Today's News

  • HOPE seeing record demand

    HOPE in Lancaster broke all of its previous records Friday.

    Seventy-one families came through the doors, looking for a variety of assistance from the nonprofit agency that offers a variety of help to people in need, including help paying mortgages and utility bills and assistance putting food on the table.

    Of those 71 families, 38 had never sought help from HOPE in its 26 years of existence, said director Elaine Adkins.

    “There’s been a lot of heartbreak today,” Adkins said.

  • Gregory to serve on USC board

    Greg Gregory will lean on his business experience and time in the General Assembly when he takes on a new role.

    Gregory, who served 16 years as the District 16 state senator, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.

    Sanford appointed Gregory and Leah B. Moody, a York County attorney, on Wednesday. The two positions became available with the Aug. 9 death of local business and civic leader James Bradley Sr. and the July 1 resignation of Samuel Foster II.

    Moody and Gregory will have their first meeting Friday.

  • Large turnout for food, supplies

    A few months ago, while participating in a food drop in Laurinburg, N.C., Eddie Adams met a man who would eventually bring big things to Lancaster County.

    Adams was participating in a Feed The Children food distribution tour called Americans Feeding Americans Emergency Caravan.

    Feed The Children is an international Christian-relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to those in need.

  • County looks to restore basement at courthouse

    With construction and remodeling in full swing at the county’s historic courthouse, Lancaster County Council will consider important floor renovations to the building.

    Council will discuss installing a brick paver floor on the bottom level of the courthouse at its meeting Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this is an effort to restore the courthouse to its original condition.

    The basement floor is now made of cement and tile.

  • A roof for Rosemary

    VAN WYCK – Rosemary Fann has finally found a home.

    The Van Wyck resident, who has been homeless since June 25, is now the proud owner of a one-bedroom, one-bathroom 2010 Spirit model mobile home from Clayton Homes of Lancaster.  

    “I’m just so excited and I can’t believe all this happened in such a short time,” Fann said. “It all happened so fast it’s hard to believe.”

  • McMaster speaks about river suit, other issues

    A South Carolina gubernatorial candidate stopped in Lancaster on Wednesday, although his address to a civic club didn’t touch on his desire to become the state’s next top executive.

    State Attorney General Henry McMaster was the guest speaker at the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at the Fairway Room.

    The Republican is one of several notables who’ve thrown their name in the 2010 governor’s race.

    McMaster talked about  a major lawsuit and other legal matters the state is involved in right now.

  • Oak Ridge ARP celebrates 70 years

    In the early 1950s, McIlwain Road was a sleepy dirt road community that wasn’t much more than a short cut from Lancaster to Heath Springs.

    But about half way down it, something was happening, a group of dedicated church members from the area led by the Rev. J.L. Maloney were hard at work.

    When they weren’t working on their area farms or waiting for the mill whistle to blow, they were busy laying bricks to build Oak Ridge ARP Church.

    It might have taken a decade to build the mission church, but it was a labor of love.

  • Hunter receives Order of Palmetto

    CHARLESTON – Dr. Jairy C. Hunter, a Lancaster native and president of Charleston Southern University, was surprised Wednesday when he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto award.

    The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded by the state of South Carolina. It recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state.

  • Playhouse receives seven nominations

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County has received seven nominations from the Metrolina Theatre Association for its 2008-09 Season.  

    The seven nominations tie a community playhouse high, said playhouse board member and award nominee Eric Grace.

    Three of the nominations were for its fall 2008 revival of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and four nominations for its spring 2009 production of the classic musical “Gypsy.”

  • Fall into Fun festival is Saturday in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – It’s almost time for Indian Land’s fourth annual Fall into Fun festival.

    The event, sponsored by Indian Land Rotary Club and Carolina Gateway newspaper, will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Land Middle School, 8361 Charlotte Highway. This is the festival’s second year at the school. There is no admission charge.

    “This year’s festival is rain or shine, so we’re praying for a sunny day,” said Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway and co-chairwoman of the event.