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Today's News

  • Training for the trainers

    Snap, crackle, pow.

    Those were the sounds at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center as officers from three states honed their Taser skills Thursday.

    Twenty-two officers – which included sheriff’s deputies, police officers, military police and security officers from the Carolinas and Georgia – practiced firing Tasers at the center, which is normally the site of more staid banquets and other community gatherings.

  • UW to hold Second Chance Prom fundraiser

     INDIAN LAND – As part of the 2009-10 campaign kickoff, the United Way of Lancaster County will hold a Second Chance Prom fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land.

    The prom will feature a dance-off contest, with a $300 grand prize.

    A prom king and queen will crowned, while light refreshments will be served and prom portraits taken. There will be a cash bar, a live disc jockey, and, of course, dancing.  

    The cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited.

  • Council has to abide by federal, state laws

    Recently there have been several letters to the editor complaining that County Council has misplaced priorities or has failed to address certain road maintenance issues.

    As county administrator, I readily admit that county operations are run by humans and therefore we are not perfect. Complaints and suggestions for improvement are welcome, but we do ask that they be based on fact and several recent letters were simply not factual.

  • Road work continues downtown

    Road improvements continue to be made throughout the city of Lancaster – the most recent on Market and Barr streets.

    S.C. Department of Transportation selected those streets as part of its yearly pool of roads it would resurface, said Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director.

    The project extends from the 900th block of Market Street to Barr Street, ending at Main Street.

    Portions of Springdale Road are also being resurfaced.

  • State of the Community breakfast slated for Aug. 25

    Wachovia Bank will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    The breakfast event will provide a venue for elected officials from the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and the Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on current activities and challenges their branch of government is facing.

    Officials will highlight the previous year’s work and outline plans for the upcoming year.

  • New faces, fresh start for See Lancaster

    Passion, energy, experience. Those are words that come to our mind when we think of the three women who are now leading See Lancaster, the organization that promotes tourism in Lancaster County.

    See Lancaster was reorganized this summer after some deliberations between a special task force and Lancaster City Council. The new See Lancaster still has a mission of promoting tourism in the county, but it also heads up the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina.

  • USA 4x100 relay disqualified from world championships

    The IAAF Jury of Appeals upheld the disqualification of Team USA’s men’s 4x100m relay team. The team was disqualified for passing before the zone on the exchange between Shawn Crawford and Darvis Patton. Patton was running the anchor leg.

    The defending champion USA team had the best qualifying time of 37.97 seconds. At the Beijing Olympics last summer, the USA team dropped the baton and was eliminated.

    Patton was part of the blown exchange in Beijing, along with Tyson Gay, who didn’t run Friday because of a groin injury.

  • What's up with stalled Edenmoor development?

    INDIAN LAND – The meeting room at the Del Webb Library in Indian Land was packed Monday night with residents anxious to hear about the progress of the beleaguered Edenmoor development.

    The status of the stalled housing property, off U.S. 521 near Jim Wilson Road, was a topic on the agenda of the Indian Land Action Council meeting.

  • Unemployed get bills instead of checks

    I am writing because I am outraged over unemployment benefits. There is enough hurt with all the job losses in our town and state.

    Recently, I was looking for my unemployment check – which I am entitled to – in the mail. Instead, I got a bill for what they called “overpayment.”

    The state wants the money back from the emergency benefits program that President Obama approved.

  • Boy, 14, shot in arm in drive-by shooting

    A 14-year-old was shot during what he told police was a drive-by shooting near the park at Pardue Street Apartments early Saturday morning.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to the apartment complex about 1 a.m. because of shots being fired.

    When police arrived, officers saw a woman walking toward them with her son. The boy had been shot in the upper right arm, with an entrance and exit wound, the report said.

    The 14-year-old said he was at the park with his brother when he saw a white SUV driving down Pardue Circle.