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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • 13 + 35 = about 500 pounds

    HEATH SPRINGS – Twenty years from now, Tucker and Thomas Adams are going to be old hands at farming.

    After raising 25 chickens last summer, the brothers have been raising two pigs as part of a 4-H market pig project.

    And under their watchful eyes and attention for the last four months, those two pigs – 13 and 35 – have grown from about 65 pounds each to almost 250 pounds.

    Tucker, 9, is a third-grader at Heath Springs Elementary School, and Thomas, 10, is a fourth-grader. They have been in 4-H for two years.

  • Police: No suspects in slaying

    Authorities still aren’t saying much about Tuesday’s murder of a Great Falls man.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said investigators continue to probe the death of Lemario Demond Ford, 26, who was found on the floor of a Cunningham Street home about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Howard said police are gathering information, though no arrests have been made.

    “Investigators are following up on any and all leads,” Howard said. “We have not developed any suspects.”

  • Goodwill needs donations more than ever

    Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont understands that people are tightening their budgets and stretching their dollars.

    In these tough economic times, more people are shopping at Goodwill stores and more people than ever are coming to Goodwill for help finding a job.

    Goodwill is working to keep up with the increased demand for its job-training and employment programs as unemployment rates climb in the Carolinas.

    But Goodwill cannot provide these services without donations to sell in its stores.

  • County Council to vote on See Lancaster request

    Eric Rowell hopes Lancaster County Council will soon approve the final portion of a plan to restructure See Lancaster, a group that promotes tourism within the county.

    Rowell, See Lancaster’s board chairman, addressed council Monday night, along with Jay Rainey, who is heading a special taskforce on the group.

    Rowell and Rainey presented a plan that was approved by Lancaster City Council earlier in March.

  • Habitat leaders focus on new initiatives

    Habitat for Humanity leaders discussed new ways to help Lancaster County residents at a strategic planning retreat last week.

    The retreat was a chance for local Habitat board members and employees of the local affiliate to look at short- and long-term goals for reintroducing the organization to the county.

  • Volunteers bidding for region crown

    KERSHAW Andrew Jackson High School second-year baseball coach Andy Morton is emphatic about the Volunteers’ diamond hopes this spring.

    The Vols, 9-13 last spring, are gunning for the Conference IV-AA baseball crown.

    “We’re a young team, one which will get better,” Morton said. “We feel we have a good shot at winning the region title.

    “Much of it depends on how much we improve with each practice and game this season,” Morton said.