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Today's News

  • High Point FWB hosts gospel bluegrass benefit Saturday

    Bluegrass music is gaining popularity around Lancaster and the Master’s Men fellowship group of High Point Free Will Baptist Church are using it to help folks in the community.

    The church, at 2095 Great Falls Highway, is holding a gospel bluegrass fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday to help defray the costs of local service projects it undertakes.

    Amission is a $6 donation and the concert will feature CrossHeirs, Thompson Creek, New Fire, Toby Creek and Easy Pickin.’ Refreshments and food will be sold.

  • Sports panel: Medal is Crawford’s

    Former Indian Land High School track star and Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford may not want the medal, but Olympic records will reflect Crawford is the silver medalist in the men’s 200 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Crawford’s finish was made final by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.

    Netherlands Antilles sprinter Churandy Martina lost his appeal to be reinstated as silver medalist in the 200-meter race at the Beijing Olympics with the Court of Arbitration ruling.

  • Kristin Scott Benson does Union High School proud

    I was greeted with much enthusiasm by Kristin Scott Benson when we talked by phone Wednesday. We hadn’t talked in 15 years.

    Her name may not ring a bell for most of you, but for those of you headed to The Grascals concert at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, you’ll soon be acquainted with the bluegrass band’s talented banjo player. The concert is part of USCL Educational Foundation’s 2009 Performing Arts Series.

  • MagicMasters to perform here Thursday

    Those high-flying basketball dunks and fancy passes you see on TV are coming to Lancaster as part of a high-energy exhibition promised to thrill all in attendance.

    The Harlem MagicMasters, who provide in-game entertainment similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, will be at Lancaster High School on Thursday to play against a team of community members. A halftime show will feature the local Tumble-N-Roll Elite All-Stars.

    The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

  • Council suspends HOPE’s rent

    County Council voted  Tuesday to suspend charitable organization HOPE in Lancaster’s rent payments.  

    The issue, brought to full council’s attention by Councilman Rudy Carter and County Administrator Steve Willis, has to do with rent payments HOPE was making on two buildings, the group’s permanent building and its temporary headquarters.

    Council voted unanimously to suspend rent for the permanent location while the group is temporarily relocated.

  • Council hears economic development plan

    Several County Council members met Monday night to discuss the economic direction of the county.

    The majority of council, board members of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and other county officials met to discuss a strategic economic plan. Commissioned by the development corporation, the plan was developed by InSite Consulting of Greer.

    InSite Consulting has previously worked with clients such as the Palmetto Economic Development Corp. and Duke Energy, and has helped attract or worked with Mercedes, Honda and Michelin.

  • Mystery surrounds sewing basket

    YORK – Mystery surrounds the origins of an unlikely object – an antique sewing basket.

    But its roots may lie in eastern Lancaster County.

    The basket was purchased in 1998 by the Culture and Heritage Museums in York County. There, its authenticity and approximate date of origin was verified as around 1850, consistent with the style and weaving techniques of African slaves at that time.

  • Kershaw begins work on town hall

    KERSHAW – Town officials are happy about progress being made on the construction of a new  town hall.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said footings for the 6,000-square-foot building at 113 S. Hampton St, the town’s main drag, have been poured.

    The building should be complete in about eight months.

    “Surely, we hope to be in it by the end of the year,” Starnes said. “A lot of it depends on the weather.”

    Construction will cost about $695,000, Starnes said. P.F. and Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland is doing the work.

  • Award-winning Grascals coming to USCL on Saturday

    Great musicians always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must find a bond that goes beyond the purely musical to the personal.

    For The Grascals, that bond has been forged by friendships, shared resumes and a keen mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a Nashville hallmark for more than 40 years.

    Now they are coming here. The Grascals will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Bundy Auditorium stage in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Official apologizes for fire at old plant

    Franklin Truesdale was performing maintenance on his vehicle Feb. 23 when smoke filled the air.

    Truesdale, who lives on Brooklyn Avenue, later learned a fire had been burning and the smoke was coming from the old Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant in the neighborhood.

    Truesdale worried the smoke could lead to breathing complications for people in the area.

    “The smoke got so bad, it was terrible at times,” he said.