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Today's News

  • North Corner Grocery suspect shopped for cars before holdup

    A man who robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon spent several minutes before the robbery at a nearby car lot, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Wednesday.
    The item was among the new information about the 12:30 p.m. robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway released Wednesday by sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield.
    According to Barfield, video surveillance from the store showed the suspect approach the store in a mid- to late-1990s Ford Expedition from West North Corner Road sometime around 12:20.

  • Scorching weekend

    Whew! It is hot.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County and the surrounding area are in the midst of an unseasonably warm heat wave.
    How much heat, you ask?
    Since June 20, Lancaster County has had 17 straight days of temperatures above 90 degrees, more than half above 95 degrees.
    This month alone, the area has seen five straight days between July 2 and Wednesday where temperatures topped 99 degrees or higher – including July 3 when temperatures in some parts of the area reached a mind-melting 104.

  • Bombarding county with requests for information

    Indian Land activist Gary Holland has become a burr under the saddle of Lancaster County officials, who have singled him out for special handling by the county attorney because of his “countless” requests for information on Panhandle development projects.
    The Lancaster county website, www.mylancastersc.org, informs citizens on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information procedure. “Please email the Clerk to Council at dhardin@lancastercountysc.net or mail your request to County of Lancaster: Attention: Clerk to Council.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: My neighbor, ‘Little Ben,’ is in the wind

    My first car, well almost.               
    To tell the tale of my first car, I have to sorta beat around the bush.
    It’s more or less the one I almost got, but then didn’t. I shook it off as one of those summer things.
    My neighbor (I’ll call him Mr. Ben) was considered to be a bit eccentric.
    As they say, he really did march to a different drummer. He was a much older man who lived across from us on Chesterfield Avenue.

  • Post 31 battling Greer

    Lancaster Post 31 is in the “second season,” seeking to stay alive and advance to the American Legion baseball state tournament in Sumter.
    Post 31, 9-7 for regular-season League V play, was slated to play Fort Mill Post 43 in its final two games in Fort Mill on Saturday, but those games weren’t played.
    Lancaster had the League V runner-up position wrapped up and those games had no bearing on Lancaster’s regular-season finish.

  • Bailes cruises in Fuel Racing checkers

    The Fuel Racing Series debuted at Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night, with veteran driver Ross Bailes taking the checkers.
    The Fuel race front row had Bailes and Matt Long. When the green flag waved, Bailes, Long, Bryan Mullis and Jeff Smith roared into turn one battling for the lead.
    Exiting turn two, Bailes led, while Long, Mullis and Smith pursued.
    As the laps ticked away, Bailes extended his lead over the field. Bailes pulled to nearly a straightaway lead over Long to capture the win.

  • Column: Did Confederate flag’s removal solve problems?

    One of Phil Noble’s recent columns begins by praising, once again, the removal of the Confederate flag from the S.C. State House grounds.

  • Column: Bringing Mexican political ethics to S.C.

    Now the most reasonable response to this headline is “Are you nuts? Isn’t Mexican politics riddled with corruption? What could we possibly learn from them?”

    The answers to these three questions are – no, yes and a lot.

    I suppose there are some who would argue that the answer to the first question is yes, but I haven’t been locked up yet, so give me the benefit of the doubt on this one and let’s skip to the more important questions.

  • Remember When: U.S. Army comes to tractor’s rescue

    There was plenty of excitement during World War II when the Army trucks came roaring along Chesterfield Avenue.

    We had never seen anything like it. Army boys would toss stuff out to us. One time the convoy was so big, they had to stop right in front of our house.

  • Four in SUV go for wild ride

    Two adults and two children went for a wild ride in a Chevrolet Avalanche over the side of Cedar Creek Road  (S.C. 97) Tuesday about 10 a.m., coming to rest upside down at the bottom of 15-foot deep embankment.
    Despite the dramatic accident, the occupants suffered only “bumps and bruises,” emergency personnel on the scene said, but were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital to be checked out.