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Today's News

  • Drug court produces its 1st success story

    Courtroom B fell silent Tuesday as Randy Newman read the long list of crimes committed by Lauren Foster, and tears poured down the 31-year-old’s cheeks as she listened.
    Then the Sixth Circuit solicitor asked the judge to dismiss all charges, and cheers and applause broke out. Foster became the first graduate of Newman’s drug court, a demanding program designed to treat drug abusers instead of imprisoning them.

  • STATE CHAMPS!

    Lancaster County’s Dixie Softball Darlings captured the state championship Wednesday and are headed to the World Series in Alabama next weekend.
    The Darlings all-stars, ages 8 and under, completed an impressive 5-0 state tournament run with a 10-4 win over powerhouse Aynor to claim the state title.
    “The Darlings have done a great job representing us, and they are deserving of what they have accomplished,” said Morgan Blackmon, who coordinates Dixie Softball for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation.

  • Lancaster jail’s Deason named S.C. Detention Officer of Year

    Cpt. Larry Deason got a statewide pat on the back this week for doing a difficult job well – managing the severely overcrowded Lancaster County Detention Center.
    Deason, who started work at the county jail 27 years ago, was named Detention Officer of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at its annual banquet Monday. The award came days after the Lancaster jail hit a record 204 inmates, more than 80 over its capacity.

  • Recalling a moment of worldwide wonder

    Moments that rivet the entire world come a few times in every generation, and often the news drags everyone into despair – the 9/11 attacks, the assassinations of the 1960s.
    But the one we celebrate this week provoked cheers, pride and wonder, and it still does.
    If you’re old enough to remember July 20, 1969, you probably recall exactly where you watched the blurry TV image and heard Neil Armstrong’s scratchy audio.
    “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

  • Sun City residents question renovation project

    INDIAN LAND – The Sun City Carolina Lakes board of directors’ monthly meeting, which usually attracts about 50 people, drew 400 residents to a packed ballroom Tuesday evening.
    The board’s proposed $3 million renovation project drew in the concerned residents. The project includes renovating the Lake House and constructing a new arts studio building, which involves relocating two dog parks.
    Sun City resident Lonnie Knabel said most of the residents who attended the board meeting wanted to express their opinions about the project.

  • Heath Springs passes $762K budget after 3-week delay

    HEATH SPRINGS – After a three-week delay, the Heath Springs Town Council on Wednesday unanimously approved its $762,000 budget for fiscal 2019-20.
    The fiscal year started July 1, but the final reading had to be pushed back because council realized June 27 that it had failed to follow a state law that requires a public hearing before final budget passage. The hearing must be advertised two weeks in advance, so the budget vote was delayed far into the new fiscal year.

  • 'Interactive painting experience'

    An alley on West Dunlap Street in downtown Lancaster has become a canvas for volunteer painters, thanks to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    Between the law offices of Elizabeth Hyatt and Craig Wilkerson Jr., Pineville muralist Russ Petty has been orchestrating a community art project that he plans to complete by July 26.

  • Documentary on Civil War sub Hunley airs Monday

    From release

    The unfolding history of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will be explained in Monday night’s episode of the National Geographic Channel’s “Drain the Oceans” series.
    The show’s production team was recently onsite at Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston interviewing experts about the latest discoveries emerging from their research on the 19th-century sub.

  • Electrical problem hampers county treasurer’s office

    The Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is urging citizens who plan to pay tax bills this afternoon to wait until Monday unless that bill is due today.
    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the office computer that prints S.C. Department of Motor Vehicle license plate decals was damaged after an electrical outlet in the office started smoking. The department’s computers were partially shut down for the rest of the day.

  • DIXIE DARLINGS ARE ’BAMA BOUND!

    MONCKS CORNER – The undefeated Lancaster County Dixie Softball Darlings (8U) punched their ticket to the 2019 World Series by defeating Aynor 10-4 on Wednesday morning for the state crown.
    World Series play is set for July 26 in Eufala, Ala.