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Today's News

  • Coats to lead LHS swim team

    Jordan Coats will lead the Lancaster High School swim team.
    Coats, a Kershaw native, has been named as the coach, replacing coach Daniela Sanchez-Gelpke, who is moving from the area. Sanchez-Gelpke led the LHS swim team for one season.
    Coats, 26, will be assisted by veteran aide Denise Walker.
    “This is a very good program and we want to keep that going,” Coats said. “I’m looking forward to working with the swimmers and parents.”
    Coats is 2011 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School.

  • HS sewer project cost rises $10K

    HEATH SPRINGS – Replacing one of its aging sewer lift stations and repairing two others will cost the town about $10,000 more than anticipated.
    “It’s going to be little a more than we thought,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore.
    The original construction cost was estimated at $490,000, but the low bid of came in at $595,500.
    But the town doesn’t have to pay the entire amount for the lift stations – high-voltage pumps that move wastewater uphill.

  • County’s credit rating upgraded

    Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Lancaster County’s credit rating to the second-highest level, which will lower the interest rates the county pays when it borrows money by issuing bonds.
    The rating agency moved the county’s status to Aa1 from Aa2 on April 30.
    “The local economy continues to diversify, with a growing financial services, technology and healthcare industry presence,” a Moody’s news release states.
    The new score should lower borrowing costs in the future.

  • Don’t forget letter carrier food drive

    The 27th-annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Food Drive is this Saturday.
    The U.S. Postal Service is partnering with United Way of Lancaster County to collect non-perishable food donations for HOPE in Lancaster.
    This week, letter carriers will leave Stamp Out Hunger bags in mailboxes. Residents are asked to leave a donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes for letter carriers to collect Saturday as they deliver mail along their routes.
    The bags are then taken to the post office on North Main Street to be sorted and delivered to HOPE.

  • Local murder convict tries prison break in Greenville

    Thirteen years after he drew national attention in a Lancaster murder, convicted killer David Rollings Cauthen tried to escape from a Greenville County correctional facility Sunday.
    Cauthen, 54, was missing from his cell Sunday morning but was soon found hiding under a storage container for construction materials inside the institution, according to Chrysti Shain, spokesperson for S.C. Department of Corrections.
    He is serving a life sentence at the Perry Correctional Institution for the 2004 murder of his girlfriend Brenda Steen.

  • County GOP holds annual convention

    From release

    The Lancaster County Republican Party held its annual convention April 25, electing officers and also delegates to the state convention.
    About 95 people attended the meeting at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster, which county Chair Sandy McGarry called one of the local party’s largest turnouts ever.

  • Upward Bound students declare college choices

    From release

    At the Upward Bound College Signing Day event April 27, 11 high school seniors from across Lancaster County announced their choices of colleges and universities to attend this fall. 
    Each senior, surrounded by family and friends, took center stage at the announcement table and publicly revealed his or her choice to an anxiously awaiting crowd in the TRiO Learning Resource Center at USC Lancaster.

  • 85 get degrees at USCL commencement

    Eighty-five USC Lancaster graduates participated in commencement ceremonies last Saturday, among more than 200 who received degrees this semester.
    Of the 85 who attended the commencement, 29 had participated in TRiO, a federally funded program that aims to help first-generation college students get into school and then graduate.

  • Helpless dog dragged behind SUV

    Panicked 911 calls started flooding in about 6 p.m. Sunday – a Chevy Tahoe was dragging a dog behind it down South 200 leaving Lancaster.
    By the time sheriff’s deputies got to Airport Crossroads, the driver had been flagged down by a passing motorist and was weeping hysterically on the side of the road.
    Her 7-month-old pit bull had critical injuries, with toes missing and its sternum and other bones exposed.

  • 6 charged in county’s 3rd-largest heroin bust

    Six people were arrested in a drug raid at two Flat Creek homes Friday afternoon – the third-largest heroin seizure ever in the county.
    The bust was the result of a long, difficult investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, said Sheriff Barry Faile.