Today's News

  • In honor of Father's Day, we wanted to find out what makes your Dad special. Here's what you had to say

     For my dad, the late Tim Foster;

  • Woman arrested on arson charge

    The woman accused of setting her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire was arrested May 29.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded to 1118 Second St. on May 23 because of a house fire.

    The resident, Parnell Strain, said his neighbor called him at work and said that his ex-girlfriend, Kirkland, was trying to get inside his home.

  • Habitat names families

    With the help of Habitat for Humanity, two families will soon move into new homes.

    Traci Carnes, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, said two homes her organization has been building on Caskey Lane in Lancaster are almost complete. And after reviewing applications, the local Habitat affiliate has selected two families to move into those homes, which still need work before the families can occupy them.

    “I’m running around smiling,” Carnes said. “It’s finally moving along and I’m so happy.”

  • Graduation 2009 - Lancaster High School

    Lancaster County Memorial Stadium was a dignified sea of blue and gold as about 400 graduates made their way down the bleachers and onto the field Friday night to receive their high school diplomas.

    Families of the graduates came out in droves to see their loved ones get their degrees.

    Principal Dr. Joe Keenan asked the crowd in the stadium to keep down the noise as each graduate’s name was called.

  • Flying on Cloud 9

    INDIAN LAND – Some people fly first class. Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Tom Ragland flies Cloud 9. Literally. Cloud 9 is the hot air balloon that Ragland has flown all over the world for 20 years.    

    “It’s like standing on your deck watching the world float under you,” he said.

  • AJHS to turn the BIG Four-O

    KERSHAW - Plans are being made for a two-day celebration to commemorate Andrew Jackson High School’s 40th anniversary.

    Dale Reeves, the school’s athletics director, is asking alumni to come back to the school Aug. 28, when the Volunteers play Lancaster High School in their first home football contest of the 2009 season.

    At halftime, all of AJ’s past region and state championship teams (football, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and boys and girls basketball) will be honored.

  • Graduation 2009 - Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – Energy and emotion were high as the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 2009 was presented its diplomas early Friday afternoon in the school gym.

    A total of 140 seniors, donning white caps and gowns and caps, took center stage at the ceremony.

    Salutatorian Michael Shirley offered parting words in his address.

  • Paige Duke vies for Miss Hawaiian Tropic

    Modeling comes naturally to Lancaster’s Paige Duke.  

    A former Lancaster High School homecoming queen and recent graduate of Clemson University, Duke began modeling  about four years ago. She has an agent, Creative Management Group (CMG) in Daytona Beach, Fla. Modeling experiences with NASCAR and NHRA (the National Hot Rod Association) have helped prepare her for the role she has now.  

  • Man faces indecent exposure charge in Great Falls incident

    GREAT FALLS – A Lancaster man is accused of exposing himself to three juveniles in Great Falls.

    According to a Great Falls Police Department report, Michael Wayne Allen, 50, of 1741 Williams Circle, Lancaster, stopped on Oak Street, exited his vehicle, pulled his pants and underwear down and exposed himself to the juveniles, all under the age of 10.

    The report said Allen made sexual gestures at the children, got back in a green Jeep and left the area. The officer searched the area but was unable to locate the man.

  • Commission votes to close fire department

    After a sometimes heated discussion Thursday night, the Lancaster County Fire Commission voted to close the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and the county Fire Service, recommended the closing of the fire department due to economics and Insurance Service Organization (ISO) ratings, which set insurance premiums for residents.