Today's News

  • Buford family loses home, many possessions to blaze

    Fire destroyed a home in the Buford community on Monday morning, and now a couple, their three children and two dogs are homeless.

    But Teresa Coley, 32, is thankful she was at Eastside Academy taking adult education classes, her husband, Charles, 44, a contractor, was at work, and her three children were at school.

    Before Charles left to run errands Monday, he put the family’s two dachshunds in a kennel outside the house on Rowell Road.

    “The main thing is, no one was in it,” Coley said. “Nobody was hurt.”

  • USCL an asset, Willis is not

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is an asset to the community. Steve Willis is not.


  • Sanford wants to close county’s greatest asset

    I am writing in regard to Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. I was born and raised in Lancaster County, attended Lancaster County Public schools and graduated from Lancaster High School.

    I enrolled in the fall of 2000 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster as a freshman.

  • Score big with Super Bowl recipes

    Super Bowl Sunday. The only thing missing is a verb. That, and the Green Bay Packers. Oh well, life goes on.

    I’m in a quandary as who to support during Super Bowl XLIII on Sunday. This year, I may just root for the commercials.

    What I’m going to enjoy most about this Super Bowl is that it means that racing season and the Daytona 500 are only two weeks away.

    It seems one of my high school and college friends doesn’t share my fondness for NASCAR.

  • For one day only, Murphy’s Express lowers and lowers its price

    Saturday afternoon on the S.C. 9 Bypass looked somewhat like a hurricane evacuation.

    Vehicles came to a dead stop as motorists waited in long lines to take advantage of a rare sale – gas for under $1.

    Murphy’s Express, a new gas station and convenience store next to Zaxby’s, held its grand opening Saturday, though the store opened last month.

    To celebrate the grand opening, at 11 a.m., it started selling regular gas at $1.49 a gallon.

    But to the surprise and benefit of many, that price fell throughout the day.

  • AARP offering help with taxes

    The AARP tax aide program is offering free income tax preparation, including free electronic filing service, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays Feb. 2 through April 15 at the Lancaster Community Center, 508 E. Barr St. The last walk-in accepted each day is at 4:15 p.m. Appointments aren’t necessary.

  • Breaking News Teen killed at birthday party

    A 15-year-old Lancaster boy was killed after gunfire broke out at a party at the Fort Lawn Community Center late Saturday night.

    Fort Lawn Police Chief Mike Revels said Dekeem Reed was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital shortly after the incident.

    Revels said about 300 people were at the party, which was breaking up before the shooting shortly before midnight Saturday.

  • Homeless shelter network to open

    After about two years of preparing, Family Promise is set to open its doors in Lancaster County to assist homeless families.

    Family Promise’s day center at 304 E. Arch St. is projected to open Feb. 1, with director Mike Montgomery at the helm.

    Montgomery worked at Springs Global for 26 years. He said he rededicated his life to Christ and wanted to go into full-time Christian service.

    He received a degree from Columbia International University and had originally planned to work in central Asia.

  • Police reports – January 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A car trailer was stolen from behind Bullet Motorsports on S.C. 9 Bypass. The trailer, which was used to haul motorcycles, is 18-feet by 8-feet with wood flooring. The owner told an officer that he believes the trailer was taken sometime around Christmas. The trailer is valued at $5,800.

    –  Three men were charged with drug possession after a traffic stop on South Market Street on Jan. 19.

  • It’s never too late to learn

    When Christine Barrett stepped on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University, she was taking classes with people nearly 60 years younger.

    It didn’t bother the 80-year-old Gastonia, N.C., resident that she was old enough to be many of her classmates’ grandmother. She was thrilled to have the chance to attend college.

    Now with a high school diploma and college degree under her belt, Barrett stands as an example that you can achieve your biggest goals if you have faith and work hard.