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Today's News

  • Veteran officer retires – sort of

    Tim Witherspoon has been involved with law enforcement since he was 9.

    Back then, he was part of the Lancaster Police Department's youth patrol and later became a police cadet, in which he was able to ride around with officers to get a first-hand look at police life.

    He knew then that law enforcement was his calling.

    Nearly 30 years later and a full cop career behind him, Witherspoon has decided to retire. His last day was Jan. 3.

  • Laid-off Springs' workers not bitter in NPR interviews

    National Public Radio "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep was surprised to hear that a Springs Industries job was much more than, well, a factory job to many former Springs workers.

    On Monday and Tuesday, Inskeep was in Lancaster with NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager and production assistant Nicole Beemsterboer to talk with former Springs workers about the plight of textiles and how they've coped since they lost their jobs.

  • Vols, Jackets battle for split

    BUFORD - Solid fourth-quarter play keyed Buford and county rival Andrew Jackson to wins in a Conference VIII-AA basketball split Tuesday night in the BHS gym.

    The BHS Lady Jackets used a 14-6 charge in the final eight minutes to notch a 42-32 win over the AJ girls.

    The nightcap saw the Vols finish strong on a 12-6 run to gain the 57-44 win over the Jackets.

    The Vols, in the boys' game, took a 45-38 lead into the final period and gained control behind the inside tandem of Ryan Miller and Jonathan Belk, who teamed for 43 of AJ's points in the victory.

  • Spratt talks about national debt, presidential race Democrat Club

    The mounting national debt, congressional progress and the presidential race were front-burner topics for U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, when he spoke Jan. 8 in Indian Land.

    Spratt met with about 125 people at an event sponsored by the Democrat Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes at The Lake House.

  • Former FrontDoor CEO files suit

    A Charlotte businessman has opened the door to a court case in Lancaster County.

    Robert M. Davis Jr., former chief executive officer of the failed FrontDoor Communications, has filed a lawsuit against Carroll Edwards and Dean Harrell.

    Harrell asked County Council last year to authorize $300 million in bonds for development at Catawba Ridge, which is in western Lancaster County along the Catawba River.

    Davis is suing Harrell and Edwards, Harrell's business partner, for breach of contract.

  • Weddington wins Battle of Border

    Weddington High School made it three straight titles in the annual Battle of the Border duals wrestling tournament Saturday at Indian Land High School.

    The Weddington Warriors, of Union County, N.C., defeated Tar Heel State foe Ardrey Kell, 48-31, to capture the tournament championship.

  • Think outside the oatmeal box

    While oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfast foods around, it's looked on with disdain by many.

    A co-worker recently told me "the best thing you can do with oatmeal is to give it to someone else," commenting on her dislike of it.

    "I can't stand the texture of it," she said. "It's just yucky."

    Her hatred of oatmeal doesn't diminish its body-boosting properties. A half-cup of rolled oats has more than a high fiber content, says weight loss expert Elaine Magee.

  • Duke Energy
  • Recent rainfall helps with drought, but water-use restrictions continue

    Late December rainfall has likely delayed Stage 4 drought restrictions a bit longer, officials say.

    While he expects an official update from Duke Energy on Catawba River and lake water levels early next week, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Knight said his hunch is that recent rain has brought another delay to Stage 4 restrictions, which would require at least a 30 percent reduction in water use from all customers.

  • 4 planning commission members resign

    The Carolina heelsplitter flexed its muscle again, leading to the resignation of four Lancaster County Planning Commission members on Thursday night.

    Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 all resigned during the commission's monthly work session.

    "Needless to say, we were a little shocked," said county Planning Director Chris Karres.