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Today's News

  • Teen in fatal wreck sentenced to house arrest

    The teen charged in a deadly car crash last year has been sentenced to house arrest and probation.

    Elyse Hardin, 15, died in the crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009.

    The teenager behind the wheel, Devin Rodgers, 16, was charged with reckless homicide following the crash. He pleaded guilty to the charge and surrendered his driver’s license in July.

    In family court on Wednesday, he was sentenced to six months house arrest with electronic monitoring and intensive probation until his 18th birthday, Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki said.

  • Voters need to know position of their candidates

    As we approach Election Day, it is becoming increasingly more important that the voting public develops a better understanding of the records and positions of those candidates seeking office.  Furthermore, I believe that we should also make ourselves aware of the kinds of special interests that these candidates are likely to support should they be elected.  The payday lending industry has preyed upon low income families in this state for decades with their astronomical interest rates and unethical practices.  

  • Chamber unveils new marketing campaign

    Whether you’re shopping for clothing, in the market for a vehicle or in need of certain medical services, there’s a good chance you can find what you need right here in Lancaster County.

    That’s the hope of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, which launched a new marketing campaign Tuesday called Think Lancaster First. The goal of the campaign is to get Lancaster County residents to patronize Lancaster County businesses.

  • McCoy challenges Neal in House race

    For the first time since he won the seat in 1999 in a special election, state House District 44 Rep. Jimmy Neal faces opposition going into the Nov. 2 election.

    Neal, a Democrat, faces a Republican challenge from political newcomer Rob McCoy.

    Jobs, education are Neal’s priorities

    Neal, 67, said he’s running again to work on economic development and job creation for the Palmetto State and his district. Economic development in District 44 is critical, Neal said, because the area doesn’t have a four-lane highway.

  • Policy requires background check on school volunteers

    The Lancaster County School District now has policies in place that more clearly address how it will treat potential employees and volunteers who have been charged with a criminal offense.

    The school board unanimously adopted the policies at its meeting on Sept. 21.

    One policy requires the district to run a criminal history check through the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on all new volunteers.

  • Foundation awards $1.6 million in adult literacy, responsive grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation Inc. has made awards totaling approximately $1.6 million to 16 different community organizations in its Adult Literacy and Responsive Grants programs.  

    “The communities in the foundation’s giving area face a range of challenges, from improving their citizens’ literacy skills to providing for basic needs and safety,” said foundation President Jim Morton. “The recipients of these grants are organizations that have demonstrated their abilities to help meet these challenges.”

  • Unity firefighters answering calls since 1950s

    Training counts – especially when you’re a firefighter.

    Jay Hayes and Mark Steele, both volunteers with the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, are quick to point that out. And the reason is obvious – firefighting is dangerous work.

    “They say if you’re ever not scared when you walk into the door of a burning house, then you better turn around and walk the other way,” Hayes said.

  • Heath-care bill contains many surprises

    Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012, you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc.

    When did this happen? It’s in the health-care bill. Just thought you should know. That sales tax goes into effect in 2013. So, this is change you can believe in?

  • Scouts put training into action

    Ryan Phillips and Luke Pittman, Life Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 74 of Kershaw, are in line to receive their coveted Eagle Scout badges, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

    When the badges are presented to them in the near future, it will be a red-letter day for the two Andrew Jackson High School juniors who are members of Kershaw’s First Baptist Church.

    Given the Scouts’ latest honors, it would be safe to say the Eagle badges would be quite an encore.

  • Lady Vols sweep Buford in volleyball

    Andrew Jackson swept a home volleyball match with county and Region IV-AA foe Buford on Tuesday.

    The Lady Vols swept the Lady Jackets, 3-0 in the varsity match, 25-10, 25-14, 25-16.

    In the junior varsity match, the AJ girls downed Buford, 2-0.

    The Junior Lady Vols prevailed, 25-22 and 25-15.

    Earlier in the week, AJ fell to Chesterfield. AJ visited Cheraw on Thursday, while Buford hosted Lee Central.

    LHS swimmers to state

    The Lancaster High School swim team will compete in the state meet in Columbia on Saturday.