• Rhodora Wind Quintet: The French Connection

    When the Rhodora Wind Quintet performs this Sunday, concert-goers will learn the answers to some interesting questions.
    For instance, where does the group’s name come from? (Hint: Ralph Waldo Emerson provided the inspiration). And what is the French connection to each musical selection that gives the program its title?
    The concert is unusual for two reasons. It will be the first woodwind quintet performance in the Vivian Major Robinson concert series at the Cultural Arts Center. And composers like Lee Hoiby are generally not household names.

  • Freeman faces DUI, weapon charges

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  • Lancaster man arrested for child pornography

    A Lancaster man has been arrested on child-pornography charges, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    David John Washburn, 54, formerly of 1400 Phil Thurman Road, was arrested Sept. 16 on five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felony offenses each punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the attorney general’s office said Monday.
    Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators said Washburn was found to have photographs of child pornography.

  • IL grad gets ring back 37 years after losing it

    An Indian Land High School ring lost on a graduation trip to Myrtle Beach in 1979 has been returned to its owner, who now lives in New Mexico.
    “It was such a great feeling to know after 37 years that someone took the time and effort to return my ring,” said Raymond Langford, who received his ring in the mail last week.
    “The ring is in excellent condition,” he said. “I was quite surprised, although now a size too small for my ring finger.”

  • Jones led hospital through 3 decades of growth

    Dace W. Jones, who led Springs Memorial Hospital for three decades before retiring in 1995, died Monday at his home in Mount Pleasant. He was 83.
    Among his accomplishments was construction of the main hospital building in 1970. Current Springs CEO Janice Dabney said the hospital was considered  “ultra modern” at the time, with automated carts to carry supplies around the building, which many people had never seen before,
    Jones was a “progressive, out-of-the-box thinker,”  Dabney said.

  • Chemistry professor’s name is ‘synonymous with USCL’

    Wade Chittam, the fun-loving University of South Carolina Lancaster chemistry professor whose smile illuminated classrooms for more that four decades, died Sunday. He was 72.
    The Limestone, Ala., native taught general and organic chemistry at USCL from 1968 to 2009. The student body twice named him the university’s top professor, and he retired with the title of professor emeritus.
    Chittam is survived by his wife, Angie, and their two children and two grandchildren.

  • Van Wyck frets over details of town plan

    Six months ago, Van Wyck residents were urgently pursuing incorporation plans, trying to become a town before Indian Land’s proposal to incorporate almost the entire Panhandle could swallow the rural community.
    The Van Wyck petition effort succeeded, and the proposal is awaiting legislative approval before going back to Van Wyck for a public vote.

  • Haley orders coastal evacuation

    With Hurricane Matthew targeting the Carolinas, Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday ordered 1.1 million coastal residents to evacuate beginning at 3 p.m. today and alerted Lancaster County officials that their assistance might be needed.
    The county held a joint meeting late Tuesday involving public safety, public works, the school district, and parks and recreation to determine the local response, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • State champ John Elliott has big ring on his finger

    John Elliott’s heart was racing as he pushed hard through the finish line of the 100-meter wheelchair race at the 2016 state track championship this past spring.
    The crowd was cheering him on. He had just made history.
    The 2015-16 academic year was the first time S.C. students in wheelchairs could compete against each other at regular high school track meets.

  • No holding back 4 Buford buddies with ambition

    Four businessmen are making moves to get tastier ice cream at Buford Elementary School, and those entrepreneurs happen to be fourth graders with firm handshakes and a trusty partnership.
    Robbie Johnson, Riley Deese, Isaac Prakin and Wyatt Ghent scheduled a business meeting this month with BES administrative assistant Gayle Caskey, who is the purchaser for the school’s canteen. Robbie is 10. The others are 9.
    The four decided to write a letter to request ice cream sandwiched between two cookies. But they had to decide who had the best handwriting first.