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Today's News

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • A quiet start to the new year

    Law officers report no major incidents on Thursday night and Friday as residents celebrated the new year.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard both said their agencies didn’t receive many calls for service.

    Faile said New Year’s Eve was a typical day at the sheriff’s office.

    “Things were quiet,” Faile said. “No more than the average night.”

  • 2010 is 'year of the grin'

    The first day of a new year is coming up fast.

    Frankly, I have no idea what 2010 has for any of us.

    Hopefully – if things go my way – I will be 77 years young in February. My family members will also add another candle to their birthday cakes, too. Maybe the extra candlelight will make all of us wiser and healthier. For most of us, the wealthier part is out of the picture.

    During the last few years, I’ve shared many of my memories of growing up on Chesterfield Avenue right here in Lancaster.

  • A step toward giving USCL campus that 'true college feel'

    The entrance to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s campus is taking on a new look.

    If you’ve driven along the S.C. 9 Bypass during the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen crews constructing a brick welcome sign at the Gillsbrook Drive intersection.

    Now that sign is complete with gold-colored lettering.

    The new sign is part of USCL’s strategic plan, which includes expanding the campus and giving it a “true college feel,” among other aims.

  • Foundation awards scholarship following drawn-out dispute

    A scholarship dispute involving a local college student’s family and the Michael Blackmon Foundation was resolved months ago, according to the foundation.

    The Michael Blackmon Foundation, started years ago in memory of a Lancaster man who from AIDS, awards scholarships each year to area college students.

    Miranda Baker and Latisha Potts, a then-Indian Land High School senior, were selected as the 2009 winners, with each set to receive a $500 award.

  • The science of life

    Our lives are like a pot of good Caribbean vegetable soup, says Omileye “Omi” Achikeobi-Lewis.

    There are red peppers, garlic, onions, carrots, yellow peppers, orange peppers, green peppers, celery, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, stock and just the right amount of nutmeg, soy sauce, seasonings and fresh thyme, mixed with fresh coconut milk and love.

    Once the ingredients are simmered and cooked down, the pot has everything that is needed to keep a body healthy and strong.

  • Man charged with murder in lynching

    INDIAN LAND – One of the four men jailed in connection with a Christmas night lynching incident in Indian Land could get life in prison.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged Evan Starck, 28, of 598 Six Mile Creek Road, on Wednesday with murder.

    Starck and three other Indian Land men had each been charged with lynching after Charlotte resident Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, was hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in the Panhandle on Dec. 25.

    Wallace later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

  • Bruins hammer Indians

    The Lancaster Bruins, showing no ill signs of a 17-day layoff, rolled to a 71-41 win over Orangeburg Prep in the opening round of the “Sweet 16” tournament at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg on Monday.

    Lancaster last saw action Dec. 11 in a tough 64-62 home loss to Fort Mill.

    Lancaster, 7-2, bolted to a 20-9 lead after a period  of play on the way to the lopsided win.

    Ron Trapps, who scored 12 points, ignited the Bruins early with a couple of hard dunks. Tracy Ingram led the Bruins with 15 points.

  • Jackets wrestlers profit in Rumble

    Buford captured two wins out of 10 matches in the Ram Rumble, but Jackets’ coach John Mahaffey saw his share of positives.

    Buford, in the two-day wrestling tournament at Chesterfield High School, had several outstanding individual performances.

    “We were in a tough field,” said Mahaffey, who noted BHS and the host CHS Rams were the lone Class A schools in the field. “We faced good competition and I think that can only help us in the long run.

    “You really don’t gain much going up against easy competition,” he said.

  • County trio earns honors

    Two athletes who gained statewide football honors and a coach who led an impressive turnaround are The Lancaster News honorees for the 2009 high school football season.

    Lancaster High School’s Darius Robinson and Buford’s two-way ace Andrew “A.T.” Jennings shared the 2009 County Player of the Year Award.

    Buford High School coach Mike Wells, who saw his Jackets rally from a 1-3 start to go 7-5, is The Lancaster News’ Coach of the Year.