Today's News

  • Two nights of gospel music come to Lancaster

    Blessed to be a blessing is the philosophy two Lancaster groups synonymous with gospel music firmly believe in.
    Now, thanks to the local support they’ve received, they are giving back.  
    Free gospel music concerts, featuring some of the area’s best vocalists, are on tap for tonight and Saturday.
    At 7 p.m. tonight, GlennMark Promotions will host its annual fan appreciation Southern gospel concert at Second Baptist Church, featuring King’s Cause, The Heritage Quartet and the Good News Quartet.

  • Quilters win national contest

    The Magic Needle Quilt Guild won national recognition in the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for the most quilts donated by one group.
    In July, nine members of the Magic Needle Quilt Guild traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., with 246 quilts packed in a truck and a van to donate to the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge.
    The members who took the quilts to Washington were Terri Harich, Brenda Marshall, Janet Nelson and her husband, Ron, Judy Phillips, Emma Thompson, Pat Ussery, Marjorie Vincent and Christine Williams.

  • School board incumbents win re-election

    All of the Lancaster County school board members on the ballot Tuesday won re-election.
    Don McCorkle, who represents District 1, bested two challengers – political newcomers Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton.
    McCorkle got 2,137 votes (47 percent). Sexton garnered 1,529 votes (34 percent) and Hughes got 860 votes (percent).
    All of the figures are unofficial. The county's Election Commission will certify the results Friday.
    McCorkle said he had to get out and campaign a lot more than he did in 2006. He believes his message resonated with voters.

  • Long keeps S.C. House seat

    Republican incumbent Deborah A. Long won the S.C. House District 45 seat over Democrat Mary L. Bernsdorff in Tuesday's general election.
    According to unofficial results from the Lancaster and York County Election Commissions, Long won 65 percent of the vote, which was 10,272 votes. Bernsdorff trailed at 35 percent with 5,522 votes.
    In Lancaster County, Long received 6,974 votes or 61 percent of the vote, compared to Bernsdorff's 4,518 votes, or 39 percent of the vote.

  • ILHS band 10th in state here

    INDIAN LAND – Band director Mathew Willis said he’s proud of how well the Indian Land High School marching band performed this season, its first year in Class 2A.
    Indian Land finished 10th Saturday at the 2A state finals at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
    Pendleton High School of Anderson County captured the championship.
    Thirteen bands competed in the Class 2A state finals Saturday – seven from Lower State and six from Upper State.

  • County seeks input from residents in survey

    As the county begins to gather information for its first strategic plan, officials are asking the public to weigh in on the process.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeffery Naftal said county officials have developed a survey as part of the county’s strategic planning process.  He said it’s important council hear directly from residents about the needs of the county.

  • Veterans Day parade will be Saturday

    Get out your red, white and blue to cheer your local veterans this weekend.
    The county’s annual Veterans Day parade is Saturday in downtown Lancaster.
    More than 70 parade entries have signed up participate.
    “What we have now is absolutely wonderful,” county  Veterans Affairs Officer Robin Helms said about the number of entries. “This is right on target.”
    Lineup for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Humana (Kanawha) parking lot on White Street.

  • Council approves referendum on Indian Land Fire District

    Pat Latour urged Lancaster County Council last week to move forward with plans for an Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    The Indian Land resident was one of many supporters, and a few detractors, who spoke at council’s Oct. 26 meeting about the creation of a potential special tax district in Indian Land.
    The idea was introduced by members of grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council, several of whom also attended the meeting, as a way to generate revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Local and state complete election results

    Local Races

    * Denotes winner

    (I) Denotes incumbent

  • Hunter deserves his day of honor

    Wade Hunter is what’s right about Kershaw. The Lancaster County small town has its share of positives, and Hunter is a major plus.
    The 81-year-old drew the spotlight at a recent meeting of the Kershaw Town Council.
    Hunter, a 10-year member of council and the town’s mayor pro tem, was honored by his fellow council members, who declared Dec. 11, 2010,  as Wade Hunter Day.
    It could be any day because few days pass in Kershaw that Hunter isn’t doing something positive for his town.