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Today's News

  • County GOP to have its convention on April 21

    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold its 2009 convention April 21 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.  

    The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

    Speakers scheduled to appear will be local GOP elected officials: Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R-District 16), Rep. Deborah Long (R-District 45) and District 1 County Council Larry McCullough.  

    Karen Floyd, a candidate for the chair of the state GOP, will also be in attendance.

  • Jobless rate dips slightly in March

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate fell slightly to 18 percent in March, down 0.3 percent from February.

    The county is tied with Bamberg County with the sixth-highest unemployment rate in the state, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Lancaster County had a labor force of 29,626 in March, and 5,342 of those people were unemployed during the month, according to statistics from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

  • Lottery introducing new games to play

    You may have heard that a convenience store in Indian Land recently sold a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million.

    While that may have generated interest among Lancaster County residents, officials with the S.C. Education Lottery want enthusiasm to remain high throughout the state.

    That’s why lottery representatives are going around South Carolina talking to groups about how much money the lottery has generated, how it is allocated and new products and games to look out for.

    They stopped by The Lancaster News office last week.

  • Woman stabbed at nightclub

    A Lancaster woman was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after a stabbing at a Twilight Road nightclub shortly before midnight Monday.

    Deputies were called to Club 273 because of a stabbing and gunshots fired there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    Deputies were flagged down by a woman in the parking lot of nearby Cook’s Transmission shop. She was there with the victim, who was lying in the parking lot. The stabbing victim’s clothes were covered in blood, the report said.

  • Shaped by expert hands

    Keith “Little Bear” Brown transformed clay into works of art in just minutes.

    Using his hands and a few tools, Brown, a member of the Catawba Indian tribe, creates pipes, bowls and pots that can be used for daily functions, while others creations are kept primarily for display.

    Brown brought his pottery skills to town April 9 for the fourth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The week featured several presenters and lecturers whose aim was to highlight Native American history and culture.

  • Police reports - April 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster woman was arrested on a drug charge after police received a complaint about drug activity in the West Barr Street area.

    Crystal Darnell Thomas, 37, 1429 Grace Ave., was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Officers saw a truck near Westside Cemetery, the report said. Officers were familiar with the truck and knew the owner of the vehicle frequents drug areas, the report said.

  • Southern gospel music's most awarded trio moves forward to share their 'Greater Vision'

    The focus of the Southern gospel trio, Greater Vision is clear.

    They may have climbed to the top of the Christian music ladder by becoming the most celebrated trio in Gospel music history.

    With numerous Top 10 and a stack of No. 1 Southern gospel hits, several songs of the year by the Singing News Fan Awards, this internationally-known trio has established a solid presence.

    But the awards, accolades and hit songs matter very little, said Greater Vision founder Gerald Wolfe.

  • Wear denim: Show support for victims

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    As part of that effort, we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on April 22 and wear denim to work.

    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

  • Colonial Banquet set for May 2

    GREAT FALLS - Come and experience a banquet that might have been served at a colonial-era tavern at the  annual Colonial Banquet sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.  

    The seventh annual banquet and auction will be held at the Great Falls War Memorial Building on May 2. Proceeds will benefit the work of the GFHTA.

    The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

    In the larger cities, elegant taverns served some of the finest food in the colonies.

  • Boy was I wrong about TEA party

    I attended the local TEA party tax protest Wednesday. I thought I had met some really warm, good-hearted people and even began some would-be long friendships.

    I watched a cable news channel, which supported my feeling that these were good people exercising their constitutional rights.

    But then I flipped over to CNN and MSNBC. Thankfully, they told me the “real truth” – that some of these people at the rally were dangerous. In fact, some of these people could have been opposed to abortion.