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Today's News

  • USCL campus prepared writer for navel career

    I read Jenny Hartley’s wonderful article on Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    As a 2001 graduate, (associate’s degree in science), it gave me the education I needed to have a successful naval career (seven years, making E-6 in six years).

    USCL helped me complete my bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College.

  • LHS band raising money for uniforms

    The Lancaster High School marching band is in need of new uniforms and needs your help to make that dream come true.

    Director John Rhodes said it will cost between $30,000 and $36,000 to buy new band uniforms that will replace their 14-year-old ones. Bands usually get new uniforms every five to eight years, Rhodes said.  

    The band’s booster club has organized several events to help raise the money.

    Here’s a run down of the upcoming events:

  • Relay campaign garners regional, national awards

    Supporters of the county’s 2008 Relay for Life learned Monday night that their continued hard work has not gone unnoticed.

    In the kickoff meeting for the 2009 drive, volunteers learned that last year’s local campaign raised $264,000. The money helps fund American Cancer Society cancer research, and cancer awareness and wellness programs.

    For their efforts, the locals won three regional awards.

    One award was for 100 percent school participation throughout the county.

  • Man, 62, found dead near van

    A 62-year-old man died of a heart attack after he pulled over on Camp Creek Road at S.C. 522 early Monday.

    Walter Ricky Steele was driving a 1992 Pontiac van when he went off the left side of the road about 5:10 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

    Steele was found outside of the van.

    Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight pronounced Steele dead at the scene. There was no damage to the vehicle.

    “He was probably experiencing major chest pains,” Knight said, and Steele pulled off the road.

  • Student expresses herself with Bohemian flair

    On a trip to Key West several years ago, Morgan Overcash had an artistic epiphany.

    Overcash, 20, was gazing at storefronts while on vacation with her family in 2006 when a few pieces of furniture caught her eye. She stopped to examine a cluster of elaborately painted Adirondack patio chairs, called Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville chairs. A budding artist, Overcash was fascinated with the designs painted on the furniture and knew immediately she wanted to do something similar. That’s when her business, Bohemian Lily Designs, was born.

  • Recall hits more snacks

    Retailers continue to pull selected snack food items from grocery store shelves after several food companies issued a recall on products made with peanut butter and peanut paste supplied by the Peanut Corp. of America in connection to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

  • Tyree inspires audience to continue MLK’s dream

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only dreamed about what he could do but he did it, said keynote speaker Omar Tyree at the eighth annual Community Scholarship Breakfast held Monday to honor the late civil rights leader.

    Tyree, a New York Times best-selling author, spoke to an exuberant crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. He emphasized the importance of visualizing where you want to be in life and applying all that you’ve learned to get there.

  • Be wary of requests for water tests in mailboxes

    Neither the city nor county water district are testing your water.

    Residents in the Elgin community of the county, and the Forest Hills neighborhood in the city of Lancaster say someone is leaving small water bottles at their mailboxes, asking residents to fill them with water from their homes and leave them for collection at the mailbox.

  • Smith top of class on hardwood

    In South Carolina, high school football has the legendary John McKissick.

    His counterpart in Palmetto State hoops would likely be Great Falls High School’s John Smith.

    McKissick is the legendary Summerville High School head football coach, who is the winningest prep football coach in the country.

    Smith, a Lancaster native and a former Lancaster High School basketball star, stands just as tall in his respective sport.

    Smith, in 40 seasons guiding the Red Devils, has more than 800 wins – an average of 20 victories a season.

  • Winterland ‘to land of black ice’?

    Kathy Blackmon and her children, Madison, 11, and Hunter, 8, rode down the snowy banks of their yard on a sled on Dean Lane in the Rich Hill community.

    With rosy cheeks, the three shook out their gloves and stomped their boots clean of snow before going into the house for breakfast, complete with hot cocoa.