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Today's News

  • Mayor receives Palmetto award

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw knew he’d be speaking before a crowd Tuesday morning, but he had no idea it would be for two reasons.

    Shaw was stunned – and brought to tears – when he was honored with the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor for service. The accolade was given at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Community event.

    Shaw said he had no clue he was receiving the award, smiling as his eyes began to well.

  • Starnes wins the Pure Street

    The scattered rain showers throughout Lancaster County did not stop the action at the Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    NDRA Crate Late Model

    David Yandle and Chris Fite were in the front row of the NDRA Crate Late Model main event. Fite, an up and coming young driver in the NDRA Crate Late Model Division at Lancaster Speedway, won a lot of fans Saturday with his heat race win over Brandy Baker.

  • Blackmon-Brace final candidate to enter mayor's race

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace has made her bid for mayor official.

    The two-term councilwoman who has signs promoting her run for mayor up for months filed at the County Administration Building early Monday morning, just hours before the filing period ended.

    Blackmon-Brace is one of four people vying for the mayor’s seat, which is non-partisan.

    The other candidates are Donnie Birchfield, incumbent Joe Shaw and Mary Helen Yarborough.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    A second run

  • Lancaster County ACT scores increase in ’10

    The Lancaster County School District improved slightly on its overall performance from last year on the ACT college-entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2010 high school seniors posted an average composite score of 18.0 on the test’s 36-point scale. The district’s score in 2009 was 17.9.

    ACT considers a change of three-tenths of a point to be statistically significant. One-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.

  • Can road signs translate into jobs?

    County leaders are looking at how a federal sign mandate could create jobs for Lancaster County.

    With only a few years left before the county is required to convert all of its street and traffic signs to those with more reflective features, Lancaster County Council is considering options for manufacturing its own signs. Council discussed the idea earlier this month as a way to create some new jobs.

  • Kershaw set to get its first tattoo business

    KERSHAW – Tattoo enthusiasts may soon be able to get their ink in Kershaw.

    Kershaw Town Council passed first reading of an ordinance Aug. 16 to allow tattoo facilities in its  general commercial zoning district.

    C.J. Brower, 23, wants to open a tattoo shop and rented a store next to Town Hall before council passed the ordinance to allow tattoo facilities. However, the zoning district where that building is situated in a more restrictive zoning district.

    Mayor Wayne Rhodes expressed concern about the shop being right next to Town Hall last month.

  • Man invades family’s house

    A Lancaster family told police that a man came into their home and fired a gun while demanding money Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to a South Ferguson Street home about 10:20 p.m. because of someone pointing a gun.

    When police arrived, a 38-year-old woman frantically approached them saying, “He’s in my uncle’s house and he’s got a gun,” the report said.

  • Murder trial set to start Monday

    The trial for a Lancaster County man charged in a 2007 murder is slated to begin Monday.

    Jermaine Richardson, 21, was shot about 9:30 p.m. March 9, 2007, as he sat in the driver’s seat of a blue Cadillac in the 700 block of Pardue Street Apartments.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a jury pool will report to the county’s temporary court facility on S.C. 9 at 11 a.m. Attorneys hope to have a jury chosen by the end of the morning, with the trial beginning in the afternoon, Barfield said. The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.

  • Testimony stirs emotions in Lancaster murder trial

    A woman’s testimony about how a Lancaster man was shot as he sat in his car stirred emotions in court on Tuesday.ee

    Devone “Shorty” Frazier is on trial this week in the shooting death of Jermaine “Baldy” Richardson, on March 9, 2007, at Pardue Street Apartments.ee

    Witness Melissa Tucker described to the jury how Frazier approached the car and lifted his hand and shot into the driver’s side window of Richardson’s Cadillac.

  • A crown for Banks

    Taylor Banks said his back-nine play was a pivotal reason he was in front at the end to capture the 2010 Lancaster Golf Club championship Sunday afternoon.

    Banks, a sophomore golfer at the University South Carolina at Lancaster, made every shot count, most in the final nine holes, to capture the title by a shot over Lancaster dentist Matthew Hubis in the 36-hole, two-day tournament.

    Banks, the former Buford High School star golfer, shot a 75 over the final 18 holes for a three-over 147 to edge Hubis, who carded a 148 (73-75).