Today's News

  • About 100 attend local GOP convention

    Stacks of paper ballots. Passionate speakers and miniature American flags. Dozens of people adorned with political stickers.

    That was the scene as the Lancaster County Republican Party held its 2009 convention Tuesday.

    Winston Smith, the county party’s chairman, was surprised by the turnout at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Smith said he counted at least 100 attendees, most seated at tables throughout the room.

  • Students promise to be careful on prom night

    Nathan Poore grimaced and winced Thursday afternoon while watching a special video from the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Poore, an 11th-grader at Lancaster High School, joined the rest of the school’s juniors and seniors inside the auditorium for this year’s Prom Promise program.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the Highway Patrol showed a graphic video depicting fatal vehicle wrecks.

  • Paper mill files for bankruptcy protection

    CATAWBA – AbitibiBowater’s woes continue, as the company filed for bankruptcy court protection in Canada and the United States to deal with its $6 billion debt.

    Almost 1,000 people, including many from Lancaster County, work at AbitibiBowater’s Catawba plant in York County.

    Company officials said day-to-day operations will continue through its restructuring process.

  • Web site survey still available

    Lancaster County residents still have time to participate in a survey that could be used to attract a new call center to the county.

    More than 600 call center jobs could relocate to the county, but only if the local workforce meets specific criteria.

    This will be determined by their answers to 17 questions included in an online survey, available at http://lancastersurvey.questionpro.com.

  • USCL housing topic of chamber meeting

    A special membership luncheon of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been set for noon Tuesday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The topic will be on-campus student housing at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.  

    Guest speakers Thomas Butz with Onsight Solutions and Kris Axhoj with Designer Construction will discuss plans for apartment-style housing for students attending USCL.

    The presentation will include architectural renderings, project details and the timetable for completion.

  • More cases of sexual abuse than people realize

    During March, Margo Dixon interviewed or dealt with cases of 41 children who had been abused.

    The children range in age from a 17-month-old who had been inappropriately touched to 15 years old.

    In the majority of the cases, the children had been sexually abused by someone they know – in most cases, by fathers, uncles, brothers or sisters.

  • State bans outdoor burning

    Lancaster County residents are prohibited from outdoor burning at least through the weekend.

    State Forester Gene Kodama has issued a ban on outdoor burning in all South Carolina counties. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the state.

    Kodama said high winds and low humidity fanned a large wildfire in Horry County on Thursday.

    The state Forestry Commission resources are committed to the Myrtle Beach fire and forestry officials are concerned that the commission won’t be able to handle another large fire.

  • Official had questioned Blackmon-Brace’s role as a potential conflict earlier this year

    Whether City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace’s role as the owner of a bail bonding company presents a conflict of interest to her role as an elected official became an issue when she took office in January.

    Then she wanted it discussed in the open. She contacted The Lancaster News when her position as owner of Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co. was questioned.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell sought the opinion after Blackmon-Brace was elected to council last November.

  • Hudson distinguishes himself on, off the field

    Ken Hudson has distinguished himself in a host of endeavors in a life of service to others. Hudson had an outstanding career in education working with the Lancaster County School District.

    The plus for the district is that Hudson was able to share his talent with schools throughout the county. He worked in a variety of fields, including guidance, teaching, coaching, administration and as an athletics director.

  • Daughter gets surprise visit from dad before he deploys

    INDIAN LAND – Army Staff Sgt. Robert Lathan may be the soldier, but his ex-wife, Monica Lathan, was the one with the mission April 7 – pulling off his surprise visit for their daughter, Danielle, before he deploys to Iraq.

    The last time Lathan saw his daughter, she was in a wheelchair following a Feb. 20 car accident. Danielle Lathan, 14, was a passenger in a car that wrecked at Harrisburg and Barberville roads.

    She was thrown from the vehicle and broke her collarbone and femur. Three others were injured less severely.