Today's News

  • County may reinstate pay for 2 officials

    Despite further state cuts looming on the horizon, Lancaster County Council is closer to helping two county officials whose salaries were recently cut.

    Both Auditor Cheryl Morgan and Treasurer R.E. “Dick” Rowell saw a reduction in the biweekly salary supplements they receive from the state. They were informed of the cuts by S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom in December, and the cuts began with their Jan. 2 paychecks.

  • SLED believes 20 mm shell fell from military aircraft

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw water department worker made an interesting find while reading water meters last week.

    The meter reader, Joey Tolbert, told a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy that he was working on East Stevens Drive about 3 p.m. Feb. 20 when he found a green 20 mm shell in the yard of 120 E. Stevens Drive. He brought the shell to Kershaw Town Hall.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office called the State Law Enforcement Division for assistance, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Suspect still sought in abduction, stabbing case

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man accused of stabbing the mother of his children.

    Maj. David Belk said the sheriff’s office has not received any information about where Gerardo Reyes-Campos might be.

    “We haven’t gotten any leads on Campos,” Belk said Tuesday. “We don’t have anything. Nothing.”

  • Lancers baseball become a reality

    It won’t be until late spring when we will know how the first University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team fared in its debut campaign.

    The weather will be wanner and hopefully there will be more Ws than Ls to help us swell with Lancers’ baseball pride.

    We’re hopeful, but that final mark remains to be seen.

    What can be observed is the Lancers’ diamond debut - on a Friday the 13th no less, was in baseball terms - a solid hit in the Red Rose City.

  • There could be many metaphors for the current recession, but perhaps none better than recent styles in blue jeans: you know the ones bought off the rack already shot through with holes?

    Pre-fatigued jeans best symbolize the mentality that has led us into this financial abyss.

    Prior to this fashion trend clothes in disrepair became that way because their owners wore them out. In the last decade, though, the trend has been to buy expensive clothes designed to look distressed. (I know of one case in which a roofer was paid $20 by someone for his raggedy UNC ball cap.)

  • Pace worked hard in transforming day center

    Thank you for the recent articles and opinion published in The Lancaster News concerning Family Promise of Lancaster County.

    This ministry will have a significant impact with people in our community who have special needs during a complicated time in their lives.

    Many people have worked hard and tirelessly to get Family Promise where it is today. Bill Hutchinson, and certainly others as well, cast a vision and now that vision has become a reality.  From planning to funding to building this hope to help is ready to serve.

  • Learning life skills

    OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Girl Scout cookies. Not that I eat them (that much); gastric bypass took care of any affinity for sweets that I have several years ago.

    But I am a fan. Imagine the surprise when I recently walked in and found two boxes on my desk, wrapped together with a bow, along with a note from Cherie Ellis, community development manager for the Mountains to Midlands division of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina.

    The Peanut Butter Patties were placed on the newsroom alter, where they almost immediately disappeared.

  • Family Promise open now to help families

    What church do you go to? That was a question I was asked many times when I first moved to Lancaster. I had moved from New Jersey and when I spoke people knew I was not from around here and out of curiosity they would ask me what church I went to. So if I did not belong to one they were extending an invitation to me and my family to visit theirs.

    Many years later I find myself asking the same question. Being involved with Family Promise, an interfaith organization, most likely means you belong to a church.

  • Downtown merchants have community spirit

    I would like to share an experience two visitors to Lancaster had while visiting downtown.

    The couple was from Virginia and passing through Lancaster on their way back home from Georgia.

    They stopped to walk around our historic downtown district and visited Howell’s Art and Antiques on Main Street. The owner suggested they try the cinnamon buns over at the new coffee shop across the street.

  • Be vocal about closing of USCL

    In an earlier editorial I stated my disappointment in Gov. Mark Sanford’s recommendations to close all University of South Carolina regional two-year campuses, specifically the campus in Lancaster.

    I included specific data on USCL and the other services, not just academic, this campus offers the citizens of this area.

    I still await a reply from the governor or his budget writers. The following has been copied directly from the governor’s proposed state budget.