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Today's News

  • Bridge steers me from trouble

    Remembering the past, unfortunately, isn’t always as much fun as a wagon load of fresh cardboard and a hot backyard construction project just waiting for a young boy’s touch.

    There were some bad times, too, including jail time – that my father, the late Major Evans, saw more than I did when he was county sheriff.

    To me, jail time has to be the worst. I know I don’t want to experience any confinement first hand.

  • Woman robbed, tied up while home alone

    Sheriff’s deputies are looking for four men they say committed a home invasion on Springhill Church Road in the Tradesville community on Sunday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a woman said she was packing up her car preparing to leave for college on Monday and then sat down to eat about 9:30 p.m.

  • The tie that binds

    The significance of the fire that damaged the Lancaster County Courthouse fire on Aug. 4, 2008, wasn’t lost on Walter Lee Tillman.

    But Tillman’s feelings for the 181-year-old structure that Robert Mills designed go well beyond its role as a house of justice.

    For Tillman and the 160-plus members of St. Paul AME Church, the courthouse is the house of worship they trace their religious roots to.

    While St. Paul AME will celebrate its 114th anniversary on Aug. 29-30 at its Pleasant Hill Street home, its tie to the historic courthouse remains binding.

  • Training for the trainers

    Snap, crackle, pow.

    Those were the sounds at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center as officers from three states honed their Taser skills Thursday.

    Twenty-two officers – which included sheriff’s deputies, police officers, military police and security officers from the Carolinas and Georgia – practiced firing Tasers at the center, which is normally the site of more staid banquets and other community gatherings.

  • UW to hold Second Chance Prom fundraiser

     INDIAN LAND – As part of the 2009-10 campaign kickoff, the United Way of Lancaster County will hold a Second Chance Prom fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land.

    The prom will feature a dance-off contest, with a $300 grand prize.

    A prom king and queen will crowned, while light refreshments will be served and prom portraits taken. There will be a cash bar, a live disc jockey, and, of course, dancing.  

    The cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited.

  • 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.