Today's News

  • We're grateful to firefighters

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to walk into a burning house dressed in firefighter turnout gear, but Jay Hayes and Mark Steele of the Unity Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to work hours and hours over a week preparing for a huge community barbecue, but Randy White and Dennis Cauthen of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to ask fellow volunteers to commit to catching up on work we’ve let slide, but Jeff Walden of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department can.

  • September Yard of the Month

    If you haven’t driven through the College Place subdivision adjacent to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Hubbard Drive, you are missing a treat.  

    Not only is the development beginning to fill with beautiful homes, the lawns are immaculately landscaped.

    One of those yards is especially eye-catching and grabbed the attention of Lancaster Garden Club member Joyce Morin.

    Morin said the yard of George and Yvonne Dobson, at 1040 Lyndon Drive, really stands out.  

  • Sweet 16

    Every teenage girl has her own unique style when is comes to tunes, food, colors and decorations.

    For Andrew Jackson High School sophomore Tori Roberts, that includes country and contemporary Christian music, Caesar salads, green and polka dots.

    With those kinds of tastes, you would think that Tori’s Sweet 16 birthday party at 6 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Kershaw might include some of those elements.

    After all, a 16th birthday is special and only comes around once.

  • Firefighting is a calling

    The life of a volunteer firefighter isn’t easy.  Speak to any volunteer and they’ll tell you about the constant training, late night phone calls and missed family events, all done to protect the lives and property of neighbors and strangers alike.

    And with no compensation, this isn’t just a job for these volunteers – it’s a calling.

    That calling has become even more difficult over the last decade for Indian Land’s volunteers, as the Panhandle has quickly swelled into a bustling suburb of Charlotte.  

  • Great examples of role models

    Over the last month or so, I’ve learned a great deal about water hoses, foam spray and control panels on fire trucks.

    But more importantly, I’ve had the chance to interact closely with the folks who operate that equipment – ready to put on their firefighter’s gear and go to work at a moment’s notice.  

  • Thompson's column was 'racist affront' to our country

    I find Queen Thompson article, “Constant negativity, violence impact youth,” in the Sept. 19 edition to be nothing but a racist affront to the conservative white population, and this country.

    She says that the black race in this country is marginalized.

    How in the world do you come to that conclusion when the blacks in this country have their own caucus in Congress, news channels, schools, banks, companies, history month, etc.?

  • County, city considering merging two 911 systems

    Local officials now have a better idea of what it will take for the county to have a more efficient 911 system.

    There are now two 911 systems here – one at the Municipal Justice Center in Lancaster that serves the city of Lancaster and another at the sheriff’s office that provides service for the rest of the county.

    Dispatchers at each center handle medical emergency, fire and law enforcement-related calls.

  • Time for a new library?

    In past years, nothing would have made Jeri Rogers happier than seeing circulation increase at the county’s three libraries.

    But with significant budget cuts over the last few years, Rogers said it’s becoming more difficult for the county’s libraries to keep up.

    Rogers, chairwoman of the county library board, joined library director Richard Band to explain the plight of the libraries to County Council on Tuesday.

  • Residents want to clean up Panhandle roads

    Indian Land is a beautiful community in Lancaster County with scenic country roads and attractive homes mingled with farms and thriving businesses.

    It is a shame that there is a constant trashing of Indian Land’s roadways by litterbugs and illegal dumpers.

    The situation deserves immediate attention and the Indian Land Action Council has formed an Anti-Littering/Gateways Beautification Committee to increase awareness and promote pride in Indian Land.

  • Serving because they care

    For more than a month now we have introduced you to Lancaster County’s 19 volunteer departments. It has been a real learning experience for me. During this time, I’ve met so many, compassionate and dedicated folks. I’ve listened to their stories and their reasons for being firefighters.