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Today's News

  • Man found shot to death in his home

    A Lancaster man was apparently murdered in his home across the street from the Lancaster Police Department late Wednesday or early Thursday.

    Police didn’t release the man’s name Thursday afternoon, but a family member said it was Harry Frazier. He was 31, and lived in the home by himself.

    Police got the call to respond to 412 E. Arch St. at 3:17 p.m., said Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard. Frazier was found on the floor by a cousin, Howard said.

  • Four teens receive Laura Fleming scholarships

    Females reigned supreme at the announcement of this year’s Laura Fleming Scholarship, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union.

    The $1,000 scholarship, now in its fifth year, provides funding every year for four students who plan to attend an accredited college, vocational or technical school. Each senior must also be the child of a member of the credit union.

  • City to pay for Doomsday field improvements

    The city of Lancaster is making an investment in the quality of the Lancaster High School baseball field, giving outsiders one more reason to come to Lancaster.

    Now called “Doomsday Corner,” the home of the Lancaster Bruins high school baseball team, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to fund improvements to the field’s surface.

    Improving the field will make high school play safer and qualify the field for collegiate play that’s coming in the near future.

  • Phoenix to rise at air show

    Legend has it that the magnificent phoenix arose from ashes to shine again.Over at Lancaster County Airport on the “Rock Hill Road,” plans are in place for a special air show Saturday and Sunday. If we don’t have our usual weekend rainstorm, the Palmetto Thunder Airshow will offer young folks an opportunity to view some of our military planes of yesteryear and today. Yes sir, that phoenix is about to arise. Now, I’m not trying to hawk tickets or convince you to spend an enjoyable day around airplanes and

  • Indian Land mom gets best gift ever

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    Pam Wiltsie had the best Mother’s Day ever.

    Last Thursday, her sons Paul and Michael Swan returned to Indian Land after more than a year in Afghanistan with the 178th Engineer Battalion of the S.C. National Guard in Fort Mill.

    That evening they surprised her youngest son, Jacob, 7, at his Little League ball game.

    Having the whole family reunited was emotional for Wiltsie, who spent last Mother’s Day separated from her two oldest sons.

  • County courthouse needed now

    One would think that the editorial board of our principal local newspaper would be capable of displaying an understanding of the structural needs of Lancaster County.

    However, the editorial which appeared in Wednesday’s Lancaster News demonstrated again the shortsightedness that has brought us to the point where we now find ourselves.

    This year, we are commemorating 180 years since the erection of the Lancaster County Courthouse. This is a significant milestone.

  • Public works employees deserve recognition

    As you read this, please reflect on how many times a day you depend on our public works professionals in our community.

    Imagine what life would be like without these professionals keeping our drinking water safe and reliable, our roads open, our houses warm, our lights on, preventing diseases by treating our wastewater and disposing of our trash.

    In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, public works is there supporting our firefighters and law enforcement.

  • Kershaw Town budget less than last year's

    The town of Kershaw has good news to report. The town budget for 2008-09 is less than last year’s.

    At its meeting Monday night, Kershaw Town Council went over the town’s proposed budget with Town Adminstrator Tony Starnes, and voted unanimously to approve it on first reading.

    Mayor Tommy Baker commended Starnes for his work to tighten up the budget.

    “He has reduced expenses for the town of Kershaw,” Baker said about the almost 2-percent drop in the proposed budget over last year’s.

  • Plenty to do this weekend in county

    From time to time, area folks say there’s little to do in Lancaster.

    At times, there might be some validity to that claim, but the upcoming weekend would certainly dispel that notion.

    Lancaster County has a plethora of area events on tap.

    Actually, the busy weekend run began Thursday with Street Fest in downtown Lancaster. If you missed out, don’t despair because the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Spring Arts Walk will be held tonight from 5:30 to 9.

  • Wilson featured in German film

    Lancaster County resident Kitty Wilson-Evans and the world-class re-enactments she does at Historic Brattonsville are of interest to German tourists, who are increasingly seeking out new and interesting places in the U.S. to visit.

    Wilson-Evans performed part of a scenario in her usual role as the slave Kessie on May 3 for a German television station, GeoSaison, which was touring South Carolina and Georgia to highlight the states’ tourist attractions.