Today's News

  • Express yourself

    There was no telling what you were bound to see at Thursday’s coffee house event at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    USCL students took their turn in the spotlight at this open microphone-style function that featured singing, instrumentation, poetry, dancing and even a Rubik’s Cube demonstration, held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Keyboardist Terry Thompson entertained the crowd by supplying background music for other acts and rendering selections of his own.

  • Reyes-Campos pleads guilty to stabbing woman

    A man who pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting the mother of his children with a knife also faces a federal charge for being in the country illegally.

    Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 31, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill during general sessions court in Lancaster on Monday. Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Reyes-Campos to seven years in prison.

    A jury had been picked and the case was ready to go to trial, but Reyes-Campos opted to plead guilty before his trial began.

  • EMS wins state award

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services has brought home a state award it last won in 1989.

    The county emergency ambulance service received the 2009 EMS Large System of the Year at the annual S.C. EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach last week.

    EMS agencies in the large system division receive at least 2,000 calls a year. Lancaster County EMS receives about 12,000 calls a year, said Director Lanny Bernard.

  • Red Rose Festival begins Friday

    At Lancaster’s first Red Rose Festival, you’ll be able to relax, socialize and sample a wide variety of food. And while you’re walking around, you can check out a number of bands that will be performing in downtown Lancaster.

    Mitch Simpson wants to see people dancing in the streets and singing to the popular tunes that his group, Summerdaze, will render. Beach music, R&B, hip-hop and pop are among the songs you’ll here, he said.

  • School district to eliminate 100 jobs

    About 100 positions throughout Lancaster County School District will be eliminated for 2010-11, according to figures proposed last week.

    On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore told school board members what measures will have to be taken to balance next year’s budget.

    The district is expecting to receive $5.29 million less in funding from the state and nearly $1 million less in federal stimulus money compared to 2009-10.

    To make up for the cuts, the district will eliminate 78 certified positions and 20 classified/hourly positions.

  • Policy addresses city transactions

    The city of Lancaster now has a policy in place that allows certain employees to handle financial transactions in their supervisor’s absence.

    City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday on a resolution to adopt the policy. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the dissenting vote, and  Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    Finance Director James Absher wrote the policy in response to recommendations that came as part of the city’s most recent annual audit.

  • Martavious Carter gets 35 years for courthouse fire, other offenses

    Martavious Carter admitted Friday to setting the historic Lancaster County Courthouse ablaze on Aug. 4, 2008.

    Carter pleaded guilty to the arson, which severely damaged one of the county’s most historically significant buildings. He also pleaded guilty to setting fire to the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office on Dunlap Street on Aug. 7, 2008.

    Carter also pleaded guilty to five armed-robbery charges.

    He was arrested in late September 2008 and charged with 31 offenses, including the two fires and five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area.

  • Buford seeks to rebound

    The Buford Lady Jackets find themselves in a familiar situation in the Class A Upper State championship softball series.

    The BHS girls, 24-6, will have to follow a same path they blazed last spring in capturing their first-ever Class A state softball crown.

    A year ago, Buford battled back through the losers bracket to win the Upstate crown at region rival Indian Land en route to the 2009 state title.

    Buford opened the double-elimination Upstate title series, dropping a 6-2 home loss to Conference III-A rival McBee High School on Saturday afternoon.

  • IL charge nets region soccer title

    The Indian Land Warriors ignited in the second half to post an 8-2 soccer win over county rival Buford to capture the Conference III-A regular-season soccer title at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.

    IL, 11-3, was led by senior Sergio Esparrago, who scored four goals – three in the second half.

    The play-off match was required after Buford defeated Indian Land 4-1 last week at Jackets Stadium to force a regular-season tie for the Conference III-A soccer crown.

    The two squads split during regular-season play this spring.

  • Vols earn state bid; Jackets finish 10th

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteers’ golf team has earned a bid to the Class AA state golf tournament.

    The Vols, led by coach Benjy Bell, competed in the Region IV-AA golf tournament May 5-6 at White Plains Country Club in Pageland.

    The Vols landed a bid to the Class AA state tournament, shooting a two-day score of  680. The Vols were led by Cass Outlaw with rounds of 81-79 (160).

    Outlaw was also selected to the All-Region IV-AA team for his steady play in the region field.