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Today's News

  • Doomsday upgrade has coach beaming

    Doomsday Corner is sporting a new look and new Lancaster High School baseball coach Brett Blackmon is beaming with the result.“We’re really excited,” said Blackmon.

  • Post 31 clubs Clover 10-0

    The Lancaster Post 31 senior team kept alive its postseason American Legion baseball hopes with a solid 10-0 road win over Clover Post 38 on Thursday night.Lancaster, rebounding from an 11-7 home loss to Fort Mill Post 43 on Monday night, received a solid mound effort from first-year hurler J.R. Tripp.Tripp, the side-arming right-hander who played at Lancaster High School, blanked Post 28 on two hits.

  • Quarter cases on display now

    Harold McDonald Jr. likes to work with wood.

    It has been a lifelong interest, beginning in shop class at Indian Land High School years ago and resulting in a 26-year stint with Van Wyck Pool Tables, where he uses his wood-working skills daily.

    "Once you've done four- or 5,000 of them, it's no big deal," McDonald said of the skill involved in crafting a pool table.

    Today, you can see some of his other creations at the Lancaster County Administration Building, where three of his wooden quarter holders are on display in the lobby.

  • Officials say all was quiet here on Independence Day

    Friday's Independence Day celebrations didn't result in any major incidents or misfortunes around the county, officials reported Saturday.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said authorities are typically on the lookout for intoxicated motorists and fires that may start from July 4 fireworks.

    On Saturday afternoon, Cauthen said he hadn't heard of any fires or serious disturbances from the Fourth of July.

    "It's been quiet – nothing major," Cauthen said.

  • Heath Springs adjusts budget to fund fire department requests

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council unanimously passed final reading of its 2008-09 budget June 19 after it found a way to fund the purchase of some critical fire equipment.

    Fire Chief Joey Plyler asked for new equipment, such as protective suits and communications gear, in May.

    Council has allocated $8,760 to fund the fire department's request.

    Exactly $5,000 will come from the 2008-09 budget for the equipment, and $3,760 will come from the past year's budget surplus, said Mayor Ann Taylor.

  • Red Cross has

    The Lancaster County American Red Cross recently held a blood drive in its own office.

    The local Red Cross chapter, which merged earlier this year with York and Chester counties, had its home for decades in an upstairs office on Williams Street, which was not handicapped accessible. The local chapter recently moved to one of the strip mall buildings next to McDonald's on Woodland Drive. It's clearly marked with the agency's trademark red cross.

  • Sales tax committee chairman to appear before council Monday

    Lancaster County Council will hear from the chairman of its capital project sales tax committee Monday.

    Charles Harrell will speak to council about progress the group has made since it began meeting this spring. The group is looking at possible projects to include in a November referendum that will ask voters to OK a 1-cent sales tax.

    "The committee will seek council's input before any formal agreement is put before them to approve," said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • LAUGH teaches children lessons in good health

    The aim is to eat more fruits and vegetables, rather than junk food, and to exercise more instead of spending time in front of the TV.

    After two weeks of fun and information, a dozen area children have a better understanding of what it takes to reach those goals.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster recently concluded its first 2008 summer session for LAUGH, which stands for Learning and Understanding Good Health.

  • For nearly 30 years, Williams has donned Uncle Sam suit

    Every Fourth of July, Lancaster County parade goers can rely on one man to stand tall as their Uncle Sam.

    Harold Williams, a Kershaw Town Councilman and business owner, makes sure to give the crowds at the Charlesboro and Heath Springs parades a good likeness of the country's personification.

    He plans to be at the parades again today as the county celebrates Independence Day.

    Williams has been playing Uncle Sam for more than 25 years, and he can't imagine not playing him at the parades each year.

  • Fund started for retired officer who was shot

    The Lancaster Police Department has established a bank account to help retired officer Ray Knight and his family.

    Knight remains hospitalized after being shot in the head last week on Lynwood Circle.

    Police Chief Hugh White said the department encourages everyone to contribute to the BB&T account, which was opened earlier this week.

    On June 27, Knight had gone over to help two people who wrecked a vehicle and one of the occupants shot him in the right eye. Knight has since had that eye removed, and it is uncertain whether he will regain full sight in his left eye.