Today's News

  • Hand-made beauty

    From release

    The kickoff of Native American Studies Week will bring crowds to downtown Lancaster this Saturday to shop for beadwork, baskets, Catawba pottery, quilts and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the Native American Arts and Crafts Festival.
    The festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.

  • 2 injured in fire on Country Club Drive

    A Lancaster man and woman suffered burns during a fire at their home on Country Club Drive early Sunday morning.
    Murray Montgomery was transported by Lancaster County EMS to Springs Memorial Hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
    The woman, whose name had not been released Tuesday, was first flown to Palmetto Richland Hospital, then sent to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where she was treated for severe injuries.

  • 2 local men pitch their plan to combat school shootings

    In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people, the Rev. Ricky Cope and Joe St. John have had enough of the status quo.
    “Something needs to be done. Our schools are under siege,” said St. John, who lives in Indian Land and works as a Republican political consultant. “I don’t know how long it will take to protect our kids.
    “It will cost money, but it won’t be as much as those $4 million football fields we’re building at these schools,” he added.
    Cope echoed that sentiment.

  • No walkouts expected at local schools

    Lancaster County students today will mark the one-month anniversary of the Florida school massacre, but school officials here do not expect the “walkout” planned at many campuses across the country.
    Plans have been announced for specific in-school commemorations at Lancaster, Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools.

  • New playground a done deal

    KERSHAW – Two years after rotting timbers closed the Stevens Park playground, a $375,000 fundraising drive to replace the equipment has been completed, and construction will begin Friday.
    The work is expected to take about two weeks. All the grading and site preparation is complete, and the new playground equipment has arrived.
    “We’re excited,” said Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council. “And if everyone who’s pledged sends in their donation, we will have the money.”

  • Tight Squeeze

    The trailer parked outside Lancaster County Fire Rescue is a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare.
    It’s filled with simulated pipes, culverts and crawlspaces that firefighters must shimmy through in full gear, training for real-life confined spaces where lives would be at stake.
    Lancaster County Fire Rescue, along with members of the Lancaster Fire Department and two from Lugoff Fire Department, participated in Confined Space Rescue Training last week.

  • Beauty queen to 3rd graders: Pick healthy food, exercise

    The North Elementary cafeteria was full of smiling faces Monday as Miss Simpsonville Lauren Long sang, laughed and spread the message of healthy eating and living with a large group of third-grade girls.
    She also spoke at Brooklyn Springs and Erwin elementaries this week.
    Long, 19, has been competing in pageants since she was in middle school in her hometown of Walhalla. She will compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant on June 30, and if she wins she will compete in the Miss America Pageant.

  • Tuesday program explores ‘Activism of Native Women’

    From release

    From Native American activism in the Dakota Access Pipeline movement to the exploration of symbolism in contemporary artwork, four female panelists will discuss their roles in modern Native movements during the “Activism of Native Women” symposium this Tuesday.
    The symposium, 2-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, is part of the Native American Studies Center’s 13th-annual Native American Studies Week. 

  • Jam-packed weekend

    There will be no shortage of fun things to do in Lancaster this weekend – events to entertain and to benefit the community.
    The second-annual Red Rose Brew Bash kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a free block party featuring live music, food and Benford Brewing Co.’s Green Irish Honey beer, all hosted by The Craft Stand to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
    Saturday from 2-10 p.m. is when the beer tasting will take place, with over 50 different beers to sample.

  • Suspicious behavior leads to Indian Land drug arrest

    A Charlotte teen was arrested in Indian Land for trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to sell after a curious deputy followed a hunch and tailed the teen’s car.
    Justice Blake Mendler, 19, was arrested March 5 in an incident that began shortly before midnight at the Indian Land McDonald’s.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the deputy was patrolling the restaurant parking lot when he saw Mendler’s Ford Focus pulling out and noticed the three passengers in the car watching him as they rode away.