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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Republicans not down and out

    Thanks for another point of view from Jim Kaleugher in his Feb. 27 letter, “Republicans won’t give up even when they should.” Here is another point of view that I’m sure a lot of other South Carolinians and Americans share with me. Republicans are not down and certainly not out.

  • Three teams boasting undefeated season

    Sports seasons come and go, but there’s been plenty to cheer about at county middle schools.

    In the fall, the Andrew Jackson Middle School football team took center stage with a 7-0 record, its second straight unbeaten season.

    The county winter sports campaign has produced two more elite teams. The Buford Middle School wrestling squad and the South Middle Lady Mustangs basketball team have each posted undefeated records.

    The Buford Middle team went 11-0 under coaches Kris Self and Jason Mosier.

  • Golf cart joins sheriff’s fleet

    INDIAN LAND –  The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is equipped with blue lights, siren and a radio, and emblazoned with a reflective sheriff’s badge.

    But instead of a Ford Crown Victoria or the newer Chevrolet Impala, this vehicle is a souped-up golf cart customized and donated by Indian Land’s Plum Quick Motors on Tillman Steen Road.

    Carson Steen and his sons, Ricky and Robby, have operated Steen Products since 1981.