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Today's News

  • County Council officials look back and forward

    A struggling economy, high unemployment, new businesses, the closing of a volunteer fire department and the construction of a new county courthouse were all issues Lancaster County Council dealt with in 2009. Through it all, council saw changes of its own as three new members joined its ranks in January, Fred Thomas resigned to become a magistrate judge in the summer and a special election was held to fill his space in the fall.

    Here County Council members share their accomplishments and concerns from 2009 and what they’re looking forward to in 2010.

  • December Yard of the Month

    In driving around Lancaster, it’s evident that county residents love to deck the halls and yards this time of year. 

    Wreaths, bows, candles  and glowing reindeer prove that Christmas is indeed here. 

    The home of Linda Deas, at 417 Meeting St., is a beautiful example of that and has been awarded the Yard of the Month for December by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    Tucked beside businesses, Deas said she sometimes feels that no one notices her house and yard. However, much to her surprise, that’s just not the case. 

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • A quiet start to the new year

    Law officers report no major incidents on Thursday night and Friday as residents celebrated the new year.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard both said their agencies didn’t receive many calls for service.

    Faile said New Year’s Eve was a typical day at the sheriff’s office.

    “Things were quiet,” Faile said. “No more than the average night.”

  • 2010 is 'year of the grin'

    The first day of a new year is coming up fast.

    Frankly, I have no idea what 2010 has for any of us.

    Hopefully – if things go my way – I will be 77 years young in February. My family members will also add another candle to their birthday cakes, too. Maybe the extra candlelight will make all of us wiser and healthier. For most of us, the wealthier part is out of the picture.

    During the last few years, I’ve shared many of my memories of growing up on Chesterfield Avenue right here in Lancaster.

  • A step toward giving USCL campus that 'true college feel'

    The entrance to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s campus is taking on a new look.

    If you’ve driven along the S.C. 9 Bypass during the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen crews constructing a brick welcome sign at the Gillsbrook Drive intersection.

    Now that sign is complete with gold-colored lettering.

    The new sign is part of USCL’s strategic plan, which includes expanding the campus and giving it a “true college feel,” among other aims.

  • Foundation awards scholarship following drawn-out dispute

    A scholarship dispute involving a local college student’s family and the Michael Blackmon Foundation was resolved months ago, according to the foundation.

    The Michael Blackmon Foundation, started years ago in memory of a Lancaster man who from AIDS, awards scholarships each year to area college students.

    Miranda Baker and Latisha Potts, a then-Indian Land High School senior, were selected as the 2009 winners, with each set to receive a $500 award.

  • The science of life

    Our lives are like a pot of good Caribbean vegetable soup, says Omileye “Omi” Achikeobi-Lewis.

    There are red peppers, garlic, onions, carrots, yellow peppers, orange peppers, green peppers, celery, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, stock and just the right amount of nutmeg, soy sauce, seasonings and fresh thyme, mixed with fresh coconut milk and love.

    Once the ingredients are simmered and cooked down, the pot has everything that is needed to keep a body healthy and strong.

  • Man charged with murder in lynching

    INDIAN LAND – One of the four men jailed in connection with a Christmas night lynching incident in Indian Land could get life in prison.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged Evan Starck, 28, of 598 Six Mile Creek Road, on Wednesday with murder.

    Starck and three other Indian Land men had each been charged with lynching after Charlotte resident Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, was hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in the Panhandle on Dec. 25.

    Wallace later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

  • Bruins hammer Indians

    The Lancaster Bruins, showing no ill signs of a 17-day layoff, rolled to a 71-41 win over Orangeburg Prep in the opening round of the “Sweet 16” tournament at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg on Monday.

    Lancaster last saw action Dec. 11 in a tough 64-62 home loss to Fort Mill.

    Lancaster, 7-2, bolted to a 20-9 lead after a period  of play on the way to the lopsided win.

    Ron Trapps, who scored 12 points, ignited the Bruins early with a couple of hard dunks. Tracy Ingram led the Bruins with 15 points.