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Today's News

  • A.R. Rucker earns Red Carpet honor

    A.R. Rucker Middle School had quite a school term for 2007-08. The school, located in east Lancaster, had what might be hailed as a “blue-ribbon year.”

    The school captured its second Red Carpet award, honoring Rucker for its family-friendly environment.

    The school also won the traveling trophy as the top school fundraiser for the 2008 Relay for Life campaign, which aids in the ongoing fight against cancer.

    Rucker’s Red Carpet Award marked the second time since 2004 it has garnered recognition from the state Department of Education.

  • Humane Society needs volunteers who have heart full of compassion

    I recently visited the animal shelter. It was not a trip I was looking forward to, yet one I had to make. I went because as a member of the Humane Society it is now my job to list all pets in the shelter. We list them so we can give these little ones a small chance at life.

    The animal control officer on duty asked me to take a seat and said he would get me the list. He told me there would be more animals in the pens than were on the list. He was getting ready “to put them down,” the terminology used for killing them. It was a job he said he didn’t like.

  • Family pride shows at business

    Walk around Builders Supply and it's clear that the owners have altered the business with the times.

    Seven warehouses, a loading dock, a parking lot for company trucks, innovative "lumber trees" and an administration building coupled with a small retail business dot the 12-acre property, which has been situated in the heart of downtown Lancaster for 100 years.

    Strategically positioned next to the L&C Railway, the facility holds $3 million in inventory.

    A walk down the halls and around the conference room gives one a sense of family and legacy.

  • Kirk described as 'honest, fair'

    The plaques and awards that adorn the walls in James Kirk's home speak volumes about what he meant to Lancaster County.

    His daughter, Kathy Douglass, shed many tears Wednesday night while she read some of those accolades. The list is extensive.

    Kirk died Wednesday at age 92. He was a former Lancaster city councilman, a member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Woman airlifted after Thursday crash in Elgin

    When Jesse McCain neared the intersection of U.S. 521 and Old Camden Highway, he knew there had been an accident. He just didn't know how bad of a crash it was.

    At 4:45 p.m. Thursday, moments before McCain arrived, two vehicles were involved in a wreck at the junction in the Elgin community.

    Linda Carol Reeves, 36, of Kershaw, was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser southbound on U.S. 521 when a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero pulled out from Old Camden Highway and turned left in front of her, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Organ donors give others second chance to live again

    We always hear so many negative happenings and negative outcomes. So, it was a joy for me to be in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Transplant Games from July 11-16, where hope and positive energy abounded.

    Along with 29 members of Team South Carolina, there were 19 donor families, five living donors and many support family members, totaling 121.

    Lancaster was represented by two athletes, Ed Heins and Amy Saylors. We again realized what a small world this is when we saw Brenda Pogue and her granddaughter, Sierra Young, from Lancaster, a donor family.

  • Families picking up the pieces after fires

    Simon Catoe juggled emotional attachment and job duties as he responded to his first-ever fire, which happened to be the blaze at his family's business early Saturday morning.

    Catoe, 18, who just completed the fire academy last month, was in Myrtle Beach with his dad, Marvin, when they got the call about the fire at Catoe's Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Wiring on S.C. 9.

    When they arrived at the business two hours later, the building was still engulfed in flames. Simon and Marvin Catoe suited up on the spot and joined their fellow Tradesville volunteer firefighters.

  • County headed toward cooler temps – sort of

    After a few days of sizzling heat, with temperatures topping out at 100 degrees Tuesday, forecasters are predicting a cool down of sorts for the area.

    According to a personal weather station in the Erwin Farm area in Lancaster County, the average temperature for the last three days was 99 degrees.

    High temperatures for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were 97, 99 and 100 degrees.

    With the combination of high heat and relative humidity, heat index values, or how the temperature feels to your skin, exceeded the 105 degree mark.

  • County says it won't take on roads in neighborhoods

    Lancaster County Council is keeping the status quo when it comes to accepting new roads in subdivisions – it won't.

    Council took a vote at its July 7 meeting on whether to accept new roads from the BridgeMill and Glen Laurel subdivisions in Indian Land. Accepting the roads would mean the county would be responsible for maintaining them.

    County road engineer Jeff Catoe said the roads in BridgeMill are quality roads built to county standards. But the county doesn't have the money to maintain them, he said.

  • Dixie AAA, Junior stars rolling

    The Lancaster AAA all-stars stayed unbeaten in the state tournament, taking a 6-3 win over Hartsville on Monday night.Lancaster forged a 6-0 lead and held on for the three-run win over the host team.Zachary Todd squeezed home Austin Rape for a 1-0 lead in the third. An inning later, Scottie Moser ripped a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.In the fifth inning, Gunnar Lucas’ sacrifice bunt scored Alex Brasington who had tripled. Brasington had two hits on the night.