Today's News

  • 3.5-mill tax hike more palatable than 8.9-mill

    Few people ever celebrate a tax increase. But last week, Lancaster County Council gave residents a reason to at least sigh with some sense of relief about the tax increase to pay for the expenses related to the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    County officials initially proposed an 8.9-mill tax increase to pay for those costs, and many residents weren’t happy about it.

  • Volunteer Regiment strives to give 100 percent

    KERSHAW – For the Andrew Jackson High Volunteer Regiment, performing well isn't good enough. Band director Scot McGuire wants his players to give 100 percent all of the time – even in rehearsal.

    Fresh off an exhibition on Saturday, marching band members feel good about the progress the band has made thus far this season but know there's still much room for improvement.

    McGuire will tell you it all starts with practice.

  • Week's late charge nets Clash checkers

    The Carolina Clash highlighted racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Fans were on their feet with a host of legendary drivers in the field. Names like Dennis “Rambo” Franklin, Ricky Weeks, Jonathon Davenport and the young and talented Chris Ferguson were in the elite field.The 18-car lineup qualified on time. The night’s fastest time was Franklin’s 18.573. Before the race rolled, all the drivers lined up on the front stretch and were introduced.

  • LHS eyes No. 2 Trojans

    The week five Lancaster County high school football schedule features three teams at home, with plenty of eyes focused on the Lancaster-Northwestern game at Memorial Stadium.The non-region clash features a battle of unbeaten teams as each is 4-0.The game also matches a pair of coaches who rank among the state’s best and know each other well.LHS coach Bennie McMurray, a Lancaster native, coached under Trojans’ coach Jimmy “Moose” Wallace when Wallace was the Lewisville Lions’ head coach.

  • Non-locals have contributed greatly to us

    Gail Stevens wrote a well-written letter encouraging us to vote for Mandy Powers Norrell for Senate because she is “from here,” and “one of us.”

    I only wish Ms. Norrell would have taken this advice four years ago in the Senate race. That was when she and her husband supported – and even gave money to – Donn Sinclair, who was running against our own Greg Gregory.

  • County trio reaps Tri-County laurels

    A trio of Lancaster County high school football players earned accolades at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association on Tuesday.

  • Shortages, high prices at pump linger in Hurricane Ike's wake

    Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ike hit Texas, Lancaster County motorists and station owners are still feeling the sting of gas prices near $4 a gallon.

    Brandi Bradley, store manager for the Texaco station on U.S. 521, said her station is only selling regular gasoline now, having run out of plus and premium grades last week. She expects a new shipment of gasoline soon, but worries she may even run out of regular before the shipment arrives.

  • Officer: 18-year-old shot in leg at local club

    A Lancaster man was reportedly shot in the leg Friday night at Sam's Place club on Old Landsford Road.

    The man, 18, told authorities different locations where the shooting occurred before saying it was at Sam's Place, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    The man was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for his injury. He's since been treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon said.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said the man was shot once.

  • Pelot challenges Gamble for District 6 board seat

    In his first time running for an elected seat, Robert Pelot is challenging Margaret Gamble for the District 6 Lancaster County school board seat.

    Pelot, 40, said if elected, there are several matters he would like to see the school board take under consideration.

    "I've been looking at bringing the government back to the people for years," he said. "It isn't for the people like it should be."

    A case in point, Pelot said, is the issue of taxes.

  • 17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    Jenny Hartley

    The news spread like wildfire Friday afternoon.

    After six weeks of both discouragement and hope, authorities made an arrest in the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    Their suspect, Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, was jailed the day before in connection with a string of five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area from Aug. 21 to Thursday.