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Today's News

  • Trio invades home, robs family

    A Lancaster family was held at gunpoint and assaulted early Tuesday morning and police are looking for three men who may be involved. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers were called to a home in the 500 block of North White Street at 12:37 a.m. about a possible burglary that happened only minutes before, according to a police department incident report. 

    When police arrived, they knocked several times but no one answered the door, though they heard what sounded like someone crying inside the home. 

  • Asbestos found in Badcock building

     Plans to make Main Street Lancaster the local hub for Native American studies have been delayed with the discovery of asbestos in a key building. 

    City Administrator Helen Sowell on Monday confirmed that asbestos has been detected in the former Badcock furniture store building, 119 S. Main St., that will now serve as the home for University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program. 

  • Good Samaritan steps up

    The small, red fire extinguisher was still smoking as Stephon Chavis turned it over in his hands Wednesday afternoon. 

    Pulling his baseball hat off to wipe sweat from his brow, Chavis smiled as he recounted how only minutes before he was sprinting across several lanes of traffic clutching that same extinguisher.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • A Little Bit O' Soul (food)

    There’s no two ways about it. If you missed this year’s second annual University of South Carolina Lancaster Soul Food Cook-Off on Wednesday, you missed out.

    The 2012 event was even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, drawing about 400 people to the university's Bradley Multi-purpose Room. Eager diners were welcomed by the smell of down-home cooking so thick you could almost taste it in the air.

    And all for a good cause: the USCL Emergency Textbook Fund for students in financial need.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.

  • Driver faces DUI charge in Meeting Street crash

    A Lancaster man was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a car accident Feb. 19. 

    Charles J. Whitt, 45, 2555 Country Club Drive, received the DUI charge shortly after his car flipped along a stretch of West Meeting Street early that morning, said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder. 

    The accident happened at 1 a.m. as Whitt was driving a 2011 Chevrolet two-door vehicle north on West Meeting Street. Elder said the car then drove off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and flipped over. 

  • Fires destroy Ninth Street home, Henry Harris Road cabin

    Bright orange flames consumed a small Lancaster house early Tuesday morning as firefighters worked quickly to put out the blaze.

    Members of the Gooches and McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, responded at 12:47 a.m. to a fire at 1115 Ninth St., according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The house is in Lancaster’s Brooklyn area. 

  • Council members try to do what is best for Lancaster

    I am going to do something that doesn’t happen very often. I am going to defend Lancaster County Council. And yes, before I go any further, my father-in-law is Larry Honeycutt and my sister-in-law is Kathy Sistare (married to my brother, Mike). I cannot speak for everyone on County Council, but because I am close to these two, I will tell you what I see.

  • The cookies are here!

    On March 12, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary.          And for a little more than 80 of those years, many of their troop activities have been funded by selling cookies. 

    Those cookies – Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Shout Outs, Thanks–A–Lots and Caramel deLites – become household words this time of year.