Today's News

  • Auditor not happy with county proposal

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan is not pleased with a proposal by Lancaster County Council to change the county’s form of government.

    Morgan asked council at its Monday night meeting to rethink a proposed measure that would change the county’s form of government from an administrator to a manager form of government. The proposed change comes as county Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided not to run again after his term expires in 2012.

    “This would affect my job drastically,” Morgan said.

  • Truck burns at restaurant

    Morris Lowery says his tractor-trailer is unable to pass by JoMars restaurant without stopping.

    So, on Wednesday afternoon, Lowery said he took a break from his job as a driver for Reaves Enterprises Inc. The company is based in Conway.

    He talked on his cell phone in the cab of the truck, which he parked in the lot between McDonalds and JoMars. He stood outside the restaurant, known for its country buffet that offers fatback, and smoked a cigarette.

  • Edenmoor residents speak out

    Ernie Holmes wants answers.

    As one of the first homeowners to move into the Edenmoor neighborhood in Indian Land, Holmes has waited for county officials to address problems with crumbling roads and sinking potholes near his home. Frustrated with the lack of response, Holmes joined several residents as they voiced their concerns at Lancaster County Council’s March 29 meeting.

    Holmes told council he moved into the neighborhood early in its development, and watched as the owner, Lawson’s Bend LLC, went into default several months later.

  • Fees possible for coroner's reports

    Lancaster County Council discussed ways to generate money for an administrative assistant at the county Coroner’s Office at its Monday meeting.

    With an ever-increasing caseload, County Coroner Mike Morris told council the difficulty he and his deputy coroner have in processing paperwork and responding to calls. Morris said his office has already dealt with 110 cases this year.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said each death case the office handles can take at least eight hours, followed by a significant amount of paperwork.

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  • Bernsdorff files for District 45

    Mary Bernsdorff said she believes in a government that is honest, law-abiding, hard-working and accountable, and that has dignity and a strong sense of moral obligation. That comment drew applause from a group of supporters as Bernsdorff announced Tuesday she is running for the state House District 45 seat as a Democrat.

    “Putting it bluntly, too many may of our elected officials have embarrassed us,” Bernsdorff said. “I intend to be honest, civil, work hard, obey the law and when I hike the Appalachian Trail, it will be the American Appalachians.”

  • Lady Vols hope to net more wins

    After the Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ lost to Walhalla, 2-1 in the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs last spring, coach Ronnie Wall and the AJ girls are gearing up to return to the playoffs again this year.

    “This year our goal isn’t just to go to the playoffs – it’s to win in the playoffs,” Wall said. “We’ve gone to the playoffs several years, but this year I hope we can win in the postseason.”

    AJ went 11-5 and won the Conference IV-AA title before falling to the Lady Razorbacks in double overtime.

  • Bruins belt Hidden Valley

    The Lancaster Bruins were quite offensive at the fifth annual Wheels Baseball Invitational at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

    The Bruins ignited for 20 runs on 14 hits on the way to a 20-17 slugfest win over Hidden Valley High School of Roanoke, Va. on Friday.

    Ron Trapps, who worked two innings as one of four LHS hurlers, was the winner, with Zack Rollings notching the save.

    “It looked more like a football game score at the end,” LHS coach Brett Blackmon said. “We just had a little more in our tank at the end.”

  • Life is a constant tweak for Legacy Five

    Since forming in 1999, the music ministry of Legacy Five has been paved with success.

    There have been numerous hit songs, appearances on Gaither and Friends Homecoming videos, on “In Touch” with Dr. Charles Stanley, TNN, TBN, Sky Angel, INSP, GMT and The Odyssey Network, music awards and a strong fan base.

    But that road to success has been bumpy, too, said Legacy Five’s Scott Fowler.

    The Southern gospel quartet will perform at 7 p.m. today  at Second Baptist Church as part of the 2010 GlennMark Concert Series.

  • Blackwell's spirit is alive and well

    Matt Blackwell’s 24th birthday was Thursday – April 8.

    Matt, of course, left us some nine years ago when he died in a May 11, 2001 auto accident, just over a month past his 15th birthday.

    Death took the body in the spring of 2001, but Matt Blackwell’s spirit was alive and well at Doomsday Corner at the first Matt Blackwell Invitational, his prep stomping grounds.