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Today's News

  • Council debates firefighter grant

    Could compensation for a tank of gas or an hour of training help recruit or retain members of the county’s volunteer fire departments?
    That’s the idea behind a potential Federal Emergency Management Agency grant brought to Lancaster County Council’s attention during its July 8 meeting.
    Morris Russell, director of the county’s Emergency Management and Fire Service office, spoke to council Monday night and requested they allow the Fire Commission to move forward with applying for a Recruitment and Retention grant.

  • Heavy downpours lead to flooding

    Imagine coming home to find your basement look more like a swimming pool.
    This was the case for Lancaster resident Karen Ormand when she got back to her West Barr Street house just after 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
    The heavy rainfall that day did a number on her basement, which is on the higher end of a slope. Because the ground outside couldn’t absorb all the precipitation, the water found its way indoors.
    The site was unwelcoming.

  • Desperately Seeking Sadie

    Joe Manning never had the chance to meet Sadie Pfiefer (Phifer). But he knows there is more to her life than gets told through a 100-plus year-old photograph and Manning is desperately trying to find out about her.
    The caption in the Lewis Hine photo simply reads, “Sadie Pfiefer, 48 inches high, has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Nov. 30, 1908. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina.”

  • Desperately Seeking Sadie

    Joe Manning never had the chance to meet Sadie Pfiefer (Phifer). But he knows there is more to her life than gets told through a 100-plus year-old photograph and Manning is desperately trying to find out about her.
    The caption in the Lewis Hine photo simply reads, “Sadie Pfiefer, 48 inches high, has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Nov. 30, 1908. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina.”

  • Mobley-Chavous Wedding

    Tracey Alicia Mobley and Brent Jackson Chavous were married at 3:30 p.m. May 25, 2013, at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. Kenny Rose of Untied Bibleway Church of Lancaster and Minister Cory Mobley Sr. of True Vision Church in San Antonio, Texas.

  • McManus-Stroud Engagement

    Phil and Donna McManus announce the engagement of their daughter, Bre McManus, to Sean Stroud, all of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for Sept. 7, 2013 at Rosewood on Country Club.
    Miss McManus is the granddaughter of Don and Nancy Alford, Elvia Dorsey, all of Lancaster, and the late Jack McManus. She is a 2009 graduate of Buford High School and received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of South Carolina Lancaster in 2013. She works for First Palmetto Bank as a teller.

  • Waldrop-Houck Engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. George Waldrop Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Leigh Waldrop, to Matthew David Houck, both of Columbia.
    The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. September 28, 2013, in Columbia.

  • Powell-Messer Engagement

    Sheree R. Powell announces the engagement of her daughter, Sammi Jo Powell, to Eric Messer, all of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Aug. 4, 2013, at Carnes Lake.
    Miss Powell is the daughter of the late Harold “Butch” Powell. She is the granddaughter of the late James “Stumpy” Rowell, the late Kathy W. McMinn and the late Sylvia Powell. She is a 2005 graduate of Buford High School. She is a homemaker and is studying accounting at Kaplain University.

  • Estridges celebrate 50 years

    Jack and Evelyn Laney Estridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2013.
    They were married June 23, 1963 in Monroe.
    The couple has two children, Susan Estridge O’Neal and her husband, Tony, and Lisa Estridge Lucas. They have four grandchildren.
    Jack retired from Springs Industries and Evelyn is a housewife.

  • Improvements aplenty at Camp Bob Hardin

    SALUDA, N.C. – Since the 1940s, Boy Scouts from Chester, Lancaster, York, Union, Cherokee and Spartanburg counties have been going to Saluda, N.C., for summer camp.

    Originally known as Camp Palmetto, the camp expanded in the early 1980s and was renamed Camp Bob Hardin in 1985, in honor of Hardin, a Lancaster native, who was active in the Boy Scouts.

    Hundreds of boys and leaders from the three counties have made the trek up to Saluda during 2013. This year has been the biggest, best year ever for Camp Bob Hardin with a variety of new additions.