Today's News

  • USCL to offer new degree program starting this fall

    There’s a new degree option available at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Starting this fall, USCL students will be able to work toward a bachelor’s of arts degree in organizational leadership, or BOL degree. Applications are now being accepted.

    The BOL is for students who want a degree with a focus on workplace leadership. The degree prepares students for leadership roles in various settings, such as government, nonprofit groups and businesses.

  • Trial slated for man charged in cyclist's death

    The trial for a Lancaster man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist and then leaving the scene of the accident is slated to begin Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol on Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The accident happened three days earlier.

    John Haver, 68, a self-employed mechanic, was killed in the accident.

    Hood is accused of speeding in a Lincoln that was driving away from the city of Lancaster on S.C. 903.

  • I found a friend in the carnival swing man

    They called it a carnival. For me, it was more or less a county fair wannabe.

    This small outfit popped into town during the lull of my summer vacation.

    It only had about three or four rides and all of them were old, but it was something to do.

    Rides aren’t everything, I guess.

    There was a midway sideshow featuring the dog-faced man, a fat woman and a fella who could swallow swords.

    Why, they even had what one of the fellas called a “hootchy-kootchy show.”

  • Businesses facing hardships can apply for ARC loans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration recently began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. 

    “ARC” loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a bridge for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

  • New group to study U.S. 521

    A new committee has begun looking at future plans for U.S. 521.

    The group, called a Project Advisory Committee, was formed to address traffic flow concerns along U.S. 521, as well as to look at economic development in the area.

    Made up of several local officials, the committee includes representatives from Lancaster County Council, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, Lancaster County School District, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Indian Land Action Council.

  • A fiery debate at council meeting

    After almost two hours of heated discussion Monday, Lancaster County Council voted to consider closing the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its next meeting.

    Council chambers was packed with Pleasant Hill residents Monday night, most who were against a proposal to close the fire department.

    The discussion was in response to the Lancaster County Fire Commission’s 12-5 vote in June to close the Pleasant Hill department. The commission is an advisory board to County Council. The final decision on the issue rests with council.

  • Council approves bonds for Pleasant Valley Fire District

    Lancaster County Council approved an ordinance Monday that will assist with the construction of a new Pleasant Valley fire station.

    The ordinance authorized the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.5 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used for constructing and equipping a fire station in the Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District. No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote on the bonds.

    Council gave final reading of the ordinance by a vote of 5-1.

  • A good year for local Habitat for Humanity

    With several projects almost completed and many more on the way, Traci Carnes says the local Habitat for Humanity is having a good year.

    Carnes, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, says work on the organization’s Caskey Lane project in Lancaster should be complete within the next six to eight weeks. The organization has been building two single-family homes in the neighborhood.

    Carnes was impressed with the more than 30 volunteers who showed up during the Habitat affiliate’s first “build day.”

  • Teen charged in blazes awaits trial

    The courthouse fire and a second arson at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office across the street a few days later last August had local law enforcement officers working around the clock.

    The urgency to find a suspect was compounded by a series of armed robberies outside the U.S. Post Office on Main Street and other downtown businesses in the weeks following the fires.

    The fires and robberies had the Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division and other authorities working long hours side by side.

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    KERSHAW – Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a Sunday afternoon blaze that destroyed a Kershaw home.

    Firefighters responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and saw flames and smoke coming from a house on Rochester Avenue.

    Moments earlier, neighbors went to the house to see if anybody was inside.

    Nobody came to the door, though they were able to free a dog from the back porch, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  incident report.