Today's News

  • Speaker: Set positive tone; be proactive

    While you may talk about trends and statistics that suggest black boys are struggling in school and in society, what are you doing to address the problem?

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, a motivational educator who’s spent nearly 30 years in education, challenged an audience of concerned residents on Friday afternoon to think about the efforts being made to reach black boys.

    He said a little bit of concern can make a big difference.

  • District gets $220,875 grant

    The Lancaster County School District has received a $220,875 grant to make cost-saving improvements at Buford Middle School and North Elementary School.

    The S.C. Budget and Control Board’s Energy Office, through federal energy stimulus money, awarded the district the grant to replace light fixtures at the two schools.

    David Small, the school district’s facilities director, said the district was notified about the award about two weeks ago.

  • Staying Power

    Maurice Williams knows a good audience when he sees one.

    And, he should. He’s been performing for more than 50 years.

    Williams, a Lancaster native who achieved national stardom in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, said he knew his show Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, a show billed as the 50th anniversary show for Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, would be a winner before he even stepped on stage.

  • Churches unite for Christmas outreach to kids

    In times of great need, we all need each other, said the Rev. Jessie Adams, minister of youth and children at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church.

    With a sluggish economy and a 17.9 percent unemployment rate in Lancaster County, the needs are greater than ever. Charitable organizations are almost at the breaking point.   

    On the verge of the holiday season, with many parents struggling to pay bills and provide the essentials, Adams said feelings of hope and despair are magnified even more.

  • Council tables request to rezone land for assisted-living facility

    The debate over an assisted-living center in Indian Land continues as Lancaster County Council decided to table the issue at its recent meeting.

    Council was to consider an ordinance allowing for care facilities for the elderly as a conditional use in residential and commercial areas zoned Residential-15P, Business-1 and Business-2, but council decided to table the ordinance until its Nov. 2 meeting. This is the second version of the ordinance to be heard by council.

  • Council considers change to policy

    County employees may soon be held financially responsible for accidents they are involved in with county vehicles.

    County Council will discuss amending the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy Monday. The proposed amendment would enforce monetary penalties when county employees are at fault when damage is caused to county equipment.

  • HOPE seeking donations for Christmas Basket Fund

    Elaine Adkins is hoping an annual Christmas fund will alleviate some stress for needy families in Lancaster County.

    Adkins, director of HOPE in Lancaster, is ready to kick-off this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund. This is the second year that HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, will organize the effort.

    HOPE takes money donated to the fund to buy grocery store gift cards for needy families.

  • Police accuse teen of tossing rocks at cars

    After several nights of surveillance, the Lancaster Police Department arrested a teenager in connection with a number of rock-throwing incidents on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Tyrell Clyburn, 17, of 212 ½ Hunter St., Lancaster, was arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges.

    Clyburn was discovered by police in a wooded area behind Pardue Street Apartments and was photographed carrying a rock, according to an incident report. Two other juvenile suspects were found with him.

  • Ashley Faulkenberry bounces back from serious head injury

    Ashley Faulkenberry has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

    “Words can’t describe just how thankful I am,” she said. “I’m thankful just to be alive.”

    Seriously injured in a 4-wheeler accident on May 30, this is one holiday that  Ashley, 21, never thought she would see.

    What was billed as a late night of fun and mud-slinging with friends off Spirit Road in the Rich Hill community quickly became a nightmare.

  • 'Nutcracker' features local ballet dancers

    An enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of young dancers from Lancaster County will return to the stage for the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” next week.

    The holiday classic will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Columbia City Ballet dancers will perform with about 35 children from in and around Lancaster County. The children have been practicing since the beginning of November.