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Today's News

  • Survey will help group as it seeks grant funds

    Be on the lookout for a survey questionnaire that may appear in your mailbox over the next few days.

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition is conducting a survey to collect parents' opinions and concerns regarding youth behavior.

    Results will help the coalition determine what services and programs can most benefit local youth and their families.

    The surveys will be mailed Monday to the parents of all seventh- through 12th-grade students in the Lancaster County School District.

  • Video - Obama wins big here and in S.C.

    Barack Obama won big among Lancaster County voters, just as he did among those across the state in the Democratic presidential primary Saturday.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

  • LHS girls rally to clip Clover

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins got back on track in Region III-AAAA hoops play, snapping a three-game skid. LHS, in a region split with Clover, rallied in the second half to take a 36-33 home win over the Lady Blue Eagles.The CHS boys notched a 69-58 win in the nightcap. In the opener, CHS held an 18-15 at the break, but Lancaster outscored the Lady Blue Eagles 12-6 in the third period and stayed on top for the three-point win.“We were slow starting on offense, but our defense came through and played well,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said.

  • Study should help leaders promote historic assets

    Experts on how to best promote the area's top cultural and historical assets say their work in this part of South Carolina looks promising.

    "In doing the interviews and getting the information, one thing that is surprising is how much there is in this county," said private consultant Curt Cottle.

    He said art forms such as Catawba pottery and the county's Revolutionary War sites are obvious appeals, as are nature-based attractions such as 40-Acre Rock

    Carole Summers Morris, another consultant, said leaders here are ready "to go to the next level."

  • Jackets roll in win over Knights

    The Buford Yellow Jackets had an easy win, taking a 72-4 wrestling victory over Class A foe North Central.

    BHS had 9 forfeit wins in the short match.

    The Jackets also had pins from Lain Adams, Rashad Cunningham and Johntrell Caudle in the 68-point win.

    Buford is slated to visit Central High of Pageland on Monday in a 7 p.m. match.

    BHS 72 NCHS 4

    103 Double forfeit

    112 Lain Adams (B) pinned Josh Stroud (NC)

    119 Rashad Cunningham (B) pinned Troy Teal (NC)

    125 Trevor Banks (B) won by forfeit

    130 Taylor Banks (B) won by forfeit

  • City OKs accommodations tax after some questions

    Lancaster City Council gave final approval to support Lancaster County's proposed 3 percent accommodations tax earlier this month.

    Council approved the tax with a 4-1 vote on Jan. 8. Mayor Joe Shaw dissented.

    Lancaster County can charge up to a 1.5 percent tax on hotel/motel stays on its own without seeking the approval of county municipalities. Anything greater requires the nod of the county's municipalities, according to state law.

  • Flappers and fun focus of arts gala

    You may want to brush up on your Charleston for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' annual gala Feb. 9.

    The theme for this year's bash is Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun. The black-tie optional event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The gala is the arts council's largest fundraiser each year. Last year's brought in $25,000 to fund the council's programs.

  • What will become of old Belk site in downtown?

    The future of the vacant downtown Lancaster lot that was home of the Belk store for many years remains up in the air.

    One potential buyer approached the city of Lancaster to buy the lot, but the deal didn't pan out, Mayor Joe Shaw said.

    The city spent about $400,000 to demolish the building after it was deemed a public hazard by an engineering firm last year. The city then took ownership of the lot.

  • South Middle student wins district bee

    For Steven Hendryx, Thursday's district spelling bee turned out much better than the one last year.

    At the 2007 district contest, Hendryx bowed out in the first round when he misspelled the word "prairie."

    He said he was too nervous.

    But this time around, Hendryx, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, outlasted the rest in the field.

    He correctly spelled "chronology" to win the 2008 Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider sale of park

    County Council will consider approving the sale of Roy Hardin Park in Indian Land on Monday night.

    The 9-acre park is worth at least $1 million to the county – the minimum recommended that the county accept for the property by the Lancaster County Recreation Commission, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

    Developers want to buy the park to use it for storm-water retention for a larger development, Willis said Friday.