Street Market of 2009 is slated for July 4 and will include a special attraction. Steve Koss of Koss Motorsports will be sponsoring his highly popular car show for visitors to enjoy.

    “We are so excited to have Steve involved again with his great car show. His group joined us for the December street market and they were very popular,” said Carrie Miller, event coordinator for See Lancaster. “We feel this will be well received again during the holiday weekend.”

  • Forum to focus on tourism developments in 2 counties

    ROCK HILL – Residents of Lancaster and York counties are invited to a public forum Thursday in Rock Hill to share their thoughts about tourism development in the two counties.

    The forum will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College.

    The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is conducting a study of tourism assets for the state, and South Carolina’s Catawba region will be the focus for much of the month of June.

  • Duke Foundation, volunteers help upgrade Pregnancy Care Center

    The Pregnancy Care Center in Lancaster has received a number of key renovations to its center, thanks to the helping hands of a few residents at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    Dr. Peggy Duncan, a Duke Foundation employee and resident of the Indian Land retirement community, had been looking for a community service project for the foundation, the philanthropic arm of Duke Energy, to undertake.

    Duncan was pointed to the Pregnancy Care Center, which was in need of improvements inside and around the building, said center executive director Amy Vincent.

  • Heath Springs OKs 2009-10 budget of nearly $500,000

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted on first reading of its 2009-10 budget with little discussion.

    The budget includes $445,590 to cover general operations, the town’s senior center, law enforcement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, recreation and fire departments and the sanitation and street department.

    The town’s largest expense comes from its water and sewer departments, which total $692,350.

  • Kershaw woman charged in Wal-Mart bomb threat

    PAGELAND - A Wal-Mart Distribution Center employee was arrested and charged last week with making a bomb threat against the business.

    A woman’s need for attention spawned the May 15 phone call that halted work at one of Pageland’s largest employers for more than a hour, said Sheriff Sam Parker.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office charged Jackie Jordan Barrett, 36, of 311 Old Georgetown Road, Kershaw, with conveying a bomb threat after she reportedly confessed to making the telephone call that shut down the facility.

  • Lt. 'Smiley' retires from police dept. - in a way

    If officers under Lancaster Police Department Lt. Alice “Smiley” Spratt-Wactor learned anything from her, it was not to disturb the paperwork on her desk.

    The more experienced officers often sent in a rookie to “look through” the reports or punch cards on her desk.

    “I learned real quick – don’t mess with the paperwork, cards or anything,” said Pfc. Ricky Funderburk, one of the younger officers at the department.

  • Birders count 113 species during springtime count

    Nearly 20 birdwatchers participated in the Katawba Valley Land Trust’s annual spring bird count in April.

    They cataloged species that use local protected properties as migration routes during the spring. 

    The birders counted 113 different species during the event.

    Significant sightings included a Swainson’s warbler, a rose-breasted grosbeak and a Northern waterthrush, none of which actually live in the area in summer or winter, but pass through during spring migration.

  • Jobless rate still at 19 percent

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate edged upward in April to 11.5 percent, one-tenth of a point above the March rate of 11.4 percent, the State Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    It’s the highest jobless rate in South Carolina since the state started keeping records in 1976.

    The old mark of 11.4 percent was reached in March and in January 1983.

    The state has the nation’s third-highest unemployment rate. Michigan holds the country’s highest jobless rate at 12.9 percent, followed by Oregon at 12 percent.

  • 3 file to seek mayor's post in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Filing closed Monday for a special election to fill seats on Town Council vacated by several resignations in April.

    Wayne Rhodes, who has served on Kershaw Town Council before, and Pam Johnson have each filed to run for mayor. Jody Connell, who ran for a seat on Town Council in March during the regular election but was defeated, is also running for mayor.

    Genny Hendrix, who has served on council before, and Sonya Poole, have filed to run for the at-large seat. Michael Cook and Sherry Hunter have filed to run for the District 2 council seat.