Today's News

  • Election makes history in S.C.

    A week ago, the ground moved.  Not literally, of course. But the Nov. 2 election was obviously a huge one for the Republican Party.
    Nationwide, the GOP made impressive gains, most notably in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans gained control of the House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.
    Republicans also made impressive gains in state legislature races across the country – something that will give the party an edge when redistricting is done based on the 2010 Census numbers.

  • Veterans Day tribute to 'Ol' Harry' Slagle

    It isn’t often that someone would purposely pay tribute to a man most thought of as “just an alcoholic.” But that is precisely what I have chosen to do.
    Harry Slagle lived in a non-pretentious place called Slagle’s Happy Acres, identified by a small wooden sign hung nearby. It was little more than an old, pale green, single-room, cinder-block building, which sat off the gravel road a couple hundred yards or so from the old wooden Doby’s Bridge.

  • Van Wyck loses a great voice

    Van Wyck – Wilkie Manuel Witherspoon died the same way he lived – peacefully.
    A man known by his friends and family as a peacemaker, Witherspoon, 74, went to bed on Oct. 29, and just didn’t wake up, said his daughter, Daphne McCullough.
    “He just peacefully went,” McCullough said.
    But that’s the way he would have wanted it, said Joseph Potts, who had been Witherspoon’s friend for more than 50 years.

  • Recognition for The Rambler

    Those posed portraits, candid shots and listings of senior superlatives make for fond memories each year for students at Lancaster High School.
    The staff from the school’s yearbook, The Rambler, are to thank for organizing and putting that information together throughout the year. And now, that recognition extends beyond the Bruin family.
    The Rambler was recently selected as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association. The accolade is for the 2010 edition that came out last spring.

  • Who will seek District 16 seat?

    Now that Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land will be going to Congress, who will take his place in the state Senate?
    Mulvaney, a Republican, defeated 14-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, to win the 5th District congressional seat in Tuesday’s midterm election. Mulvaney is halfway through his term as the District 16 representative in the state Senate.
    Several names have surfaced as possible successors to Mulvaney in the District 16 seat, though no one has yet made a commitment to run.

  • A salute to veterans

    A somber but poignant drum cadence resonated to recognize military prisoners of war and missing personnel, also known as POWs and MIAs.  
    Lonnie Catoe, a POW who served in World War II, bore a black flag that read, “You are not forgtten.” The audience watched silently as six other flags were displayed – each one representing a branch of military service.
    Silent moments like this and loud cheers of appreciation characterized the scene at the annual Lancaster County Veterans Day program, held Saturday morning at the American Legion Building.

  • Rash of burglaries reported recently

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office has identified suspects they believe are responsible for a recent rash of burglaries.
    Between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of seven different burglaries or larcenies.
    Faile said one suspect was arrested Saturday. He wouldn’t release the name, as deputies are looking to arrest at least one more person, he said.
    The burglaries remain under investigation.

  • Twice-dead veteran to share experiences

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s own Jacky Bayne will share how God has worked in his life, bringing him back from the dead, not just once, but twice.
    Bayne was declared dead twice during his tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s, and although he lost his right leg and is paralyzed on his left side, he’s very much alive today, and happily married.
    He and his wife, Patsy, travel all over the area, sharing his story at churches and schools.

  • Hood, Howard thankful for re-election

    Lancaster City Councilman Kenny Hood said voters picked the better candidate in the District 1 race.
    Hood, who represents that district, defeated challenger Anthony Elder by 58 percentage points Tuesday night.
    Hood got 262 votes (79 percent) compared to Elder’s 70 votes (21 percent).
    The Lancaster County Election Commission certified the results Friday.
    “The best candidate won,” Hood said. “The work I’ve done speaks for itself.”

  • Habitat may get $10,000 from anonymous donor

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County may soon receive a sizable contribution, but needs the community’s help for it to materialize.
    A Lancaster resident has promised to donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group is able to raise the same amount through donations. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
    “We know the individual,” said Virginia Biggerstaff, who serves on the board for the local Habitat. “I have been assured that he plans to follow through. He’s assured us he has the money.”