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Today's News

  • Contractor checks out roof of burned courthouse

    Officials from a Sumter contractor got a look from the air at the fire damage to the Lancaster County Courthouse on Thursday.

    A boom lifted Hunter Builders officials above the burned roof of the courthouse, which was badly damaged on its second floor by arson early Monday. Hunter Builders specializes in restoring historic buildings.

    The company was contacted by Jody Munnerlyn of Boykin-Munnerlyn architectural firm, which was overseeing a renovation project at the historic courthouse, before the fire.

  • Tennessee ends AAA stars' run

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars had a short stay in the World Series in LaGrange, Ga., this week.The Lancaster AAA all-stars, who represented South Carolina after capturing the state championship in Hartsville last month, were eliminated in a 5-2 loss to Goodlettsville, Tenn., on Tuesday afternoon.The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars had a rocky start in their tournament opener, dropping a 10-0 loss to host Troup County in five innings on Monday night.“When you lose that opener, it makes it tough because your next loss ends your s

  • Help from public sought in finding who started two fires

    Help from public sought in finding who started two fires

    Authorities released few details about their investigation into a fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office on Thursday, but urged the public to report suspicious activity or even suspicious comments about the blaze.

    "Experience with similar cases has shown it is unlikely the offender will confide his crimes with anyone but will follow the investigation in the media and in conversations with family and friends," Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard read from a press release about noon Thursday.

  • It's less expensive to prevent tragedy, than repair it

    This week I am grieving for the loss of a beautiful building I have loved through all of my life. My family has lived in this area since 1767, and the Lancaster County Courthouse has been a part of my heritage for as long as I can remember. Anyone who came to visit from other places and other countries was given a tour down Main Street and a brief, but proudly delivered, history of the courthouse. I feel as if I have lost not only a cherished landmark, but a large piece of my own identity.

  • Floyd and Rhonda Cauthen's blended yard earns high marks

    Many family traditions get passed down from one generation to the next.

    Could the love of flowers be one of those? Rhonda Cauthen believes so.Although she was only a youngster, Cauthen still recalls strolling through her grandmother’s garden, which was frequently visited by the neighborhood ladies.

  • Teams tackle scrimmages

    County high school football coaches say they will have a better assessment of their respective teams following scrimmages today.All four county teams will launch their scrimmage schedules away from home.Andrew Jackson and Buford will travel to Richburg for a four-way scrimmage with the host Lions and Ridge Spring-Monetta.Lancaster, which returned from four days of camp at Summerton’s Camp Bob Cooper, travels to Chesterfield to face the Rams and Class AAAA foe Marlboro County.Indian Land is also on the road as the Warriors will venture t

  • We care every day, not just at the top of the hour

    It was 6 a.m. I was groggy, coffee-deprived, as I stood on the grass behind the Lancaster County Courthouse, watching as firefighters and law enforcement officers worked the scene of a fire at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office.

    But then a question woke me up.

    “And where is the courthouse?” a TV news reporter asked, as we stood in the shadow of Lancaster’s charred but beloved building.

    WHAT?

  • Kershaw fundraiser blossoms into Heart of Summer Festival

    KERSHAW – What started as a fundraising idea for a Kershaw business destroyed by fire is turning into one of the biggest festivals hosted by the town.

    The Heart of Summer Festival will take place Saturday in downtown Kershaw.

    Resident Ann Marie Dwyer, owner of Virginia's Dream in Kershaw, conceived the idea.

    "I grew up in Louisiana and festivals down there are a whole lot different than they are here," she said. "They're a whole lot bigger. So I decided to try and bring a little of that flavor to Kershaw."

  • Two centuries of history lost in courtroom fire

    When someone’s house burns down, often the greatest loss people experience deals with items, on face value, would be worthless: old letters, photographs, remnants of childhood.

    Actually these little things represent far more than monetary worth. They are priceless. When a building, such as the Lancaster County Courthouse is lost, nearly two centuries of history and pride is taken leaving little for future generations to appreciate and respect.

  • Security tightened after second fire downtown

    Reacting to two deliberately set fires at two government buildings in one week, security around government buildings in Lancaster was tightened Thursday.

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond said he expected the "whole nine yards" – the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster Police Department and S.C. State Guard – to watch over government buildings Thursday night.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said his department was planning increased patrols, with extra officers called in to work the night shift.