Today's News

  • Curtis places 2nd in bus mechanics competition

    Chris Curtis believes he’s been rewarded for the hard work he puts into his job.

    Curtis, a maintenance technician at the Lancaster school bus shop, recently placed second in a statewide mechanics competition in Columbia.

    The June 18 competition featured mechanics and technicians from bus shops throughout South Carolina.

    The all-day affair was hosted by the S.C. Association for Pupil Transportation.

    Those competing were faced with scenarios involving real mechanical bus problems and had 12 minutes to identify the problem.

  • Mulvaney: 'I'm disappointed in him as a governor and as a person'

    Between sighs and angry groans, state Sen. Mick Mulvaney tried to process Wednesday’s admission from Gov. Mark Sanford about his extramarital affair.

    “We all know when we go into political office that we are held to a higher standard, but with this action, he fails to meet even the lowest standard,” Mulvaney said. “I’m disappointed in him as a governor and as a person.”

  • 2 ALDI stores coming

    Two ALDI supermarkets are in development for Lancaster County.

    Katherine Davis, spokeswoman for ALDI, said the discount supermarket chain is moving forward with two new locations in the county, one in Lancaster and the other in Indian Land.

    “I’ve talked with the real estate director for where these stores are located and things are moving ahead,” Davis said.

    The Lancaster store is under construction on 2.5 acres of land at Old Charlotte Highway and North Park Drive.

  • Children’s Home facing funding uncertainties

    The executive director of the Lancaster Children’s Home says its number of residents must increase to receive more funding from the state.

    At the moment, the Children’s Home is serving 14 boys and four girls, but is allowed to accommodate up to 18 boys and 10 girls, said Annette Deese.

    The Children’s Home and other group homes in South Carolina are managed under the S.C. Department of Social Services, which allocates money to the homes based on their number of children housed.

  • Man charged with shooting grandmother to go to trial

    A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas in 2007 is slated to go to trial this week.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, was charged shortly after the shooting with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    He is accused of shooting his grandmother, Barbara Scheithauer, who was 64 at the time, with her .25-caliber pistol, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki.

    Aldridge was staying with his grandmother at the time of the shooting and had a dispute with her before the shooting, according to authorities.

  • Long calls for Sanford to resign

    State Rep. Deborah Long of Indian Land has joined the increasing list of state lawmakers who are calling for Gov. Mark Sanford to resign.

    Long, R-District 45, called the situation of Sanford’s affair “over the edge” and said it would be better for the state if he resigned.

    “My hope is that he does resign so we can put this mess behind us,” Long said. “It’d be best for all of us if he’d resign because an impeachment is messy, embarrassing and costly to the state. I hope he has advisors who will tell him to do it.”

  • Council to discuss proposal to shut down fire department

    Lancaster County Council will discuss the future of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department at its meeting on Monday.

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission, which is made up of representatives from the 25 fire departments in the county, recently recommended to close the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the commission, which makes rules and regulations for the county’s fire service, determined that the Pleasant Hill station was not in compliance with county standards.

  • Pregnancy care center now offers ultrasound ministry

    The Pregnancy Care Center, 718 S. Main St., has joined forces with HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center in Monroe, N.C., to aid women and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

    The Monroe Center recently started a Mobile Ultrasound Ministry which provides pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, free of charge.

    Amy Vincent, Pregnancy Care Center executive director, said it has already been established that ultrasound has a profound effect on abortion-minded women.

  • Summer Fest 2009 is Saturday in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Residents in the southern part of Lancaster County and beyond are asked to come out this weekend to a fun-filled event that will benefit the community.

    The first-ever Summer Fest 2009 will be held Saturday at the United Citizens Community Center in Heath Springs. The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include children’s activities, live singing, praise dancing and much food.

    Participants can also come out to get blood-pressure checks, diabetes screenings and receive other valuable health-related information.

  • UW falls just short of fundraising goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County celebrated the results of its 2008-09 campaign Tuesday night.

    The campaign began in September with a fundraising goal of $425,000. The economic downturn and rising unemployment had a detrimental effect on the campaign, but it still closed out with pledges totalling $410,184.

    Rhonda Fortune reviewed some of the United Way’s accomplishments over the past year.