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Today's News

  • Schools await decision on funds

    Schools officials are hoping to hear word soon on whether it will get a share of the state’s disputed $700 million in federal stimulus money.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, told the school board Tuesday that the district would receive about $5 million of the $700 million in 2009-10.

    Gov. Mark Sanford has said he will accept this money only if the state pays off debt equivalent to the $700 million in federal aid.

  • More people helping HOPE

    Frances Harris has her hands in just about everything at HOPE in Lancaster.

    The Lancaster resident stocks food, places phone calls, does computer work and sometimes serves as a receptionist at the charitable organization that assists with food, rent and utility bills.

    Harris is one of many local residents who have chosen to lend a helping hand to HOPE, which has seen its number of volunteers more than triple over the past two years. Harris has been volunteering at HOPE since January.

    Harris spends a few afternoons each week volunteering at HOPE.

  • Council to discuss budget

    The county’s upcoming budget is one of the main topics slated for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday night.

    Council is slated to discuss and then vote on the first reading to adopt the county’s 2009-10 budget.

  • Sen. Sheheen brings 2010 governor's race to county

    Speaking to a small crowd at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Monday, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen laid out his plan for becoming governor.

    Sheheen, whose District 27 includes precincts in the southern part of Lancaster County, made his first public appearance here since he announced his plans to run for governor in 2010.

    Standing in County Council chambers, he spoke with several Lancaster and Indian Land residents, answering questions about the issues most important to his campaign.

  • Officers probe Family Court bomb threat

    A bomb threat at Lancaster Family Court led to the evacuation of several downtown buildings on Thursday morning.

    Family Court on Catawba Street, along with several law offices and Palmetto Tri-County Medicine were evacuated shortly after 8:30 a.m. when the threat was received.

    Restoration work at the Lancaster County Courthouse also came to a stop as workers were ordered to move away from the building.

  • City Council OKs funds for Artisans Center

    Local artist Christina Chastain is pleased with Tuesday’s decision by Lancaster City Council.

    Council voted unanimously to give the Artisans Center $24,000 for operation costs.

    The money will come from the city’s downtown reserve fund.

    Chastain plans for the Artisans Center to serve as an arena for arts classes, studio space, performances and exhibits that showcase local art.

    It will be housed in the old Badcock furniture store on Main Street.

  • Abused, neglected children focus of network

    A new community network has been established to help abused and neglected children in the county.

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project officially kicked off April 29 at the Department of Social Services (DSS) auditorium on Pageland Highway.

    Members include DSS and Department of Juvenile Justice personnel, law officers, school officials and a long list of other groups and individuals in the community. They will gather resources and support abused and neglected children and their caregivers.

  • Springs Close Foundation shifts focus to help residents with basic, emergency needs

    In response to high unemployment rates and growing economic distress, the Springs Close Foundation is shifting its charitable efforts toward helping residents who need basic and emergency needs, such as shelter, food and medical assistance.

  • Man accused of killing stepfather

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man is accused of killing his stepfather and then holding authorities at bay in a four-hour standoff Friday night.

    James Pruitt, 52, of 11215 McAlpine Circle, shot himself after killing his stepfather, Robert Bethea, 74, authorities say.

    Pruitt was listed in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital Saturday afternoon.

    “He may make it,” Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office planned to obtain warrants Saturday afternoon to charge Pruitt with murder in the death of Bethea.

  • ‘Mr. Ben’ retiring after 43 years as educator

    Arthur K. Benjamin was greeted with  raucous applause and loud cheers when he entered the A.R. Rucker Middle School gymnasium Thursday afternoon.

    Benjamin, an assistant principal, thought the event was a pep rally. But Benjamin, who is called “Mr. Ben” by students and many others, quickly realized the assembly was in his honor.

    Benjamin is retiring this year after working in education for more than 43 years. Several of his former principals and other coworkers came out Thursday to congratulate him and wish him well.