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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Buford recreation center to be dedicated Aug. 17

    house later this month.

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation will hold an open house at the center from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17. The center is located at 4073 Hurley Walters Road.

    MAR Construction is the contractor for the project. County Council awarded the firm the bid last September.

    The cost of the center is about $1.4 million. It's built on a 25-acre site, which includes ballfields.

    The gym of the new center is the same size as the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Authority asks for public's help - Press conference included

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    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.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fire damages solicitor's office

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster’s court system was under fire again early Thursday morning, as what authorities are already calling a suspicious fire burned 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office.

  • A truly sad day in Lancaster

    “Empty sky, empty sky, I woke up this morning to an empty sky...” The lyrics are from Bruce Springsteen’s “Empty Sky.”

    While the sky above the Lancaster County Courthouse is not completely empty, there is a definite void in the roof of Lancaster’s most treasured heirloom.

  • 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.