Today's News

  • Honeycutt, Tilman vie for District 4 seat

    Job creation and economic development are top issues in the only contested County Council race on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    Democratic incumbent Larry Honeycutt will face Republican newcomer Philip Tillman in the District 4 contest. The district includes several neighborhoods north of the city of Lancaster, near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and north along U.S. 521.

    District 2 incumbent Charlene McGriff and District 6 incumbent Jack Estridge, both Democrats, face no opposition as they seek re-election.


  • Mulvaney has pledged to fight for all Americans

    “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user,” said Theodore Roosevelt in 1913. It is as true today, as it was a century ago.

    Americans know they have been herded – at stampede speed – down a steep, treacherous and unfamiliar path by Democrats such as Congressman John Spratt to “fundamentally transform America.”  But transform America into what, exactly?

  • Heath Springs has one of oldest departments

    HEATH SPRINGS – A single firefighter – Joey Plyler of the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department – was the initial responder to a fire at the American Wax plant.

    The day was July 25, 2001.

    Flames were shooting out of the building when Plyler arrived, and he radioed 911 dispatchers for more manpower. They asked him what he needed.

    “There’s plenty of fire for everyone,” he radioed back.

  • Spratt has country's interest at heart

    Jack Simpson’s guest column in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News attacking John Spratt is a model of wild assertions and misguided perceptions.

    He claims Spratt voted for “federal control over almost every facet of our lives.” What bill was that in?

    The failed incomprehensible bailouts he mentioned must be the complex federal support that stopped the collapse of our free market financial system, most of the funds for which have been paid back at a profit to the taxpayer.

  • Spratt has lost sight of people's needs

    Joblessness continues to rise in South Carolina while U.S. Rep. John Spratt votes 98.2 percent with the Washington cartel: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

    From July to August, joblessness rose from a terrible 10.7 percent to a horrific 11 percent. Unemployment was 4.6 percent when Mr. Spratt and his party took control of Congress in January 2007.  The Dow was 12,621.

    Last month, the private sector, which pays the taxes that Mr. Spratt loves to spend, just lost another 2,200 jobs in South Carolina.

  • Brookchase residents OK bonds for neighborhood improvements

    Residents from the Brookchase neighborhood overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new tax district on Saturday.

    As part of a special vote, Brookchase residents voted 76-5 in support of creating the Brookchase Special Tax District to generate funding for repairs to roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood. The Brookchase neighborhood is located in Indian Land off U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.

  • Three candidates vying for IL school board seat

    Don McCorkle is seeking a second term on the Lancaster County school board, while Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton are each looking to become representatives for the first time.

    The three men are vying for the school board’s District 1 seat, which covers Indian Land.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

    Hughes, 65, decided two years ago that he would run for the District 1 seat. He said he wants to serve his neighbors and friends, and has a “deep dedication” to teaching.

  • Up-close and personal lessons for Erwin Elementary students

    An up-close look at bees and talks about ecosystems were just some of the hands-on experiences for students at Erwin Elementary School as the school held its Environmental Discovery Day.

    Dozens of agencies and other community members visited the school Friday to talk about various aspects of science and the environment.

    Booths featured 24 different exhibits, with more than 100 people playing a part in the event.

  • 3 to run for school position

    Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

    Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

    The special election will be Nov. 30.

    Ronald Burke

    Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

    He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.

  • Think Lancaster First campaign aims to help local businesses

    Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, hopes that group’s new Think Lancaster First marketing campaign can help give local businesses a better chance to stay open.

    The campaign, which was launched Sept. 28, will feature posters, fliers and other materials encouraging Lancaster County residents to think about Lancaster County businesses before heading outside the county to shop, dine or get other services.

    Faile believes the campaign is a “component of a strategy” that can prevent local small businesses from closing.