Today's News

  • Oliver named Patrol’s second in command

    A Lancaster High school graduate now leads the S.C. Highway Patrol, and now a county native has moved up to second-in-command of the state agency.

    S.C. Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel announced Thursday that Mike Oliver has been named lieutenant colonel of the Highway Patrol.

  • Cost of school lunches to increase

    Jesef Williams


     The Lancaster County School District is raising the cost of its meals and charging new fees for some summer school students.

    The school board approved the two pricing changes at its meeting Tuesday.

    Lunch prices

    Starting with the 2009-2010 school year, the district will charge students $1 for breakfast, an increase from the current 75 cents.

  • Council OKs $200,000 to help restore Old Presbyterian Church

    The city of Lancaster is intent on renovating a  historical church, but is asking other groups in the community to help with the funding.

    City Council voted unanimously March 10 to use $200,000 to stabilize Old Lancaster Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street.

    The church is the second-oldest brick structure in the county and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Judge reduces bond for man facing felony DUI charge

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith lowered the bond for a man charged with the drunk-driving related death of his girlfriend last year.

    Robert Whisonant is charged with felony driving under the influence involving death and two counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he didn’t think the bond needed to be reduced during a hearing Friday morning.

    “He’s got a pretty reasonable bond for the nature of the charges,” Barfield said.

  • House votes to fund USCL in new budget

    A local state senator says a major step has been taken to prevent the University of South Carolina at Lancaster from closing.

    On Thursday, the state House passed its version of the 2009-10 budget that includes appropriations for USCL.

    Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, said the $2.16 million that has been budgeted for USCL should be enough for the campus to remain open.

    Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Sanford called for USCL’s closure within two years as part of his 2009-10 budget proposal.

  • Heath Springs Rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Saddle up for an afternoon filled with horses, bulls and a lot of fun and games.

    The 13th annual Heath Springs Rodeo is Saturday from 2 to 10:30 p.m. on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    The event, sponsored by Heath Springs Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization, is held to raise money to buy classroom equipment and support various school projects.

    Admission is $7 for those 13 and older, and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger get in for free.

  • LearnTV participating in CBS project on Obama’s first 100 days

    The nation may get to see how Lancaster County is being affected by the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Richie Knight, a producer with LearnTV (Comporium’s cable channel 18), entered a contest sponsored by CBS that asks locals why their community should be picked to chronicle the first 100 days of Obama as president.

    CBS picked one person from each state, and LearnTV was chosen to record thoughts from South Carolinians in the program.

  • Water rates rise in Arbor Place

    Christopher Sardelli


    INDIAN LAND – Residents in the Indian Land area of Arbor Place may soon see an increase in their water and sewer bills, though they may not know the change is coming.

    The rates hike will affect residents who live in the Panhandle subdivisions of Arbor Place and Aumond Glen, as well as businesses near those developments.

    The subdivisions are located off of Harrisburg Road.

  • 17.5 percent in county now jobless

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate reached 17.5 percent in January.

    That’s up three points since December 2008, when the unemployment rate totaled 14.5 percent.

    David Veal, assistant area director for the S.C. Employment Security Commission, said layoffs and closings at Josalyn Clark, Springs Global, U.S. Textile, Wellman Inc. and ZF Lemforder contributed to the increase.

    Duracell has also shut down a few times for a week, with the company filing for unemployment benefits for workers, Veal said.

  • Thomas, Mulvaney argue at meeting

    Christopher Sardelli


    After almost an hour of heated debate with County Council Chairman Fred Thomas, Sen. Mick Mulvaney left the council chambers scratching his head in confusion Wednesday night.

    “That was the strangest hour and a half I’ve ever been a part of,” Mulvaney said after the meeting.