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Today's News

  • Officials praise firefighters, EMS for their work

    County employees received praise from many Monday and Tuesday for their actions in wake of the Lancaster County Courthouse fire.

    Many praised the work of the city and county firefighters who worked side by side for hours battling the blaze.

    Firefighters received much thanks during a special County Council meeting Tuesday.

    "I give a special thank you to the fire departments," Councilman Bryan Vaughn said. "I appreciate how much they did."

    "They were all sweating and fighting to save that building," Councilman Fred Thomas said. "I was ultimately impressed."

  • Two fires damaged historic jail; it was rebuilt each time

    Lindsay Pettus remembers driving to the city of Lancaster in 1979 from his Indian Land home when the city's jail caught fire.

    The Lancaster County history buff drove to Lancaster from his home in Sun City Carolina Lakes with the same sick feeling Monday morning.

    "I remember both trips down here with a heavy heart," Pettus said, watching as firefighters on a ladder truck poured water onto the roof.

    "I was shocked when I saw the roof was gone," Pettus said. "I was expecting it to be bad, but it was worse."

  • 'Nothing can stop the court system'

    A spare black Bible kept in a cabinet on the second floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse was used to administer oaths during court proceedings Tuesday.

    Unlike stacks of records and other materials, the Bible survived the fire that destroyed much of the historic courthouse Monday morning.

    A two-week court term was slated to start Monday at the courthouse, but was moved to the courtroom at the Municipal Justice Center on Arch Street. Despite a sudden change of venue, things appeared to flow normally Tuesday morning.

    Proceedings were scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

  • County begins search for temporary court facilities

    County Council talked about rebuilding the Lancaster County Courthouse at a special meeting on Tuesday.

    Council members also talked about short-term solutions, such as where to put the 10 or so solicitor's office, clerk of court and public defender office employees displaced by the fire.

    General sessions court, which had been scheduled to begin Monday, went on Tuesday morning at the Municipal Justice Center courtroom.

    Court officials worked in temporary offices in the basement of the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Meadows enjoys Sports Ambassador Program

    Staff Reports

    Cameron Meadows, an A.R. Rucker Middle School student, recently returned from a 10-day People to People Sports Ambassador Program in Austria.

    In addition to competing in basketball at the Youth Friendship Games, Meadows trained with experience coaches and explored Europe with teammates from across the U.S.

  • Eat light to beat the heat

    August lends itself to eating lighter meals to get through sweltering summer days. But eating light doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. You may even want to move the cooking outside for these sizzling, grilled Smell Good Chicken Sandwiches. As soon as your neighbors whiff the aroma drifting from your yard to theirs, they’re going to understand where the name comes from.

  • Hammakers grateful for community support

    It has been six months since Derek Hammaker was killed in an automobile accident. To us, it seems only yesterday. In some ways, the pain and sadness we are experiencing is worse than when the accident first happened. Every day without Derek is a reminder of how much he meant to us and how much we miss him. Nothing is the same.

  • AAA all-stars drop first game

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars had a tough time in their World Series opener, dropping a 10-0 loss to tournament host Troup County, Ga., on Monday night in LaGrange, Ga.

    Lancaster, which had a 13-game postseason win streak snapped with the shutout loss, was scheduled to face Tennessee state champion Goodlettsville, Tenn., in an elimination game on Tuesday. Goodlettsville dropped a 6-2 setback to Taxarkana, Ark., on Monday.

  • Builder's Supply article brings back memories

    I read the article on Builder’s Supply in the July 25 edition of The Lancaster News and remembered something else about the company. I’m not sure where folks bought their ice and coal a hundred years ago, but I do know that in the 1930s and 1940s those places were at the end of Catawba Street, not French Street.

  • Volunteers can make difference to abused children

    The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program teaches people to become positive, effective advocates for children living in foster care. The GAL volunteers advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are now involved with the family court system.