Today's News

  • TEA Party has true values at heart

    A while back signs with former President George W. Bush’s face on them saying, “Do you miss me yet?” started to appear. Yes, I miss Bush, as much as I’ll miss a second term of Obama’s kindergarten, Marxist economics.

    Are you kidding me? For the last hundred years, presidents, Congress, of both parties, and the Supreme Court have denuded our Constitution.

  • Camp Meeting Time

    Ninety-year-old Sarah Crockett hasn’t lost her zeal for life.

    The great-great-grandmother hasn’t lost her zeal for the camp meeting at Mount Carmel AME Zion Church, either.

    The wagons and buggies Crockett recalls seeing when she came to camp meeting for the first time in 1932, as a 12 year old, are gone. They’ve been replaced by motor homes.

    “Back then, very few people had cars,” she said.

  • Buford department started in old cannery

    Just about everyone remembers where they were at 8:46  a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacking terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City.

    But that’s not today’s “Do You Remember?” question.

    The question is whether you can recall where you were the morning of Nov. 8, 2008.

    Robbie Clanton, 19, sure can.

    He was on his way to Buford High School from his Coot Sistare Road home when he saw a dark black plume of smoke coming from Pageland Highway.

  • Girl Scout Monkey Madness project helps local causes

    Family Promise and local law enforcement are about to get a dose of “Monkey Madness” from Girl Scouts Nicole Hudson and Michaella Oswald.

    The two 14 year olds, members of Girl Scout Troop 3671, have  launched a pajama and stuffed toy drive drive to benefit both as a community service project for their Girl Scout Silver Awards.

    The Girl Scout Silver award is the second highest award Girl Scouts can earn.

  • A night from hell - 1984 church fires

    Older members of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department remember where they were in the wee hours of July 13, 1984.      

    After a late-night electrical storm on July 12, much of the Buford area was quiet because of a power outage.

    But all of that changed about 1:45 a.m. when the county sheriff’s department received a call that Pleasant Plain Baptist Church on Shiloh Unity Road was on fire.

  • Cardboard mixes with linoleum flooring

    I learned early on that you gotta have a back-up plan. I was also grateful that Grandma Evans lived on South Market Street and her house overlooked the L&C Railroad.

    Talk about a busy place, there was always something going on at the tracks by those dark wooden warehouses which stretched about down to the Southern Railway Station.

    We knew that section of town as the depot, but visitors just called it South Main Street.

    It wasn’t just a train depot, though. There was a bunch of businesses around it, including Mr. Bailey’s grocery store.

  • Community Playhouse receives nominations for regional awards

    A dark comedy about Southern living has garnered the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County nine award nominations from the Metrolina Theater Association.

    The play has been nominated for outstanding production in the regional (South) category.

    Several Playhouse actors have been nominated for their roles in “Sordid Lives.” They are:

    • Wayne Carter of Indian Land, for outstanding direction

    • David Hensley of Rock Hill, outstanding performance by a supporting male actor, for his role as Ty Williamson

  • County may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites

    The experiment worked, and now the county may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites.

    Darin Robinson, director of the county’s public works department, spoke to County Council on Tuesday to present the results of a test the county has conducted at two convenience sites since January. Convenience sites are where residents dump their trash and recyclable materials.

  • City Council candidate disputes residency claim

    Lancaster City Council District 1 candidate Anthony Elder says his opponent, incumbent Kenny Hood, has spread a false rumor that he doesn’t live at his listed address.

    Elder, who’s running for elected office for the first time, has a listed address of 707 Miller St. Extension. But ever since he filed to run for the District 1 seat, The Lancaster News has received several calls from anonymous residents who say Elder doesn’t live there.

  • Jury awards family $3 million

    A jury awarded $3 million last week to the family of a man who was killed after he ran into the back of a S.C. Department of Transportation dump truck in 2004.

    John L. “Johnny” Thompson, 59, of 926 Hope Place, died of head injuries after running into the back of the dump truck. SCDOT workers had stopped the truck in the middle of a lane of S.C. 903 to pick up a deer carcass on the side of the highway.