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Today's News

  • Memories of a dear friend still linger

    Mary Jane Bailes Watson, who died in December, was a longtime friend. Our families shared good times together. We were Lancaster High School classmates.

    She left us for a faraway Pavilion gleaming amid the glow of a full moon, the incoming tide foaming over a sandy shoreline and those ever present salty breezes blowing through your hair.

    The sounds of 1950s beach music resounds as she moves across the dance floor with effortless ease as in days of old.

    Save a dance for us.

    Mary Alice Rankin Evans and W.B. Evans Jr., LHS Class of ’51

    Lancaster

  • Business owner thanks paper, staff for stance

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lancaster News for wishing and printing numerous times "Merry Christmas” for its subscribers, as society is pushing toward “Happy Holidays” or “Winter Holiday Wishes.”

    The Lancaster News staff and editor isn’t afraid of sticking to traditional values and standing proud of Lancaster County.

    Our business advertises weekly with The Lancaster News and Mica Jones, an advertising representative with The Lancaster News, also wasn’t afraid to use Merry Christmas once or twice.

  • Folic acid can give babies a healthier start

    It does take a little extra effort for a mother-to-be to eat healthy, but it has its benefits for her and the baby she's carrying. After all, she is eating for two.

    One of the most important nutrients pregnant women need is folic acid, a B-vitamin that is needed to ensure proper cell growth. It helps the neural tube (the part of the developing baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord) develop properly.

  • Sheriff won't seek 4th term

    Being charged with the protection of 71,000 residents is a large burden.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen worries every day about the people of Lancaster County. He worries about the safety of his deputies and whether he'll have enough money each year to adequately staff and equip the sheriff's office, detention center and E-911 center.

    Cauthen, 51, said he's thankful for the opportunities he's had during his 31 years in local law enforcement, and for the chance to serve three terms as sheriff.

  • Soldier ships out for 5th time

    INDIAN LAND - Military deployment has made life tough at times for Chris Fite and his wife, Amy.

    Chris, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, has just gone overseas again for his fifth tour of duty in five years. He left last week for Qater, Afghanistan, where he will work in a squadron that secures airplane runways.

    He expects to come back in May.

    Amy, an Indian Land native, says it's difficult having a loved one gone so often. The deployments create inconvenience, and when Chris is gone, she worries all the time about his safety.

  • Roads more deadly in '07

    Seven more people died on Lancaster County roads in 2007 than the year before, and the S.C. Highway Patrol points to alcohol use and the failure to use seat belts as major reasons for the spike.

    In 2007, 16 crashes in the county resulted in 17 fatalities. That's up substantially from 2006, when 10 crashes resulted in 10 fatalities.

    About half of the fatal crashes in the county last year were alcohol-related and about 70 percent are tied to non seat-belt use, Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said. Other key factors have been speeding and failing to yield to other vehicles.

  • Seniors appreciate gifts from churches

    The Heath Springs Senior Council on Aging lunch bunch, both in-house and home-delivered meals, local community seniors and Mount Calvary Outreach Seniors in Kershaw wish to express their gratitude to the Hillside High School Class of 1970 for remembering us in such a warm and special way.

    We only wish you could have been present to experience the thrill and excitement as we received our gifts.

    Our thanks also to Bright Light Baptist and Mount Tabor AME Zion churches who had a part in making this mission possible.

  • 15 more arrests made in drug roundup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office's Operation Rolling Thunder continued over the weekend with more arrests.

    Twelve people had been arrested in the drug operation on Friday, with sheriff's officials saying that arrests would continue Saturday and Sunday.

    The sheriff's office conducted two search warrants on Friday and confiscated drugs, guns and stolen stereos.

  • BHS student hurt in wreck

    A Buford High School student was injured early Tuesday when he drove in front of a tractor-trailer truck at the intersection of Pageland Highway and Rocky River Road.

    Christopher Wren Jones, 17, of 254 Knollwood Apartments, was the driver, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskins.

    Jones was taken to Carolina Medical Center by ambulance. Rescue workers at the scene wanted to fly Jones to the Charlotte hospital, but fog had its flight services grounded for the morning.

    A CMC spokeswoman said late Tuesday that Jones was in fair condition.

  • Sandhill cranes make rare pit stop in county

    A long-legged bird made a rare stop in Lancaster County last week.

    West Doc Garris Road resident Cricket Harper said he saw a group of six strange birds eating in his open fields on Jan. 2. Harper's son, Tim, saw the birds during a deer hunting expedition on Dec. 29.

    At first, Harper thought the birds were turkeys.

    "Then I thought, 'A turkey is not gray,'" Harper said. "We were just so excited to see those birds."