Today's News

  • S.C. Senate has been busy lately, sort of

    The Senate has been in session now for about five weeks, or roughly 15 legislative days. In that time, a lot has happened – at least for the Senate.  

    First off, things move much more slowly in the Senate than the House. Some say this is because the Senate is a more “deliberative body.” That may be. More likely, though, the difference is due to the filibuster, which permits a single senator to bring a particular bill to a halt.

  • Debate issues in a respectful manner

    I am writing in response to Lynne Carrroll’s sarcastic and misleading letter, “Spratt should focus on jobs for constituents,” in the Feb. 12 edition of The Lancaster News. The author said she was absolutely infuriated because Congressman Spratt and a delegation of members of the House Budget Committee had traveled to Afghanistan.

  • Facilities needed addition to ballfields

    This time next year when the 2011 Lancaster County high school spring sports season rolls around, facilities at county schools will be improved. The upgrades can’t come quick enough.

    Much-needed restroom facilities are scheduled upgrades for softball and baseball fields at the county schools.

    Those improvements can only make attending games at those designated sites that much better.

  • Accurate census count vital to all of us

    In the next week you should be getting a Census questionnaire in the mail. The form has 10 questions and is estimated to take 10 minutes to fill out.

    After the official Census kickoff in January, we encouraged everyone to fill the form out and make sure everyone in their household is counted. We outlined the critical reasons then for completing the form and will reiterate them.

  • Meet U.S. Senate hopeful at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Democrat Vic Rawl has thrown his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim DeMint.

    He is on a statewide tour announcing his candidacy and will make an appearance in Indian Land on Thursday.

    Sun City Democratic Club President Robert John is hosting a muffin and coffee reception at his home, 48548 Snapdragon Lane, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday to give local voters a chance to meet Rawl. The reception is open to all.

    Rawl, a resident of Charleston, served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives.

  • Governor's School choir strikes chord with Sara Parker

    The cantus chamber choir and brass quintet from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities won’t have much trouble finding First Presbyterian Church next Tuesday.

    One of its members knows exactly where the church is.

    Former Andrew Jackson High School student Sara Parker is now a senior at the Governor’s School in Greenville.

    “This is a big trip for us,” said Dr. David Rhyne, who is the choral instructor there.

  • City fires detective after complaint

    A Lancaster Police Department detective has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal his termination.

    Sgt. Pat Parsons has been fired from the police department, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The firing comes in the wake of a complaint filed against him by Angela Thompson, who said Parsons harassed her son about a stolen mo-ped and assaulted him on Jan. 31.

  • Cold case files: Victim' families long for answers, closure

    Mothers and fathers. Prostitutes. A fast-food worker. Teenagers. A drunk-driving victim.

    Black and white, old and young.

    Over the last five weeks, The Lancaster News has brought readers the stories of 14 people who were murdered or went missing since 1977. They all have some things in common.

    They long for answers and peace of mind.

    If their loved ones went missing, they want to know what happened to them. If their loved ones were killed, they want to know why they died and who did it. If foul play was involved, they also want justice.

  • Is call-center training working?

    Keith Tunnell hopes several call-center companies will eventually set up shop in Lancaster County.

    But as he works to bring those businesses to the area, there’s still one obstacle he says the county needs to address – training local workers for those types of jobs.

  • No classroom for error

    Good food is more than a smidgen of this and a pinch of that.

    Good food is about doing things the right way in a clean kitchen, washing your hands and not taking unhealthy shortcuts.

    Not only have 26 Lancaster High students been learning how to cook from scratch this year in the culinary arts class, they’ve also been learning why you don’t scratch while you cook through a 12-hour nationally accredited ServSafe Food Safety certification course.