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Today's News

  • Council to consider first reading of county budget

    County Council will consider first reading of its 2010-11 budget at its Monday meeting.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this year’s budget was difficult to balance due to several cuts by the state Legislature and council’s insistence on not increasing county taxes. Major impacts council will discuss include a $400,000 cut in the local government fund by the state as well as a 10 percent increase in employer costs for the state health plan.

  • Crook wins Young Guns special race

    Dillon Crook captured his first career win in the Young Guns Top Gun Pepsi Challenge to highlight racing at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

    Crook’s 24.70 was the fastest qualifier for the Young Guns special.

    Josh Langley qualified second. When the green flag dropped, it was Crook powering into turn one, with the lead of Josh Langley and Andrew Yandle.

  • Middleton's 500th win reflects AJ's will to battle

    The 2010 Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ 14-14 softball season won’t go down as among the greatest at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    The break-even mark reflects a spring of about as many ups as downs.

    A Conference IV-AA runner-up finish and a Class AA Upper State playoff berth stand as a couple of notable 2010 team accomplishments in the tradition of AJ softball.

    No doubt, the major achievement came during the Lady Vols’ recent postseason run.

  • City officers will enforce teen curfew this summer

    The city of Lancaster has a curfew for youth 17 and under and the Lancaster Police Department wants to remind parents that officers will be enforcing it as school gets out for summer.

    From June 1 through Aug. 15, according to city ordinance, the curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m. It requires young people under 17 to be off public streets during those hours.

    From Aug. 16 to May 31, the curfew is 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The ordinance holds parents responsible for their children’s behavior.

  • Four hurt when two motorcycles wreck

    INDIAN LAND – The Swamp Hogs motorcycle club from Monck’s Corner did a safety check before leaving on a 1,000-mile trip Friday morning.

    They went over hand signals. They talked about riding their 13 motorcycles staggered, the hand signals they would use on the ride and how they would stop to put on their helmets when they got to North Carolina, which requires helmets.

    The club, with 13 bikes riding, stopped a few times as they made their way across South Carolina.

  • Library, rec department face budget cuts

    Lancaster County Council is preparing for significant cuts to the county’s library and recreation services in its new budget.

    Council, which gave first reading to its 2010-11 budget Monday, is considering a third consecutive budget with no property tax increases.

    The new budget will include state-mandated cuts, salary adjustments and increases in utility payments, but the most notable changes include a proposed 10 percent reduction in the county’s contribution to library and recreation services.

  • AJ honors athletic standouts at Vols all-sports banquet

    KERSHAW The Big Orange Country spotlight was on Andrew Jackson High School athletes at the Lancaster County Class AA school’s all-sports banquet Monday night in the AJ cafeteria.

    A host of athletes drew their share of honors, including a pair of seniors – Ashley Beavers and Ryan Miller.

    Beavers, a three-sport performer and the 2009 AJ homecoming queen, was named the Lady Vols soccer Most Valuable Player. She was also selected as the Best All-Around as a member of the AJ cheer squad.

  • Horton has defied doctors’ predictions again and again

    SPARTANBURG – Five days before his first birthday, Tyler Horton suffered a fall that led to bleeding in his brain.

    The bleeding affected his vision to the point that Tyler, of Kershaw, is now legally blind. Doctors said that Tyler would never be able to walk or talk and that his growth would be stunted at best.

    However, through his sheer will and determination, Tyler Horton is now a strapping young man at 6-feet, 4-inches, has never missed a day of school in 14 years, and on Tuesday, he graduated from the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB).

  • Truesdale paces IL track

    Saturday was a solid day for Indian Land High School sophomore Rondreas Truesdale, who brought home the lion’s share of Indian Land’s winnings from the Class A state meet at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins.

    Truesdale won the silver medal in the boys 110-meter hurdles at the meet Saturday, May 15.

    Allendale-Fairfax High School senior Bashaud Breeland won the event with a time of 15.08. Truesdale posted a time of 15.11. Truesdale won the event in the Upper State meet May 8 with a time of 14.75.

  • Councilwoman gives up bail bonding license

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace no longer has a bail bonding license.

    The S.C. Department of Insurance asked Blackmon-Brace to surrender her license earlier this year after it found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with her bail bonding business.

    Blackmon-Brace has owned and operated Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co. in Lancaster for about 14 years. In her business, she bonds out people who appear before municipal judges in the city.