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Today's News

  • Fires destroy two homes over weekend

    Two homes were destroyed in separate fires only hours apart over the weekend.
    A Lancaster man told Lancaster County deputies that he and his family returned home from eating dinner late Saturday night when they noticed fire coming from the roof of his house at 958 Rock Hill Highway.
    He immediately called the fire department and then ran to the back of his house in an attempt to turn off the house’s main breaker, an incident report said.
    Zion, Van Wyck and Riverside volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

  • Habitat seeking donations to match $10,000 pledge

    The local Habitat for Humanity still needs help to try to match a generous pledge before the end of the year.
    More than a month ago, an anonymous local donor told Habitat for Humanity that he would donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group can raise the same amount through donations.
    The goal has not been met yet, said Habitat board president Doris Hood. She wouldn’t say how much has been raised thus far.
    Dec. 31 is the last day to donate to this particular effort.

  • Someone tampers with fire hydrants

    Water gushed onto several county roads early Tuesday morning after someone opened the valves on at least five fire hydrants.
    Deputies responded to the Foxbrook Circle area at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday because of a report of water leaking into the roadway.
    A nearby resident told the deputy she had seen a man next to the hydrant with a wrench in his hand.  After seeing her, the man got into a dark colored car, which had four fog lamps on its roof, and left the scene.

  • Sumner takes oath as board member

    New District 4 Lancaster County school board member Bill Sumner was sworn in during a brief ceremony before the start of the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Sumner was elected in November in a special election to replace former board member Dr. Peter Barry, who died in September.
    County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond administered the oath.

  • F-35s are good economic news for South Carolina

    On Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Defense announced its decision to base many of its new F-35 fighter jets in South Carolina. Two training squadrons and three operational squadron, almost 90 new jets, have been designated for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
    That’s great news, especially given South Carolina’s current economy. The new jets will mean hundreds of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction projects for the state.

  • LHS Bruins honor fall sports stars

    The finest in Lancaster High School fall sports was in the blue and gold spotlight at the annual Bruins fall sports awards night in the LHS auditorium on Monday night.

    A host of athletes in LHS fall sports earned honors in six varsity sports.

  • Kershaw awarded $465,300 grant

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has received federal funding that will allow residents in the southern part of the county to have better access to low-cost health care.
    Kershaw is the recipient of a $465,300 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    The S.C. Department of Commerce, which administers the grant program for the state, announced the award late last week.

  • Miles home after surgery

    Jody Miles set another milestone after transplant surgery and returned home to Lancaster on Tuesday.
    Needless to say, Miles was excited, as was her family and many tracking her progress via Facebook. The return home gives Miles a little time to get ready for the family’s Christmas celebration.
    “I haven’t done any Christmas shopping,” she said.
    But not much is needed, since her family agreed not to give gifts to the adults this year.
    “Just having the time together is all the gift we need,” Miles said.

  • Catawba pottery in the spotlight

    South Carolina is home to many wonderful cultural traditions, though you’d be hard pressed to find one as long-lived as the pottery tradition of the Catawba Indian Nation.
    For thousands of years, the Catawba, or Iswa as they call themselves, have lived along the basin of the river that bears their name today.
    Generation after generation, the Catawba have passed down their pottery-making skills, adhering to strict rules concerning materials and techniques, but allowing artisans the leeway to change with the times and needs of the market.

  • Lancaster native’s new job has him in Persian Gulf

    Lancaster native Gregory Kramer was recently appointed as the new editorial manager of the Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consulting firm, in Bahrain.
    Bahrain is an island country in the Persian Gulf. It’s neighbor to the west is Saudi Arabia.
    In his new role, Kramer will coordinate the work carried out by OBG’s research and editorial team for the group’s forthcoming publication on the kingdom’s economy, “The Report: Bahrain 2011.”