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Today's News

  • The mean season: hurricanes can leave pets in a lurch

    Patricia Withrow would stand her ground, come hell or high water. On September 21, 1989, hell and high water came. It left the low country looking like a landfill. The 14-year-old and her family stayed as Hurricane Hugo bore down on their Berkeley County farm in South Carolina. They would not leave. They could not leave. Their horses were family.

  • Tournament proceeds benefit children

    The 12th annual Nucor Steel Berkeley golf tournament, held in memory of Lancaster native Jamie Craig, has topped the $3 million mark in money raised.

    The one-day tournament , held April 23, raised $356,967, which ranks as the second highest in the event’s history. The exact figure for 12 years is $3,007, 902.

  • Caskey charged with forgery

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A former Lancaster County Recreation Department employee was arrested on 68 forgery charges Thursday, July 26, following an investigation by state authorities.
    Cecil Scott Caskey, 50, 1190 Peach Farm Road, was charged with 30 counts of forgery less than $5,000 and 38 counts of forgery less than $10,000, according to arrest warrants released Friday by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • From fruit to fine art

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Once upon a time, they hung from vines and carried the type of weight that resembled  a watermelon.
    Now, they exist as art pieces that can be passed along as gifts or kept as part of your own home decoration display.
    Who knew gourds could hold such aesthetic value?
    Dianne Mahaffee, an art teacher at Lancaster High School, has known about the usefulness of gourds for years, and just wrapped up a class that focused primarily on the circular fruit.

  • TRiO program celebrates 15 years at USCL

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    They’re celebrating over at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s TRiO program.
    In a world of public educational initiatives, where funding is often based more on the political climate than a program’s proven effectiveness, the TRiO program has managed to thrive – and this year the program is celebrating an important milestone.

  • Summer Day concert at IL library Tuesday

    Ashley Lowrimore
    Del Webb Library at Indian Land
    “Sing loud, jump high and Dream Big!”
    If popular children’s entertainer Roger Day has anything to say about it, children and adults will do exactly that at an end-of-the-summer family concert Tuesday, July 31, at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

  • Local ministry helps Owsley County, Ky.

    Christ Life
    Evangelical Ministries
    Seven members of Christ Life Evangelical Ministries and volunteers spent eight days, from June 2-9, working in Owsley County, Ky., the most impoverished county in the United States, according to the 2010 Census.
    The group conducted nightly revival meetings, daily children’s outreach programs, distributed food to those in  need and participated in a drug march and rally to reclaim Owsley County and get drugs out of the county.

  • Getting better with age

    Sun City Carolina Lakes swimmer Fred Ruppenthal is just getting better with age.

    The 78-year-old won six gold medals in the Beaufort County Senior Games in Bluffton on Nov. 1, 2011, two of them in events he doesn’t usually swim in.

    “They are beautiful medals, with a torch on the front,” he said.
    Ruppenthal, who has dominated the state’s senior swimming scene since he moved here in 2007, won four freestyle events and two backstroke events.

    Here are his results:

  • Lewis leaves legacy on, off courts and fields

    William C. “Pap” Lewis devoted 46 years of his life to education.
    Countless lives were impacted through Lewis’ coaching and teaching at S.C. high schools.
    To devote that many years had to be a labor of love for Lewis.
    Coach Lewis had his share of successes, winning state titles – team and individual crowns – at every high school where he worked. Those include Wilson High of Florence, Booker T. Washington in Columbia, as well as Barr Street and Lancaster high schools here.

  • Accurate info on Obamacare will keep wolf packs at bay

    Roger Renfro’s recent article, “Roberts is reincarnate version of activist justices Berger and Warren,” is his opinion of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) and in particular, Chief Justice Roberts.
    Since I am not a constitutional lawyer, nor a pundit, I will not comment on the merits of his opinion. I do wonder whether he has the credentials to comment as a constitutional expert or, for that matter, a member of the pundito-cracy.