Today's News

  • Gamecock fans confident with new baseball coach

    Lancaster area Gamecock baseball backers said they feel new University of South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston is the man for the job.
    Kingston, who comes to Columbia from the University of South Florida where he took the Bulls to two NCAA Regionals in his three years in Tampa, was named the new USC baseball coach Friday.

  • Column: I-73: One giant step forward, same old error

    When it comes to spending and infrastructure, one of South Carolina’s great white whales rose from the deep with news in late June that the Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to begin work on the South Carolina leg of Interstate 73. Ultimately, the highway could take motorists from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula straight down to Myrtle Beach.

    The permit covers the whole state length, slicing across its northeastern corner, starting near Bennettsville. Construction could begin within two years, supporters say, on a project first contemplated in 1982.

  • Metal detectors ready to help you

    Vanessa Brewer-Tyson

    Landmark News Service

    If you’ve lost a gold ring or any other valuable metal object, an area metal detecting and relic club may be able to help you.

    Donnie Catoe, president of the Sandhill Metal Detecting and Relic Club in Pageland, said members of the club not only hunt for precious metals and artifacts as a hobby, but also help people in the community find lost objects, whether it be an old high school graduation ring or a precious jewel.

  • Life's lessons on love

    Ollie Alexander has a soothing, calming presence. She seems full of wisdom and humility. She draws you to her, like a warm fire on a winter’s night. 

    Alexander, 68, moves gracefully and quietly through a room. She appears much younger than her age. She commands the language and expresses herself with ease and graceful gestures. She believes she has a God-given purpose and wants to help others discover theirs.

  • Strange comment creeps out uncle

    An Indian Land man filed an incident report with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after his nephew allegedly made a comment during a road trip so chilling he felt it needed to be documented. 

    According to the June 22 incident report, the 48-year-old man was driving his truck in Georgia with his nephew, 25, a week earlier when the younger man said he had his uncle’s death “all planned out.”

  • County to repair 4 roads

    Four Lancaster County roads – Collins and Charles Pettus in Indian Land and Plyler Mill and Sardis in Lancaster – are slated for repairs this summer. 

    Earl Capps said the Lancaster County Transportation Committee voted to fund work on the four roads this year.

  • City fire department to build burn house

    The Lancaster Fire Department plans to build a burn house at the 15th Street Training Center to keep its members ready for emergencies.

    It will also save taxpayer money in the process.

    The estimated cost of the project is about $56,600. By comparison, construction of prefabricated fire towers can run up to $200,000 or more. 

    However, it’s only costing the city of Lancaster $30,000 –  $10,000 from the fire department’s prior budget and $20,000 from the city’s current fiscal budget.

  • Lancaster woman loses $2,000 in scam

    A Lancaster woman lost more than $2,000 last month in what a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy called one of the most elaborate scams he’d ever seen.

    According to the incident report, the 47-year-old victim told the investigating deputy she was contacted ostensibly by a North Carolina church friend in June 12 on Instagram Instant Messenger. 

  • Mingo named county’s chief magistrate

    Curtisha Mingo got a promotion over the weekend. Appointed as a magistrate in January, she is now the county’s chief magistrate. 

    The change was made by an order from S.C. Chief Justice Donald Beatty, who signed an order June 28 naming new chief magistrates in 31 of the Palmetto State's 46 counties. 

    The changes went into effect July 1 and stunned county and state officials. 

    Historically, chief magistrates are appointed by the Senate, not the chief justice. 

  • Column: S.C. needs to stand up for women

    It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we as Southern men talk about women – and how we treat them.
    Our historic culture is that we put women on a pedestal, we dress them in hoop skirts, we praise the Scarlet O’Hara strong-women types, are chivalrous defenders of the virtues of Southern womanhood, always looking to help a fair damsel in distress – and on and on.