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Today's News

  • Man, 26, faces two sex charges

    A Lancaster man has been charged with inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at her home.

    Jose Ramon Vela Diaz, 26, of  2116 Thomasville St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with lewd act on a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a woman told deputies that her 7-year-old daughter told her that she saw Diaz rubbing the 12-year-old  girl Saturday.

  • Indian Land ‘eyesore’ is on its way out

    INDIAN LAND – The remnants of several abandoned trailers in Indian Land are being removed, only days after residents complained to Lancaster County Council.

    The cluster of run-down trailers, across from the Gate station on U.S. 521, had attracted significant attention over the last few weeks, as residents and passers-by watched a team of workers tear portions of the trailers apart.

    At first, many believed they were part of a construction crew hired to haul the trailers away.

  • Sheriff’s office: Don’t be a victim of lottery scam

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is sending out the age-old reminder: If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

    Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has received calls about a lottery scam going out through the mail.

    “This kind of thing has been going on for a while,” Belk said. “We have some people who have actually sent money to these folks.”

    A Lancaster woman reported to the sheriff’s office that she received a letter notifying her that she had won $150,000 in a lottery draw in Canada.

  • Crime-watch group meets in Lancaster tonight

    Concerned residents and local officials are joining forces to address crime in the city of Lancaster.

    City Councilwoman Tamara Green has organized a new group called the Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, or LAPS, that will meet regularly to talk about crime and related concerns.

    LAPS will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the main branch of the Lancaster County Library.

    The group’s first meeting is tonight.

  • County Council to discuss relocating Roy Hardin Park

    Lancaster County Council will consider a request to relocate Roy Hardin Park at its meeting Monday.

    York Development Group LLC has requested an exchange of property from where the park is now, near Collins Road in Indian Land, to an area one street over, near Shelly Mullis Road.

    There are 2 acres of usable park space, out of a total 9.9 acres, and the company has requested moving the park to develop the land in another way.

  • LHS golfers clip Falcons

    The Lancaster High School golf team evened its record at 7-7, 2-2 in region play, with a six-shot win over Nation Ford High School of Fort Mill on Wednesday at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    LHS posted a 165 to the Falcons’ 171.

    “It was good to win and we hope to use the victory to build a little consistency,” Lancaster High School golf coach Jerry Perry said.

    The Bruins were led by Wil Riggins’ 40 and Pat Marshall followed with a 41. John Heath and Dillan Waldrop each carded a 42.

  • Packed track views exciting race night

    A massive field of 100-plus cars packed a crowded infield, setting up for what would be a great racing night at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday.

    u The young guns were the first main event. 2008 champ Andrew Blackwood regained his winning ways, piloting his Rock Hill Collision Center No. 57 racer to the win.

    Johnny Kline of Rock Hill finished second, but the spot was forfeited due to a post-race inspection. Brandon Blackmon, the teen driver who had his car heavily damaged by the incident in the infield during the previous race – finished second.

  • Buford golfers deck Warriors

    The Buford High School golf team remained unbeaten in Conference III-A play at 6-0 with a 163-208 win over county rival Indian Land at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday.

    Senior Trevor Banks led the 10-2 Jackets with a 37. Taylor Banks followed with a 39. Jalen Terry carded a 40 and Jimmy Taylor posted a 47 in the Jackets’ 45-shot win.

    Jared Long led IL with a 47 and Clay Holcomb shot a 49. Parker Whittaker had a 54 and David Venditti finished with a 58.

    Jackets rip Lions

  • Two large home builders merge

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., and DALLAS – Pulte Homes and Centex Corp. announced last week a merger agreement under which Pulte and Centex will combine in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $3.1 billion, including $1.8 billion of net debt.

    In 2008, Pulte and Centex delivered more than 39,000 closings with combined revenues of $11.6 billion. The combined company will have the strongest liquidity position among its peer group with more than $3.4 billion of cash as of March 31, 2009, a news release said.

  • Pioneers pound Lancers in sweep

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers will likely offer little argument against the Spartanburg Methodist College’s No. 5 national ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Div. I baseball poll.

    The 11-20 Lancers, a first-year program, experienced first hand the 31-3 Pioneers’ diamond prowess on Wednesday at Duncan Park in Spartanburg.

    The Lancers dropped a twi-night twin bill to SMC, falling 10-1 in the opener and dropping a 10-0 loss in five frames.