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Today's News

  • Kirby receives alumni honor

    Katie DeMoss
    Saint Benedict Press

    COLUMBIA – Father Jeffrey Kirby of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church has been selected by his alma mater, Lower Richland High School, as one of the inaugural inductees of the school’s “Shining Diamonds” Alumni Hall of Fame.
    The recognition is the school’s highest individual honor, given for service to the school, Richland School District 1, the recipient’s communities and professions, and society at large.

  • 5th District showdown

    Twelve of the 15 candidates for the 5th District congressional seat had plenty to say Tuesday night, sitting elbow-to-elbow onstage in USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    They had to choose their words carefully and quickly, given the 90-minute time limit for the Before You Vote candidate forum. That worked out to about seven minutes of talking per candidate, covering a wide variety of issues.

  • County moves up a bit in state health rankings

    Lancaster County is becoming a healthier place to live.
    New state health rankings show the county improved from 21st to 18th among the 46 counties in the past year, but still lags behind in several areas.
    The data come from the eighth-annual County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which compared counties across the country.

  • 30 businesses on board for Burgess event

    More than 30 businesses and scads of volunteers have signed on for the Burgess Family Benefit, scheduled for this Saturday at the Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, located beside the Dollar General.
    R.L Parham, owner of the flea market, spearheaded the effort shortly after Coleen Burgess was killed when a falling tree crushed her home on April 6.

  • Heath Springs tips its hat to retiring clerk Thee Baker

    More than 50 Heath Springs residents and town officials took time Tuesday to thank retiring town clerk Thee Baker for 15 years of service and friendship.
    Baker, 62, a self-described introvert and Ohio native, did not think the position was a good fit for her when she started out in 1998, but it was a job she grew to love.
    “I got the job through Phillips Staffing and didn’t think I wanted to do this for long,” Baker said Tuesday afternoon just before the retirement party. “I’m shy and I hated answering the phone.

  • Yes you can!

    Tonight is opening night for the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s production of “Hairspray,” the story of a persevering, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad, played by Winthrop University junior Kristi Swinger.
    The year is 1962, and Tracy dreams of dancing on a local TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” With some new ideas, innovative dance moves and her positive attitude, Tracy wins a role on the program, sparking a campaign to integrate the show.

  • Jabberwock Gala spotlights 10 contestants Saturday night

    The Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host its biennial Jabberwock Gala at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Lancaster High School Auditorium.
    Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  
    Miss Jabberwock 2017 will be crowned and scholarships will be awarded to the participants on Saturday. This year’s gala theme is “Motown: Dancing with Heart & Soul” and there are 10 contestants.
    They include Nia Blakeney, Ashton Gilliam, Nakaila King, Khloe Perry and Samaria Truesdale in the Wee Miss Division.

  • Shots fired into 2 cars, man charged

    A Lancaster man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly firing shots into two cars occupied by a total of five adults and five children.
    Ja’Mes Marcell Blair, 24, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a stolen pistol.
    Blair’s bond has been denied and he is jailed at the county detention center.

  • Prison uprising injures 3 guards at Kershaw unit

    Three guards were injured, one seriously, when prisoners seized control of a dormitory for several hours Sunday at the state prison in Kershaw.
    Dexter Lee of the S.C. Department of Corrections said the incident began about 3 p.m. when guards tried to confiscate contraband during a routine search of the 126-inmate Oak Unit B Wing.
    “Once the contraband was identified, they had to go in and retrieve it,” Lee said. “Ideally, the inmates don’t resist. But they chose to resist, and the officers were assaulted by a group of inmates.”

  • Woman hurt in 30-foot fall at Devil’s Cave

    A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured last weekend in a 30-foot fall near Devil’s Cave at Forty Acre Rock, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    The victim, Chantal Stemen of Indian Trail, N.C., was in fair condition Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to a spokesman at CMC main.
    According to the sheriff’s report, Stemen had “multiple lacerations, bruises and most likely multiple fractures.”