Today's News

  • Education accountability remains strong in state

    South Carolina has been a leader in education accountability for more than a decade.

    Well before Congress imposed the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind, our state, unlike most, had set its own very challenging goals, combining high standards, demanding assessments, ambitious achievement targets and accountability for results in a comprehensive system often praised as an example for the nation.

  • Michigan looks to SC for guidance on transparency

     In late October, I was honored to be contacted by leaders of the Michigan state legislature who had heard about my office’s government transparency efforts and hope to emulate those efforts in their own state. 

  • County needs company like Springs

    When I was 16 years old I went to work for Springs Industries. I was a clean up, blow-off hand on the second shift in the weave room. I worked for Springs most of my working life. It was the place to work.

    All of us who worked for Springs had a job that we knew was going to give us full-time work. I worked hard and tried to make the most of my job. I was fortunate enough to get a number of appointments in supervision.

  • Support veterans by attending parade

    They represented various wars – World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. There were even some prisoners of war.

    They – veterans – were participating in last year’s Veterans Day parade in downtown Lancaster. They were the honorees. Those standing on the sidewalks, waving their hands and small American flags were doing the honoring.

  • LHS tennis team has successful program

     A rising star in Lancaster High School fall sports is the Lady Bruins’ tennis program.

  • City Council changes name of department

    A city of Lancaster department has undergone a name change.

    The Building, Licensing and Zoning Department will now be called the Building, Planning and Zoning Department.

    Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday on the change, with Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissenting.

    City staff suggested the name change because business license and hospitality tax collections are now under the city’s support services, a change that took effect this year.

  • LHS collecting food, supplies for needy families

    When shopping at Walmart or Food Lion in Lancaster over the next three Saturdays, you may want to pick up a few extra canned-food items or paper goods to donate to Lancaster families in need.  

    Lancaster High School student athletes and members of the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club will be outside the doors of Walmart and Food Lion to collect these as you leave the store for the next three Saturdays.  

    They are collecting these items to support Operation Blue and Gold Santa.  

  • 'It's not typical, safe art'

    From in-your-face colored-pencil portraits to sculptures built of metal work and animal bones, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ latest exhibit making its debut this Halloween weekend lives up to its name.

    The show features the drawings of Lancaster resident Lisa Stamper, an art teacher at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, and Matt Hall, a sculptor and blacksmith. The exhibit, Dark Arts, debuts today at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

    Pencil works

  • Cedar Creek AME Zion ready to build new church

    Caroline Reed remembers the day the church she had been a member of for 40 years burned.

    She went to Cedar Creek AME Zion Church the evening of Aug. 22, 2006, to see the smoldering remains of what had been her home church.

    Fire officials believed a lightning strike ignited the fire that burned the 133-year-old church.

    “I grew up there,” Reed said, recalling that night. “It was as if a family member had died. I can’t even describe the pain.”

    But church members are much happier these days.

  • Employees accountable under new county policy

    Lancaster County employees will now face monetary penalties if they are held responsible for an accident in a county vehicle.

    County Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to amend the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy. The resolution will enforce fines when county employees are at fault in the damage of county equipment. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was not present at the meeting.

    Council removed the section of the policy allowing monetary penalties about two years ago.