Local News

  • Firsts fill the life of Don Funderburk

    Nobody who works at a newspaper ever has an original idea. What we do, is “usurp” from each other.

    I can prove it. The next time you’re on vacation or an extended trip out of town, find a grocery store that has a lot of paper boxes loaded with various local newspapers or a mall with an old-fashioned newsstand.

    If you see someone come up, and stare at the wide array of papers available, then fish change from their pocket or pocketbooks to buy one copy of each fish wrapper, I’d wager that person isn’t bored. 

  • Council split on Brook Drive specifics

    City Council is divided on certain details of the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    The city has been planning for sewer and road improvements that will better accommodate the future influx of student residents in that area in coming years.

    On Tuesday, council voted to accept a $144,853 bid from LCI Lineberger Construction to perform the road work – to include widening, resurfacing and the raising of a dip.

  • Luck of the Irish

    It’s Tuesday afternoon, March 6, a late-winter day turned glorious spring on Fishing Creek Lake in Fort Lawn.

    Six-year-old Ethan Turner of Lancaster is outside his family’s get-away home crawling around on his hands and knees, head down and peering into an emerald patch of clover.

    It’s one of his favorite things to do.

    “Here’s one,” he says and holds up a four-leaf clover between his tiny fingers.

    Two or three minutes later he finds another. Then another.

  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Proposed Family Dollar raises ire of Elgin residents

    Robert Wade worries a new Family Dollar store near his Elgin home will mean an increase in crime.

    Rachel Wallace is concerned about what kind of store could move in to the building if the Family Dollar should happen to fail.

    And Carolyn Petroski, who enjoys the rural landscape of her community, fears the business could irrevocably harm her way of life.

  • County's B-3 overlay committee votes to disband

    A Panhandle rezoning plan is in flux once again, as a special committee tasked to clear up zoning concerns in the northern part of the county voted to disband last week.

    The Panhandle/B-3 Overlay Committee, made up of various residents, Lancaster County Council members and representatives from the county planning department, held its last official meeting last week.

    District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough said the committee had delivered what it had been set up to do and he recommended it disband.

  • Saturday night showcase

    Up to 40 of the nation’s best dirt racing teams will be here on Friday and Saturday.

    The largest dirt racing event in South Carolina state history, Saturday night's Super Late Model feature race, has a $20,000-to-win payday. 

    Not only that, the caution flag will be thrown on lap 65 to set up a 10-lap, throw-caution-to-the-wind mad dash for the big-money checkers.

    “They will be racing for prize money and it all comes down to who wants it the most,” said Lancaster Speedway spokesman Duane Goins.

  • Students in trouble for weapons violations

    An Andrew Jackson High School junior was arrested Friday for having a loaded handgun in his truck.
    Also on that same day, a Clinton Elementary School fifth-grader was suspended after he was caught with bullets at school.
    Dorian Drake Knight, 17, 6982 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested March 1 at Andrew Jackson High and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • County Council extends rezoning moratorium

    A proposed zoning plan for the Panhandle was stopped in its tracks last week, as Lancaster County Council decided to instead extend its rezoning moratorium.
    The original plan for council’s Feb. 27 meeting was for members to hear first reading of an ordinance to add several business zoning classifications to the county’s Panhandle area.

  • City awards $50K to Barr Street center

    The city of Lancaster is once again giving financial support to Hope on the Hill.
    City Council voted unanimously Feb. 28 to award the organization $50,000 to be used for  renovations of the former Barr Street school, now called the Barr Street Family Life Center.
    The $50,000, which is specifically targeted for auditorium repairs, will come from the city’s hospitality tax grant fund.
    That fund contains a little more than $1 million, said city Administrator Helen Sowell. Grants are given to events and projects that can foster tourism.