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Today's News

  • Guardian grateful to Honor Flight supporters

    I’m writing this letter in great appreciation to the Honor Flight Kershaw team members, the Rev. Bryant Fersner and Amy Pierce of First Baptist Church of Kershaw, Al Poston, David Williams, John Portman, Ernest Stroud, Ginny Hendrix, Giulia Stellato with the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, all guardians who accompanied the veterans and especially Bill Dukes of Columbia, chairman of the board of directors for Honor Flights South Carolina, who made a commitment that as many World War II veterans as possible would get to see their memorial.

  • School district staff lend HOPE a helping hand

    Shelves were filled faster than normal on Thursday morning at HOPE in Lancaster.

    Nearly 20 people from the Lancaster County School District’s Office of Research and Development volunteered two hours that day to assist the charity in any way possible. Many of their duties included sorting and stacking food on shelves inside HOPE’s building  in Lancaster.

  • Basket Fund nears $12,000

    With Christmas just days away, the annual Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund has almost collected $12,000.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, said donations have steadily increased every week since the fund began its 2009 drive in late November. The fund received the most number of donations last week, collecting  $4,693 from 53 donors.

    In four weeks, the fund has raised $11,780.    

  • For the Boatrights, faith blooms in the beauty of a Christmas cactus

    Christmas cactuses may be in short supply at some stores this year, but they aren’t on Jean Boatright’s closed-in back porch.

    And no matter how hard her husband, Jerry, tries, he just can’t get away from them.

    Some may think Jean has gone a little overboard in her admiration of the tropical-type plants, but not Jerry. It’s just fine with him.

  • Robinson to lead Fairfield Co. schools district

    Dr. Patrice Gilliam Robinson will be the next superintendent for neighboring Fairfield County School District.

    The Lancaster native was selected for the post Tuesday night.

    Robinson, 49, executive director of at-risk student services for Lancaster County School District, applied for the job in October. The position had been open following the resignation of Dr. Samantha Ingram. The Fairfield County School District had been using an interim superintendent for most of this year.

    Robinson said she was thrilled when learning of her selection.

  • Police charge man, 26, with multiple charges after car chase

    A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after a car chase that began in the city of Lancaster and continued into the county on Dec. 11.

    Demario Monte Thompson, 26, of 1386 Locustwood Ave., Lancaster, was charged with driving under the influence, second offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana, fourth offense driving under suspension, no vehicle license, violation of ABC law, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and providing false information to officers.

  • Fruitcake is the only tradition I have left

    After making a quick dash to the grocery store last week, I found myself pinned against the ice cream case by a faithful reader.

    “You do write a whole lot about times long ago,” she said.

    Well, yeah, I thought to myself. That’s what “Remember When” is all about.

    I share some stuff from long ago, hoping that folks can recall similar events from their younger days, too.

    But that did put me in a thinking mood.

  • Destined to sing Christmas

    Katie McMahon has been called the “world’s most famous unknown singer.”

    That’s not an exaggeration, either.

    As the former lead vocalist for “Riverdance,” millions have heard her sing or own a video or CD featuring her voice. But very few know her by name.

    Locally, that should change after this week.

  • Jobless rate here drops slightly in November

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate rose sharply in November to 12.3 percent, from a revised October rate of 12 percent, the S.C. Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    However, the jobless rate in Lancaster County and most adjacent counties declined slightly last month.

    November’s jobless figures set a record high for the state.

    Estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the state’s labor force at 2,173,054 in November, an increase of 2,079. The number of unemployed increased 5,896 to 266,330.

  • Heath Springs council wants time to consider USCL funding request

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council members want a little more time to decide whether they’ll donate to USCL’s building fund.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is planning a 30,0000-square-foot building that will house classrooms and cost between $6 million and $6.5 million.

    At the council’s August meeting, Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee and former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed council about funding issues with the new building.