Today's News

  • Rabies vaccination clinics begin April 3

    Jesef Williams
    Listen up, pet owners.
    The time has arrived to schedule rabies vaccinations for your cats and dogs.
    Faulkner Animal Hospital in Lancaster is once again holding vaccination clinics throughout the county. Residents are urged to bring their cats and dogs to get a rabies shot, which is $5.
    The vaccinations are required by state law.  
    “We just encourage all pet owners to come out and get the shots,” clinic facilitator Randie Horton said. “They are important.”

  • Schools rack up Palmetto Awards

    Reece Murphy
    Nearly all of Lancaster County’s schools won Palmetto Gold or Silver Awards this year a dramatic change that come as the result of changes in judging criteria.
    Now in its 11th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap based on data from the state’s annual school report cards.

  • Deputies investigate double murder

    Reece Murphy
    A shooting at a night club resulted in the deaths of two Lancaster men Friday night, one of whom was a suspect in a 2010 murder recently released on bond.
    The shooting came just hours after an unrelated incident in Heath Springs in which a woman reportedly shot her boyfriend.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the “The Café” night club on Old Landsford Road in Lancaster at 10:57 p.m. Old Landsford Road.

  • 5K Race for Literacy is May 5

    Carolinas Literacy Network
    The third annual race for the 5K Race for Literacy is at  8 a.m. May 5 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    The Literacy 5K race is a charity event created to raise awareness of literacy programs supported by Carolinas Literacy Network. Money raised by the Race for Literacy are used by Carolinas Literacy Network to guide collaboration of learners, literacy providers and supporters toward improving regional literacy levels.

  • Land trust receives two conservation easements

    Katawba Valley Land Trust
    The Katawba Valley Land Trust received two conservation easements that protect an additional  380 acres.
    A 187-acre conservation easement was donated by the Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster and northern Kershaw counties.
    The donation is the second easement donated to KVLT by the Stoneboro Plantation LLC.
    The total protected acreage is 751 acres on the heavily wooded property, which protects the headwaters of Little Beaver Creek.

  • Morrison receives service award

    Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District
    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District board of commissioners presented the Rev. R. A. Morrison with an exceptional service award on Feb. 6.
    The award was in recognition for his 16 years of service as a chaplain for the district.
    Morrison a pastor, farmer and family man at one time headed a sweet potato farming cooperative, and continues to farm with family members on his farm near Steele Hill AME Zion Church.

  • Ten easy projects to get a jump on spring

    Scotts Miracle-Gro
    When spring fever hits, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed with all the things you want to do in the yard. Here’s a simple list that will help you get your garden ready for good weather.  
    You can start with this checklist as soon as weather permits.
    If you can get these things done in the coming weeks, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying spring when it gets into full swing.

  • Programs available for landowners

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    April 6 is the deadline to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Late applications will not be accepted.
    The Conservation Reserve Program retires erodible row crop land by planting trees, grass or wildlife foods and the program also benefits pastureland in streamside areas.

  • Coalition draws healthy crowd for Teen Night

    I would like to thank all who came out to support the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth’s annual Teen Night, held March 7 at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • It’s not about contraception

    Many people have become unswervingly convinced that the ongoing controversy surrounding the administration’s health-care mandate has something to do with contraceptives.
    Certainly that’s what the mandate itself deals with – and clearly that’s the narrative the president’s political and media allies are aggressively (and, so far, successfully) advancing. But contraception actually has very little to do with the uproar.
    First, let’s recap what started this debate in the first place.