Today's News

  • Fired officer seeks hearing

    Former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster for his March 2 termination.

    According to city code, a grievance is defined as any complaint by an employee that he or she has been treated unfairly under city policies pertaining to employment. That could include discharge, suspension, involuntary transfer, promotion and demotion.

  • Councilwoman would like for city employees to get pay raises

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Sara Eddins wants to see all city employees get across-the-board raises.

    Eddins said she believes the city can afford to give its employees cost-of-living raises for the remainder of this year and for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

    Eddins said that will help retain quality employees.

    “I think the city can afford this,” she said  recently. “I want to keep these people.”

    Finance director James Absher ran a cost analysis and found that:

  • A recap of the 14 cold cases featured in our series

    Here is a recap of the 14 cold cases The Lancaster News has featured in our series over the past five weeks:

    Coley Patterson

    Coley Patterson, 79, who lived on Fork Hill Road near Kershaw, was an Alzheimer’s patient with a history of getting lost. He disappeared on Oct. 13, 2006, and never returned home.

    Some officials believe Patterson may have died from the elements or of natural causes, though no remains of his body were ever found.

    His son, Coley Patterson Jr., believes foul play was involved in his disappearance.

  • Master hoop players to return

    Get ready for an evening full of the type of basketball tricks you typically only see on TV highlight reels.

    The Harlem MagicMasters are returning to Lancaster for the third time. The team will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lancaster High School gymnasium.

    The opposing squad – the Fatherhood Dream Team – consists of local community members.

    Advance tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for everyone else. The price at the door will be $8 for students and seniors, while everyone else will have to pay $10.

  • Springs House in February Yard of the Month

    In 2007, the yard of the Springs House on West Gay Street received a little makeover from The Lancaster Garden Club.

    Six boxwoods found a new home along the front porch. 

    Now, after a complete overhaul last spring, the joint headquarters for Lancaster County Council of the Arts and See Lancaster SC and arts gallery has been named as the February Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs. In February, the council always selects a business or public building as its yard of the month.

  • I struck a match to Mama's trust

    Bless Pete, Saturday was finally here. After a tough week, I was ready for a trip to the picture show.

    These weekend adventures had become a big deal for me. I had finally reached the “age of trust.”

    That meant I was now old enough to walk uptown by myself and go to the Saturday morning show without an adult chaperon.

    However, Mama’s general definition of trust was somewhat different.

    “That means you’re old enough to have good sense about some things,” she said.

  • JAARS sets open house for Saturday

    WAXHAW – JAARS will hold its first JAARS Day of 2010 on Saturday.

    JAARS Day is an opportunity to see how the life-transforming work of Bible translation is done and how to become a part of it, JAARS media relations officer Arthur Lightbody said.

    “Just over 1,200 people attended a JAARS Day in 2009 and 2,300 took one of the daily tours to learn how JAARS reaches the Bibleless people,” he said.

    “More than 2,200 language groups around the world have no Scriptures,” Lightbody said.

  • Woman thankful for Samaritan act

    FORT LAWN – If you found $100 on the floor, would you keep it?

    A Fort Lawn restaurant waitress doesn’t believe that keeping such found money would be the right thing to do. And the person who had lost the money is glad to see there are still some honest people in the world.

    On Thursday morning, the day after shopping and dining with her husband in Fort Lawn, Linda Truesdale realized she was missing something.

    An envelope containing $100 was gone.

  • Fighting fires to be taught in schools?

    County Council unanimously approved a proposal Monday to move forward on planning for a vocational firefighter training program.

    The proposed elective class, which would be taught in area high schools, is part of an effort to generate interest in and boost membership at the county’s fire departments.

  • In search of buried history

    Don’t be fooled.

    The plastic yellow pin flags in a cow pasture across the road from the Buford Battleground don’t indicate the route of underground utilities leading to the Dollar General store now under construction on Pageland Highway.

    Those markers don’t have anything to do with intersection improvements, either.

    Those small flags have everything to do with the three historical markers that are directly across Rocky River Road (S.C. 522).

    Archaeologists have found the actual battlefield of the Buford Massacre.