Today's News

  • Ciompi Quartet known for versatility, sophistication

    Organizers of the Vivian Major Robinson Concerts have another musical treat in store for the Lancaster community. Sunday’s performance by Duke University’s Ciompi Quartet at the Cultural Arts Center features composers covering the musical spectrum from Romantic to Modern.
    The Lancaster audience will recognize familiar composers Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, and George Gershwin, and be introduced to the lesser-known early 20th century Austrian composer Anton Webern. Webern was a pioneer in the use of the 12-tone musical technique.

  • Playhouse tackles massive ‘CATS’ production

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    Colorful costumes, unique characters, music and choreography bring a classic story to life right in Lancaster this weekend.
    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is taking on its most challenging production yet, “CATS,” one of the longest running shows on Broadway. The musical is based on the Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

  • Kershaw man gets 15-year term in federal drug case

    A Kershaw man with five previous felony drug convictions was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to dealing cocaine.
    Mitchell Narada Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, a statement from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office said.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Kelly to serve 15 years and eight months in prison followed by six years of supervised release.

  • POSTPONED: Sheriff’s Office Special Olympics event

    UPDATE: Due to bad weather, this event has been postponed. We'll post a new date when we hear from the sheriff's office.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies will take over the Indian Land Chick-fil-A parking lot this Friday for a good cause: the S.C. Special Olympics.
    Now in its third year, the annual Cops on Top fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with deputies raising money primarily through the sale of Special Olympics hats and T-shirts.

  • Police seek shooting suspect

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking for the shooter who wounded a bystander on his front porch Sunday afternoon.
    The 63-year-old man, who was shot once in the left upper thigh, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, then flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
    “The last I heard, he is in stable condition,” said Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter.
    A family member said Tuesday the victim is at home recovering.

  • Kershaw’s foot-dragging almost cost it $1M from state

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw’s procrastination almost cost it two state grants totaling $1 million to build a water tank at Haile Gold Mine, but the project is back on track and the town will get to keep the money.
    The two S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) grants were awarded to the town in July 2015 for infrastructure projects at Haile Gold Mine that will help bring jobs to that part of the county.
    Kershaw provides water service to the mining operation, which is about 3 miles east of the town on Haile Gold Mine Road.   

  • ‘Crazy aunts’ get muddy

    A special commentary

    Until last week, my three “crazy aunts” – Judy Dingler, Toni Flynn and Carolyn Summers – had never heard of a Bastrop, La.
    Now it’s a place they won’t ever forget. They spent some hard days there, as well as in West Monroe, La., washing laundry at American Red Cross shelters as part of an S.C. Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team effort for the victims of deadly flooding of the Ouachita River.

  • McCoy retracts strategic plan

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  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • USCL honors OSPy winners

    The TRiO program at USCL honored its past and its finest at the annual OSPy (Opportunity Scholars Program) awards ceremony on Wednesday. Former TRiO Director Thelathia “Thee” Bailey was honored for her years of service, and top honors for Best All-Around Student went to Kera Stroner.   
    Students and staff filled the special events room in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, which was decorated with a Mardi Gras theme. Smooth jazz filled the air, adding a feeling of celebration.