Today's News

  • Sunday auction to raise money for playground at Stevens Park

    KERSHAW – Those searching for bargains and trying to support good causes can do both this weekend.
    A benefit auction for the Stevens Park playground is 7 p.m. Sunday at Kershaw Auction House on North Hampton Street (the old Center Theatre).
    Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the Kershaw Community Park Council, said its members are looking forward to hosting the fundraiser.
    “All proceeds go to help fund the new playground,” Timmons said.

  • New kids’ librarian feels right at home

    “How does a dinosaur eat all of his food?” asks Amanda Antonacci as she begins reading to 2- and 3-year-olds. “Does he burp? Does he belch or make noises quite rude?”
    Antonacci is the new Lancaster County children’s librarian, and she loves her job.
    “I love to read them stories…. They are fun to laugh with, so if I can find a funny story that they just think is hilarious, it’s even better,” she said. “It’s just fun to play.”

  • Schoolkids learn local landmarks with Read Across America video

    Lancaster County students are celebrating Read Across America today by being among some of the first to watch a video about the county they call home, featuring some big names around Lancaster.
    “The county wanted to partner together to do a reading program,” said David Knight, public relations director for the county school district.

  • Billy Graham preached at LHS stadium in 1950

    It’s estimated that over six decades, Billy Graham shared the Gospel with 215 million people during crusades in 185 countries.
    And Graham, whose funeral is today in Charlotte, delivered one of his early sermons in Lancaster.
    At age 31, the evangelist spoke to more than 3,000 on March 18, 1950, at the old Lancaster High School football field on Wylie Street.
    Elizabeth Mahaffee Phillips, now 86, was there.

  • Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

    Tiger and Gamecock supporters will always be rivals, but that doesn’t keep them from teaming up for a common purpose once a year.
    On Wednesday, Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster presented checks for $20,000 each to the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation and Clemson University.
    “We’re are grateful to the organizers of Big Thursday of Lancaster for their work again this year in organizing such a successful fundraiser,” said USCL Dean Walt Collins.

  • Lancaster man gets 15 years in drug killing

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced in Rock Hill General Sessions Court to 15 years in prison for killing a man in 2016 over an of ounce of marijuana.
    Ernest Markevius Thompson, 23, of the 2100 block of Pheasant Drive, was sentenced to 15 years without parole after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in the May 2016 shooting of 20-year-old Isaiah Shinn, according to 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

  • Cemetery hit again

    For the third time in 19 months, vandals have caused extensive damage at Lancaster’s historic Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery, breaking six of the tombstones this week and knocking over nine more.
    The vandalism is believed to have occurred between late Sunday night and Wednesday night, according to John Craig, chairman of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.

  • Human remains off South 200

    Human remains were found Thursday at 1838 High Point Circle after the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office got a tip that someone had been killed there.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators recovered the remains at mid-afternoon on the property, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Road, but the victim has yet to be identified.
    Sheriff Barry Faile indicated a suspect was being held, but he provided no further details.

  • Column: Car buyers, don’t be surprised by 2 taxes, assorted fees

    A convertible Camaro would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new rides come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay personal property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax on the purchase to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!