Today's News

  • Kershaw raises garbage fee for out-of-town customers

    KERSHAW – Town officials voted Monday night to increase garbage fees 37 percent – from $16 a month to $22 – for 60-plus residents who live outside the city limits but use the town’s garbage service.
    “Our citizens in town now pay more” than the out-of-town customers had been paying, said town administrator Mitch Lucas in his recommendation to council.

  • School board sets next year’s calendar

    The Lancaster County School Board unanimously approved the 2018-19 school calendar this week, with first semester not ending until after winter break.
    The board was not happy about that.
    “All we would need is five days,” said board Chairman Bobby Parker. “I wish I had said this before, but talk to your legislators – we need them here.”

  • Attendance zones finalized for Panhandle elementaries

    The Lancaster County school board has approved changes in elementary attendance zones needed to accommodate the new Van Wyck Elementary School.
    The zones split the Panhandle among Harrisburg, Indian Land and Van Wyck elementaries. The proposed zones were originally brought before the board Jan. 16.
    Students who live north of S.C. 160 to the state line are in the Harrisburg zone. Those south of 160 and north of Jim Wilson Road will attend Indian land Elementary. And those from Jim Wilson Road south to S.C. 5 will go to the new Van Wyck Elementary School.

  • Bauknight named U.N. goodwill ambassador

    Lancaster-born documentary photographer Catherine Bauknight received two international awards Thursday and was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
    Bauknight, whose documentary subjects include the Catawba Indian Nation, was presented the Golden Rule International award by a group of the same name during a ceremony in Glendale, Calif.
    Golden Rule International is affiliated with the United Nations’ Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative Organization.

  • New revenue source would bolster ethics investigations

    Larissa Johnson
    Carolina Reporter

    Lobbyists fill the second-floor lobby of the State House while the S.C. legislature is in session.
    Relationships between legislators and lobbyists, especially when money is involved, is a key focus of the State Ethics Commission.
    The commission, responsible for enforcing ethics laws for more than 24,000 elected officials and candidates, has been without a lawyer since October, a vacancy that could hamper enforcement of ethical-conduct laws.

  • Local man gets prison on federal gun charge

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison on a federal gun charge after seven guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his home last year.
    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, of 845 Confederate Ave., was sentenced as a felon in possession of a firearm.
    Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie handed down the sentence following a plea hearing.

  • Democrat Smith stumps in IL

    At his first campaign stop in Lancaster County, Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith introduced himself to about 100 attendees Thursday night with a story about 9/11.
    “We all remember where we were on that day,” said Smith, an 11-term S.C. House member from Columbia. “I had the chance to visit Ground Zero, and it just assaulted all the senses, sight and sound.”

    While he was there, crews removed a victim’s body from the rubble.

  • Finding her mission

    Two years ago, Shanda Mackey moved her three sons from a quiet Buford neighborhood to a loud mobile home park on McIlwain Road.
    She uprooted her family to take over a Christian ministry in that poor, crime-ridden part of the county.
    The Connection, the ministry Mackey leads, began four years ago when Amber and Grant Hinson moved into the mobile home park through a partnership with New Hope Baptist Church.

  • Column: Billy Graham opens his eyes in the presence of Jesus Christ

    There are times and occasions so explosive with meaning that it is difficult to find the right words to say. The death of Billy Graham is without doubt one of those occasions.
    Our English language has no words to convey the feelings, the emotions, the grief as well as the joy that this news brings to our hearts and minds.
    I cannot claim to have had a personal relationship with Mr. Graham, even though my wife and I did have the tremendous privilege of meeting him and speaking with him on a couple of occasions.

  • Column: A strong voice for Christ and a kind, gracious spirit

    As a young person, I used to read Billy Graham’s daily column, “My Answer,” in the Detroit Free Press.
    I wondered how he came up with his answers. They seemed strange to me. As a college student I saw an article in the Atlantic Monthly making fun of him.
    While a student at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s I attended a meeting where he spoke to students. I was impressed by his faith in God and the Bible, and how nicely he treated everyone, even those he disagreed with. When he spoke, everyone listened intently.