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Today's News

  • Council has to abide by federal, state laws

    Recently there have been several letters to the editor complaining that County Council has misplaced priorities or has failed to address certain road maintenance issues.

    As county administrator, I readily admit that county operations are run by humans and therefore we are not perfect. Complaints and suggestions for improvement are welcome, but we do ask that they be based on fact and several recent letters were simply not factual.

  • Road work continues downtown

    Road improvements continue to be made throughout the city of Lancaster – the most recent on Market and Barr streets.

    S.C. Department of Transportation selected those streets as part of its yearly pool of roads it would resurface, said Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director.

    The project extends from the 900th block of Market Street to Barr Street, ending at Main Street.

    Portions of Springdale Road are also being resurfaced.

  • State of the Community breakfast slated for Aug. 25

    Wachovia Bank will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    The breakfast event will provide a venue for elected officials from the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and the Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on current activities and challenges their branch of government is facing.

    Officials will highlight the previous year’s work and outline plans for the upcoming year.

  • New faces, fresh start for See Lancaster

    Passion, energy, experience. Those are words that come to our mind when we think of the three women who are now leading See Lancaster, the organization that promotes tourism in Lancaster County.

    See Lancaster was reorganized this summer after some deliberations between a special task force and Lancaster City Council. The new See Lancaster still has a mission of promoting tourism in the county, but it also heads up the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina.

  • USA 4x100 relay disqualified from world championships

    The IAAF Jury of Appeals upheld the disqualification of Team USA’s men’s 4x100m relay team. The team was disqualified for passing before the zone on the exchange between Shawn Crawford and Darvis Patton. Patton was running the anchor leg.

    The defending champion USA team had the best qualifying time of 37.97 seconds. At the Beijing Olympics last summer, the USA team dropped the baton and was eliminated.

    Patton was part of the blown exchange in Beijing, along with Tyson Gay, who didn’t run Friday because of a groin injury.

  • What's up with stalled Edenmoor development?

    INDIAN LAND – The meeting room at the Del Webb Library in Indian Land was packed Monday night with residents anxious to hear about the progress of the beleaguered Edenmoor development.

    The status of the stalled housing property, off U.S. 521 near Jim Wilson Road, was a topic on the agenda of the Indian Land Action Council meeting.

  • Unemployed get bills instead of checks

    I am writing because I am outraged over unemployment benefits. There is enough hurt with all the job losses in our town and state.

    Recently, I was looking for my unemployment check – which I am entitled to – in the mail. Instead, I got a bill for what they called “overpayment.”

    The state wants the money back from the emergency benefits program that President Obama approved.

  • Boy, 14, shot in arm in drive-by shooting

    A 14-year-old was shot during what he told police was a drive-by shooting near the park at Pardue Street Apartments early Saturday morning.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to the apartment complex about 1 a.m. because of shots being fired.

    When police arrived, officers saw a woman walking toward them with her son. The boy had been shot in the upper right arm, with an entrance and exit wound, the report said.

    The 14-year-old said he was at the park with his brother when he saw a white SUV driving down Pardue Circle.

  • 35 USCL students get an Early Start

    The sight and smell of seasoned shrimp and grits in mid-August usually means one thing – a graduation ceremony at Thelathia Bailey’s home.

    Bailey is director of the TriO programs at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which targets first-generation college students.

    One of the TriO programs, Early Start, allows select students to receive three weeks of mentoring over the summer to help them make a smoother transition to college.

    The participating students in the 2009 class had their graduation Friday.

  • Blackmon family appreciates support

    I would like to thank the citizens of Lancaster County for ensuring Preston Blackmon’s legacy lives on through the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center. Your efforts in making the center a success reciprocates the love that Preston had for each one of you.

    A special thanks to the Revs. George and Stella Williams, Deliverance Word of Faith Church family, Southside Adult Family Literacy Project and Southside Literacy Board for reflecting upon Preston’s life and naming the center in the honor.