Today's News

  • Eastside grads get life advice

    The latest graduates of Eastside Academy left their commencement ceremony Monday evening with a wealth of knowledge they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

    Gabrielle Barrett was the guest speaker at Eastside’s semester graduation ceremony.

    Barrett, the district’s hearing officer for expulsions and truancy cases, spoke to the five graduating students and their families about bumps, barriers and boxes.

  • Police reports – Dec. 28, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Rebekah Faye Farmer, 19, of Kershaw, was charged with driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana.

    An officer spotted Farmer with her high beam lights on hitting the curb and crossing the center line of North White Street, the report said.  Another officer searched the car and discovered a bag of marijuana as well, the report said.

  • Students take part in poetry contest

    Written poetry came alive earlier this month as local high school students competed in a district-wide poetry contest at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    One by one, students took to the stage at Bundy Auditorium and gave their best oral presentation of famous poems.

    Keigan Woodhart, a senior at Buford High School, came out on top.

  • A good day

    Randy Cook is a pretty good carpenter, as evidenced by the kitchen of the High Point Circle home he shares with his wife, Crystal, and their three children.

    Spotless and neat, the kitchen walls bear new paint, cabinets have been repaired and new floor covering is down. Family photos hang on the refrigerator.

    Randy has plenty of time on his hands these days to fix up the house that he moved his family into less than a month ago.

    Just like many around Lancaster whose lives revolve around a shrinking housing and home repair market, Randy Cook can’t find a job.

  • New year doesn't feel much different

    Two things have happened. First of all, Christmas has come and gone like a breeze.

    Now, it was New Year’s Eve and Christmas school vacations were coming to a close.

    Like most folks in our neighborhood, our cedar Christmas tree was fading to brown with needles littering the rug.

    Mama and I carefully placed each ornament in a sheet of tissue paper saved from last year.

    We carefully packed the lights, burned out bulbs and all; the war was on and we didn’t throw anything away.

  • Contractor begins cleanup at site of fuel tanker wreck

    Impact from Tuesday’s tanker truck accident will continue to be felt for weeks to come, according to a Lancaster County official.

    Morris Russell, director for Lancaster County Emergency Management, said there’s some environmental impact at the location where a tanker truck crashed and exploded on S.C. 903.

    A cleanup contractor was assigned to the area Wednesday and started removing the tanker’s fuel from the site.

  • Charlotte firm may build courthouse

    Lancaster County is close to having a builder for a new courthouse.

    County Council will soon begin negotiating a contract with BE&K Building Group of Charlotte to build the new courthouse, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

    Willis, County Council Chairman Rudy Carter, Councilman Fred Thomas, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Capt. Towanna Barnes serve on a committee that has interviewed four firms for the job.

    The county is using a different system to choose a contractor for the courthouse project.

  • Sober or Slammer campaign under way

    The S.C. Highway Patrol and other agencies want to help ensure you have a safe holiday season and new year while traveling.

    The Highway Patrol is conducting another Sober or Slammer campaign, which targets drunk driving.

    The campaign began Dec. 12 and will run through Jan. 4.

    The patrol has set up multi-jurisdictional check points in areas with high crash rates, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

    LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, a radar speed detector, will be in use on main highways in the county such as S.C. 9, U.S. 521, S.C. 903 and S.C. 200.

  • Vaughn: Much progress made since ’05

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County Councilman Bryan Vaughn remembers sitting at the controls of a bulldozer, preparing to ceremonially break ground for Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    He looks back on how far that community and its residents have come, and how far Indian Land as a whole has come during his time on County Council.

    Vaughn, 44, who took office in 2005, chose not to run for re-election this year. Sun City resident Larry McCullough will take the District 1 seat in January.