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Today's News

  • No one has ever had the stage presence of Elvis Presley

    As far back as I can remember, Elvis was part of my life. It was a treat to go to the drive-in with the family and I clearly remember a night we saw three of his movies at the old Townview.

    For those too young to know, a drive-in is just like a DVD player for your car except the screen is huge and outside, you can only go at night, and mosquitos eat you alive in the summer.

    I just happened to be watching NBC in November of 1968 when Elvis exploded onto the screen in what is now called the “‘68 Comeback Special.”

  • Pills stolen during drugstore burglary

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a Tuesday, July 21, burglary at Mobley Drugs, 1073 W. Meeting St., in which Aderall and hydrocodone pills were stolen.
    According to an incident report, officers responded to the scene about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday after the alarm system was activated for a glass break and found a small window that had been shattered.
    “Glass was on the ground outside and inside,” the officer wrote in the report. “Several asphalt rocks were lying on the ground in front of the window, as well.”

  • Plans for body cams moving forward

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is moving ahead with plans to purchase a limited number of body cameras in an effort to get a jumpstart on the state’s new law enforcement body camera law.
    S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the law requiring law enforcement officers to use “body-worn cameras” June 10 in the wake of the April 4 Walter Scott shooting in North Charleston by police officer Michael Slager and other national law enforcement shooting incidents.

  • Three shot in Lancaster drive-by shooting

    Three men were injured in a drive-by shooting in Lancaster early Saturday morning and the police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
    The shooting in the 200 block of Louise Street happened about 12:41 a.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department release.
    According to witnesses, a small silver or gray import, possibly a Honda, drove slowly by the house, its occupants opening fire as they passed the three men.
    Police said the men were transported to the hospital by ambulance and are believed to be in serious condition.

  • County VA on the move

    It’s been a long road, but the county’s Veterans Affairs office is finally moving into its new home.
    Following more than a year of discussions and fine-tuning by county officials, VA Director Robin Helms said Thursday, July 23, the office is on the move from its old location inside the Lancaster County Administration building to its new home at 1033 W. Meeting St.
    The move is part of a joint arrangement where the VA will share the 5,892-square-foot building with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Kershaw gets $1 million check

    KERSHAW – S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27) presented a $1 million check to Kershaw officials Wednesday, July 22, for infrastructure projects at Haile Gold Mine.
    The two combined grants were given from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), Sheheen said.    
    “That is the only place South Carolina can receive funds for help in rural South Carolina,“ he said.
    Sheheen said Kershaw deserved the financial assistance, which helps rural communities invest in water, wastewater and storm water improvements.

  • Post 31 falls to Florence

    Lancaster Post 31 dropped its opening game in the 2015 S.C. American Legion state baseball tournament on Saturday, July 25.

    Florence topped Lancaster, 12-0 in the 4 p.m. game at Sumter's Riley Park.

    Florence Post 1 scored two runs each in the opening two innings for a 4-0 edge and broke open the game with eight runs in the fourth.

    Lancaster will seek to stay alive as it faces Greenwood in an elimination game at 9 a.m. Sunday.

    James Gardner had two hits to lead the Lancaster offense.

  • Three shot in Lancaster drive-by shooting

    Three men were injured in a drive-by shooting in Lancaster early Saturday morning and the police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
    The shooting happened about 12:41 a.m. in the 200 block of Louise Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department release.

    See the complete story in The Lancaster News on Sunday, July 26.

     

  • S.C. education: Buckets, fires and computers

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” said the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

    In South Carolina, we are spending far too much time trying to fill pails (often with holes in them) and not nearly enough time lighting fires. But the good news is that there is no better fire starter for young minds (or old ones for that matter) than a computer connected to the Internet.

    And therein lies a great hope for our state – and there are real reasons to be encouraged.

  • Stinson will return to Brooklyn Springs as new principal

    School district officials revealed Tuesday night, July 21, the final piece of a principal swap between three county elementary schools.