Today's News

  • Mickles recall changes since 1940s

    KERSHAW – John “J.T.” and Mable Mickle have seen a lot of changes for black Americans in their lives.

    J.T., 87, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, while the military was still segregated and later became one of the first blacks to work in manufacturing with DuPont in Camden.

    Mable, 82, was a teacher who helped integrate a Kershaw school in the late 1960s.

    Both grew up in Kershaw, J.T. on the east side, and Mable on the west. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 2, 2009.

    World War II  veteran

  • Will address issue affect census count?

    As Lancaster County readies for the 2010 U.S. Census, many Indian Land residents are worried about how their responses will be counted.

    Ted Hoover, vice president of the Indian Land Action Council, has spoken to several Indian Land residents who are concerned their census data could be accidentally counted in York County, affecting Lancaster County’s chances for school funding, road improvements or extra representation at the county and state levels.

    Their fear stems from the confusion between who lives in Indian Land and who lives in neighboring Fort Mill.

  • Lancaster native gives $1M to Clemson center

    CLEMSON – Investments by Lancaster native C. Tycho Howle and an anonymous private sector partner, along with a state match, total $4 million to support an endowed chair position in the Cyber-Institute Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) at Clemson University.

    Howle and the anonymous private sector partner each invested $1 million to support the research and infrastructure of the center, and that will be matched by the state.

  • Cutting back

    Roses always make a dazzling appearance on Valentine’s Day.

    But if you want the roses planted in your yard to cause a similar stir in upcoming months, now is the time to get started.

    February is still too early to cut back many plants, but it is the perfect time to prune roses.

    “The old story goes that if you prune roses on President’s Day, you’ll have blooms on Mother’s Day,” said Betsy Steele of Lancaster Garden Club.

  • Sew what?

    It’s pretty evident that Janet Nelson has a strong attachment to sewing.

    Nelson shows it everywhere she goes with a personalized license plate that reads “LV2QWLT.”

    Someone once asked her if it meant that she loved to quilt or lived to quilt.

    “I told ’em both,” Nelson said in a 2007 interview.

    For Nelson, that love of fabric hasn’t changed, but the fabric of her life sure has.

    The woman who loves and lives to quilt is just hanging on by a thread these days as her life slowly and silently slips away.

  • Blood Be Upon Your Head

    For more than 200 years, the debate has raged over what happened in eastern Lancaster County between British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and Col. Abraham Buford’s Virginia Detachment.

    What is known is that on May 29, 1780, Tarleton’s dragoons and mounted infantry caught up with the Continentals about 3 p.m.

    Within 15 minutes, 113 of Buford’s infantry had been killed, 150 were wounded and 53 were missing or captured.

    Tarleton’s force of 275 men had only four killed and 15 wounded.

  • I don't hoard, I just forget

    I can identify with the folks on this new cable television show who have an inability to part with belongings they should’ve thrown out long ago.

    At one time, I conceived a plan to sort our accumulated junk and haul it off to the green boxes by the racetrack on a regular basis.

    However, since retirement, that’s kind of got shoved to the back of the drawer, so to speak.

    Of course, I can’t blame anybody else. I have fallen down on my job.

    But in my defense, stuff just looks different now.

  • Eight groups receive Sims grants

    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  

    Eight organizations in Lancaster and Chester counties are the recipients of grants totaling $292,469.

  • Mother lives with anger, sadness

    KERSHAW – Shedrick “Simp” Sowell was well-liked as a student at Andrew Jackson High School.

    He played football for the Volunteers and worked for Small’s Grocery in Kershaw, starting in high school and beyond. Many people in the small town knew him from the grocery store.

    He was considered very good looking, said his mother, Barbara Jackson, 61. He sang in church, and had a daughter, Kantara, who Jackson said he loved.

    Jackson cherishes a Mother’s Day card she received from Sowell years ago.

  • Council considers aligning terms of board, commission members

    County Council discussed two potential ordinances last week that could change the terms of office for the members of county boards and commissions.

    Council considered first drafts of ordinances that would align the terms of office of council appointees to county boards and commissions with the terms of office of the respective council members who appoint them.