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Today's News

  • Van Wyck plans celebration for hometown Olympic runner

    VAN WYCK - To the world, Shawn Crawford is an Olympic medalist and the "Cheetah Man."

    To the 800 residents of Van Wyck, Crawford is its most famous native son.

    When this son gets home, Van Wyck is going to have some good times.

    Van Wyck resident Betty Broome issued this statement for the community on July 14:

    Shawn's mother, Sylvia, and (family friend) Marilyn Tims, will soon be on their way to Beijing to watch Shawn compete as they did in Athens, Greece, in 2004.

  • Raids target Latino crimes

    Lancaster County Sheriff's Office narcotics and gang agents and agents from the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Lancaster County and Lancaster city police STAR team members and Lancaster County EMS served four search warrants Thursday.

    Sheriff's office narcotics agents and the gang investigator conducted three controlled buys of powder cocaine and one controlled buy of a fake Social Security card, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • How to rebuild courthouse on County Council's agenda

    County Council is expected to discuss how to proceed in rebuilding the Lancaster County Courthouse at Monday night's council meeting.

    "I can assure you, it will be talked about," County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday.

    Hunter Builders finished stabilizing the roof of the 180-year-old building Friday.

    The courthouse was set on fire early Monday, with the fire burning through the roof and badly damaging the courtroom on the second floor.

    Officials will meet with insurance agents to talk about getting new trusses for the roof, Willis said.

  • Lancaster High School fielding girls golf this fall

    Lancaster High School is fielding a girls’ golf team this fall.The golf team is open to Lancaster County students in grades 7-12 who attend school in the Lancaster County School District. High School and middle school students in the Lancaster, Buford, Andrew Jackson and Indian Land attendance areas are eligible to play.“It’s no secret the Lancaster chapter of the S.C.

  • Small pleased with LGC's junior clinic

    Area junior golfers took center stage at the Lancaster Golf Club on Friday.The LGC capped its annual junior clinic with the age group golf tournament.In the boys and girls 6-7 age group, “T” Sutton finished first and the junior links standout was followed by Jalen Woodard and Christian Carter.Emily Cox, a Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association standout, took top honors in the girls 8-12 girls age group.

  • Courthouse had always welcomed me back home

    I lost a piece of home early Monday. When my iPhone rang just after 8:30 a.m. with my mom’s photograph on the display, I knew it couldn’t be good. She never calls at that time of the morning for no reason.

    “I just wanted to tell you before you heard it anywhere else,” I heard her say, and I braced for what was to come next. “The courthouse here is on fire, and the roof has already collapsed. When you walk out the front door, you can smell the smoke.”

  • Post 31 juniors steal summer spotlight

    The bulk of the American Legion summer baseball spotlight usually falls on the Post 31 senior baseball team simply because of its seniority.

    The senior team has fielded a squad since the mid-1940s, while the junior team is in its fourth campaign.

    No matter, the junior team stole the Lancaster Legion baseball spotlight this season.

    The junior team, under the leadership of second-year head coach Michael Anderson, made Lancaster Legion baseball history. The juniors, who finished second in the League V regular-season race, earned a first-ever bid to the state tournament.

  • Flaming Coffins avoided the mill

    About a month had passed since that 10-pound bomb came crashing down on Mr. Ben’s front steps.You may recall, it was only pretend – a sack flour to signify that Mr. Ben was burning his lights during a blackout drill. Hey, the prospect of a Luftwaffe Heinkel “Flaming Coffin” dropping its bomb payload over Chesterfield Avenue didn’t set well with anybody in the neighborhood and Mr Ben wasn’t helping our chances.But Mr. Ben didn’t much cotton very much to all of these wartime rules and regulations.

  • Annual Pooper highlights LHS's Meet the Bruins

    The 17th annual Sooper Dooper Pooper and Meet the Bruins will be held Saturday at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.The event includes face painting, concessions and souvenirs to be sold.Pooper tickets will be sold for the cow patty bingo which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.A year ago, Bud Faile won the $1,000 after Buck the bull, sponsored by local businessman Ben Snipes, had its prized “drop.”The top prize is $1,000.

  • Leigh Anne's Restaurant diners share thoughts on fires

    Peep through the windows from Leigh Anne's Restaurant and you can see much of what's left of the nearby Lancaster County Courthouse. Blackened roof beams and scattered rubble tell the story.

    Some customers of the popular Catawba Street diner were eating breakfast there Monday morning as firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the courthouse fire.

    Since then, restaurant owner Mark Culler said the courthouse fire has been the hot topic of discussion among his patrons. And now, there's more to talk about after the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office burned early Thursday.