Today's News

  • Column: Lancaster County tax deadline March 16

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2017 tax books, which takes place March 16.
    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on county council, the school board, and town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2018-19 budgets.

  • Column: Property values increase unlikely

    I recently heard that the proponents for incorporation (VTIL) have been touting a significant increase in property values as a benefit of incorporation.
    As I hadn’t heard why this would occur, I decided to do a little checking. Google searches led to multiple articles, but one online commentary (from Indiana) appeared to sum it up nicely, “Increased real estate values and marketability, as more improvements and urban utilities are made available.”

  • Column: To be a town or not – you decide

    To be or not to be a town. That is the question.
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of the “status quo,” or to take action against a sea of troubles, and by opposing – end them?
    My journey started almost 10 years ago before my retirement. Way back then, I was already concerned about the number of lights being put up at intersections along U.S. 521.

  • Gardening as therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club treated a large group at Lancaster-Chester Disabilities and Special Needs to a little gardening therapy Tuesday morning.
    More than 30 participants welcomed the garden club members for the annual event. Each person planted a small plant to take home and watch grow. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog lunch and sang songs. The ages of the individuals who attended ranged from 18 to over 60 years old.

  • NASC hosting 7-day road trip to see historic, cultural sites

    From release

    USC Lancaster is organizing a trip to visit Native American cultural and historical sites across the Southeast this May.
    Faculty from USCL’s Native American Studies Center will lead a seven-day bus tour through the Carolinas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
    Heading out on Friday, May 18, this educational road trip will make its first stop at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, N.C.

  • School-safety briefing at Buford High

    The Lancaster County School District will hold a school-safety information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Buford High School’s library.
    The session, led by Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, is meant to show parents what has been done and what is still in the works for keeping their children safe. It is the third session sponsored by the district, with the first two at Indian Land and North Elementary schools.

  • Heath Springs students pitch detailed upgrades for school

    Heath Springs Elementary School students wowed Lancaster County school board members with a detailed presentation about upgrades they want for their school.
    The first, third and fifth graders, with parents in tow, marched into the district building Feb. 20 to address the board about the proposed renovation and redesign. And they all presented their case with little to no aid from their teachers.

  • Solicitor Newman running for 2nd term

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman on Thursday launched his candidacy for a second term in office.
    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, made his announcement at the Historic Courthouse in Lancaster.
    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”

  • City moves to cut cost of upkeep at its parks

    In a cost-cutting move, the city of Lancaster plans to withdraw from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Kershaw and Heath Springs might not be far behind.
    Lancaster will take back from the county the responsibility for maintaining all of its smaller parks. That will save nearly half of the $98,000 it has been paying the county each year, mostly for grass-mowing services.
    The county will still maintain the large parks in the city – the Springdale Road complex and Buckelew Park.

  • Local students shine at Braille Challenge

    Two Lancaster County students came home victorious and another took second place in his division at the 2018 S.C. Regional Braille Challenge in Columbia.
    The winners were Buford Elementary second-grader Landon Bryson, 7, and homeschooler Jenna Cross, 9. Jenna’s brother Joshua, also 9, was a runner-up at the state competition.
    “I thought I was going to fail,” Landon said. “When I won, I jumped up and down so hard that I hit my hand. But I didn’t cry, because it didn’t hurt.”