Today's News

  • Lancaster game canceled

    Lancaster High School's road football game with Richland Northeast, slated to be played Thursday, has been canceled.

    A make-up date has not been set.

    Schools in Richland and Lexington counties will be closed today (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday, so no after-school activities – games or practices – are allowed. The closing of the schools come in response to the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

    Stay tuned for more reports related to the rescheduling of games and school-related activities.


  • Column: My take on guns, God and Trump

    After reading the guest column and a letter to the editor in the Sept. 28 edition of The Lancaster News, I feel compelled to make some random observations.
    First, I must address John Baker’s column, in which he states that Hillary Clinton is lying when she says that we have too many military-style weapons on the street. The common AR-15 is very similar in style to the M-4 or the M-16, two military rifles. The key word is “style.”

  • Column: Tip of the hat to Lancaster’s ‘Mr. Tar Heel’

    When I think of the University of North Carolina, guess who comes to mind?
    Michael Jordan? Good guess, but no. Dean Smith? He’s right up there, but not first.
    For me, No. 1 is Don Scott.
    He was “Mr. Tar Heel” in Lancaster. The Red Rose City has its share of folks who bleed Carolina blue, but Mr. Scott led the way.
    The popular community and civic leader and businessman died Sept. 24, two days after his 90th birthday, fittingly a Saturday when he enjoyed many a UNC victory.

  • Rhodora Wind Quintet: The French Connection

    When the Rhodora Wind Quintet performs this Sunday, concert-goers will learn the answers to some interesting questions.
    For instance, where does the group’s name come from? (Hint: Ralph Waldo Emerson provided the inspiration). And what is the French connection to each musical selection that gives the program its title?
    The concert is unusual for two reasons. It will be the first woodwind quintet performance in the Vivian Major Robinson concert series at the Cultural Arts Center. And composers like Lee Hoiby are generally not household names.

  • Freeman faces DUI, weapon charges

    Staff reports

  • Lancaster man arrested for child pornography

    A Lancaster man has been arrested on child-pornography charges, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    David John Washburn, 54, formerly of 1400 Phil Thurman Road, was arrested Sept. 16 on five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felony offenses each punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the attorney general’s office said Monday.
    Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators said Washburn was found to have photographs of child pornography.

  • IL grad gets ring back 37 years after losing it

    An Indian Land High School ring lost on a graduation trip to Myrtle Beach in 1979 has been returned to its owner, who now lives in New Mexico.
    “It was such a great feeling to know after 37 years that someone took the time and effort to return my ring,” said Raymond Langford, who received his ring in the mail last week.
    “The ring is in excellent condition,” he said. “I was quite surprised, although now a size too small for my ring finger.”

  • Jones led hospital through 3 decades of growth

    Dace W. Jones, who led Springs Memorial Hospital for three decades before retiring in 1995, died Monday at his home in Mount Pleasant. He was 83.
    Among his accomplishments was construction of the main hospital building in 1970. Current Springs CEO Janice Dabney said the hospital was considered  “ultra modern” at the time, with automated carts to carry supplies around the building, which many people had never seen before,
    Jones was a “progressive, out-of-the-box thinker,”  Dabney said.

  • Chemistry professor’s name is ‘synonymous with USCL’

    Wade Chittam, the fun-loving University of South Carolina Lancaster chemistry professor whose smile illuminated classrooms for more that four decades, died Sunday. He was 72.
    The Limestone, Ala., native taught general and organic chemistry at USCL from 1968 to 2009. The student body twice named him the university’s top professor, and he retired with the title of professor emeritus.
    Chittam is survived by his wife, Angie, and their two children and two grandchildren.

  • Van Wyck frets over details of town plan

    Six months ago, Van Wyck residents were urgently pursuing incorporation plans, trying to become a town before Indian Land’s proposal to incorporate almost the entire Panhandle could swallow the rural community.
    The Van Wyck petition effort succeeded, and the proposal is awaiting legislative approval before going back to Van Wyck for a public vote.