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Today's News

  • Summer Fest 2009 is Saturday in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Residents in the southern part of Lancaster County and beyond are asked to come out this weekend to a fun-filled event that will benefit the community.

    The first-ever Summer Fest 2009 will be held Saturday at the United Citizens Community Center in Heath Springs. The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include children’s activities, live singing, praise dancing and much food.

    Participants can also come out to get blood-pressure checks, diabetes screenings and receive other valuable health-related information.

  • UW falls just short of fundraising goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County celebrated the results of its 2008-09 campaign Tuesday night.

    The campaign began in September with a fundraising goal of $425,000. The economic downturn and rising unemployment had a detrimental effect on the campaign, but it still closed out with pledges totalling $410,184.

    Rhonda Fortune reviewed some of the United Way’s accomplishments over the past year.

  • Colonial Banquet set for July 18

    GREAT FALLS – Come experience a banquet that might have been served at a colonial-era tavern at the seventh annual Colonial Banquet sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.  

    The banquet and auction will be held at the Great Falls War Memorial Building on July 18. It will  benefit the work of the GFHTA. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    In the larger cities, elegant taverns served some of the finest food in the colonies.

  • It's always best to get the lay of the land

    You can get into trouble when you don’t know the territory.

    Two brothers who lived down the street, their cousin from Arch Street, and me had a fishing trip all figured out.

    Now, this fishing hole boasted a right nice cabin where we could all spend the night.

    The oldest member of our quartet did the driving and as planned, we arrived just before sundown.

  • Men's conference is Saturday

    Calling all men.

    New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring its first-ever Men’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday.

    The free conference, held at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club, begins with registration from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and a continental breakfast to follow.

    The day will feature sessions on health, finances, employment, self discipline and veterans benefits.

  • Thomas sworn in as new magistrate

    Fred Thomas joined a new group of county officials Tuesday as he became a Lancaster County magistrate judge.

    Thomas, the former chairman of Lancaster County Council, was surrounded by his family as he took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at the Temporary Judicial Center on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond recited the oath, while Polly Jackson, a retired educator and former chairwoman of County Council, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

    “This is really an exciting time for all of us,” Jackson said.

  • Four robbed at gunpoint in backyard

    Four people told sheriff’s deputies that they were robbed at gunpoint in the backyard of a Grace Avenue home early Wednesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, one of the victims said three men walked into her backyard about 3 a.m.

    All three men had guns and ordered the victims to stand up and empty their pockets.

  • Sheheen: Sanford should resign

    Less than a week after Gov. Mark Sanford revealed his involvement in an extramarital affair, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen has urged him to resign.

    “I think it’s unfortunate that it (this issue) is not going to go away. It just seems to be getting worse and not better,” Sheheen told The Lancaster News on Tuesday. “My concern is that the state’s leadership is not tackling the issues that need to be tackled. And that’s why I’m asking for his resignation.”

  • Little to lead See Lancaster

    Peggy Little will become the director of the recently re-organized See Lancaster, the group that promotes tourism throughout the county.

    Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council voted to merge See Lancaster with the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    With that decision, the city will oversee both entities and is responsible for hiring a staff and appointing a board of directors for See Lancaster.

  • Teens accused of stealing almost $2,000 in cell phones from store

    Two teenagers were charged after police said they shoplifted almost $2,000 in cell phones from Verizon Wireless on Monday.

    The names of the two 15-year-old boys will not be released because of their age.

    Both boys have been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with shoplifting greater than $1,000.

    One of the boys has also been charged with resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.