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Today's News

  • Residents experience Internet slowdown

    Fred Jensen accesses the Web every day to check stocks and get news, but this week he said his Internet service has been non-existent.

    Jenson, who uses dial-up to connect to the Internet at home, wondered if the problem was related to the land-line issue local residents experienced earlier in the week.

    That appears to be the case.

  • Measure restricts what materials may be used on some commercial buildings in IL

    After almost two years, an ordinance to regulate commercial building exteriors in the Panhandle has passed.

    County Council voted 4-3 Monday night on final reading of an ordinance that prohibits metal, vinyl or cinder-block exteriors on commercial buildings that front S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 north of S.C. 75.

    Council has been debating the ordinance since early 2006. It was sent back to the planning department several times for changes.

  • LHS looking for right combinations on mat

    Lancaster High School wrestling coach Sam Robinson enters his second season with the Bruins and is hopeful LHS can improve on its 11-9 mat mark.

    LHS has the needed experience, returning 12 wrestlers.

    Junior Kendall Adams, who wrestled at 103 pounds last season, is back after posting a 22-9 record and earning the LHS wrestling Coaches Award. Adams was also a Class AAAA Upstate tournament qualifier.

    Adams will wrestle at 112 this season, with freshman Dylan Sinclair, who was on the middle school squad last season, also slated to work at 112.

  • New Santa to make parade debut

    Even when he's not wearing the red suit, some people do a double take when they see Lancaster resident David Brewer.

    Ever since he grew a beard, he looks so much like Santa.

    "Whenever we're out, like at a restaurant, children run to him, much to the amazement of their parents," said Brewer's wife, Barbara.

    The Brewers will play Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Lancaster Christmas parade Saturday. Two of their grandchildren, Blake and Gabriel Brewer, will play elves.

    This will be David Brewer's first time playing Santa in the Lancaster parade.

  • Christmas tree crop weathers drought

    When the members of Boy Scout Troop 180 headed out to Honeycutt's Tree Farm in West Jefferson, N.C., on Nov. 21, scoutmaster Larry Cauthen said he didn't know what to expect.

    In light of this year's drought, Cauthen said he wasn't sure what kind of shape the Fraser fir trees that the troop sells at its Christmas tree lot would be in.

    But what they found was a wide selection of mature, robust trees.

    The key word, Cauthen said, is mature.

  • Bruins sweep L-E to stay unbeaten

    The Lancaster Bruins, in different ways, stayed unbeaten with a hoops road sweep of Class AA foe Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday night.

    LHS, which swept county foe AJ in its opener Nov. 27, downed the Demons, with the girls taking a 62-36 win and the Bruins taking a 63-61 victory.

    The Bruins' Casey Catoe hit three of four free throws down the stretch to lift LHS to its second straight narrow win.

    Bruins' guard Shurdell Wright led the win, hitting 19 points, 11 in the final period.

    L-E held a 23-20 lead at the break, but Lancaster rallied in the second half.

  • Lady Vols win for home split

    KERHSAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers used a strong third period to notch their first win this season, a 39-28 victory over Class A foe Lewisville.The AJ girls’ win gave the Volunteers a split with the visiting Lions on Tuesday night.The Lady Vols of coach Dennis Farmer held a 16-15 lead at the break, but ignited in the third period to build on their advantage, 27-21.“We did a good job of picking up our intensity in the second half,” Farmer said.

  • Fuzzy Mabel specializes in yarns

    Cynthia Robinson's yarn shop has a unique name – Fuzzy Mabel.

    It's named after her two dogs, and she hopes its downtown Lancaster location will become a popular destination for people who like to work with yarns.

    "Yarn shops often become a local 'hangout' for customers who will come and bring their knitting to work on in the shop just for the enjoyment of the atmosphere and the companionship of people who like the same things," she said. "I hope that Fuzzy Mabel will become that kind of place for Lancaster."

    Robinson opened the shop here in mid-October.

  • Lancaster needs a humane society

    The volunteers for the proposed Humane Society in Lancaster are not rich. They are just big hearted and smart.

    The purpose of the organization is to help people become better pet owners as well as save as many animals as possible.

    Finding a way to give people low cost spay and neutering to cut down on unwanted litters is very important and can be done.

    I had my last shelter rescue spayed and all her shots for $57.50 thanks to B.J. and Krista finding a way.

  • Shovels turn for Indian Land library

    When Indian Land was a rural community, and its population was sparse, few people there probably thought much about having their own community library.