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Today's News

  • Some furloughed workers return to jobs at paper mill

    CATAWBA - Some furloughed employees have returned to work earlier than expected at the AbitibiBowater paper plant in Catawba.

    The plant, located just across the Lancaster County line, had planned to extend furloughs for 123 of its employees through the end of April, but decided to bring back a small group this week.

    Barry Baker, human resources manager for the Catawba operation, said 24 production employees and seven maintenance workers have returned to work on the plant’s No. 1 machine.

  • Red Rose Trivia Trek event set to attract area children to downtown Lancaster

    The Lancaster Downtown Business Association and See Lancaster, the nonprofit group responsible for marketing and promoting Lancaster County, have joined forces to create a new event to attract children to the downtown area.

    The Red Rose Trivia Trek is a scavenger hunt that will have children visiting participating stores to answer questions relating to items sold there. When the children have all the answers on an answer sheet, the correct entries are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 prizes.

  • Fourth man arrested in death of Great Falls man

    One more Lancaster man has been arrested in the murder of a Great Falls man last week.

    The Lancaster Police Department arrested Derrick “Freeze” Wade, 27, of Lancaster, on murder charges Monday afternoon, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Police say Lamario Demond Ford, 26, was beaten and shot at a vacant home on Cunningham Street about 1 a.m. March 31.

  • AbitibiBowater extends furloughs

    As the demand for paper has declined, an area paper plant has decided to extend its furloughs for more than 100 employees.

    AbitibiBowater has made plans to continue its furloughs for 123 employees who have been temporarily out of work since March 1.

    The plant, located just across the Lancaster County line in Catawba in York County, had already shut down one of its three paper machines for one month in an effort to save money.

  • Donations down while more people shopping at area Goodwill stores

    Flipping through racks of blue jeans at Lancaster’s Goodwill Retail Store, Koios Orion is on the hunt for the perfect deal.

    He’s looking for a couple pairs of stylish jeans, and with prices as low as $5 for some pairs, Orion said the store is great for fashion-conscious customers on a budget.

    “They have a lot of stylish clothes, a lot of stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” Orion said. “It’s cheap. I usually can’t afford clothes, but I like to change clothes and change my style a lot.”

  • IL woman claims $1M lottery prize

    INDIAN LAND – The woman who won $1 million in the S.C. Education Lottery is an Indian Land resident, according to state lottery officials.

    Stephanie Hemminghaus, a state lottery spokeswoman, said the woman claimed her prize Thursday, but asked that her name not be released.

    The woman bought the Powerball ticket from the Panhandle Food Store on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land between March 28 and April 1 for the April 1 drawing.

    The winning white ball numbers were 2, 9, 33, 41 and 54. The red Powerball was 14, and the PowerPlay multiplier was 3.

  • County holds forum on community needs

    Lancaster County Council held a public hearing last week to gather input about community needs for housing, public facilities and economic development.

    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments moderated the March 30 needs-assessment hearing to review the county’s past needs and identify new ones.

  • USCL honors OSPy winners

    The folks with the TRiO program at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster never seem to disappoint when it comes to their annual OSPy awards.

    This year, they created a real-life carnival on campus – and there were plenty of games, hot dogs and popcorn for everyone in attendance, not to mention the awards that highlight the event.

    The 12th annual OSPy (Opportunity Scholarship Program) awards were held Wednesday in the multipurpose room at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

  • Local woman plays part in Hanna Montana movie

    FORT LAWN – Be on the lookout for Amy Johnson of Fort Lawn on the silver screen in “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”

    Johnson, a Lancaster native, has a part in the Walt Disney feature, which opens in theaters nationwide April 10. She is one of several line dancers expected to be shown in at least two scenes.

    Johnson can’t wait to see the movie, based on the Disney Channel’s popular “Hannah Montana” series.

    Johnson plans to go to Manchester Cinemas in Rock Hill.

  • Lancaster native receives American Legion Award at Winthrop

    ROCK HILL - Lancaster native Zachary Blum was one of two Winthrop University students recognized with the American Legion Award during the 2009 Student Life Awards Ceremony on Thursday.

    The award is presented annually to graduating students who display outstanding courage, companionship, character, service and scholarship.  

    Blum, a political science major, has volunteered to help children who are financially or physically challenged, raised money for numerous worthy causes, tutored fourth-graders and worked with Habitat for Humanity for nine years.