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Today's News

  • Legislature should provide funding for mandates

    Seems the S.C. Legislature has been watching those “CSI” re-runs and has come up with an act that directs law enforcement agencies to store evidence relating to a number of different crimes. Another home run for the convicted criminal. It not only offers the chance for a new trial, but a complete review of the evidence relating to the crime, which is being stored under the most ideal of conditions.

  • CPTC saluted for successful season

    A season of success was spotlighted at the annual Columbus Parker Track Club banquet Saturday night at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    The CPTC is a Lancaster area youth track team which was founded in 1985 in memory of the late Columbus “Big Daddy” Parker, its first coach.

    The CPTC, during its season which began last spring, racked up 286 awards, including 46 gold medals.

    The highlight was Keendarius Truesdale’s eighth place finish in the AAU National Junior Olympics at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

  • Two L&C train cars derail in downtown Lancaster

    A train derailment tangled up downtown traffic shortly before the workday ended Friday.

    A failure in the tracks or trucks that carry railway cars occurred near the Market Street crossing for the L&C Railway about 4:45 p.m., Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery said.

    That caused two cars to tip to the side near the Main Street railroad crossing. Rail cars blocked both the Market and Main street crossings.

  • One dies in wreck on U.S. 521 in crash with trooper

    A Lancaster woman was killed after the van she was riding in pulled onto U.S. 521 North and was hit by an on-duty state trooper late Wednesday night, authorities say.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release, Laxiben Parshottambh Patel, 81, of 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass East, was killed in the crash.

    The release said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Eugene “Buck” Kennington, 36, was headed north on U.S. 521 about 11:30 p.m. in a marked Ford Crown Victoria. He was headed to a car crash near Steele Hill Road.

  • LHS assistant principal assaulted

    A man assaulted Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar on Monday evening at an open house event on campus.  

    The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44, 2751 Pineview Drive – has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with second-degree assault and battery. He has been released on bond.

    Farrar needed three or four stitches to stop the bleeding from a wound that resulted from the assault.

  • Carry-over funds will go to city raises

    The city of Lancaster will use a surplus from the 2009-10 budget to pay for employee raises for the current budget year.

    On Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the previous budget, which ended up with a $31,000 increase on both the expense and revenue sides.

    Finance director James Absher said the city collected about $400,000 more in business license fees than what it had projected for 2009-10. Of that total, $31,080 was used to balance last year’s budget and the remainder will go toward the city’s reserve (carry-over) fund.

  • Egg recall does not include SC

    So far, South Carolina has managed to avoid the nationwide recall of tainted eggs.

    However, state officials continue to closely monitor the situation, said Stephen Hudson, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

    “We’ve not seen any of them here, at least, not yet,” Hudson said.

    A few local grocers are letting consumers know the eggs they sell are safe.

    Signs reading “Eggs that Bi-Lo carries are not involved in the recall” are posted at the egg cases of its Lancaster stores.

  • Durham appointed to USCL commission

    Larry Durham Sr. was appointed to the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education by Gov. Mark Sanford on July 20.

    Durham joins a board of eight community leaders – Thomas Barnes, Lisa Bridges, Bruce Brumfield, Charles Bundy, Stanley Johnson and Rosa Sansbury and two ex-officio members, Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore and Dr. John Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider funds for grants writer position

    County Council will look at ways to reallocate county funds for a new economic development position at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Council will review recommendations from its finance committee about how to fund a new grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The committee’s recommendations include reallocating funds from a vacant Building and Zoning position and from the Catawba River Task Force, which is not operating this year.

  • John's new bicycle loses its shine

    Mama would be upset if she knew I was carrying a grudge.

    But no matter how I tried, my first impression of someone was stuck in gear.

    Good things were coming to an end.

    The D. Reece Williams home next door was being renovated into four apartments.

    Boy, I sure had fun watching all the tearing down and rebuilding. Plus, all that scrap stuff and lumber the carpenters left behind for me was pretty handy. I kept a lot of it to use for my upcoming construction projects.