Today's News

  • Businessman dies in cycle wreck

    Family members of Matthew Keller are mourning the sudden loss of a loved one who’s being remembered for his kind spirit and love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    Keller, a Lancaster resident originally from the San Francisco area, died Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident.

    He was 55.

    Keller was riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle just before 5 p.m. when he collided with a pickup at the intersection of Camp Creek and Daystar roads.

    Keller died at the scene. Nobody else was hurt, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Call center training begins on Monday

    Some Lancaster County residents hit hardest by the nation’s economic downturn will be able to receive call center training later this month.

    York Technical College, in partnership with Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., will begin offering classes in Lancaster to prepare residents for call center and customer care jobs.

    The first four-week class begins Monday at Lancaster High School and is filling up fast, according to York Tech officials. Workforce Investment Act-qualified residents and the public will be accepted into the training.

  • 4 accused of Ecstasy trafficking

    Three Lancaster men and another former Lancaster resident have been charged with drug trafficking in a case investigated by both Lancaster and York counties.

    Matthew Tyrell Curry, 21, of 1177 Shiloh Drive, and Robert Deon Montgomery, 20, of 1704 Great Falls Highway, have been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking in Ecstasy.

  • Groundbreaking for new courthouse set for Sept. 14

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the county’s new courthouse is slated for Sept. 14.

    Before the old courthouse burned, County Council was considering building a court facility that would house the solicitor, public defender, family court and other agencies, such as the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and the local office of the S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

    The historic courthouse was still being used a working court facility before the fire.

  • Rich Heritage

    On Aug. 3, White Springs Baptist Church will be 75 years old.

    Since that time at least 40 ministers have gone out from the Erwin Farm-based congregation. And White Springs has been the spiritual home to some of the finest athletes ever to play at Lancaster High School.

    Sometimes these two attributes meshed, as in the case of the Rev. Buford Hayes, a 1954 LHS graduate.

    Hayes, a receiver, is acknowledged by those who can remember as one of the finest football players ever to don the Blue Hurricane uniform, as the team was known at the time.

  • Pleasant Valley Fire Department seeking stimulus funds for building

    INDIAN LAND – The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department recently applied for federal stimulus funds that could help with the construction of its new station.

    Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Paul Blackwelder said the department applied for a $1.9 million grant. He’s optimistic about receiving the funds, but said he’s not sure when the department will learn if its request was approved.

    “You hope for it, but you can’t depend on it until you get it,” Blackwelder said. “You can’t count your chickens until they hatch.”

  • City declines to fund back-to-school bash

    The start of school is around the corner and area children will soon need the paper, pencils and other materials required for the first school day.

    The second annual block party at South Side Park is one of several events locally that will give away supplies to the youth in attendance.

    City Councilman Kenny Hood had requested that the city give $500 to buy hot dogs and supplies for the July 25 block party.

    But council voted 4-3 Tuesday in favor of denying the request.

  • Salkehatchie team tackles local home

    INDIAN LAND – Standing on a rooftop in sweltering 90-degree heat, holding a nail gun in one hand and some roofing shingles in another, Lindsey Fisher is not your typical 15-year-old.

    Flanked by several other teens, Fisher made quick work of a series of shingles, shooting nails into the roof of a home she had never seen until a few days before. After the row was complete, she stood back and smiled.

  • Lancaster Street Market set for 8 a.m. Saturday

    Those in search of local crafts and crops won’t have to look too far Saturday.

    They will be available at the Lancaster Street Market in the green space at the corner of Main and Gay streets.

    A collaboration of the Lancaster Downtown Business Association, the city of Lancaster and See Lancaster, which promotes local tourism, the street markets are held the first Saturday of the month.

    There has been one slight change in the time, said Peggy Little, director of See Lancaster.

  • Efforts under way to help woman who lost home

    Kathy Griffin spent most of her week flipping through the phone book and calling as many churches as she could find.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident, is on a quest to contact all of Lancaster County’s 162 churches, hoping to raise money for a Van Wyck woman who recently lost her home.

    Griffin recently learned about Rosemary Fann, a 61-year-old widow whose mobile home was repossessed in June. After her home was repossessed, Fann pitched a tent to live in on her property.