Today's News

  • Trooper killed in early morning crash in Lancaster County

    A York County state trooper was killed in a crash while on duty in Lancaster County early Saturday morning.

    Cpl. Dana Kevin Cusack, 45, of Clover, was killed in a single-car crash on S.C. 200 near the Douglas Road intersection about 3:30 a.m., according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Cusack was on duty at the time of the crash and was driving a marked S.C. Highway Patrol car.

  • Spratt stands behind vote on health-care bill

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt stands behind his vote on the health-care bill that passed Congress last week, but he is taking heat for his vote from the man who hopes to unseat him in November.

    Spratt, D-5th District, was one of 219 House Democrats to vote in favor of the bill on March 21. There were 212 votes against the bill, which included all House Republicans and 34 Democrats.

    Spratt, whose district includes Lancaster County, said he voted for the bill because it will put insurance within the reach of 32 million more people, raising coverage to 95 percent of all Americans.

  • City needs more officers like Parsons

    The people of Lancaster are speaking loudly. Yet City Council and other elected officials don’t seem to hear. What citizens want are answers, explanations and absolution for what can only be described as the most unwarranted decision this decade.

    The termination of Detective Pat Parsons is unfair in itself, and though it can be rectified by his reinstatement, I fear the damage has already been done.

  • Writer questions judicial system

    Is there something wrong with our judicial system?

    Last October, a person was stopped for speeding on Pageland Highway, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol. The officer found marijuana, a bag of prescription pill bottles, a bag with $9,280 in cash and a gun.

    Do you think this person is suffering the consequences? No, he was recommended for pre-trial intervention (PTI).

    Again, I ask, is something wrong with our system?

    Milbry Johnson

  • Parsons appeals to grievance committee

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said he applauded an 18-year-old man for not retaliating against a detective who was questioning him about a stolen scooter.

    The detective, former Sgt. Pat Parsons, was fired March 2 after the teen, LaDarius Truesdale, and his mother, Angela Thompson, filed complaints against Parsons in February.

    Parsons’ hearing to appeal his firing was held Monday in City Council chambers by the city’s six-member employee grievance committee, which consists of employees from various city departments.

  • Prepare for spring, politics

    Yes, it’s that time of the season again. No, not the beginning of springtime, although that season is now upon us after an unusually wet and cold winter.

    Most folks are probably glad that spring is here and the days are warmer and longer and the first spring flowers are starting to bloom. It’s not just the beginning of spring, though.

    It’s also the beginning of political season – at least the official beginning of the political season, as candidate filing for the elective offices that are open this year started March 16.

  • Happy Pranksgiving

    I love a good April 1 prank. Just ask Jane Alford.

    The editor of Carolina Gateway found herself as the butt of one of my stunts several years ago.

    I called her one April Fools’ Day morning, pretending to be small business owner to report that a paper box belonging to The Lancaster News had been stolen.

    To be honest, that phone conversation lasted a lot longer that I initially thought it would.

    Evidently, I was rather convincing in a my role as the “Kwikee Mart” proprietor.

  • Sick days do have a few perks

    According to Momma (and the Esso Oil Co. calendar hanging on the back of our kitchen door), it was finally spring.

    Goodbye, cold frosty mornings. A hearty hello to yellow bell (forsythia) bushes and jonquils, which were waking up in just about every yard along Chesterfield Avenue.

    Trouble was, I had a real doozy of a cold, sniffles, coughing and a fever.

    I felt terrible (except for the fact I was spending this Monday at home).

  • Area students receive honors during awards’ program on March 25

    Oftentimes, a student’s personality and attitude mean a whole lot more than the grades they make in class.

    While high expectations are placed on schools and students to meet certain standards, there are moments where principals can take a step back and recognize students for their unmeasurable qualities.

    And that’s where the Principals’ Choice Awards come in.

  • Issues of adolescents

    INDIAN LAND – Almost every seat was full as Robin Estrada dimmed the lights and began her presentation in a small classroom at Indian Land Middle School on March 9.

    But the scene was a little different from the typical English class filled with 12-year-old students. Instead, almost 20 parents crammed into the classroom to hear one of five presentations at the Real Talk with Parents for Parents seminar hosted by the school.