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Today's News

  • School, community mourn child’s death

    Olivia Pettit is being remembered as the sweet little girl who always smiled and encouraged others to do their best.

    North Elementary School Principal Linda Blackwell named a long list of qualities when thinking about Pettit, a 9-year-old fourth-grader who died Sunday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Blackwell said the faculty and students are taking Pettit’s untimely death pretty hard.

    “It was very shocking,” Blackwell said. “We are very said for the Pettits and sad for the school family.”

  • Local teacher named top educator

    INDIAN LAND – Denise Trufan walks up and down the halls at Indian Land Elementary School with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step.

    As she steps out the side door to check on one of her gardens, a few teachers yell “congratulations.”

    But Trufan doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She’d rather talk about what she does that helps her students learn.

    Trufan, who teaches science to all the school’s students, recently received a major honor for her dedication in the classroom.

  • Pardue Street barricades to come down

    The barricades that block one of the entrances to Pardue Street Apartments have been viewed as a gift and a curse.

    Residents of the apartment complex say the barricades on the northern end are an eyesore and detract from the quality of life there.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the barricades, which had been in place since 2005.

  • 2 face charges in burglary spree

    Two people have been charged in a burglary spree of several businesses, mainly in the southern part of Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Matthew Allen Crook, 21, of 3174 Spirit Road, and Christopher Dale Robertson, 22, of 427 Sunnybrook Lane.

    They face second-degree burglary charges in connection with break-ins at Side Tracks restaurant in the Elgin area, 522 Grill, L&L Hunt Club, Carotron and Elgin Feed and Seed.

  • Time for college students to apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students who are planning full-time attendance at a four-year accredited college or university in South Carolina.

    The loans are also available to students who attend York Technical College.

    Loans are available for up to $3,000 a year for undergraduates and up to $4,000 a year for medical or dental school students.  

  • Firefighters, others make their mark on local history

    Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery remembers getting the early morning call about the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse last August.

    He hoped it would be just a small fire, like the one started by a homemade fire bomb a few years earlier.

    “When I heard, ‘Heavy smoke showing,’ it was just a sickening feeling,” Nunnery said.

    Nunnery said since he was a child, one of the most memorable landmarks in Lancaster was the courthouse, with the statue of the Confederate soldier out front.

  • Winter guard winds down first season

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis is proud of the performance by the school’s first-ever winter guard unit.

    The 12-member winter guard group finished fifth out of nine units in its class Saturday at the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA) championships in Rock Hill.

    The Warriors competed in the CWEA’s Scholastic Regional A. This was their last competition of the season.

  • Who says you can’t connect online?

    Sometimes I find myself sitting in front of a laptop at a kitchen table with two other adults who are also on laptops.

    It’s probably the geekiest thing ever.

    All three of us are likely catching up with friends, taking dumb quizzes or even chatting with each other online – yes, each other, even as we sit at the table together – on the social network – Facebook.

    I tried the MySpace thing, but it didn’t take. I forgot my password and could never log on again.

  • Man, 26, found beaten, shot to death

    A Great Falls man died after being beaten and shot inside a vacant Cunningham Street home early Tuesday morning, according to the Lancaster Police Department.

    According to an incident report, officers were called to 643 Cunningham St. at 1:32 a.m.

    Officers found Lamario Demond Ford, 26, of 5243 George Beard Ave., Great Falls, on his back in the living room. He had blood all over his face, the report said.

  • 24-hour race to feature decorated ‘LeMons’

    KERSHAW – It may look a little like Mardi Gras at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw this weekend during  the 24 Hours of LeMons.

    This car race is a little different than most, said Jochen Tartak, a manager at Carolina Motorsports.

    “It’s a very unique event because the race cars cannot be worth more than $500,” Tartak said. “We’ll have over 90 cars on the track all decorated up with different themes. It’s almost like Mardis Gras on the race track.”