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Today's News

  • Capital projects slashed in county budget

    Cut back.

    That's what Councilman Wayne Kersey suggested the county do when County Administrator Steve Willis gave council the grim news about the 2008-09 county budget.

    Kersey said he didn't want to continue to burden the people of Lancaster County. The budget right now is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year.

  • Man on trial for '06 shooting death

    The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon in the death of Lamont Witherspoon, who suffered a fatal gunshot on a Lancaster street while others stood close by in December 2006.

    Jerry McGriff, 38, of Lancaster, is on trial for the murder.

    The state alleges that McGriff shot Witherspoon after an altercation outside the Taylor Street residence of Barbara Green, who the two men were reportedly romantically involved with.

  • Speaker: Redefine what 'cool' is to motivate boys to achieve

    How can you help black boys reach their potential?

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and inspirational speaker, often ponders that question and recently gave Lancaster County residents a wealth of pointers to find solutions.

    Wynn was one of two keynote speakers at the second State of the African American Male Conference, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, another educator, was the other keynote speaker.

    Set goals for black boys

  • IL's Scott leads state qualifiers

    A trio of Indian Land High  athletes captured firsts at the Class A Upper State track meet at Landrum. IL also claimed three seconds and a fourth. The Warriors have seven athletes set to compete in the Class A state meet on Saturday at Spring Valley. Wes Scott, IL’s ace distance runner, won the 3200-meter run in 11:02 and 1600-meter run in 4:58.8. IL freshman Mariah Williams also placed in two events, finishing first in the 100 meters hurdles in 17.66 and fourth in the high jump with a 4-foot, 10-inch effort.

  • Soccer teams open playoffs

    County soccer teams launch their state title hopes this week as postseason play opens in all classes. The girls begin playoff action Monday, with the boys’ teams slated to open play Tuesday. Andrew Jackson and Indian Land will have girls’ teams involved in the Class AA playoffs. The IL girls host Greenville Tech in the opening round Monday at 6 p.m.

  • Talking to roses not a thorny subject for Mary Daniels
  • Officials look at Catawba Ridge project

    Lancaster County is reworking a development agreement with a project in Catawba Ridge.

    An original development agreement was negotiated in 1999 for Catawba Ridge, which consists of more than 6,000 acres along the Catawba River in western Lancaster County.

    Over the years, pieces of the property have been sold off or developed.

    Developers, including Dean Harrell, proposed developing 4,400 acres of the property last year. The property is zoned for 10,586 homes.

  • Tower clock to tick again

    A piece of Lancaster history will find a new home.

    The rebuilding of the Lancaster Plant clock tower, a project that has been in the works for more than four years, will take place at the site of the new three-story Founders Federal Credit Union Corporate Center. The headquarters will be located on a 30-acre parcel of land at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads.

    Founders plans to complete the first phase of the headquarters' construction within the next few months.

  • Fire guts four businesses at Lynwood Drive strip mall

    Kathy Hall watched in despair as officials investigated the blaze that destroyed her business early Thursday morning.

    Hall's business – Absolute Tanning, Flowers & Balloons – was one of four businesses in the Pitmon Place strip mall on Lynwood Drive and Old Oakland Circle.

    A fire started in one of the businesses and damaged the entire mall early Thursday morning.

    "It's a little hard to swallow," said Hall, who had the tanning salon open there for about 10 years. "You don't want to see things go this way."

  • Man, 21, shot on York Street

    A Lancaster man was shot late Halloween night while in the parking lot of Sam's Place Club on South York Street.

    The man, 21, told police he was standing at the northern corner of the building about 10:50 p.m. when he heard one gunshot, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The man heard three more shots right after he realized he had been shot in the right shoulder, the report said.

    He was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

    He was released the next day.