Today's News

  • City declines to fund back-to-school bash

    The start of school is around the corner and area children will soon need the paper, pencils and other materials required for the first school day.

    The second annual block party at South Side Park is one of several events locally that will give away supplies to the youth in attendance.

    City Councilman Kenny Hood had requested that the city give $500 to buy hot dogs and supplies for the July 25 block party.

    But council voted 4-3 Tuesday in favor of denying the request.

  • Salkehatchie team tackles local home

    INDIAN LAND – Standing on a rooftop in sweltering 90-degree heat, holding a nail gun in one hand and some roofing shingles in another, Lindsey Fisher is not your typical 15-year-old.

    Flanked by several other teens, Fisher made quick work of a series of shingles, shooting nails into the roof of a home she had never seen until a few days before. After the row was complete, she stood back and smiled.

  • Lancaster Street Market set for 8 a.m. Saturday

    Those in search of local crafts and crops won’t have to look too far Saturday.

    They will be available at the Lancaster Street Market in the green space at the corner of Main and Gay streets.

    A collaboration of the Lancaster Downtown Business Association, the city of Lancaster and See Lancaster, which promotes local tourism, the street markets are held the first Saturday of the month.

    There has been one slight change in the time, said Peggy Little, director of See Lancaster.

  • Efforts under way to help woman who lost home

    Kathy Griffin spent most of her week flipping through the phone book and calling as many churches as she could find.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident, is on a quest to contact all of Lancaster County’s 162 churches, hoping to raise money for a Van Wyck woman who recently lost her home.

    Griffin recently learned about Rosemary Fann, a 61-year-old widow whose mobile home was repossessed in June. After her home was repossessed, Fann pitched a tent to live in on her property.

  • 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.