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Today's News

  • We learned some hard lessons in past week

    We know hindsight is 20/20. We were reminded last week how painful it often is to learn from a mistake that has given us that crystal-clear perspective.

    Our beautiful, 180-year-old courthouse was severely damaged by a fire set by an arsonist during the early morning of Aug. 4. When we learned of the fire, we sighed, “Oh, no, not our courthouse!”

  • Crawford launches run for more Olympic glory Sunday

    Olympic gold medalist Shawn Crawford launches his quest for more Olympic fame when the first round of the 200 meters begins Sunday.Crawford, a Van Wyck native and a former Indian Land High School state champion, will be in the first-round competition at 10:05 p.m.

  • $12,000 offered for info on arsons

    County Council upped the reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved with last week's fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and the 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    At the end of a special meeting Wednesday, County Council voted to add $10,000 to the reward offered by the S.C. Arson Hotline.

    "This shows they're serious about trying to get someone to call and give information about the fires," said Allison Love, executive director of the S.C. Insurance News Service.

  • Do your research before choosing next president

    On July 24, my family said goodbye to my 18-year-old son, a United States Marine, as he departed Camp Lejuene for Iraq. This would be the first of at least two deployments he will make.

    As expected, this was an emotional day. I expected sadness, but didn’t expect the many other emotions I felt that day.

  • Teams look to jamborees

    With the county high school kickoffs two weeks away, teams will move their preseason schedules into area jamboree action.Buford and Andrew Jackson get the jump on their county grid brethren as they battle in the 33rd annual Camden Shrine Jamboree tonight at Camden’s Zemp Stadium.

  • Late councilman's son hopes to fill City Council seat

    Racarda Blackmon wants to follow in his father's footsteps.

    Blackmon, the son of former Lancaster City Councilman Preston Blackmon, announced this week that he will run for the District 1 seat, which his father held until his death Aug. 3.

    Preston Blackmon, who served on city council 31 years, was 82.

    His son made the announcement at City Council's meeting Tuesday evening.

    The people still need good representation for District 1, Racarda Blackmon said. I'm a man of integrity. I'm not after greed or political gain."

  • Help find paintings stolen from hospital

    The Lancaster County Art League is an organization that supports the arts in Lancaster. We have had workshops every month except in the summer for more than 40 years.

    Every year we put our art work in the Springs Hospital Gallery on the second floor. Last year two of Dianne Mahaffee's beautiful paintings were stolen.

    They were her spider lilies collections. One photo was three spider lillies and the other was a single lily.

  • Heart of summer beats strong at Kershaw event

    The heart of summer was beating strong in Kershaw this past weekend for the first ever Heart of Summer festival.

    It brought people out to enjoy a range of activities, beginning with the Heart of Summer Sweetheart contest Friday night. Sunni Kennington was crowned Heart of Summer Sweetheart in the Teen Miss category.

    The weather was beautiful Saturday morning as more than 250 motorcycles rode into town from as far away as Augusta, Ga.

    Festivalgoers enjoyed music broadcast by disc jockey Jay Taylor of Interstate 107 WRHM in Rock Hill.

  • Barfield: Court 'still alive'

    Fires at the 6th Circuit Solicitor's Office and Lancaster County Courthouse haven't stopped the court system.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said Tuesday morning that the courts are "still alive."

    "We have a pulse. We're still breathing," he said.

    By the end of this week, Barfield will have a new office set up in the basement of the County Administration Building.

  • Storms of Life encourages women facing difficult times

    Between a struggling economy, high unemployment and dealing with personal challenges at home and work, there are difficulties that women to face each and every day.