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Today's News

  • LHS band performs a fast-paced show

    Brittany McCrosson has a unique task this season for the Lancaster High School marching band.

    The junior pit captain not only plays the marimba, she's also a member of the color guard. So, during the band's 2008 show, titled "It's OK ... I'm with the Band," you'll see McCrosson tapping on percussion keys one minute and twirling a flag the next.

    She has to move quickly to do it.

    Fortunately for McCrosson, there's enough time in between songs to go back and forth from the percussion pit to the flags.

  • City sets sights on equipment

    The city of Lancaster is closer to obtaining much-needed new heavy equipment.

    City Council approved first reading Sept. 23 of an ordinance that would provide the city with a lease-purchase agreement to buy new equipment.

    The proposed agreement, which totals $825,000, divides the requested equipment into two separate funds.

    The gross revenue fund would receive $470,000 to buy a dump truck for $60,000, a front-end loader for $140,000 and a sewer jet vacuum truck for $270,000.

  • Group questions charges against teen

    The National Action Network is conducting a civil rights investigation into the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection to armed robberies and the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Area NAN representative John Barnette said a press conference will be held by the family of Martavious Semaj Carter at 10 a.m. today in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Carter is charged with the Aug. 4 arson at the courthouse and another arson on Aug. 7 at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office.

  • We're looking for defining moments

    What an election year this has been. Back in January, South Carolina was in the national spotlight as both the major Democratic and Republican contenders hoping to become the next president courted primary voters.

    It was an exciting few weeks as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the Palmetto State. A couple of those candidates – Republican John McCain and Democrat John Edwards (remember him?) – made campaign stops in Lancaster County.

  • Don't use birthplace against candidate

    Reading a letter to the editor can be entertaining and enlightening. It can also be discouraging and infuriating.

    This whole business of who was born and raised here vs. someone who wasn’t takes me back to the days of county vs. city.Almost every major policy item was fought over in that manner.

    It was difficult it was to change to a county-wide school district, with a board that appointed a qualified superintendent. We were elated when we helped elect Bob Mobley to the County Council. That was the start of working together.

  • Presidential race spurs new voters

    The presidential race is spurring non-voters to register to cast a ballot for the first time.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said since Aug. 18, 1,432 people have registered to vote. Some of those are likely new residents to the county, but others are people, including teenagers, who have never registered before.

    "We've got applications stacked everywhere," Stump said Tuesday, describing her office.

  • It's time to bring back Sunday dinner

    If I close my eyes and listen closely, I can hear the back room fan in my grandparents’ Erwin Farm home pulling a breeze through the house when the kitchen and living room windows were up.And at lunchtime on Sunday, that breeze would pull the smells coming from the stove as Granny Williams put the finishing touches on a traditional Sunday dinner.The table was pulled away from the wall to make room for six, two extra chairs were brought into the small kitchen and the good dishes were taken down from the top shelf, while a brass-colored tea ball steeped in a p

  • Lady Jackets post first league victory

    The Buford Lady Jackets rolled to a 3-0 win to down Lewisville for their first Conference III-A volleyball win this season on Tuesday at home.The Lady Jackets, 3-6, 1-2, prevailed 25-22, 25-19 and 25-23.“I thought we played well and it was good to get our first Conference III-A win,” BHS coach Janet Watson said. “I thought we were in control.“Our floor coverage was good,” she said.

  • CVS opens new store

    INDIAN LAND – Clarence and Flora Duley of Sun City Carolina Lakes drove their golf cart to the new CVS at Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Sunday.

    Besides being the only pharmacy in Indian Land, it's also the first retail destination for residents of the active senior living community.

    The Duleys moved to Indian Land two years ago and have waited for the day when there would be shopping within a short cart drive from their home.

    "It's a piece of cake," said neighbor Joyce Anliker of the drive from her Sun City home.

  • Trio seeking to rebound

    A trio of county teams will be seeking to rebound this week as the sixth week of play unfolds.Lancaster, Andrew Jackson and Buford will be looking to bounce back after dropping home losses.Indian Land, the lone winner last week, is hoping to continue its winning ways after winning on the road.Lancaster, AJ and Indian Land will be at home, while Buford hits the road.The Bruins, 4-1, cap non-region play as they host Nation Ford of Fort Mill.Andrew Jackson, 2-3, hopes to celebrate homecoming with a victory in its Conference IV-AA open