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Today's News

  • Robbers steal bag of money

    The armed robbery happened so quickly that Crystal Robinson says she didn't have time to think.

    Just after 7 a.m. Monday, two men entered the Meeting Street Express convenience store and took a bag of money from Robinson, the store manager.

    Robinson was behind the counter and bent down to open the safe when the men walked in.

    One pointed a black gun at her and told her not to move, and the other man went behind the counter and took the money, she said.

    They then left out the back door.

    Robinson said the robbery lasted less than a minute.

  • Kershaw council split on ordinance to give plant operator hiring power

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Mayor Tommy Baker called a special meeting on Monday to address the hiring of a employee for the town's wastewater treatment plant, an issue that has divided council.

    Baker requested the meeting to address controversy fanned by a Kershaw News-Era article two weeks ago that focused on a possible illegal move by council on Nov. 5 to allow a department head to hire a wastewater treatment plant operator.

    "According to what the newspaper said, we were in violation of an ordinance," Baker said Monday.

  • Camden farmer thankful for help from 2 Kershaw residents

    CAMDEN – Thanksgiving Day was a very special one this year for Sampson Parker.

    Parker, 44, was involved in a horrific accident on his 50-acre farm just north of Camden on Sept. 11. He lost most of his right arm, but he's very thankful to the two Kershaw residents who came to his aid that day.

    During Thanksgiving dinner, Parker's family had a special prayer. "My wife thanked God that I am still alive," he said.

  • It’s important to support troops, president

    If you question our involvement in Iraq, consider the following reasons why we are there. It seems that some people are against our involvement based on their dislike for our president. I also believe some people don’t understand what is at stake. I do not blindly support everything our president does, but I do support our involvement in Iraq.

  • Mercy's Well Christmas concert feeds the hungry

    Christmas is a time to be close to family.

    But before leaving the road this year to do that, the Southern gospel trio Mercy's Well has a little unfinished business to take care of in the hometown of group member Greg Gainer.

    Mercy's Well will host Lancaster's second annual Southern Gospel Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church.

    Admission is one non-perishable food item to benefit Christian Services and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Appearing with Mercy's Well on Friday will be The Anchormen and King's Cause.

  • ‘It must have been a pleasure to raise a family in Lancaster’

    I’m Bill Hegler, brother of Jimmy “Whitey” Hegler who was buried in Lancaster Nov. 21. I was born in Lancaster in 1934 and after my discharge from the U.S. Navy only lived there a couple of years before moving away and returning only occasionally to visit relatives.

  • Council members vote 4-3 against request to rezone Van Wyck land for businesses

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck's downtown of mostly older homes and quiet streets will remain intact for now.

    County Council voted down a rezoning request Monday night that would have allowed businesses on a few acres at the corner of Steele Hill and Old Hickory roads.

    The rezoning request had been on council's past two agendas, but property owner Glen Small requested that it be removed both times. Still, Van Wyck residents came to the council meetings each time to speak against the rezoning.

    Residents speak

  • Phone co. to interrupt service

    Lancaster County residents may find themselves without telephone service for a short time late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

    According to Lancaster County Emergency Management, there may be a loss of land-based phone service in many areas of the county between midnight Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday. This will not affect cellular phone service.

    Residents with emergencies may use cell phones to call 911. If a resident does not have a cell phone, he or she may go to the nearest

  • Springs store to close

    After many years of offering first- and second-rate bed and bath linens for Springs employees and the general public, the Springs-Wamsutta store on S.C. 9 will soon close.

    Springs Global Senior Vice President of Human Resources Roland Myers said Monday that the reason is the massive reduction of the company's manufacturing operations in the United States. With virtually no domestic manufacturing, there aren't enough products to ship to the store.

  • Missed chances doom devils

    ORANGEBURG – Great Falls quarterback Gaither Bumgardner winced as he pulled off his pads following Friday’s Division II-A state title game.

    The shoulder injury that took him out of the game in the fourth quarter no doubt hurt, but it couldn’t match the emotional sting Bumgardner felt.

    “I felt like I let my team down,” Bumgardner said. “Win or lose, I wanted to be out there with my team. We’ve been through so much that those guys feel like my family. Not being out there with them hurt worse than anything.”