Today's News

  • BHS students donate to local humane society

    The Humane Society of Lancaster got an early Christmas gift from a few area youth last week.

    About 15 students at Buford High School make up the newly formed Animal Rights Club. The group met throughout the semester and facilitated two projects – both of which benefit the local humane society.

    The first project was called Beauty or the Beast.

    In this project, BHS faculty members competed against their dogs or cats, and students gave $2 to sponsor and vote for their favorite pet.

    Those donations generated $186.

  • Bailey named county’s Employee of Quarter

    Though his father and grandfather were law enforcement officers, Craig Bailey never saw himself following in their footsteps.

    Bailey’s father, T.J. Bailey, worked for the Lancaster and Rock Hill police departments, and his grandfather, the late Harvey Coates, worked for the State Law Enforcement Division.

    “I never wanted to get into law enforcement,” Bailey said.

    Bailey, 41, went to work at a company manufacturing high-voltage transformers. It was good money, but Bailey said it was mind-numbingly boring.

  • New supermarket plans hit snag

    Plans for a new supermarket in Lancaster stalled last week.

    ALDI, a discount supermarket chain, had been eyeing a location at the property near Old Charlotte Road and Northpark Drive, but those plans hit a temporary setback at a special Lancaster City Council meeting Tuesday.

    The meeting, called to finish old business before the departure of three outgoing council members, was supposed to have a final reading of a resolution to annex the property.

  • Check out IL library on Jan. 11

    INDIAN LAND – The long-awaited day is almost here – opening day for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said the library is shooting for a Jan. 11 open house, which is a Sunday. Books will be checked out for the first time on Jan. 12.

    “The critical issue is staff training, and we don’t have a lot of (interior) signage yet,” Band said.

  • County not yet out of drought

    Easing drought conditions may be a Christmas gift come early to the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

    The Catawba-Wateree Basin is continuing to see drought conditions, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group announced last week.

    But recent widespread rains, Duke Energy’s voluntary limited releases along the river and continued water conservation by customers are holding the region’s water supply at a steady level.  

  • Kershaw man gets 15 years for gun charges

    COLUMBIA – A Kershaw man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.

    Laurkeda Montrell “Magoo” Montgomery, 26, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. to 188 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. Montgomery was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

  • Police reports – Dec. 21, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Mario Mandrell McIlwain, 31, 225 North Circle, and Erick Vaughn Crawford, 29, 2522 University Drive, were each charged Dec. 12 with simple possession of marijuana.

    An officer spotted McIlwain and Crawford sitting in a parked Acura while checking on Crawford Funeral Home on West Meeting Street, the report said.

    The vehicle’s windows were fogged from smoke and the inside smelled like marijuana, the report said.

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  • School officials discuss cuts

    Officials talked more at Tuesday’s school board meeting about the effects of the latest state funding cut.

    Tony Walker, finance director for the Lancaster County School District, revisited figures detailing the most previous budget cuts and ideas on how to handle an expected cut in funds from the state.

    As of Tuesday, the school district was awaiting word from the state Department of Education about how much each district would be asked to make budget cuts. School district officials are expecting a 7 percent cut from the state.

  • Half of town loses water when Heath Springs line is broken

    HEATH SPRINGS – Water soaked several streets in Heath Springs after construction crews struck a water line late Tuesday afternoon, and about half the town briefly lost water service, according to town officials.

    Jackson-based C&W Construction was performing work on the town’s water lines when a crew struck a line at Spring and College streets.

    “They keep hitting lines and they just hit a big one,” said Mayor Ann Taylor.

    Service was restored to customers by Tuesday night.