Today's News

  • County to review its technology

    County Council approved conducting a review of the county’s information-technology capabilities at its meeting Monday.

    Council unanimously passed a motion to accept a proposal from Columbia-based IT-service firm VC3. The motion allows the company to complete an assessment of the county’s IT infrastructure, looking at the condition and stability of various systems. This includes examining computer servers, e-mail systems, anti-virus programs and workstations in county-owned buildings.

  • You may help solve some cold case files

    Imagine a loved one disappearing without a trace. That when he walked out the door, his family would never see him again.

    Imagine finding your loved one shot to death in his own home. His killer or killers still unknown.

    Imagine every parent’s nightmare – the call in the middle of the night. Your 19-year-old daughter’s body found in a burning car. Her date’s body is in the trunk of the torched vehicle.

    These are the horrors that no one wants to face. Yet, several Lancaster County residents have done just that.

  • Honor contributions by blacks year-round

    History is the framework that gives us leverage into the future and a raison d’etre for today. All of us, black and white, need awareness and strengthening in our understanding of what blacks have accomplished – great and small.

    Did you know Maggie Walker (1867-1934) was America’s first black female president of a bank? Mrs. Walker was honored for her contribution to Richmond, Va.’s economic and civic progress by the governor of state. She grew up in dire poverty, but finished high school.  

  • Writer grateful for 'Mill Hill Memories'

    I would like to thank the Rev. Bill Knight for the book, “Mill Hill Memories,” he recently completed. Bill spent approximately three years interviewing people, collecting photos, personal stories and information from families and other sources. I appreciate his tireless effort and long hours spent putting this book together.

    Thanks to him I now have many years of photos and memorials combined in one book.

  • McCants misquoted in column

    In the Jan. 31 edition of The Lancaster News, I wrote a column titled, “We cannot judge what goes on in another person’s mind.”

    In that column, I misquoted Myra McCants. I said McCants wrote in a Dec. 30 letter to the editor that anyone who commits suicide commits an unforgivable sin in the eyes of God.

    McCants did not use those words. McCants actually said, “Suicide is a selfish act.”

  • Cigarette tax solution for S.C. woes

    A great deal of debate ensued recently when I announced a proposal to raise South Carolina’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax to the national average, with the proceeds split between health care and education. I remain convinced that this is the right course of action for our state.

  • Arrowood doesn’t want to be in city

    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Lancaster City Council will vote on an ordinance to annex four Arrowood Estates lots into the city. If it passes, this vote will open the door for more of Arrowood to be annexed.

    In 1962, my father started development of a subdivision outside the city limits. With him, our family trekked through deep woods as he imagined and planned how this subdivision would evolve. He found an arrow that would determine the name for his, and others, dream, Arrowood.

  • Motel fire ruled arson

    A fire at a vacant motel last week has been ruled an arson, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Dozens of firefighters from the city of Lancaster and several county volunteer departments battled the Feb. 24 blaze at the former Budget Inn on North Main Street. The 40-room motel, which has been closed for several years, is behind the Travelodge.

    Arson investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division were called to assist the Lancaster Police Department with the investigation.

  • Education Oversight Committee not needed

    I am writing this letter as a businessman, parent, taxpayer, a fiscal conservative and former chair of the State Board of Education. We have an opportunity in South Carolina to reduce some of the public education bureaucracy in Columbia by sunsetting the Education Oversight Committee (EOC.)

    I ask the General Assembly to support the bill introduced by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), which will do exactly this.

  • USCL offers oral history workshop

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will host a workshop designed to give local community members training in oral history collection.

    Recognizing that families, churches and other centers of worship, and even businesses and civic organizations, often have histories that are not written down, but are carried in the memories of elders in the community, USCL is bringing together a group of scholars and oral historians to promote the collection of oral history and local community traditions.