Today's News

  • Buford High School students design golf courses

     A group of Buford High School students have drafted detailed plans for the first miniature golf course in Lancaster County.

    Students in Kurt Weeks’ Project Lead The Way engineering class recently completed a project that required them to design two 18-hole putt-putt courses. Preliminary guidelines were provided by Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Frank Overcash, who is exploring the idea of building a miniature golf course here.

  • Renovating on a budget



    With many companies either downsizing or losing customers this fall, one business is giving a slow economy the brush off.

    Home interior painting company Fresh Coat, based out of Ohio with a franchise in Lancaster, has seen its numbers remain fairly steady, with only a slight drop-off throughout the recent economic downturn.

  • County approves spec building

    Jenny Hartley


    S.C. 9 Bypass may get a new traffic light in the near future, with the approval of a county land sale at the Lancaster Business Park.

    County Council gave final approval at its Dec. 1 meeting to give 17 acres in the business park to Adevco, which wants to build a speculative building suitable for a call center.

  • Calloway Brooks keeps Hi De Ho going strong

    In his heyday, the late Cab Calloway’s unique, innovative and ground-breaking, high-energy swing music and jazz brought joy and happiness to millions.

    Now his namesake – Calloway “C.B.” Brooks – is following in his grandfather’s footsteps by teaching the “Hi De Ho” to a new generation. 

  • Council gives approval for Catawba Ridge development

    Jenny Hartley


    A development in Catawba Ridge is a go after a final vote by County Council on Monday night.

    Council voted 5-1, with Councilman Bryan Vaughn absent, to approve third and final reading of a renegotiated development agreement for the Catawba Ridge property. Councilman Jack Estridge opposed the vote.

    An original development agreement was negotiated in 1999 for Catawba Ridge, which consists of more than 6,000 acres along the Catawba River in western Lancaster County.

  • Senior Shield aims to curb senior fraud in S.C.

    Christopher Sardelli


    A new program may soon put an end to senior fraud in South Carolina.

    Called Senior Shield, the initiative was developed by the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging as a way to curb fraud against senior citizens. The system, which has only been active for about five weeks, is meant to not only properly examine local businesses, but also provide a comprehensive directory for those searching for trustworthy business people.

  • Truck overturns on Catawba River bridge

    The S.C. Highway Patrol says a blown tire is the reason for a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on the Catawba River bridge near the Lancaster County line.

    Ernest McInnis Jr. of Gastonia, N.C., was driving an 1997 Freightliner 18-wheel tractor trailer on S.C. 5 that overturned and went off the bridge.

    The accident happened at 2:10 p.m. on the York County side of the bridge, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Hispanic population growing here

    Ramon Escamillia says he is living out his dream – right here in Lancaster County.

    Escamillia, who was born and raised in Mexico, has been living in Lancaster since 1993. He first came to the United States when he was 12.

    Escamillia, now 33, recalls the impoverished conditions his family lived in while in Mexico. He says his goal was to one day move to the United States.

    “America was the thing,” he said. “That was the dream – to come to the U.S.”

  • HOPE picks up Christmas Basket drive

    When Elaine Adkins heard there would be no Christmas Basket fund this year, she was spurred into action.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, became worried when she learned the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund would not be run.

    The local chapter of the American Red Cross, which sponsored the fund during the past five years, recently announced it would not sponsor the drive this year.