• Controversy over honoring Lancaster’s J. Marion Sims

    Protesters in New York are demanding the removal of a Central Park statue honoring one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons, Dr. J. Marion Sims, citing his experimental surgeries on slaves in the mid-1800s.
    And the mayor of Columbia is making the same point about a Sims monument at the S.C. Capitol.
    In a nationally televised interview last week, Mayor Steve Benjamin said the most “wholly offensive” statue on the State House grounds isn’t a Confederate monument.

  • Last 3 defendants sentenced in Tran killing

    The three remaining suspects in Indian Land killing of 20-year-old Randy Tran were sentenced to between 2.5 and 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges in the case.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, Chris Dawan Glass and Tony Eugene Maynard were sentenced Friday in Lancaster County General Sessions Court. On Wednesday, triggerman David Antonio Kucinski was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

  • Arrests in killing of 17-year-old

    Two Lancaster men have been charged in the Aug. 18 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon.

    Travis Belk, 25, was arrested Thursday night by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. Belk was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

    Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

    Blackmon was shot about 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of East Arch Street in downtown Lancaster.

  • Used-book sales keep volunteers hopping at library

    Crystal O’Gorman
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The Friends of the Del Webb Library oversees the Chapters Used Book Room and book sales at the Del Webb Library. It brings in more than $10,000 per year for the library, and it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of three long-standing committee members and volunteers.

  • New pastor leads VW Methodists

    The Rev. Tim Espar is the new pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Van Wyck United Methodist churches.
    Since last fall, Espar, 68, who transferred from pastoral ministry in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, has been working with local Methodist officials to relocate near his new Indian Land home. He began as minister July 2.

  • Bluegrass & barbecue

    What is better than a night out with good food and good music?
    Knowing you are supporting a good cause at the same time, say organizers of Habitat for Humanity’s fifth-annual “Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building,” set for this Saturday, 5-9 p.m. at USCL’s Bundy Auditorium and the Arnold Special Events Room.
    This year’s lineup features Nashville recording artists the Larry Stephenson Band, along with the Hinson Girls and Flatland Express. The Sun City Cloggers will clog between band performances.

  • Let’s just get married right after the eclipse

    Travis and Samantha Dry will have no trouble remembering the date of their wedding – Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse Day.
    It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Buford couple got engaged last week, almost exactly one year after they became reacquainted at their 10-year high school reunion.
    On Saturday, they talked about when the wedding might be, and Travis threw out the idea of getting married on the 21st, the anniversary of their first date. When they realized the astronomical significance of Monday, it seemed like a celestial sign.

  • Motorcycle club raising money for HOPE

    The S.C. Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association will host its sixth-annual charity ride and auction fundraiser for HOPE in Lancaster this Saturday.
    The event, which plans to raise $10,000, is 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, with the charity motorcycle ride at 10 a.m.
    HOPE Executive Director Bekah Clawson said this will probably be the last year the event is held at the location on Pageland Highway, since HOPE and Christian Services have joined together to purchase the Lancaster Bowling Alley.

  • Graham touts his health-care plan

    Sen. Lindsey Graham is not ready to give up on repealing Obamacare just yet, and his name is on a new plan that may draw the spotlight when Congress reconvenes after its summer break.
    The S.C. Republican met with local leaders in Lancaster last week as he traveled around the state. He said the “fatally-flawed” Affordable Care Act is sending a disproportionate chunk of federal money to four states.

  • $394K plan for custom playground equipment

    KERSHAW – The effort to replace the centerpiece of Kershaw’s Stevens Park – a condemned mass of rotting playground equipment that has sat idle since April – took a couple of steps forward this week.
    The nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council proposed a $394,000 replacement project, saying it has applied for grants to fund the design and construction. The town council voted Monday night to give the KCPC until Dec. 31 to line up the financing.