• Love a parade? Then Saturday is the day for you

    By Reece Murphy
    The Christmas season will come marching into Lancaster County on Saturday, with parades scheduled for Van Wyck, Kershaw and Lancaster.
    Van Wyck kicks off its Christmas celebrations first with a parade at noon, with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the helm.
    This year’s parade begins at the post office at Old Hickory and Steele Hill roads. The parade will travel down Steele Hill Road to Van Wyck Road, to Rebound Road, to Old Hickory Road and end at the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • USCL new building not affected by moratorium

    A recently adopted state policy on college funding will not affect plans for a new classroom building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Earlier this fall, the state’s Budget and Control Board, which includes Gov. Mark Sanford, imposed a moratorium on new building construction on state college campuses if a college increased tuition by a certain amount for 2010-11.
    Four-year colleges could not raise tuition by more than 7 percent and regional colleges, such as USCL, could not go up by more than 6.3 percent.

  • ILHS hosts Arbor Day celebration

    INDIAN LAND – When spring arrives, buds will begin to form on the branches and not long afterward, bright-red leaves will dominate the landscape at Indian Land High School.
    That visual will come courtesy of a red maple tree, which was planted outside the school Friday afternoon. The planting ceremony was part of the annual Arbor Day celebration held by the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Chamber seeking nominees for two honors

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce
    Volunteers in Lancaster County have a positive impact on the community.
    In a program begun more than 20 years ago, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to calling attention to all local volunteers by honoring one special volunteer at its annual meeting.
    The two most recent recipients were Polly Jackson, who received the honor earlier this year, and Richard Patterson, who received the honor in 2009.
    The chamber is now taking nominations for 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

  • Council critical of job center

    County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff leaned forward in her seat and raised her voice Tuesday as she searched for answers about the Lancaster OneStop center.
    With her hands in constant motion, McGriff vented some of her frustrations about the local S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce office, specifically about concerns she’s heard from constituents who haven’t been able to get jobs through the center.

  • Women seriously injured in wreck

    JoAnna Croxton is thinking back on good moments she’s shared with Jesse Reynolds.
    They both graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and are still good friends.
    Croxton most recently saw Reynolds and her friend, Amber McManus, last week at Los Mariachis restaurant in Lancaster.
    Now Croxton is wishing the two Lancaster women a speedy recovery.
    McManus and Reynolds were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on North Park Drive in Lancaster.

  • Welcome home

    The tarmac in Columbia may not have seen the same kind of fanfare of last Dec. 23 in Lancaster, but the crowd was no less enthusiastic.
    On Nov. 6, troops from the S.C. National Guard’s 174th MAC unit from Wellford, and 1222nd Combat Engineers from Fort Mill, disembarked from their military transport at the Eagle Aviation hangar at the Columbia airport, returning home in time for Thanksgiving with their families.
    In the group were seven Lancaster County guardsmen who volunteered to go with the 174th.

  • Miles gets early present

    Jody Miles has a new lease on life – and a new liver.
    She and her family believe it was God’s way of saying he still has work for her to do. They also believe it’s an answer to the prayers of many in the community – family, friends and even people who don’t know her.
    Susan Snipes, a close friend, former co-worker and a coordinator of fundraising efforts for Miles, said word came Tuesday morning that a liver was available for Miles, and she and her family left immediately for Charleston.

  • Deputies look into report of assault

    Deputies are reviewing evidence about a reported assault in a CVS parking lot on Airport Road in Lancaster earlier this week.
    A Lancaster woman told deputies she was assaulted in front of the store Sunday, according to an incident report. The woman told deputies she went to the CVS at 11:44 a.m. to buy a newspaper and was approached by a man and woman.
    She said the man told her to hand over her purse and then both he and the woman began to hit her on the head, the report said. She yelled for help, but said no one in the parking lot would help her.

  • Two men sought in robberies

    Deputies are searching for two men who robbed South 200 Discount Beverage in Lancaster nearly two weeks ago and hope the release of photos will lead to the men’s arrest.
    On Nov. 19, two men – each armed with knives – entered the store on Great Falls Highway and demanded money from the cashier.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office released photos this week taken from the store’s surveillance cameras both inside and outside the store.
    Maj. David Belk said he hopes the new information will lead authorities to the suspects.