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Today's News

  • Police reports - July 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man reported damage to his home between Monday and Tuesday. The report said the man returned to his home, which was being remodeled, and found the carpet cut and peeled up, as well as paint thrown on walls, floors and cabinets. Damage to the home is estimated at $3,000. There are no suspects in the case.

    •  Dimias Cadell Hinson, 22, 308 N. Hughes St., was charged July 19 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat-belt violation.

  • Ripe and ready

    Ron Edwards was grateful to see Monday afternoon’s heavy downpour.

    Edwards, general manager of The Springs Farm in Fort Mill, said right now, crops there can use all the rain Mother Nature provides.

    “It’s taken a toll,” Edwards said of the recent heat wave. “The tomatoes and squash will take as much water as you can give them.”

    But the recent rainfall will have very little impact on the ripening peaches that growers are busy harvesting.

  • Spratt leads in money race

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt is ahead of his Republican challenger state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in the race for campaign contributions.

    Both candidates have released finance reports and fundraising figures recently.

    According to campaign finance reports Spratt released last week, the Democratic incumbent has raised about $1,061,202 as of June 30. He has spent about $385,000.

  • Board talks furlough days

    With only a month to go until the new school year begins, the county school board is looking at ways to manage the effects of required furlough days.

    The Lancaster County School District has already set several furlough days for the upcoming school year, including 10 days for administration and five days for all other staff members.

    Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the school district, discussed the ripple effect these furloughs are having Tuesday.

  • New church delivers old-fashioned message

    INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

    It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

    “We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.

  • Jobless rate down in June

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

    Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.

  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.

  • White signs with Montreat College

    Wednesday, July 7 was a banner day for Lancaster High School soccer standout Carlos White and his family.

    That morning in the LHS conference room, White’s red-letter day was highlighted with his signing with Montreat College in Montreat, N.C.

    White’s joining the MC soccer program is a family highlight, the first to go to college.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of Carlos because of all the work he’s done,” LHS soccer coach Bo Sylvia said. “This is a big day. I’m proud of him, very proud.

  • Plenty of racing slated for Saturday

    With the championship still up for grabs, the stars of the National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) Crate Late Model Series have their sights on the half-mile oval at the Lancaster Motor Speedway on July 17. It promises to be one of the fastest and most intense touring races of the season.

    NDRA at LMS

    Lancaster, which hosted the 2009 NDRA Championship finale, is ready to host another epic NDRA battle as each of the top five drivers still have a mathematical chance of claiming the 2010 Heintz Performance Road Show Championship.

  • P31 hosts state games

    Lancaster Post 31 Juniors, the No. 1 seed in one bracket and No. 2 overall seed, will play the winner of Camden and Marlboro County at 8 p.m. today at Eggleton Field.

    West Florence, the No. 1 seed in the other bracket, is the No. 1 overall seed. Post 31, the League 5 champion, qualified for state tournament play by winning three games last week, as they beat Rock Hill, 11-9, on Monday, Gaffney, 20-9, on Wednesday and York, 15-2, on Saturday.

    Post 31 Junior manager Sam Sinclair says the team’s success is based on their skills at the plate and on the mound.