Today's News

  • Interest in veterans parade picks up

    Participation for the Nov. 7 Veterans Day parade has increased considerably over the last few weeks, according to registration numbers.

    Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Officer Linda Blackmon said Wednesday that organizers now have 65 groups or individuals signed up to take part in the parade. Weeks ago, the numbers were only in the 30s, a far cry from expectations.

    “We’re doing good,” Blackmon said about the number of participants thus far. “It’s picked up and it’s still climbing.”

  • Stealth campaign on the radar

    As the number of absentee votes tops 300 in County Council’s special District 2 election, some people are wondering, is someone running a write-in campaign?

    Though the signs point to it, no one has come forward to acknowledge such a write-in campaign.

    Charlene McGriff will be the only candidate on the ballot in the Nov. 3 special election, which is necessary to fill the County Council seat vacated by Fred Thomas this summer. Thomas resigned from council to accept a magistrate’s post.

  • Adams shares love of math

    INDIAN LAND – Posters in Paula Adams’ classroom feature a key phrase: “We all use math every day.”

    Adams, a math teacher at Indian Land High School, wants her students to know that math will be a large part of their daily lives, even if they don’t pursue careers working closely with numbers.

    One of her aims is to help prepare her students for the real world.

  • Back to the books for about 1,800 USCL students

    Dennis Dunham sat in the lounge area in Starr Hall reviewing his schedule, wondering what he’s going to do with the dead time between his classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Dunham, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, is taking 14 hours this semester. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be inconvenient, as he has a nearly four-hour gap in between classes.

  • Mother, son share story of teenage alcoholism

    Cold sweats, shakes and restless nights were normal for Toren Volkmann. Total memory lapses were common in his life. 

    Alcohol controlled his life for years.

    Volkmann, a Washington state native, started drinking in middle school and soon turned into an alcoholic. After years of binge drinking, sickness and a host of unfavorable consequences, he turned his life around.

    Now he and his mother, Chris, travel the country telling their story of struggle, confusion, hope and perseverance.

  • Sanders, Penuel join USCL faculty

    Alexis Sanders is adjusting to life in the South, while Dr. Suzanne Penuel looks to become even more active in the local community.

    Sanders and Penuel are the two newest full-time faculty members at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The Lancaster News caught up with both of them recently to see how things have been going so far this semester.

    Alexis Sanders  

  • Fann's home to be dedicated today

    VAN WYCK – A little more than four months after a Van Wyck resident found herself homeless, there will be a celebration for the arrival of her new home.

    A new Spirit model mobile home from Clayton Homes of Lancaster rolled onto Rosemary Fann’s rented property in late October, just months after she lost her previous home and was almost forced to live in a tent in her front yard.

    Fann was taken in by her pastor, Jon Morgan, and his wife, Kristine, of Christ Fellowship Community Church, who then helped spearhead several fundraisers for her.

  • Teens sharpen their oratorical skills

    INDIAN LAND – The fifth-annual Oratorical Expose, sponsored by the Lancaster District of the AME Zion Church, took place Sept. 24 at El Bethel AME Zion Church in Indian Land.

    The event, held each fall, gives local teens a chance to sharpen their public-speaking skills.

    Nearly 20 teens competed in this year’s contest.

    Each of the 25 churches in the district was asked to spearhead a training forum and pick a student to represent the church.

  • Humane Society to dedicate sign Saturday at ceremony

    The Humane Society of Lancaster SC has raised money for a new sign for the Lancaster County Animal Shelter in hopes of raising the visibility of the shelter off Lynwood Drive.

    “Not too many people even know that we have a county-run animal shelter, or if they do, they are not sure of exactly where it is,” said Humane Society president Mary Reimers. “The street sign erected by  the S.C. Department of Transportation is woefully lacking as to size and content.”

  • Beckham is top new teacher

    Josh Beckham, a second-year teacher at South Middle School, says the classroom is where he belongs.

    Beckham worked for Founders Federal Credit Union as a sales representative after graduating college. Though the job allowed him to travel and meet people daily, he said he knew God was steering him in another direction.

    So the Lancaster native started an alternative certification and began teaching history at South Middle last year. His first year went so well, the Lancaster County School District honored him in a big way.