Today's News

  • Destined to sing Christmas

    Katie McMahon has been called the “world’s most famous unknown singer.”

    That’s not an exaggeration, either.

    As the former lead vocalist for “Riverdance,” millions have heard her sing or own a video or CD featuring her voice. But very few know her by name.

    Locally, that should change after this week.

  • Jobless rate here drops slightly in November

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate rose sharply in November to 12.3 percent, from a revised October rate of 12 percent, the S.C. Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    However, the jobless rate in Lancaster County and most adjacent counties declined slightly last month.

    November’s jobless figures set a record high for the state.

    Estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the state’s labor force at 2,173,054 in November, an increase of 2,079. The number of unemployed increased 5,896 to 266,330.

  • Heath Springs council wants time to consider USCL funding request

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council members want a little more time to decide whether they’ll donate to USCL’s building fund.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is planning a 30,0000-square-foot building that will house classrooms and cost between $6 million and $6.5 million.

    At the council’s August meeting, Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee and former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed council about funding issues with the new building.

  • Unwelcome Guests

    Cows and other livestock have become more protective of their new offspring while cattlemen say they’ve seen foot tracks similar to that of a canine. But they don’t believe stray dogs are to blame.

    They say the answer lies in the coyotes, which are being talked about more and more as local sightings increase.

    A number of Lancaster County residents have reported spotting coyotes in the area recently. However, wildlife officials say their presence is nothing new and that people should expect to continue seeing them.

  • Annual audit says county in good financial shape

    Lancaster County received a good rating during its annual audit for 2008-09.

    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with the accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at County Council’s Dec. 7 meeting.

    Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning the county is considered in good financial shape.

    “It’s important for us to have a discussion about this,” Morgan said. “We don’t get a chance to come before council often.”

  • Police reports - Dec. 20, 2009

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Police have made no arrests in a shooting incident on Nov. 21 in the area of Waffle House and Jameson Inn on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    According to an incident report, police responded to the businesses about 4 a.m. that day after several callers reported shooting was going on at both.

    Police found that two bullets went through the wall of Room 101 at the inn. Officers also found 9 mm shell casings in the hotel parking lot. Damage to the wall was estimated at $500.

  • Faulkner files for vacant District 2 board position

    Tyrom Faulkner said he wants to help children in a different way by serving on the local school board.

    The Lancaster native is the only person to file for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board. The seat was vacated last month by Charlene McGriff, who now serves on County Council.

    Filing for the open seat ends at noon Monday.

    Faulkner made his bid official on Dec. 11, the first day of filing.

    He said he prayed hard about it. And after speaking with family and close friends, he decided it was the right thing to do.

  • Bruins honor fall stars

    Lancaster High School’s best in fall sports play earned their share of honors at the school’s annual fall sports awards Monday night in the LHS auditorium.

    Athletes in six sports reaped their share of honors for top play in the past season.

    The 7-5 football team, which earned a second straight Class AAAA Upper State playoff bid, honored a host of ace performers.

    Senior standouts Darius Robinson and Zed Truesdale reaped their share of awards.

  • LHS Bruins roll in hoops sweep of Vols

    The Lancaster Bruins used third-period runs to cruise to basketball wins over county rival Andrew Jackson High School on Thursday night in the LHS gym. The Lady Bruins opened the sweep with a 69-33 win and the LHS boys followed with a 67-30 victory over the Vols. In the boys game, Lancaster owned a 29-15 halftime spread and ignited on an 21-5 spurt to take a 50-20 lead with a period to play. Xavier Holloway, who led LHS with 18 points, hit 12 in the third period when LHS pulled away. “AJ plays us hard and we knew we had to bring it

  • Vols, Warriors swap hoops wins

    INDIAN LAND – Andrew Jackson and Indian Land swapped wins in high school basketball action Tuesday night at Indian Land.

    The Volunteers, 4-2, dodged the Warriors’ sweep with a 48-44 win over the IL boys in the nightcap.

    The Vols used a strong start to boost their hopes in the four-point win.

    The AJ boys forged a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, a period which they were bolstered by a key 11-0 run.

    “AJ’s 11-0 took us out of our game,” Indian Land coach Nate Smith said.