Today's News

  • Hog Jam time in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Here piggy, piggy, piggy.

    It’s time once again for Lancaster County residents to head down to Kershaw and get their barbecue on, as the two-day Hog Jam gets underway Friday night. The festival is sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce.

    Twenty-two teams from the Carolinas have signed up to compete in the festival’s barbecue cook-off.

    The festivities start at 6 p.m. Friday, with a performance by the band, The Mighty Kicks, which plays beach and shag music.

  • Council says no to spending $125,000 to match grant

    Kathy Wilds wants to help put area residents back to work, but she’ll have to do it without funding from County Council.

    Wilds, director of the non-profit organization Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative, asked council members Tuesday to consider matching a literacy grant she’s applying for from Microsoft, the software firm that makes Windows and other software applications.

    The $250,000 grant would include $125,000 from Microsoft, but it requires an equal match.

  • Council considers fire district

    Jan Tacy wants county officials to turn the idea for a unified Indian Land fire district into a reality.

    Tacy, secretary for grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council, has been spearheading a proposal to create an Indian Land fire protection district. She said the idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area currently covered by the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Honest to goodness heroes

    In the final scene of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wakes up to find Auntie Em and Uncle Henry fussing over her after she had a bump on the head.

    But they aren’t alone; Professor Marvel and Uncle Henry’s three farm hands, Hickory, Hunk and Zeke show up, too.

    That’s the fairy tale version that ends happily ever after.

    Sometimes, life imitates art.

    It happened some six years on Rowell Road, when our daughter, Betty Jo, quit breathing in the middle of the night after a seizure.

  • The community caretakers

    It is amazing how far our fire service has come since, say, the 1950s.

    The story Rich Hill firefighters told me about cutting holes into a house and filling it with water to put a fire out still brings a smile to my face.

    Now, firefighters learn the science of fire in their intensive courses they must take in order to go inside a building and battle the flames.

    But what really gets me about these men, and women, is their care and concern they have for their communities.

  • Human bones found by dog

    KERSHAW – Human remains were discovered in a wooded area just outside the town of Kershaw on Friday night.

    County Sheriff Barry Faile said a Kershaw resident called the sheriff’s office after his dog found the bones and brought them into his yard.

    “We recovered what the dog found (Friday night) and then we went back this morning and did a grid search,” Faile said Saturday afternoon.

  • Alexander to be honored for ministry work

    On Sunday, the  Lancaster community will gather to commemorate the first International Missions Day Celebration in recognition of apostle Ollie Alexander for her ministry work.   

    Celebration festivities will start at 1 p.m. at Deliverance Word of Faith Church, 500-B Palmetto St.,  Lancaster.

    The community is invited to come experience the taste of Africa in food and culture. There will be African attire, displays, singing, dancing, drummers and speakers. Guests are encouraged to wear African attire.

  • We're grateful to firefighters

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to walk into a burning house dressed in firefighter turnout gear, but Jay Hayes and Mark Steele of the Unity Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to work hours and hours over a week preparing for a huge community barbecue, but Randy White and Dennis Cauthen of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to ask fellow volunteers to commit to catching up on work we’ve let slide, but Jeff Walden of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department can.

  • September Yard of the Month

    If you haven’t driven through the College Place subdivision adjacent to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Hubbard Drive, you are missing a treat.  

    Not only is the development beginning to fill with beautiful homes, the lawns are immaculately landscaped.

    One of those yards is especially eye-catching and grabbed the attention of Lancaster Garden Club member Joyce Morin.

    Morin said the yard of George and Yvonne Dobson, at 1040 Lyndon Drive, really stands out.  

  • Sweet 16

    Every teenage girl has her own unique style when is comes to tunes, food, colors and decorations.

    For Andrew Jackson High School sophomore Tori Roberts, that includes country and contemporary Christian music, Caesar salads, green and polka dots.

    With those kinds of tastes, you would think that Tori’s Sweet 16 birthday party at 6 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Kershaw might include some of those elements.

    After all, a 16th birthday is special and only comes around once.