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Today's News

  • City backs USCL with resolution

    Lancaster City Council is showing its support for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which Gov. Mark Sanford has proposed closing within two years in his budget.

    City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution that asks Sanford to rescind his recommendation.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissented.

    She said she voted against the resolution because she wants information about Sanford’s research and his reasoning before signing a resolution that opposes his plan.

  • January Yard of the Month

    During the winter, most homeowners are indoors, thinking little about their dormant lawns and yards. For this reason, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selects a business as its January Yard of the Month.

    This month, the lawn of the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land has received this honor.

    Library director Richard Band is very proud of the new facility and landscaping that surrounds it.

    The 11,000-square-foot library in Carolina Commons, the commercial center at Sun City Carolina Lakes, opened Jan. 5.

  • Pleasant Dale Baptist to dedicate new family life center Sunday

    Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, 133 South Potter Road, will dedicate its new family life center during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. worship service.

    Dr. Dale Roach, director of missions for Moriah Baptist Association, is the guest speaker.

    Roach lauded the 300-plus member Pleasant Dale family for its dedication in completing the 15,188-square-foot facility. The family life center includes a kitchen, work-out rooms, a multi-purpose room that will serve as an interim sanctuary, a gym, a fellowship hall and a youth center. Ground was broken on the project in June 2005.

  • All school resource officers may soon have cars

    All school resource officers who work at county high schools may soon have cars.

    Sheriff Barry Faile appeared before County Council on Monday, requesting that two patrol cars be allocated for use by school resource officers in the area.

    The officers, who patrol Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools, could use the cars to transport students to the state Department of Juvenile Justice or the Lancaster County Detention Center if necessary.

  • Take your Valentine to arts council gala

    It will be the perfect time to put your heart in the arts, as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts holds its annual fundraiser gala.

    The gala, the arts council’s biggest fundraiser, begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club. The theme is Mardi Gras Mystique.

    “It should be the most flamboyant event yet, as far as decorations go,” said arts council director Sam Courtney.

    A jazz band, fortune teller, magician, food and open bar will be part of the fun.

  • Belk named chief deputy

    A former SLED agent feels like he’s come home with his latest assignment.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile announced a few weeks ago that David Belk would become a major and his chief deputy at the department.

    That means wearing a uniform again. No big deal, Belk says.

    “I like the uniform,” Belk said. “I wore it in the Army, and I wore it when I was here.”

  • Man robs Merita store

    A man walked into the Merita Bread Box on Memorial Park Road on Saturday and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

    The clerk told sheriff’s deputies that she was straightening the shelves when a man came into the store.

    She said the man, who was talking on a cell phone, stopped short of the counter and she heard him say, “What kind of bread do ya’ want me to get?” according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • State cuts auditor, treasurer’s salaries

    Lancaster County Council may soon help two county officials whose salaries were recently cut.

    In a letter dated Dec. 19 from S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, both Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan and Treasurer R.E. “Dick” Rowell learned that their biweekly salary supplements were going to be cut. The first cuts came in their Jan. 2 paychecks.

  • LHS student killed at birthday party

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn police are still tracking down leads in the murder of a 15-year-old Lancaster boy at a birthday party late Saturday night.

    Dekeem Reed was killed after gunfire broke out at a party at the Fort Lawn Community Center late Saturday, said Fort Lawn Police Chief Mike Revels.

    Reed, a freshman at Lancaster High School, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday.

    Revels said about 300 people were at the party, which was breaking up before the shooting shortly before midnight Saturday.

  • HOPE moving to temporary building during construction

    With volunteers, residents and clients crammed into HOPE’s Lancaster offices, and construction about to begin on a new addition, Elaine Adkins knew her team needed more space.

    That’s why Adkins, executive director of the charitable organization Helping Other People Effectively, called an emergency meeting Friday for her volunteers. Almost 50 volunteers showed up at HOPE’s Pageland Highway building, unaware why Adkins had called the meeting.