Today's News

  • Spelling champ crowned

    There was a hotly contested duel between two top-notch spellers last week in Lancaster.

    Noah Bradley and David Johnson went back and forth, round after round, trying to best the other to become the champion of the Lancaster County School District spelling bee.

    The contest was Tuesday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Johnson, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School captured the district title, outlasting Bradley, an A.R. Rucker Middle School sixth-grader.

  • Councilman wants blue laws suspended for next four years

    County Council will consider an ordinance to repeal the county’s blue laws for the next four years when it meets Monday.

    The ordinance would suspend the laws that regulate when retailers may open for business on Sundays. Right now, department stores may not open before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in the county because blue laws prohibit them from selling certain items before that time.

    Once in effect throughout the state, a number of counties have repealed them in recent years.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt is sponsoring the ordinance.

  • SUV rams into house

    Audrey Underwood said an out-of-control Dodge Durango hit her house so hard it made her shower rod fall and the items in her medicine cabinet fall to the floor.

    Underwood, who lives at 102 Pardue St., said she was getting ready for work when the SUV slammed into the front of her house Wednesday afternoon.

    “I heard the tires screeching and I was already tensed up and it was like, ‘BAM!’” Underwood said, still visibly shaken after the incident. “The whole house shook.”

  • 16th Circuit solicitor to try arson suspect to be moved

    The teen charged in the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse last August won’t be tried by local court officials.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he won’t prosecute Martavious Carter, 17.

    Carter has been charged with two counts of arson for fires set at the 180-year-old courthouse, which was still being used as a court facility, and at Barfield’s office across the street.

    Barfield said 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett will try the case.

  • 14 charged in prostitution sting in city

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested 14 men and women on prostitution charges since December.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, the department’s crime suppression unit conducted the sting using a woman informant or an undercover officer.

    The woman was propositioned by the men either in the parking lots of The Market convenience store or Market Street Seafood. In each case, the men offered money for sex, the report said.

    The 10 men arrested in the sting were charged with solicitation of prostitution. Those arrested were:

  • IL man on inauguration: ‘It was like time stood still’

    Signs and posters of Barack Obama lined the streets of the nation’s capital and complemented the red, white and blue banners to offer a true feel of patriotism.

    Indian Land resident Fred Witherspoon was among the herds of people walking those streets, hoping to make it to the National Mall. He said the massive crowd made him feel like a sardine in a tight-fitting can.

    Witherspoon said he vividly recalls those sights from his trip to Washington, D.C., where Obama was sworn in last week as the 44th president of the United States.

  • City Council not ready to fund Artisan Center

    Artists will have their own studios to render new creations. College instructors will have more space to hold classes and the community will be able to attend workshops and exhibits that highlight local art.

    That’s the vision of Christina Chastain, a local artist hoping to open The Artisan’s Center in downtown Lancaster. She’s been working on the project for about two years.

    But she needs funding to see her vision come true.

  • The 5th Dimension comes to USCL

    It was a twist of fate.

    After winning the Miss Bronze America contest in 1962, Florence LaRue had to crown her successor, Marilyn McCoo.

    While the two were posing for the typical beauty pageant photos in 1963, they caught the full attention of Jet Magazine photographer Lamonte McLemore.

    Evidently McLemore, a would-be-singer, was impressed by LaRue and McCoo’s talents and stage presence.

  • Nothing compares to a new baseball glove and bat

    Some days, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. That’s when you hit the jackpot, like I had just done on a hot summer afternoon.

    Yes sir, my curious nature had turned into solid gold.

    I was walking along the railroad tracks between Market Street and the Depot when some men slid open the big doors on one of those black warehouses.

    Their actions got my full attention, seeing how I had never seen anyone going into one of those buildings before.

    I always wondered what, if anything, was stored inside.

  • County considers forfeited land plan

    County Council may soon decide what to do with several seemingly worthless pieces of land.

    Three parcels of land on the northern end of Pardue Street and at the back road of the Pardue Apartments have sat unused for years. The land sits in a floodway. During heavy rains, the nearby creek floods the area, making it useless for prospective buyers.

    The land has been under control of the Forfeited Land Commission for the last three years, as that organization has tried to sell the parcels. Instead the land has remained in their ownership and accrued $5,215 in taxes.