Today's News

  • Belles, Darlings seek series crown

    Robert Howey


    Two Lancaster youth softball all-star teams will be seeking to continue their outstanding postseason play as they launch World Series tournament hopes this weekend in Sumter.

    The Lancaster County Darlings and the Lancaster Southern Belles will begin their quests at the Bobby Richardson Complex in Sumter.

    The Darlings, ages 7-8, launch their Series hopes at 1 p.m. Saturday when they face the Florida state champion.

    The Belles, ages 13-15, open play at noon when they meet the Virginia champion.

  • Football teams launch drills today

    A month from today, the 2009 Lancaster County high school football season kicks off.

    Today, county teams, like those across the state, officially open their preseason camps in preparation for the new campaign.

    The Lancaster County prep football landscape sports a new coach as former West Florence High School defensive coordinator Elmer Bench takes control at Andrew Jackson.

    Bench replaces Louis Clyburn, who guided the Vols one season before moving to rival North Central High School in neighboring Kershaw County.

  • LCST Sharks honor top swimmers

    The Lancaster County Sharks honored top performers at the recreation summer swim team’s banquet on Monday night at the Springdale Recreation Center.

    Coach Midenna Anderson and her staff honored a most valuable swimmer in each age group.

    Following are the 2009 most valuable swimmers and each competitors’ total points for the season.

    6-under – Mikaela Beacham (girls, 47 points), Will Jones (boys, 54 points)

    7-8 – Charlee Brooke Henry (girls, 55 points), Logan Phillips (boys, 77 points)

  • 29 KMG employees laid off

    Humana Inc. has announced layoffs at its subsidiary, Lancaster-based KMG America.

    Calling the insurance company layoffs a “consolidation,” company spokeswoman Nancy Hanewinckel said 29 KMG America employees were laid off last week. Six employees have been offered relocations, Hanewinckel said.

  • McGriff, Funderburk to seek District 2 seat

    Fred Thomas’s county council seat has been empty for just one week, but there are already two contenders for the job.

    Charlene McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, and local business owner Blondale Funderburk announced Wednesday their intention to run for the council District 2 seat. Both will be running as Democrats.

    The seat became vacant after Thomas stepped down to become a magistrate judge following council’s June 22 meeting. He was sworn in as magistrate on June 30.

    McGriff: ‘Time to try other things’

  • 26-year-old killed in shooting

    Police are releasing few details about a shooting that left a Lancaster man dead early Friday.

    Larry Curtis Duncan, 26, of 316 S. Hughes St., was killed, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    The shooting happened at 110 N. Willowlake Road. Police were called to the residence at 2:35 a.m. Duncan was found lying in the front yard of the home. Willowlake Road is between Meeting and Arch streets.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and attempted to revive Duncan.

  • USCL to offer new degree program starting this fall

    There’s a new degree option available at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Starting this fall, USCL students will be able to work toward a bachelor’s of arts degree in organizational leadership, or BOL degree. Applications are now being accepted.

    The BOL is for students who want a degree with a focus on workplace leadership. The degree prepares students for leadership roles in various settings, such as government, nonprofit groups and businesses.

  • Trial slated for man charged in cyclist's death

    The trial for a Lancaster man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist and then leaving the scene of the accident is slated to begin Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol on Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The accident happened three days earlier.

    John Haver, 68, a self-employed mechanic, was killed in the accident.

    Hood is accused of speeding in a Lincoln that was driving away from the city of Lancaster on S.C. 903.

  • I found a friend in the carnival swing man

    They called it a carnival. For me, it was more or less a county fair wannabe.

    This small outfit popped into town during the lull of my summer vacation.

    It only had about three or four rides and all of them were old, but it was something to do.

    Rides aren’t everything, I guess.

    There was a midway sideshow featuring the dog-faced man, a fat woman and a fella who could swallow swords.

    Why, they even had what one of the fellas called a “hootchy-kootchy show.”

  • Businesses facing hardships can apply for ARC loans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration recently began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. 

    “ARC” loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a bridge for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.