Today's News

  • LHS student killed at birthday party

    FORT LAWN – Fort Lawn police are still tracking down leads in the murder of a 15-year-old Lancaster boy at a birthday party late Saturday night.

    Dekeem Reed was killed after gunfire broke out at a party at the Fort Lawn Community Center late Saturday, said Fort Lawn Police Chief Mike Revels.

    Reed, a freshman at Lancaster High School, was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday.

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

  • HOPE moving to temporary building during construction

    With volunteers, residents and clients crammed into HOPE’s Lancaster offices, and construction about to begin on a new addition, Elaine Adkins knew her team needed more space.

    That’s why Adkins, executive director of the charitable organization Helping Other People Effectively, called an emergency meeting Friday for her volunteers. Almost 50 volunteers showed up at HOPE’s Pageland Highway building, unaware why Adkins had called the meeting.

  • Projects planned for county airport

    The Lancaster County Airport may see reconstruction of its taxilane pavement within the next few years.

    Recently approved by Lancaster County Council and now awaiting approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, the project calls for the taxilane pavement at the airport to be repaved.

    Taxilanes are the portions of the ground on which aircrafts travel between taxiways and parking spaces.

  • Relax, Sanford’s proposal just that – proposal

    This is to all the letter writers concerning the Gov. Mark Sanford’s budget cutting proposal. Relax, Little Red Hen, the sky is not falling.

    The governor’s proposal is just that – a proposed way to cut the budget. Unfortunately this proposal included closing the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and some others that should not be closed.

    The governor did not do all of this on his own. It was a proposal drafted by some adviser as a means to cut the budget, which must be done, and unfortunately the governor did not delete that part of the draft.

  • 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.