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Today's News

  • Armed robber fires shot inside store

    A convenience store in the Lancaster city limits was robbed by a lone gunman early Monday afternoon.

    A cashier at Midway Grocery, 426 W. Meeting St., (at the intersection of North Wylie and Meeting streets) was robbed at gunpoint about 2 p.m. Monday, said Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard. 

    Howard, who was at the scene, said the robber fired a shot inside the business, but the cashier was not hurt. It is not known if any customers were inside the business.  

  • Meet your Neighbor – Becky Harper

    Name: Becky Harper

    Age: 44

    Address: West Doc Garris Road

    Family: Husband, Tim, 45; a son, Joshua Rhyner, 21, a stepdaughter, Meg, 20, and a stepson, Richie, 18 

    Pets: A rat terrier, Abby; a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Hercules, and a quarter horse, Ruby

    Job: Stylist at Mane Street Hair Designers

    Church: Second Baptist Church

  • Tying the threads together

    American diarist and suffragette Ellen Birdseye Wheaton one wrote, “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”

    Van Wyck seamstress Janie Straight knows that truth first hand.

    A self-professed former hippie in 1970s California who has worked as a waitress, journalist, typesetter and sign painter (to name a few), Straight, 56, left the chaotic world of Los Angeles and settled in South Carolina with husband, Dennis, 16 years ago.

  • Aunt Bess's buttons get me through

    Times are pretty lean for a lot of folks right now.    

    I hate to paint a bad picture, but they’re gonna get tougher before we see a turnaround. 

    The stock market is moving like a roller coaster again. 

    Some of us older folks have been on this ride before.

    We have leadership in Washington, D.C., that is capable of giving folks a leg up, but there are others who condemn them for helping the hurting.

  • Hospital receives coveted award

    It was a matter of life and death, so Doug Arbour put his money where his mouth is. 

    Arbour, chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital, awoke several times in the early-morning hours of May 17 with what he thought was indigestion.

    He got up to take some antacids, but that didn’t help. The pressure in his chest and “crunching feeling” was something he had never experienced before. So his wife rushed him to Springs Memorial. 

  • Student faces multiple charges

    A 13-year-old A.R. Rucker Middle School student allegedly caught with a handgun at school Thursday is facing a total of three charges.

    A Lancaster County School District safety official said a physical education coach reportedly caught the 8th-grader with the 9mm handgun in a locker room bathroom stall while checking up on students.

    The coach had grown suspicious after seeing another student "briskly" walking away from the area.

  • Fenced in but not safe

    Tears welled in Julie Dunn’s eyes as she recounted the day her horse, Pretty Girl, was shot and killed.

    After discovering the 25-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse shot in a field on her land last month, Dunn has been on a mission to revise the county’s laws regarding recreational shooting near homes. She passionately pleaded with Lancaster County Council at its Sept. 12 meeting.

  • Petition to halt tax hike

    As Lancaster County Council readies for final reading Monday of its amended budget, several residents are circulating a petition urging council not to increase property taxes. 

    Spearheading the charge is Sandy McGarry, chairwoman of the Lancaster County Republican Party. McGarry has spent the last week speaking with fellow residents and small business owners, asking them to join her in opposing council's latest stab at the 2011-12 budget.

  • Kitten rescued from certain death after falling in drain

    All too often, news stories of life and death rescues make you say things like, “tragic,”  “sad,” or “That’s horrible.”

    But not this one. This one’s gonna make you say, “Awwwwww ...”

    That’s because this is the story of Piper the kitten, saved from near-certain death after 30 hours in a sewer pipe in Rock Hill.

    Christina Carter and her husband, Chris, who own Carter Quality Plumbing in Lancaster, said they got the call Sunday, Sept. 18 about 11:30 at night.

  • Blazers hold off LHS Bruins in 9-6 victory

    BLYTHEWOOD – In a game which came down to the wire, Ridge View held on to edge Lancaster, 9-6 on Friday night at Blythewood High School.

    The host Blazers’ three-point win wasn’t decided until the final play when Lancaster senior quarterback Shaq Williams hurled a 34-yard pass to the end zone, but the ball glanced off receiver Keanthony Foster’s hands for an incompletion and a RVHS win.