Today's News

  • Mulvaney making gains, Republican poll says

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s lead against Republican challenger Mick Mulvaney has dwindled, according to poll numbers from Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican political and public affairs research firm.

    Public Opinion Strategies released results Thursday from a poll it conducted last week that indicates Spratt now holds a 2-point lead against Mulvaney for the District 5 House seat.

    Spratt, a 67-year-old Democrat, has held the seat since 1983. The general election is in November.

  • Fire damages home of former director of local Red Cross

    A woman who helped so many families through the American Red Cross when their homes burned is now being helped by the agency.

    Teresa Ackerman, the former director of the Lancaster County American Red Cross, was at home when a fire started at her family’s Hillcrest Avenue home about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, said her husband, Tony.

    Tony Ackerman said the fire may have been started by a light in the couple’s bedroom. The fire destroyed the bedroom and living room of the home, and burned through the roof. What wasn’t burned was damaged by smoke, Ackerman said.

  • Graduates have a lot to celebrate today

    For 2010 Lancaster County high school graduates, today is the day.

    Ask any of those 766 graduates at Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools about that today and you will likely get a wide smile and a reply like, “That’s it. The big day.”

    You can wager that mortar board tassel that a pumped fist, or a high five will likely follow.

  • Patrol, DNR stress safety over ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Highway Patrol and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are combining efforts and working with local law enforcement to save lives on the roadways and waterways this summer through enforcement and public outreach.

    The SCDPS Office of Highway  Safety announced that motorists will also be seeing Highways or Dieways spots airing to support its Buckle Up, SC campaign.

    Last summer, 281 people died on the roadways over the summer months.

    Of those deaths, 117 of the 210 vehicle occupants were not wearing safety belts.

  • Neff posts second win

    University of South Carolina reliever Steven Neff, a former Lancaster High and Post 31 Legion baseball star, posted his second win this season on Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium where the Gamecocks pounded Furman 11-6.

    Neff notched the win with a perfect inning of relief and one strikeout. He is 2-1 for the year.

    Neff, in 13 appearances this season, has a 4.51 earned run average with 15 strikeouts and six walks.

  • P-31 diamond hopes high

    Expectations are high for the 2010 Lancaster Legion Post 31 senior team’s baseball campaign.

    The P-31 senior team, in its 67th season, will be guided by Tyler Anderson, a former Lancaster Legion baseball assistant.

    “We have a great deal of talent on this team,” said Anderson, who saw his club down Camden Post 17 in its opener Thursday night at Eggleton Field. “I feel it’s a matter of putting it together. We have a strong team.”

  • Police reports - May 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after an officer investigated possible drug activity in an apartment complex on Eula Court on May 5.

    Jack Chris Whitaker, 31, 1210 E. Arch St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

    According to the report, an officer saw Whitaker drive up to an apartment, stay a short time and then leave on a bicycle. The officer stopped Whitaker on Nichols Road.

    The officer found crack cocaine in Whitaker’s cigarette pack, the report said.

  • Free chamber workshop for small businesses

    A law went in effect last year that requires all South Carolina employers to take additional steps to verify employment eligibility for newly hired employees.

    Private employers with 100 or more employees were required to have the new steps in place last year. Private employers with less than 100 employees are required to be in compliance by July 1.

    To be in compliance, an employer must follow three steps that include:

    • Complete and maintain Form I-9.

  • A true Southern lady

    If you were in downtown Lancaster on Feb. 6, 1999, you probably haven’t forgotten an event significant to local history.

    That day, the skeleton of a once-stately Lancaster home began a slow ride from North White Street to its new home on Craig Farm Road.

    Just over a year later, on May 21, 2000, the beautifully restored and enhanced home was dedicated by former Gov. Jim Hodges as Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm.

    Time does fly.

  • Lloyd's store robbed for second time

    A Lancaster convenience store was robbed at gunpoint for the second time in little more than a week.

    Lloyd’s, at 3849 Pageland Highway, was robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.

    The release said a man armed with what appeared to be a shotgun covered with a towel or a rag went into the store and demanded money. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount, the release said. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.