• Candidates to speak at event Sunday

    Now that the election season is in full swing, you can expect more political events in the weeks ahead.

    One of the first on the calendar is a forum set for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 701 E. Arch St. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Free food will be served.

    For details, call 283-8432 or 287-7364.

    Candidates to speak include:

    – City Council District 1 - Kenny Hood and Ricardo Blackmon

    – City Council District 3 - Audrey Curry and Linda Blackmon-Brace

    – City Council District 4 – Bill Sumner and Tamara Green

  • Man, 60, robbed behind credit union building

    Another man has been robbed at gunpoint near Lancaster's North Main Street area.

    A 60-year-old man told police he was robbed early Tuesday morning behind the Founders Federal Credit Union building on Covenant Place.

    The man had finished cleaning the building and put trash on top of his vehicle to drive to the dumpster, according to an incident report.

    While he was behind the building dumping the trash, a man armed with a gun approached him from behind, the report said.

  • Cosmetology students sharpen skills

    No two heads are the same and that's something the 16 students in the senior cosmetology class at the Lancaster High School Career Center will start learning firsthand.

    The class will start accepting clients at 12:30 p.m. today. Appointments aren't necessary, said instructor Jan Williamson.

    The career center offers a variety of beauty services, including hair and nail care, make-up and waxing. Services are not available on non-school days.

  • Drums, dancing mark dedication of Indian Land High's

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land's history as home to the Catawba Indian Nation became a part of its present when members of the tribe blessed the high school's stadium and dedicated the field at a ceremony before Friday's home football game.

    Catawba Chief Donald Rodgers dedicated the stadium, now known as "The Reservation," as a "place of safety, a place of spirit."

  • Amsterdam firm to buy Soliant

    TROY, Mich. – AkzoNobel, the world's largest supplier of paints and coatings, has significantly strengthened its position in the automotive plastics decorating market through the acquisition of Soliant LLC, a leading manufacturer of decorative paint and bright films.

    Soliant's coatings alternatives are used primarily in the automotive market.

  • Monty Craig enjoys work with sheriff's office

    Sheriff's deputy.

    Sunday school director.

    School booster club president.

    All those words describe Lancaster County Sheriff's Office Capt. Monty Craig and his desire to help people in any way he can.

    Craig, 53, was recently named county Employee of the Quarter.

    "It shocked me that I got it," Craig said. "They wouldn't even tell me who put me down for it."

    Craig's anonymous nominator praised his work ethic – "never uses his allotted vacation days." The nomination form also says that Craig always goes the extra mile when helping the public.

  • Take part in our election forum

    In just a little more than six weeks, residents will have an opportunity to exercise the greatest privilege in a democratic society – the right to vote.

    Registered voters will have a chance to mark the ballot for their candidates of choice in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Voters will have a chance to learn more about local candidates at a political forum set for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. USCL, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy and The Lancaster News are sponsoring the forum.

  • County Council approves plan for using revenues

    County Council approved a plan Monday on how building permit revenue and taxes from homes appraised and sold in 2007 would be used for other county expenses.

    Assessable transfer of interest, or ATI, money comes from homes sold in 2007 that were appraised at a higher value. The county was able to factor in the higher property taxes from new appraisals on those homes, totaling $768,264.

  • County OKs 3.5-mill tax hike

    County officials crunched the numbers over the weekend, and came up with a smaller tax increase to pay for costs related to the Lancaster County Courthouse fire.

    County Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday to raise taxes to cover security costs, including hiring 18 sheriff's deputies, in the wake of the Aug. 4 courthouse fire.

    Instead of an 8.9-mill tax increase proposed last week, the tax increase will be 3.5 mills. That will add about $14 to the tax bill of a resident with a $100,000 home.

  • Breaking News Hood charged with murder

    Police have made an arrest in the Saturday shooting death of a Lancaster man.

    Monterio Lamarcus Hood, 18, 100 Jolly Street, has been charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Authorities say he fatally shot Anthony Armour Jr., 31, before 9 p.m. Saturday along the areas of Ferguson and Dunlap streets.

    Hood is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.