Today's News

  • Man gets 10-year sentence for lewd act on a minor charge

    A Lancaster man on trial for inappropriately touching a 4-year-old girl told a jury this week that he made up his confession to police so he could go home.

    Cordaro Cunningham, 20, was charged by the Lancaster Police Department in May 2008 with committing a lewd act on a minor.

    A jury found Cunningham guilty of the charge during his trial this week, and Judge Craig Brown sentenced Cunningham to 10 years in prison.

  • Filing now under way to fill school board seat

    A special election will be held Nov. 30 to fill the school board seat that was vacated earlier this month by Dr. Peter Barry’s death.

    Filing for the seat will begin noon today and end at noon Oct. 4.

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved those dates at its meeting Tuesday.

    Barry had served District 4 since 2004. His successor will serve the two years remaining on the current term, and would have to run again in 2012.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

  • Gordon hits books, foes

    Indian Land High School senior lineman A.J. Gordon is an example of brains and brawn.

    Gordon hits the books and opposing players with equal zeal.

    Gordon, in class, has a 4.54 grade point average (GPA) and is ranked 11th in the Indian Land High Class of 2011.

    “A.J. is a perfect combination,” Indian Land High head coach Mike Mayer said. “He’s good in the line on both sides of the ball and good in his grades.”

    Gordon follows a simple formula to produce extraordinary academic work.

  • BHS seniors post powder puff victory

    The seniors kept alive their victory streak with a 16-14 comeback win over the juniors in the third annual Buford High School powder puff football game on Tuesday night at BHS’s Jacket Stadium.

    The two-point win was the seniors’ third straight victory.

    The seniors, down 14-8, pulled out the win with a late touchdown and conversion. Jessica Faulkenberry scored on a yard run to tie the game at 14-all with under two minutes to play.

  • LHS swimmers stay unbeaten with win over Gaffney

    The Lancaster High swim team improved to 4-0 on the season, topping Region III-AAAA foe Gaffney, 227-111. Following are the LHS results.

    Medley relay (girls) – 1. J. Aeschbacher, E. Higgins, Hannah Jacobs, Elizabeth Catoe; 3. Sarah DeVenny, Veronica Rosengrant, Kayla Lane, Pagen Glenn; 5. Emma DeVenny, Tiffany Cutrone, Amanda Mobley, Katie Dixon

    Medley relay (boys) – 1. Adam Augeson, Chris James, Jonah Faile, Jory Pettit; 3. Dylan King, Brandon Gossman, Nathan Spencer, Tyrek McCullough; 4. Bryce Blanton, Bryce Poston, Johnathan Catoe, Adam Whetstone

  • Robinson: Women make a difference at her law firm

    Lancaster attorney Elizabeth Robinson came from a family of teachers.

    She majored in special education and later attended law school at the University of South Carolina  with the hopes of becoming an advocate for children with special needs.

    But when she finished law school, Robinson couldn’t find a job in the specialty she wanted.

    She began researching and found that only two law firms represent parents of children with disabilities in due-process actions.

  • A quiet place

    Back in the woods off John Everall Road, nestled beneath a stand of hardwood trees beside a meadow of fresh cut hay is a very special place.

    You can’t see it from the road. For that matter, you can’t even see it from Nancy Westmoreland’s back yard.

    But if you follow the pasture pathway that her dad, Bill Westmoreland, keeps mowed to get there, you’ll find it once you know where to look.

    The seven rings of patterned, jagged quartz rock in the edge of the woods didn’t appear like a magical crop circle. This is no publicity stunt.

  • Ride to benefit HOPE in Lancaster

    Area families in need will benefit from a local motorcycle event this weekend.

    Second Baptist Church in Lancaster is hosting its Benefit & Ride for HOPE in Lancaster fundraiser this Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.

    Proceeds will go to HOPE, a charitable organization that assists county residents with food, rent and utility bills.

    “Because of the economy, we felt this was the right thing to do,” organizer Glenn Totherow said about giving to HOPE.

  • Hammond monument dedication is Sunday at Rich Hill Baptist Church

    The discovery of a family cemetery has led to the placing of a monument at another cemetery.

    On Sunday, the Hammond family will officially add a marker at the Rich Hill Baptist Church cemetery, 1557 E. Doc Garris Road, Heath Springs.

    The dedication service starts just after Sunday morning worship.

    Several Hammond descendants are buried at Rich Hill Baptist Church and Hammond family reunions are held there.

    The marker includes the names of American Revolution soldiers Raleigh Hammond and his son, Capt. Samuel Hammond.

  • Native, union official wants residents at Washington event

    Lancaster residents who’d like to participate in a march on Washington on Oct. 2 can catch the bus.

    The district office of the United Steel Workers in Charlotte is encouraging residents to get on the bus to march on Washington, D.C., as part of One Nation Working Together.