Today's News

  • County Council District 2 filing begins today

    Filing for the vacant Lancaster County Council District 2 seat begins today, July 17, and will run until noon  July 27.

    Filing with the Democratic Party will be held in the law offices of Norrell and Powers Norrell at 206 South Main St. Anyone wishing to file as a Democrat may call Gil Small, chairman of the county Democratic Party, at 285-5891.

    Anyone wishing to file as a Republican should call county Republican Party chairman Winston Smith at 283-7580.

    The filing fee is $100.

  • City to honor former chief

    The Lancaster Police Department’s pistol range will be named in honor of a former police chief who died last year.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously July 14 to name the pistol range The J.D. Balkcum Training Facility in honor of the late Police Chief Jimmy Balkcum.

    Balkcum died Nov. 4, 2007, at age 56.

    He had a 28-year career in law enforcement, serving as a state trooper and with the city of Lancaster Police Department, including seven years as assistant chief and two years as chief.

  • Learning Institute closes its doors

    Jan Clark Bragg’s addiction to prescription pain killers got so bad that she cashed in her 401(k) to buy more and more pills.

    She quit her job, left her husband and spent months “not doing anything,” except feeding her drug habit. Then she reached rock bottom.

    “It was awful,” Bragg said.

    Shortly afterward, one of Bragg’s friends told her about the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, or LIFT.

    The intent, though, was for Bragg to help out LIFT with marketing and advertising.

  • Police reports - Aug. 2, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Two Lancaster men were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on July 26.

    Sammie Lewis Watts, 21, 1450 Kelly Drive, was charged with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Timothy Bruce Taylor, 23, 3800 Heyward Hough Road, were charged with possession of drug paraphenalia and possession of a controlled substance.

  • Yes, even young students are at ease with technology

    Years ago, the only supplemental materials a student had to worry about were pencils and notebooks.

    But with the emergence of new technologies, their options have blossomed to include computers, Web sites and wireless technology, all of which have become an integral part of daily life for adults and students of all ages.

    Lydia Quinn, executive director of planning and accountability for the Lancaster County School District, says technology is a useful tool, no matter the age of the student.

  • Two teens compete in state pageants

    Two local teens honed their talents in beauty pageants across the state earlier this month.

    Wendy Winn, 15, demonstrated her affinity for music while competing in the 2009 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Spartanburg. The pageant is part of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

    Winn won high marks from the judges, placing in the top 10 of the contest.

    Winn, who hails from Lancaster but attends Andrew Jackson High School, competed against almost 40 other contestants in the pageant, held June 30 to July 5.

  • Post 31 juniors aim for solid start

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior team opens quest for a first-ever state baseball championship today when it faces fourth-seeded Beaufort in Marion.

    Beaufort, the League I champion, meets fifth-seeded Lancaster at 11 a.m.

    Lancaster, which launched the state playoffs as the third seed out of League V, earned its state bid with a 3-1 series win over League V regular-season runner-up Gaffney Post 109 earlier this month. Lancaster split two games in Gaffney before wrapping up the series with two straight wins at Eggleton Field.

  • Beaufort blunts Dixie Boys 14's state run

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14-year-old all-stars’ quest for a possible state championship was quelled on Thursday night in Lexington.

    A day after knocking off tournament host Lexington 8-0, the Lancaster all-stars dropped a 5-2 loss to Beaufort.

    Drew Hopper hurled four innings and allowed no hits. He struck out three and gave up four walks. Tanner Gardner pitched three innings and posted three strikeouts. He gave up three walks.

  • Community garden is for the needy, not the greedy

    From what I’m hearing from my friends, the Lancaster County Community Garden is a success.

    The garden, which was spearheaded by the United Way of Lancaster County and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation, was planted on some land near the Springdale Recreation Center.

    Those willing to weed and care for the garden were given plots, to raise food for themselves or donate to local food banks.

  • Council snuffs out department

    Francis Bell spoke out Monday night hoping to convince Lancaster County Council to keep the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department open.

    Bell, a Unity resident, appeared at council’s meeting to protest the closing of the department, saying it could leave his neighborhood vulnerable to fires if other departments can’t respond in time. He worried that other volunteer fire departments might also be in danger of closing and that this was just the first closure.