Today's News

  • Man, 62, found dead near van

    A 62-year-old man died of a heart attack after he pulled over on Camp Creek Road at S.C. 522 early Monday.

    Walter Ricky Steele was driving a 1992 Pontiac van when he went off the left side of the road about 5:10 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

    Steele was found outside of the van.

    Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight pronounced Steele dead at the scene. There was no damage to the vehicle.

    “He was probably experiencing major chest pains,” Knight said, and Steele pulled off the road.

  • Student expresses herself with Bohemian flair

    On a trip to Key West several years ago, Morgan Overcash had an artistic epiphany.

    Overcash, 20, was gazing at storefronts while on vacation with her family in 2006 when a few pieces of furniture caught her eye. She stopped to examine a cluster of elaborately painted Adirondack patio chairs, called Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville chairs. A budding artist, Overcash was fascinated with the designs painted on the furniture and knew immediately she wanted to do something similar. That’s when her business, Bohemian Lily Designs, was born.

  • Recall hits more snacks

    Retailers continue to pull selected snack food items from grocery store shelves after several food companies issued a recall on products made with peanut butter and peanut paste supplied by the Peanut Corp. of America in connection to a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

  • Tyree inspires audience to continue MLK’s dream

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only dreamed about what he could do but he did it, said keynote speaker Omar Tyree at the eighth annual Community Scholarship Breakfast held Monday to honor the late civil rights leader.

    Tyree, a New York Times best-selling author, spoke to an exuberant crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. He emphasized the importance of visualizing where you want to be in life and applying all that you’ve learned to get there.

  • Be wary of requests for water tests in mailboxes

    Neither the city nor county water district are testing your water.

    Residents in the Elgin community of the county, and the Forest Hills neighborhood in the city of Lancaster say someone is leaving small water bottles at their mailboxes, asking residents to fill them with water from their homes and leave them for collection at the mailbox.

  • Smith top of class on hardwood

    In South Carolina, high school football has the legendary John McKissick.

    His counterpart in Palmetto State hoops would likely be Great Falls High School’s John Smith.

    McKissick is the legendary Summerville High School head football coach, who is the winningest prep football coach in the country.

    Smith, a Lancaster native and a former Lancaster High School basketball star, stands just as tall in his respective sport.

    Smith, in 40 seasons guiding the Red Devils, has more than 800 wins – an average of 20 victories a season.

  • Winterland ‘to land of black ice’?

    Kathy Blackmon and her children, Madison, 11, and Hunter, 8, rode down the snowy banks of their yard on a sled on Dean Lane in the Rich Hill community.

    With rosy cheeks, the three shook out their gloves and stomped their boots clean of snow before going into the house for breakfast, complete with hot cocoa.

  • Carolina Christian student leads the charge

    Maroon and white are the predominant colors at most Carolina Christian Academy basketball games as fans fill the school gym to root for the Cougars.

    But on Friday’s home tilt against Hawthorne Christian Academy Hawks of Chester, school colors took a back seat to purple.


    Led by Carolina Christian 12th grader Jessica Hartley, all the proceeds from ticket sales at the door and from a basketball game bake sale were for Relay For Life.

  • Breaking News Weather service issues winter storm warning

    Lancaster County is under a winter storm warning from 9 p.m. tonight to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

    The National Weather Service is predicting 3 inches of snow to fall across the region between tonight and Tuesday morning.

    Bryan Vaughn, director of safety and transportation for the Lancaster County School District, said he’ll be checking roads after midnight, when the snow is expected to start falling.

    He said school officials will make a decision whether to hold school, delay it or cancel school by 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 18 educators earn National Board certification

    Four teachers at Buford Middle School say if it wasn’t for teamwork and extended support, they wouldn’t have been able to accomplish their most recent feat.

    Karen Dingler, Lisa Hallman, Paige Johnson and Mary Beth Mize are among 18 teachers in the Lancaster County School District who earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    National Board certification is regarded as one of the highest honors in the education profession.