Today's News

  • Shehane does “Sunday Bluegrass” on WAGL

    Because of the economy, now might not be the best time to start a new business venture, but that isn’t stopping Tony Shehane.

    Shehane has started an one-hour radio show, “Sunday Bluegrass” from 4 to 5 p.m. on WAGL (1560-AM). And Shehane, 69, isn’t intimidated by a risk of failure.

    “I figured Columbus took a chance on something, so why can’t I?” Shehane said. “It’s really no different. You don’t know if you can succeed if you don’t try.”

  • Annual event raises funds for rare disorder

    Donna White says losing her son was the worst thing that has ever happened in her life.

    Her son, Ryan McKinney, died four years ago from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder marked by periods of excessive sleep and altered behavior.

    Since his death, White, a Lancaster resident, has been heavily involved with the KLS Foundation ee" both nationally and on the local front.

    She said spreading awareness and supporting research efforts for the disorder have helped her cope with the grief.

  • Council splits on vote to rezone former night spot

    County Council members split last week on a vote to rezone a former nightclub building in Buford for use as a cabinet shop.

    The rezoning request is for the former B&W Club, a nightclub that opened in 1974 but has been closed for at least 10 years.

    The building is situated on 2.41 acres at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road, off S.C. 9 Bypass.

    McDonald Amusements owns the property, and Collins Realty, which made the rezoning request, is hoping to lease the property if the rezoning measure is approved.

  • Fired dispatcher to have hearing

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal her firing and will have a public hearing to make her case Monday.

    The city’s grievance committee, made up of city employees from various departments, will hear the case at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    The hearing will consist of presentations by the police department and by the former dispatcher, Laverne Thompson.

  • TEA party movement to celebrate its first anniversary on Tax Day

    Lancaster County residents are invited Thursday to the one-year anniversary of the county’s TEA party movement.

    The TEA party begins at noon in the parking lot of the former Elrod Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership at 845 Lancaster Bypass East. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

    This is one of several TEA party events organized by residents who have been especially critical of taxes and government spending since Barack Obama became president in 2009.

    The event will feature conservative speakers Chad Connelly and Marvin Rogers.

  • Woman with rare liver disease seeking transplant in Florida

    Rhonda Powers is a huge Elvis Presley fan whose dream is to visit his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

    Powers could get to Tennessee in a single day, but major health problems have stymied any serious thoughts of taking such a trip.

    The Lancaster County resident was diagnosed last year with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatphepatitis, or “NASH.” The rare condition is similar to alcohol liver disease, but affects people who drink little to no alcohol. The cause of NASH is unknown.

  • Have you filed your tax returns?

    Andy McBride walked passed a tax preparer’s office Monday afternoon with a peaceful smile as he made his way to a neighboring retailer.

    Asked if he had filed his 2009 tax return already, the Lancaster resident responded enthusiastically, saying he did so nearly two months ago. McBride said he’s never been one for the last-week rush.

    “I do mine right away,” McBride said. “Boom. Pow. Done!”

  • Blankenship to guide Lancers' softball team

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster athletic program’s newest sport is softball and a familiar face will lead the Lancers’ team.

    Alan Blankenship, who has coaching experience in high school and advanced girls youth softball, will guide the Lancers’ softball program as its first head coach.

    Blankenship, 59 and a Lancaster native, worked eight years with the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ softball program, including two seasons as the LHS head coach.

  • District screening applications for AJ post

    Lancaster County School District officials are in the process of screening applications for the job of head football coach at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said applications will be taken until the job is filled this spring.

    “We want to get the best possible person for the job,” Moore said.

  • Vols hammer Warriors

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer baseball team returned to the diamond to drill county rival Indian Land 21-8 in five innings on Monday night at IL.

    AJ, up 8-6, ignited for 13 runs in the third inning on the way to the 13-run win. The Vols’ victory gave AJ a season’s sweep of the Warriors.

    Chandler “Cha Cha” Gardner, who hurled two innings, was the winner, allowing six runs – three earned, five hits and five walks. He fanned three.

    Tanner Gardner, in three innings, yielded two runs, two hits, three walks and hit a batter. He fanned four.