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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Unwelcome Guests

    Cows and other livestock have become more protective of their new offspring while cattlemen say they’ve seen foot tracks similar to that of a canine. But they don’t believe stray dogs are to blame.

    They say the answer lies in the coyotes, which are being talked about more and more as local sightings increase.

    A number of Lancaster County residents have reported spotting coyotes in the area recently. However, wildlife officials say their presence is nothing new and that people should expect to continue seeing them.

  • Annual audit says county in good financial shape

    Lancaster County received a good rating during its annual audit for 2008-09.

    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with the accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at County Council’s Dec. 7 meeting.

    Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning the county is considered in good financial shape.

    “It’s important for us to have a discussion about this,” Morgan said. “We don’t get a chance to come before council often.”

  • Police reports - Dec. 20, 2009

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Police have made no arrests in a shooting incident on Nov. 21 in the area of Waffle House and Jameson Inn on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    According to an incident report, police responded to the businesses about 4 a.m. that day after several callers reported shooting was going on at both.

    Police found that two bullets went through the wall of Room 101 at the inn. Officers also found 9 mm shell casings in the hotel parking lot. Damage to the wall was estimated at $500.