• Man shot in French Street parking lot

    "Call 911. I'm dying."

    Those are the words a man shouted across a parking lot on French Street on Wednesday afternoon.

    A Masonic lodge, the Lancaster County Clemson Extension office, the Lancaster County Economic Development office, Discovery School and houses surround the parking lot.

    A witness, who asked not to be named, said she thought she heard a car backfire.

    "Then it went boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and I said, 'That's not a car,' " the woman said.

  • Mulvaney to seek Senate seat

    S.C. House District 45 Rep. Mick Mulvaney announced today that he will run for the S.C. Senate District 16 seat being vacated by Greg Gregory of Lancaster.

    Mulvaney will make a formal announcement tour in early February, but he has already received the support of Gregory and several other key business leaders in the district.

  • Edwards to stump in Lancaster

    Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards will bring his presidential campaign to Lancaster today.

    Edwards, a South Carolina native and former senator from North Carolina, will appear at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster as part of his two-day Back Home, Back Roads Barnstorm tour.

    Edwards, who's vying for the Democratic nomination, is scheduled to be at USCL at 2:45 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

  • King's dream was for equality for everyone, not just blacks

    HEATH SPRINGS - Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream was that everyone could have an equal chance at the American dream, not just black people.

    That was the message delivered to those who filled the fellowship room at the United Citizens Club of Heath Springs Monday morning at the group's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.

    "He not only blessed America, he touched the world," said the Rev. William Coleman, pastor of Bright Light Missionary Baptist Church, who was guest speaker at the event. "He was concerned with the welfare of humanity."

  • Local fundraiser exceeds goal

    Lancaster County came through in 2007 in raising money for the Charlotte Autism Speaks chapter.

    Local volunteers, headed by Evelyn Springs, whose grandson, Malik Springs, 5, has autism, raised $11,060. The drive culminated with an international food banquet at the Leroy Springs Fairway Room last October.

    The fundraising goal was $10,000 - more than four times the $2,400 raised in 2006.

    The money raised went to Autism Speaks, which will use the funds to help pay for research into the cause and care of the disorder.

  • Food Lion celebrates makeover

    Food Lion unveiled the completion of makeovers to three area stores last week.

    The Salisbury, N.C.-based chain had been making extensive renovations to its two stores in Lancaster and its one store in Chester for the last several months, and during special ceremonies Jan. 16, store managers joined local officials to have grand reopenings to signify the completion of the renovations.

    The Airport Road store now features expanded wine and produce sections and added grocery specialty items.

  • MLK Jr. breakfast speaker: Don't settle, 'get in the game'

    About 300 local residents braved cold weather Monday to attend the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The event marks the celebration of the community "coming together as one" to honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader and provide financial assistance to college students, said the Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church.

  • Pastor: King's vision is 'still just a dream'

    Spirits were high Sunday afternoon inside Living Word Church on Market Street, where members of the Lancaster branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others gathered for the organization's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

    Hymns and anthems, such as "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "We Shall Overcome," set the tone for the event, which celebrated strides the country has made since the civil rights movement and looked at what still needs to be done.

  • Five schools win Palmetto Gold, Silver awards

    Five local schools were recently awarded prize money for winning either the Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver award this year for academic excellence.

    Buford High, Clinton Elementary and Indian Land High schools earned Gold awards, and Discovery School and Erwin Elementary earned Silver awards.

    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee developed the award criteria based on the absolute and improvements ratings that are given to each school on the state's 2007 report cards.

  • County to make repairs to historic jail, courthouse

    Two Lancaster County national landmarks are on their way to getting some much needed maintenance.

    Camden architect Jody Munnerlyn, who specializes in historic preservation, is examining the historic jail building on West Gay Street and the Lancaster County Courthouse on Main Street.

    Munnerlyn will give cost estimates for the repairs needed at both buildings, and then the county will hire a contractor to fix them, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

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