Today's News

  • Mobley served as judge for 27 years

    State officials and local residents are mourning the death of Berry Mobley, who’s being recalled as a strong judge who genuinely cared about people.

    Mobley, who served as a family court judge since 1982, died Tuesday after battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, for the last few years. He was 76.

    After finishing law school in 1964, the Lancaster County native opened a law office in Lancaster and was the city’s attorney for eight years.

  • Two local funeral homes expand to offer on-site cremation services

    To keep up with a growing trend across the country, two Lancaster funeral homes have added crematories to their businesses.

    Hartley Funeral Home, which has been in business for more than 10 years in Lancaster, is now Hartley Funeral Home and Crematory, with the addition of a cremation chamber on Aug. 20, said owner Jerry Hartley.

    The funeral home had a cremation chamber installed in an existing garage.

    Hartley said more families are requesting cremation services, which start at $1,295, when a traditional funeral starts at $5,200.

  • UW hopes to raise $430,000

    Times may be tough, but that doesn’t mean the United Way of Lancaster County is going to lower its fundraising goal for the 2009-10 campaign.

    The agency held a kick-off breakfast Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

    UW Board Chairman Steve Sherill announced that the goal for the campaign is $430,000.

    Campaign contributions were kick-started by pacesetters Duke Energy, Founders Federal Credit Union, Humana, Nibrol and Springs Memorial Hospital. The Springs Close Foundation has given $20,000 to start the campaign.

  • Fewer jobless here in August

    The latest  jobless figures suggest that the economy may be recovering.

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.7 percent to 18.2 percent in August, according to a report from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    August numbers were released Friday.

    That marks a trend of three consecutive months of decreases in the jobless rate. July jobless rate in Lancaster County was 18.9 percent, while June was at 19.9 percent.

  • Habitat for Humanity needs tools

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is launching several new projects, but members of the organization worry there won’t be enough tools to finish the jobs.

    Virginia “Gigi” Biggerstaff, a member of Habitat’s board, said construction has finished on one home on Caskey Lane and another is close to finishing. And as the organization gears up for construction of new homes in the Country Club Heights neighborhood, Biggerstaff wants to get the word out about Habitat’s need for tools.

  • Outreach Project helping local children

    Kim West was moved to action after hearing a story about a Lancaster County family that couldn’t afford toilet paper or feminine hygiene products.

    West is a member of the Lancaster Women’s Club and a partner with the Lancaster County Outreach Project.

  • County delays change on waste tire collection

    County officials have decided to delay for a few weeks before enacting countywide procedures for the disposal of old tires.

    Changes to the county’s procedures were to take effect Thursday, but concerns from the community urged the county to rework its plans.

    Lancaster County Council had originally discussed the issue on Aug. 31 in reaction to restrictions recently put in place by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The restrictions were created to track the disposal of tires.

  • Man accused of threatening coach

    KERSHAW – Warrants have been issued for a man accused of bringing a gun into a football coaches’ meeting at Andrew Jackson High School on Friday night.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is charging Randy Clyburn, 46, of 1006 Overbrook Road, Kershaw, with threatening a public official and carrying a weapon on school grounds, Sheriff Barry Faile said Tuesday.

    Clyburn had not been arrested at press time.

  • An unforgettable birth at Springs Memorial

    Dr. Douglas Tiedt has delivered his share of babies throughout the years.

    “Roughly speaking, probably somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000,” said Tiedt, a physician at Lancaster Women’s Center.

    While the circumstances surrounding each birth is special for the parents,  Tiedt naturally can’t remember the details of each birth.

    But when it comes to Ashley Johnson, who was born at Springs Memorial Hospital during the early morning of Sept. 22, 1989, Tiedt can recall about every detail.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating fire at Virginia Street storage building

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a storage building and three vehicles on Virginia Street on Friday.

    Maj. David Belk stopped short of saying the fire was suspicious.

    “It’s still under investigation,” he said.

    According to an incident report, deputies were called to the fire at 1:28 a.m. Friday.