Today's News

  • In 2009, let’s resolve to change South Carolina

    We all know that the New Year is a time for new beginnings – an opportunity for fresh starts. Typically, we vow to exercise more, eat less, spend fewer hours at the office, acquire new skills or set some other lofty goal.

    For those of us in positions of state leadership, perhaps the New Year is also a good time to evaluate the way we do things in Columbia.

  • Writer praises Lancaster Motor Co.

    I would like to thank Lancaster Motor Company for helping my grandfather and me with a business form we needed filled out.

    A very friendly service manager took his time to look up vehicles and print the form for no charge.

    They say nothing is free anymore, but this very kind man took his time to help us out. What he did for me helped us tremendously.  I have had dealings with other dealerships in Lancaster and this dealership wins over them all. I would recommend dealing with them first. Thank you.

    Jenny Sawyer

    Daniel Bierer

  • Police: Man kills cousin during fight

    A Lancaster man was shot and killed early New Year's Day, and his cousin has been charged in the shooting death.

    Devion Mandrell Collins, 20, died early Thursday.

    Lancaster police say Collins' cousin, James Curry Jr., 22, shot him during an argument.

    “The victim and suspect had gotten into an argument and things escalated from there,” said Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department.

  • ILMS student’s art in 2009 calendar

    INDIAN LAND – The 2009 Safe Kids South Carolina calendar will include artwork by Indian Land Middle School sixth-grader Brandon Sellers.

    A statewide competition was held to select 13 entries for the annual calendar that addresses child safety topics.

    Sellers’ art was selected for January, which is scald and burn prevention month.

    His drawing depicts a cigarette lighter and a flame with the tagline “Little Lighters Make Big Fires.”

    Sellers said he decided to work on a fire safety theme because he knew he could draw flames well.

  • Residents curious about City of Light

    INDIAN LAND – Joe Ramsey is worried about the City of Light.

    A 30-year resident of Indian Land, Ramsey is concerned how the 90-acre campus, constructed by faith organization Inspiration Networks, will impact his community.

    Ramsey fears the project, which includes a WorldReach Center and soon-to-be-completed International Prayer Center, will put a strain on his neighborhood.

    He isn’t as much worried about the City of Light headquarters, as he is about the additional construction projects that come along with it.

  • Police reports – Jan. 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Kentavious McKenzie Caldwell, 22, 1005 Sara Drive, was charged Dec. 25 with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and loud music violation.

    An officer stopped the burgundy Oldsmobile that Caldwell was driving because the music was too loud and he failed to dim the bright lights for opposing traffic, the report said.

  • Gingerbread house contest sweet, but fierce

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School hosted a fierce competition Dec. 18. It wasn’t academic or athletic; it was gingerbread.

    Teams of teachers from throughout the school participated in a gingerbread house design competition, with students determining the winner.

    Principal David McDonald said the activity was a team-building exercise that was also a nice way to energize the staff in the closing weeks of the term.

  • Faile takes sheriff’s oath

    Former Lancaster County Sheriff Williford Faile has watched his son grow from a boy to man.

    His son, Barry Faile, stepped into a new position that may have made his father most proud.

    The younger Faile was sworn in Friday morning as the county’s new sheriff.

    He succeeds Johnny Cauthen, who announced his retirement last year.

    Elected officials and law officers from at least five different counties were among those who filled Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to witness the swearing-in ceremony.

  • Solicitor expects budget cuts

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield is expecting budget cuts in 2009.

    “Like every other government, we have budget cuts,” Barfield said. “It seems like every other week, we’re getting hit with another budget cut.”

    Barfield said his office weathered two budget cuts within the fiscal year, and just heard plans for another 7 percent cut to come soon. The bulk of the funding for his office goes to staff salaries, but so far he hasn’t had to lay off any employees.

    “We certainly want to keep people working,” he said.