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Today's News

  • Residents using checks with care

    Lancaster County residents polled are using their economic stimulus checks carefully, by paying bills or saving the federal funds.

    As of June, the federal government has sent 112 million checks out, totaling $91 billion in relief. But June sales figures only showed very small growth in stores besides car dealerships, gas stations and restaurants, at just .2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.

  • Sumter halts Juniors' run

    State runner-up Sumter halted the Lancaster junior American Legion state baseball hopes with a 9-6 win Saturday at Lake City High School.Sumter, the tournament’s top-seeded team, took an early lead and was able to hold on for the three-run win.Sumter Post 15 broke a scoreless draw with a five-run second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Lancaster, the fifth-seeded team which finished 16-10, answered with two runs to make it 5-2.Sumter countered with three runs to rebuild its spread to six runs. Each team added a single run in the fourth to make it 9-3.

  • Reunion planned for USCL, York Tech nursing students

    An event is being planned to unite former nursing students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and York Technical College.

    All nursing graduates from the two schools' Cooperative Learning Program are invited to an alumni-only reunion from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

    This is the first time a reunion is being held for the program, which was started in 1976 and has since graduated more than 1,000 students.

  • Lancaster County Council of the Arts' Arts and Sciences Camp Slideshow
  • Man accused of 2000 shooting death to await trial in custody

    A man who pleaded guilty to a shooting death in 2001 and then had the conviction overturned was denied bond Thursday.

    Demario Mingo, 28, who is accused of the shooting death of Rodney O'Neal Jordan on July 15, 2000, was denied bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield asked Judge Roger Couch to deny Mingo bond.

    Authorities say a dispute about marijuana on Jordan's 21st birthday led to the shooting.

  • P-31 rallies, ousts Gaffney

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior baseball team earned a measure of revenge and a berth in the state tournament’s final four Friday afternoon.

    Lancaster, 15-9, rallied for a 6-2 win over regular-season League V champion Gaffney to stay alive in the double-elimination state field at Lake City High School.

    P-31’s four-run comeback win advanced it to an elimination game with top-seeded Sumter on Saturday afternoon.

  • Breaking News Arson suspected in two fires

    Separate fires destroyed a business and a residence in the same area of Lancaster County late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Officials suspect arson.

    State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office officials investigated both scenes Saturday.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said the fires look “very suspicious,” with them happening so close to each other in time and location, and their nature in general.

  • Scenic river designation may lead to protections for Catawba

    The Catawba River has been recognized as an invaluable natural resource in need of special care with a recent "scenic river" designation from the state.

    A 30-mile stretch of a free-flowing part of the river from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at Fort Lawn has been designated scenic.

    The Catawba joins nine other rivers in the state that have received the designation.

    State Sen. Greg Gregory, R-District 16, said the designation will afford the river protection against development along its banks.

    The designation is

  • Sertoma to host tourney Saturday

    Staff Reports

    The 23rd annual Lancaster County Sertoma Club golf tournament will be played Saturday at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The format is a captain’s choice event. Each team will receive a handicap based on the handicap total of the four players. No player will receive more than a 20 handicap. Teams can enter, or individuals will be assigned teams.

    All handicaps will be verified by a tournament committee. Seniors 65 and older can hit from the yellow tees with an adjusted handicap for the course rating.

  • Kessie portraits depict Wilson-Evans' character Kessie

    Kitty Wilson-Evans of Lancaster has spent much time tributing the lives of African-American slaves and now an artist has paid tribute to her.

    Kaye Cloniger of Fort Mill said she and Wilson-Evans, known for her role as the 19th century slave Kessie at Historic Brattonsville in York County, share a bond.

    At Brattonsville's annual candlelight tour in 2006, Cloniger, who is also a teacher, was so struck by Kessie's face in the firelight that she decided to capture her essence in a collection of 14 oil paintings, which she completed this January.