Today's News

  • Civics still alive in schools

    From time to time, anyone who follows politics will decry the lack of understanding that “kids today” have about their own government. “Civics,” they will invariably lament, “just isn’t taught anymore.” I admit that I have fallen prey to that cynicism myself from time to time.

    But while old-fashioned civic classes may be a thing of the past, it is nice to get a pleasant reality check from time to time. I got one – actually two – of those last month.

  • Autumn sounds uppity to me

    You know, some things never change.

    There are always some folks sitting around thinking of stuff to confuse the rest of us.

    This time of the year some of us call the season fall, ’cause leaves are beginning to fall from the trees.

    Others refer to the changing season as autumn which sounds more uppity to me.

    Regardless of what you call the season, I know it’s on its way. The persimmons falling are sweet and I am trying my level best to keep the possums away.

  • Benefit set for child fighting cancer

    HEATH SPRINGS – Motorcyclists are coming together this weekend to raise money for a 2-year-old with cancer.

    Cotton Pate has organized the Cruisin’ for Chase ride on Saturday to benefit Chase Gordon. The ride is sponsored by Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Carolinas Biker Ministries.

    Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the church, with the first bikes out at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for a single rider, and $25 for two-up bikes. The cost includes the Cruisin’ for Chase T-shirt.

  • Little Big Town coming to our town

    With their distinctive four-part harmonies and combination of country and bluegrass-tinged tunes, Little Big Town is sure to lure a few more fans into their fold on Saturday.

    That’s when the up-and-coming country group performs as part of See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. The four-time Grammy Award-nominated band is the third act to be featured in the 2009-10 series.

  • Entries sought for vets parade

    Now that the route has been established and other kinks worked out, organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are primarily concerned about participation.

    Linda Blackmon, Lancaster County Veterans Affairs officer, said registration has been considerably low thus far for the Nov. 7 parade. She believes a lot of people have been hesitant to commit amidst concern that the event would not happen.

    Due to construction of the new courthouse and new statewide guidelines regarding parades and festivals, organizers have been forced to change their plans.

  • What does agreement mean?

    On Tuesday, Red Ventures, an Internet marketing and sales company, announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land.

    As part of its relocation, the company plans on investing more than $20 million in a facility at the 521 Corporate Park, just north of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160. It also intends to bring 1,000 new jobs to the county within five to seven years.

  • Hot dog benefit to raise funds to help deputy

    Law enforcement officers and firefighters are coming together Friday to help a fellow officer in need.

    The Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and The Sworn Few Motorcycle Club are sponsoring a hot dog lunch for Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy John Jost.

    Jost, 54, was diagnosed two weeks ago with a brain tumor, said Kristen Grant, president of Sworn Few.

    He will undergo surgery to remove the tumor, which is pressing on his optic nerve and causing vision problems, Thursday.

  • Heath Springs man faces multiple burglary charges

    A Heath Springs man is in jail, charged with three September burglaries.

    Olen Dean Easler II, 29, of 3582 Stoneboro Road, is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Easler is linked to a burglary at a Woodland Drive home in Lancaster on Sept. 11, during which a safe and cash were taken.

    The safe contained cash and coins, three car titles, a deed to the home and a will. Another $1,400 in cash was taken from a jewelry box.

  • Funds being sought to clean former Lancaster Mill site

    Lancaster County Council is considering the benefits of a grant that could clean up the site of Springs Industries’ former Lancaster Plant.

    Federal brownfields grant funds are being sought from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the county would partner with the city of Lancaster on the project,  County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • Rex talks to teachers during visit to county

    South Carolina’s top education official visited Lancaster this week to talk about the good and the bad about the state’s public schools.

    Dr. Jim Rex, the state’s superintendent of education, was the keynote speaker Monday as Lancaster County School District teachers had a professional-development training day. Rex spoke twice – first to elementary teachers and then to secondary teachers.