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Today's News

  • $206,000 is estimate to repair jail

    County officials now know what it will cost to repair the old Lancaster County jail – almost $206,000.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, and Chad Catledge of Perception Builders, who is overseeing the construction of the new court facility, presented those numbers to council on Monday night.

    Munnerlyn said the repairs will cost $205,766. This amount includes environmental testing, removal of old materials, demolition and reconstruction of the roof, insulation and drywall.

  • Final budget calls for small tax hike

    Armed with a few newspaper articles, Winston Smith hoped to convince County Council not to increase taxes in the county.

    Before council debated final reading of the county’s  2010-11 budget on Monday, Smith addressed council about his concerns.

    Smith, a Lancaster resident and chairman of the county’s Republican Party, was worried after learning about council’s plans to increase property taxes. Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the budget in June.

  • Troopers to step up patrol

    Last year, during the Fourth of July holiday, five people lost their lives on South Carolina highways.

    “We’re looking at that as five too many,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.

    The Highway Patrol is teaming up with S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers and other local law enforcement agencies to make sure drivers are following the law, not only on the road but on the water.

  • Hope on the Hill almost ready to open family, recreation center

    The smell of fresh paint is everywhere as you walk through the building that once housed Barr Street High School.

    In just about every room, you can see where many renovations have taken place, all in an effort to prepare the facility to once again serve the community.

    Hope on the Hill, a local group that provides services for youth, has planned to turn the building into a recreation and family life center. Family reunions, talent shows, stage plays and basketball tournaments are just some of the events in mind, said Wayne Murray, chairman for Hope on the Hill.

  • Extortion threat made in e-mail to local man

    A Lancaster man reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone sent him an e-mail claiming to be a hit man.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man said he received the e-mail on June 24.

    The sender claimed to be a hit man hired to kill the man and his family if he did not comply with a $30,000 extortion request.

  • Little League all-stars in pool play

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Little League all-star teams launched postseason tournament play this week.

    In pool A, Lancaster National lost to Fairfield 9-8 on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday night, Lancaster National fell to Tega Cay/Fort Mill C, 15-5 at Runde field in Tega Cay.

    The Nationals played Tega Cay/Fort Mill A on Thursday night in the final game of pool play.

    In Pool B Lancaster American beat Tega Cay/Fort Mill B, 16-9 in its first game on Wednesday night. The Americans met Lake Wylie on Thursday.

  • Dixie Softball district tourney opens play

    The Dixie Softball District II tournament opens today and is scheduled to continue to Tuesday at Springdale Park at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission office.

    Four Lancaster teams will be involved in all-star softball play.

    The Lancaster all-star teams include the Darlings, ages 7-8; Angels, ages 9-10; Ponytails, ages 11-12; and Belles, ages 13-15.

    The Belles’ field includes Chester and Lewisville. Greg Robinson is the Belles all-star coach.

    Games in the district tournament are slated for 6 and 8 p.m.

  • Dixie all-stars to begin play

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AA all-stars, ages 7-8, open play Monday at Chester in best of three tournament.

  • USC fans savor national championship victory

    Area University of South Carolina baseball fans are basking in the glow of the Gamecocks’ greatest diamond coup.

    USC captured the baseball program’s first-ever NCAA national championship, sweeping the best-of-three College World Series with a 2-1, 11th-inning win over UCLA at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday night.

    The one-run win came a day after the Gamecocks topped the Bruins, 7-1, to set the stage for the title-clinching victory in the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt.

  • Juniors roll in League V Legion play

    The Lancaster Legion Post 31 junior team opened the week with a tough one-run road loss to Pineville, but rebounded to net two solid wins in League V play.

    The juniors, 13-2 overall, improved to 11-1 in league play with a 17-6 win over York Post 66 at Eggleton Field on Wednesday night.

    The night prior in Union, Lancaster rolled to an 11-1 win in six innings.