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Today's News

  • Red Devils' Bumgardner signs with USC-Upstate

    There is a sign clearly posted in the Great Falls High School Library Media Center forbidding anyone to bring food, or drink into the area.

    An exception was made on Monday.

    A brief reception was held in honor of senior Gaither Bumgardner, who officially signed a baseball scholarship with USC-Upstate in Spartanburg.

  • Council to consider $200,000 advance to PV fire department

    County Council could advance the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department $200,000 to buy land for its new fire station.

    The fire department has been looking for suitable land to build a new station, because the S.C. 160 widening project will eventually take the fire department’s existing station on the highway.

    Merrifield Partners offered a different parcel of land on S.C. 160, but the fire department said it wouldn’t be suitable due to a deep gully.

  • Rematch ahead in Rock Hill

    Rematch ahead

    in Rock Hill

    Lancaster faces a rematch in the Class AAAA Division II state semifinals Friday when the Bruins travel to Rock Hill to battle Northwestern. Lancaster dropped a 27-7 non-region home loss to the Trojans in week five of regular-season play.  Northwestern won the Region III-AAAA regular-season title, meaning LHS will be facing a region champion for the third straight week. Greenwood, which fell to LHS 14-10 in the opening round, won the Region I title and Goose Creek, a 28-20 LHS victim, won the Region VII crown.

  • Gene Moore receives Wingate’s Distinguished Alumni Award

    Dr. Gene Moore often likes to stay in the background – shying away from the spotlight, though not hesitating to speak up when something needs to be said.  

    Given his humble nature, local school board members believed Moore, the Lancaster County School District superintendent, would have tried to prevent a special recognition at the most recent board meeting.

  • Police reports – Nov. 23, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Robert Deon Montgomery, 19, 803 E. Arch St., was charged Wednesday with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension – third offense.

    An officer stopped the black Honda Civic that Montgomery was driving because the tag light was out, the report said.

    Montgomery, whose license is suspended, had a bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket, the report said.

    – James Frank Copeland, 46, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged Tuesday with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Group celebrates 20 years of giving

    A large group of guests gathered at the Springs House on Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

  • School district hit with state budget cuts

    The Lancaster County School District is bracing itself for what appears to be a continuing gloomy economic trend.

    District Finance Director Tony Walker presented the school board Tuesday night with information on the most recent state funding cut, the second since the board approved its 2008-09 budget.

    In September, the district lost $909,475 from the state that was designated for salaries and other operations costs. The district, though, recently brought in an extra $1.2 million in local property taxes that offset the cut, Walker said.

  • Expect more officers on roads over Thanksgiving

    Expect additional law officers on the road this week, all in an attempt to ensure more highway safety during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The official holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.  

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the agency will be running several operations during the period, including radar speed detection and seat-belt- and speed-enforcement teams.

    The Highway Patrol has a DUI saturation team, in which troopers from other counties will be in Lancaster County to target drunk driving.

  • Puppy Cam

    My friend in Texas sent me a link to a puppy cam on Nov. 7.  Click here for the puppy cam.

    Most days since then, I've tuned in from time to time throughout the day to watch the little shiba inus playing with their plush jack-o-laterns, carrots and even a stuffed trout.

    Ocassionally, a man with tattoos on his arms wearing black pants reaches in to handle the puppies, or clean up their messes.

  • I'm not in the mood to rake

    Fall is with us. Those beautiful leaves of varying hues are gently fluttering over our lawns.

    I am pleasantly surprised to observe that those hundreds of election signs, (at least those along my stretch of the Charlotte Highway), have been removed. I wish I could say the same for the leaves in my front yard.

    Things are getting back to normal.

    Billy Mays has a ton of new stuff to hawk on the television tube. Late night TV hosts are almost speechless. Politics has pretty much run its course, for now.