Today's News

  • We're glad to have our own festival

    We’re excited already about the first Red Rose Festival.

    It’s slated for May 7 and 8 in Lancaster and will feature games for children, live music, crafts and plenty of food. See Lancaster SC, the marketing arm for the city and county, will organize this event, which it aims to develop into the county’s signature festival.

    We say, “Hooray!”

    We’ve been waiting for this event for years.

  • Washed-out culvert could cause problems for drivers

    On Christmas Day, a culvert below my house on Bailey Raod washed out due to extreme rain. The Department of Transportation employees came out the following week and put rocks in the hole, installed loose gravel signs and left.

    DOT often uses the loose gravel signs as a solution to road problems.

  • Presence of highway patrol has good impact

    What do you do when you meet a Highway Patrol trooper when you’re driving? Do you check your speedometer? Tap your brakes? Make sure your seat belts are fastened? Do you sometimes hope and say a little prayer? “Oh, please, don’t stop me, not this time. I was only driving a little faster than the speed limit.”

    These are natural reactions.

  • Scholarship fund helps youth get education

    I would like to thank everyone who will and has contributed thus far to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church. As a parent, I believe that it is every parent’s dream for their child to grow up and go to college. Whether we can afford it or not, we are hopeful because we want our children to be successful and we know that education plays a part in obtaining that goal.

  • Tires on two cars damaged by potholes

    Both of my cars have a busted radial belt in the sidewalls. Both incidents happened in South Carolina, a state blessed with plenty of potholes. Both incidents happened in December on dark rainy evenings. One incident happened in a turning lane on a major highway in Florence. The other happened in front of Carolina Christian Academy on U.S. 521. An orange cone was finally put on that hole, but it was too late for my tire.

  • Community responds to need

    I’m a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Our pastor is the Rev. Otis Lathan. He is truly a blessing and the icing on the cake.

    In my earlier years, the Rev. I.C. Clark preached and taught to always put God first in your life and in anything you do. He led me to search for the basic things to make my life complete – wisdom, faith and patience. And that will give you love, peace and happiness.

    We were taught to take care of family, make sure all needs were filled and be honest with yourself.

  • Keenan deserves honor

    For a high school football player to be featured front and center on a National Football League field means something special is happening.

    It recently did.

    Lancaster High School senior tight end Sam Keenan, a three-year letterman and two-year starter for the Bruins, was honored as a Carolina Panthers’ Community Captain at the team’s final home game earlier this month against the New Orleans Saints.

    The Panthers Community Captain program honors Carolinas high school football student athletes who shine in the classroom, on the field and community.

  • Goodwill grateful for Lancaster donors

    On behalf of the more than 16,000 people who used Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s job training and employment programs in 2009, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the residents of Lancaster County. Despite a difficult year for many in our community, you were generous with your donations of material and household items at a time when it mattered most.  

  • USC win to cherish

    When then unbeaten Kentucky earned its first No. 1 ranking since 2003 on Monday after a new national college basketball poll was released, it put UK coach John Calipari in elite company.

    Calipari, in his first season leading the storied Wildcats’ program, joined the late Frank McGuire as the only coaches to guide three different teams to a No. 1 ranking.

    Calipari also did so at University of Massassachuets and Memphis.

    McGuire accomplished No. 1 at St. John’s, North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Author seeks information for book

    I would like to inform your readers about a project I am undertaking to document the men from your area who served from 1861-1865 in the 20th S.C. Infantry regiment of the Confederate army.

    I am writing a book that will contain a nearly day-by-day account of the battles, marches, camps, etc. as well as a personal biography of each man, including their Confederate army-compiled service records.

    The book will be published by Broadfoot Publishing Co. in Wilmington, N.C., and entitled, “A History of the 20th South Carolina Infantry: 1861-1865.”