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Today's News

  • Two teens compete in state pageants

    Two local teens honed their talents in beauty pageants across the state earlier this month.

    Wendy Winn, 15, demonstrated her affinity for music while competing in the 2009 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Spartanburg. The pageant is part of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

    Winn won high marks from the judges, placing in the top 10 of the contest.

    Winn, who hails from Lancaster but attends Andrew Jackson High School, competed against almost 40 other contestants in the pageant, held June 30 to July 5.

  • Post 31 juniors aim for solid start

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior team opens quest for a first-ever state baseball championship today when it faces fourth-seeded Beaufort in Marion.

    Beaufort, the League I champion, meets fifth-seeded Lancaster at 11 a.m.

    Lancaster, which launched the state playoffs as the third seed out of League V, earned its state bid with a 3-1 series win over League V regular-season runner-up Gaffney Post 109 earlier this month. Lancaster split two games in Gaffney before wrapping up the series with two straight wins at Eggleton Field.

  • Beaufort blunts Dixie Boys 14's state run

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14-year-old all-stars’ quest for a possible state championship was quelled on Thursday night in Lexington.

    A day after knocking off tournament host Lexington 8-0, the Lancaster all-stars dropped a 5-2 loss to Beaufort.

    Drew Hopper hurled four innings and allowed no hits. He struck out three and gave up four walks. Tanner Gardner pitched three innings and posted three strikeouts. He gave up three walks.

  • Community garden is for the needy, not the greedy

    From what I’m hearing from my friends, the Lancaster County Community Garden is a success.

    The garden, which was spearheaded by the United Way of Lancaster County and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation, was planted on some land near the Springdale Recreation Center.

    Those willing to weed and care for the garden were given plots, to raise food for themselves or donate to local food banks.

  • Council snuffs out department

    Francis Bell spoke out Monday night hoping to convince Lancaster County Council to keep the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department open.

    Bell, a Unity resident, appeared at council’s meeting to protest the closing of the department, saying it could leave his neighborhood vulnerable to fires if other departments can’t respond in time. He worried that other volunteer fire departments might also be in danger of closing and that this was just the first closure.

  • Breaking News Kershaw elects new mayor, two new council members

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has a new mayor and two new council members.

    Wayne Rhodes won the mayor's race in a special election Tuesday. He won with 240 votes, to Jody Connell's 54, and Pam Johnson's 23. Rhodes has served as a councilman on Town Council in the past.

    In the District 2 race, Michael Cook won with 32 votes to Sherry Hunter's 16.

    Former Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix will serve once again on council, winning the at-large seat with 175 votes to Sonya Poole's 134.

  • We'll regret closing our fire department

    I searched for an article to help me understand what the people who formed Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department hoped it would accomplish. I found an article in the Sept. 8, 1955, edition of The Lancaster News.

    “The area is one of the most thickly populated sections of the county and the organization will serve a large number of residents and property owners,” the article said.

  • City Council OKs its first-ever anti-graffiti ordinance

    Anyone who tags buildings with graffiti in the city limits will now be subject to outlined fines and penalties.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously passed final reading of the city’s first-ever graffiti ordinance Tuesday. Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    The ordinance holds both the perpetrator and the owner or property manager responsible for graffiti spotted on buildings and other private or public property.

    Police Chief Hugh White, who helped draft the policy, said the graffiti problem has been getting worse in the city.

  • Blood donations needed during summer months

    Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has saved countless lives.

    But, the need for blood is constant.

    This summer the American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to “Change Lives Together” by giving blood, said Gina Amato, local executive director.

    “During the busy summer season, the blood supply often suffers,” she said. “With donors on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities, collections tend to take a dip.”

  • Charges made in unrelated robberies

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested several suspects in unrelated armed robberies in recent weeks, including one that left a man with a gunshot wound.

    Robbery leads to shooting in Kershaw

    Jerome Anthony Riley, 22, of 3884 Fork Hill Road, and Jonathan Elliot Butler, 16, of 638 Country Club Road, were each charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.