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Today's News

  • Rain washes out LMS action Saturday night

    Racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway was rained out Saturday night.

    Action this Saturday, sponsored by Cauthen Motor Company, includes a race with posted bonuses.

    “We want to thank Cauthen Motors for their faithful support of Lancaster Speedway,” said track official Mark Huey. “We would encourage all who race with us to thank them also for their help and support.”

    The event includes the NDRA crate late models with $1000 to win. The super street $600 to win. The crate sportsman has $500 to win and the pure street has $350 to win.

  • County looks at business licenses

    Almost four years after defeating a motion to institute business licenses in the county, Lancaster County Council is once again discussing the measure.

    Councilman Larry McCullough brought the issue to council as a discussion item Monday.

    He said several issues developed in the last few weeks, including the problem of tracking businesses within the county.

    McCullough said he talked to each council member individually and to the president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., Keith Tunnell, before Monday’s meeting.

  • Heath Springs' Web site emphasizes town’s charm

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town is billed as having “quiet, affordable, small-town charm just 40 minutes from downtown Charlotte.”

    The town’s Web site, www.townofheathsprings.org, went live recently, Mayor Ann Taylor told fellow council members April 21.

    The Web site was donated by MyWebSiteGuys.com, a company owned by Keith Tunnell, president of Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Teen hit by pickup truck

    A teenager was hit by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon, but suffered only minor injuries.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the teen pedestrian was struck about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Springdale Road.

    Gaskin said the teen was attempting to cross Springdale Road when a 1982 Ford pickup truck struck him. The truck was traveling northbound.

    “He walked in front of the pickup truck and got struck,” Gaskin said.

    He was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

  • Council debates local road project priorities

    Several Lancaster County Council members were reluctant Monday to approve a list of recommended road projects, though the list eventually passed.  

    Council members Cotton Cole and Larry McCullough had reservations about a list that included the proposed Dave Lyle Boulevard extension as a top priority.

    The list, which prioritizes road projects for the county, is used as a recommendation to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments’ Transportation Improvement Program.

  • Denim Day not about a casual matter

    Many women and three men dressed down in their denim to raise awareness at Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault’s first Denim Day luncheon on April 22.

    April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. PCASA held the lunch at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Deputies mourn Roberts' death

    Monday was a sad day for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as officers and staff mourned the loss of Sgt. Stacey Roberts.

    Roberts, 40, died after he crashed his motorcycle into a car on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The driver of a 1994 Honda –  Jordan Smith, 22, of Columbia – was also killed.

    Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department said Roberts was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle on Heckle Boulevard as Smith was turning onto Heckle Boulevard from an apartment complex on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

  • Policy would restrict politicking at schools

    Lancaster County School District personnel are ironing out a policy that will forbid political solicitation on school grounds.

    School board members discussed a draft of the policy at Tuesday’s meeting. The policy prohibits campaigning on district property by candidates or parties for school board, local, state or federal elections.

    Candidates would also not be allowed to post or distribute campaign materials associated with elections.  

  • Officials prepare for swine flu cases

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services officials are making plans on how to deal with the swine flu if the illness is detected here.

    Forty cases have been confirmed in the United States, and it has been detected in both Carolinas.

    More than 1,600 cases have been reported in Mexico, and 149 people have died. No U.S. deaths have been reported, and only one hospitalization has been reported in this country.

  • City Council votes to uphold decision to fire police corporal

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to uphold the decision to fire a police corporal.

    Sandy Sowell was fired from the department on March 12 after she was accused of making racial comments about a coworker.

    Sowell, who had worked for the department for 22 years, had filed a grievance with the city, asking for reinstatement. She had her grievance hearing Tuesday morning.

    It was held before a six-member committee of city employees.