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Today's News

  • President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling

    As we all sit waiting, watching the drama being played out on the television and read all of the blogs or news stories about the debt ceiling, wondering if the checks will arrive in our bank accounts in August, or if the United States can pay the bills or even if we can pay our own bills, I get more and more dismayed.
    Are we really playing this game? With people’s minds, money, lives? If it looks this bad to me, what does President Barack Obama look like to the rest of the world? Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to answer this.

  • There are some in Congress we can rely on to get job done

    At the time of this writing, there is still a stalemate in Washington about raising the debt ceiling. In the past there has never been a problem with raising this ceiling.
    During the Reagan administration it was raised 17 times and during the George W. Bush administration the debt ceiling was raised eight times. Now all of sudden, with President Barack Obama in the White House, there is a problem with raising the ceiling.

  • Three break-ins reported at Discovery School classroom

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard calls a series of break-ins at a local school “egregious” and said officers are still on the hunt for the culprit. 

    Howard said police investigators have worked for the last several weeks to figure out who has returned three times to burglarize a portable outdoor classroom at Discovery School, located at 302 W. Dunlap St. The same mobile unit was broken into July 12, 13 and 18, though no suspects have been found. 

  • County’s jobless rate goes up

    The county's jobless rate rose by nearly a point from May to June, according to numbers released a little over a week ago by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    Lancaster County's unemployment rate for June was 15.3 percent, which ranks 11th in the state. The rate is an increase of 0.8 in May, when the percentage was 14.5.  

    The official labor force for the county for June was 30,619, compared to 30,358 for May, according to the Department of Employment.

  • Two arrests made in connection to burglaries

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested two people in connection to recent burglaries at South Hughes Street and South French Street.

    John Davis, 25, has been charged with two counts of first degree burglary and Lakia Watts, 23, has been charged with accessory to burglary.

    Stolen property was found at 603 Cunningham Road, the address where Watts resides. More charges are likely.

    Check back later for more details.

  • Crash kills woman

    A 75-year-old woman died Friday following a morning automobile accident near the intersection of U.S. 521 and Shelly Mullis Road.

    Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the woman, identified Saturday by the Mecklenburg Medical Examiner’s Office as Hallie Marshall, address unknown, was airlifted along with an unidentified male passenger to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she later died of her injuries.

    The man’s condition was unknown.

  • July Garden of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    For 10 months out of the year, the Lancaster County of Garden Clubs selects a Yard of the Month. In July each year, that focus shifts to vegetable gardens in Lancaster County.

    Peggy Little of The Lancaster Garden Club awarded the July Garden of the Month designation to John Troutman at 1904 Tara Trail, Lancaster. 

  • Wells new Buford AD

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    BUFORD – A familiar face at Buford High School is taking on a new role.
    Jackets’ head football coach Mike Wells, a 28-year veteran of coaching at the Lancaster County Class AA high school, is BHS’s new athletic director.
    Wells, a Ware Shoals native, takes over the Jackets’ athletic director duties after Buford High School principal Jonathan Phipps handled the chores last year.

  • IL’s McIlwain signs with Falcons

    Staff Reports
    Former Indian Land High standout football player Kamaal McIlwain just signed to play with the Atlanta Falcons. McIlwain, who played for Newberry College, was one of 22 free agents who signed with the Falcons, according to the Falcons website.

  • Ozone stars stay alive, advance

    Staff Reports
    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone all-stars made it three straight wins to stay alive in the Ozone state tournament at Patriots Park in Sumter on Wednesday night.
    Lancaster scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to edge Greenwood, 5-4, to stay alive in the double-elimination state tournament.
    The game Wednesday was originally set for Tuesday, but was postponed by rain.
    Lancaster’s Ozone stars scored the winning run as hustling Spencer Funderburke dashed home from third base on a passed ball.