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Today's News

  • Friends reach out to family who lost home to fire

    Nothing much remains of Denise McMurray’s brick house on Chandler Place.

    Parts of the exterior look fine from afar. But once you step closer, ashes and smoke residue consume the interior.

    The roof on the right side of the house is caved in, and the walls and ceilings are burned so badly that the house’s foundation is exposed.

    McMurray’s single-story home is a total loss. It burned Sunday night in what officials call an accidental fire that started in the garage. The value of the home was $150,000.

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  • Dixie Hall inducts Solesbee, two programs

    Lancaster Dixie Softball turned an impressive triple play Saturday morning as the 2008 season began at the Springdale Recreation Complex.

    A Lancaster area softball trio, in a rare, but impressive way, joined elite company.

    The late Chuck Solesbee along with the Lancaster Southern Belles/Debs program and the Lancaster Dixie Softball U-12 program were inducted into the Dixie Softball Inc. Hall of Fame.

    “For this district, this is truly an honor to have all three join the hall of fame,” said District II Dixie Softball Director Tommy Bailey of Chester.

  • McKinney remembered at second annual walk

    The need to highlight an important cause overcame Saturday’s dreary weather to make the second annual Ryan McKinney Walk a success for those doing what they can to find a cause and cure of Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

    KLS is a neurological disorder that causes sufferers to sleep the upwards of 20 hours a day. Saturday was a time to raise awareness and also remember McKinney, a local KLS sufferer who died at 19 while suffering from the disorder.

  • Diabetics urged to follow a carbohydrate-conscious diet

    Lancaster High School senior Terrill Brown has been living with diabetes since he was 10. Brown, now 18, takes insulin shots daily and must watch what he eats.

    His mother, Wanda Evans, also a diabetic, says it’s tough making sure her son eats the right foods and keeps his prescriptions filled, especially when he’s away on a trip.

    She says a diabetes awareness event last week at Lancaster High School served as a reminder for what he has to do to remain healthy.

  • Spring rabies clinics begin Thursday

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control usually partners up with local veterinarians this month to provide rabies shots for pets at reduced cost clinics throughout the state.

    But that won’t happen in Lancaster County this year. The clinics here won’t be sponsored by DHEC or the local health department.

    Dr. Forrest Faulkner of Faulkner Animal Hospital is going it alone to provide rabies shots at 11 clinics between Thursday and May 6.

    The issue, said Bill Sims of DHEC in Lancaster, is the $3 cost set by the State General Assembly.

  • Stage now set for party primaries

    S.C. Senate District 16

    – Mick Mulvaney – R

    – Mandy Powers-Norell – D

    This seat, which covers the majority of Lancaster County and the Fort Mill area in York County, is being vacated by incumbent Republican Greg Gregory after 16 years. Gregory endorsed Mulvaney, the one-term incumbent House District 45 representative, months before filing began. Powers-Norell is making her first bid for public office, but as the city of Lancaster’s attorney, she’s no stranger to politics.

  • Inequality in education a focus at NAACP banquet

    KERSHAW – Black children still struggle for equal educational opportunity in South Carolina, said  Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr., president of the NAACP’s State Conference, at the Kershaw NAACP’s annual banquet Saturday night.

    Randolph recalled his last visit to Kershaw for the NAACP’s banquet two years ago.

    “The same struggles we had in 2006, we still have today,” he said.

    Randolph discussed the education equality lawsuit that has been in the court system for 15 years. He said the General Assembly has spent millions to fight it.

  • Badcock to move to old Wal-Mart building soon

    Badcock Home Furnishing Center is preparing to move to a new building that will be more than triple the size of its existing location.

    The Badcock furniture store on South Main Street will relocate to the old Wal-Mart building on S.C. 9 Bypass. Owner Cliff Altman said the store may be open at the new location by May 1.

    Badcock’s new store will have 24,000 square feet of showroom space. The warehouse will be 10,000 square feet, and the clearance center will measure about 6,000 square feet, Altman said.

  • Council divided on new development on the Catawba

    A lack of growth in western Lancaster County versus a greater demand for services and a burden on schools – those issues divided County Council on a vote for a new residential development on the Catawba River.

    Council voted 4-3 in favor of final reading of a rezoning ordinance, giving Texas-based LGI Land the go-ahead to develop Riverchase Estates, a gated community on Riverside Road.

    Riverchase Estates will contain 1,250 to 1,939 homes on about 2,000 acres along the Catawba.