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Today's News

  • Rivalries launch season

    As one county coach put it this week, the Lancaster County high school football season, opens with a bang.

    “It’s a lot like NASCAR in that they have Daytona to start the season, the ‘Super Bowl of racing,’ each year,” said Indian Land High School football coach Mike Mayer. “With two county rivalry games to open the season, there’s a ton of interest on the games Friday, much like our own Super Bowl, but in two different locations.”

  • State parks featured in coffee table book

    After several days on the road, the Beautiful Places van arrived in Lancaster County on Friday.

    Adorned with color photographs of state park scenes from throughout South Carolina, the van is on tour to publicize a new book published by the S.C. State Park Service. Titled “Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks,” the 140-page hardcover coffee table book features photos and history from parks across the state, including Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County and Landsford Canal State Park in Chester and Lancaster counties.

  • Officers arrest two for growing marijuana

    County drug officers arrested two do-it-yourself pot growers on Tuesday.

    The State Law Enforcement Division flew its helicopter over Lancaster County on Tuessday, looking for clandestine pot gardens.

    They struck green on Shiloh Unity Road, finding a plot of 187, 8-feet-tall marijuana plants behind the home of Bundy Plyler, 547 Shiloh Unity Road.

  • Writer: Use hospitality tax for supply fund raiser

    The Hospitality Tax is something the City Council has kept secret for years. But now the secret has become uncovered since more than one minority is serving on council. There have been more requests for funding since Linda Blackmon-Brace, Kenny Hood and Tamara Green were elected to City Council.

    But there is one council member, who has forgotten how he got where he is. Growing up, something other than his family’s income paid for his basic needs.

  • Lancaster man faces murder charge

    A Lancaster man has been charged with murder in Kershaw County.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies received information that Joshua Norton Stapleton, 24, of 1659 Evans Drive, and another suspect, Christopher Lamar Watson, 21, of 2506 Timber Ridge Road, Elgin in Kershaw County, were at Stapleton’s home Saturday.

    The two men were wanted for murder by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Residents turn out to talk about county's busiest roads

    Polly Jackson and Russell Patrick took their time examining the large color maps hanging on the walls at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Wednesday night.

    The maps, which detailed everything from transportation issues to land-use plans, were part of a public workshop hosted by consulting firm URG about the ongoing U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.  

    The study focuses on S.C. 9 from the city of Lancaster, west to the Chester County line, and U.S. 521, from Lancaster to the North Carolina border. The roads are considered two of the county’s busiest.

  • Get facts straight before making hasty decisions

    The protests at the town hall meetings have hit a nerve. Our duly elected officials were merely trying to inform the public of the health care bill, but hecklers made it impossible to get the story straight.

    They want to blame their misfortune on the politicians, when this bill is designed to help the American people. The opposition’s careless attitude gets in the way of making it easier for people without insurance to get it, either subsidized or gratis.

  • Tonight's Classic a win-win situation

    Lancaster County football fans are in for a gridiron bonanza tonight.

    The sixth annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic offers county high school football fans the only chance to see all four teams at one site this season.

    In addition to Founders, The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Carolina Shopper serve as media sponsors for the game.

  • Expert: Streetscape didn’t cause damage to Kershaw business

    KERSHAW, A structural engineer has said a problem at Kevin Robinson’s building on Hampton Street was not caused by sidewalk construction during the town’s Streetscape project.

    Robinson told town officials that he noticed the brick facade falling away from the building, at 217 N. Hampton St., after the sidewalk construction, town administrator Tony Starnes told Town Council on Monday night.

  • History does not have to repeat itself

    Do the nationalized health care systems of Western Europe and Canada provide better health care than what we have in the United States? Well, not according to my research.