Today's News

  • Arts council to put arts in Halloween

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is putting the arts in Halloween this year.

    For the second year, the arts council is planning an art draw through downtown Lancaster, with participants getting the chance to win original art by local artists, gift baskets and more.

    The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

  • Double transplant recipient reaches out to help another

    HEATH SPRINGS – After overcoming diabetes and related life-threatening illnesses, Crystal Hagwood is reaching out to a friend going through a similar struggle.

    Hagwood is organizing a benefit program for fellow Lancaster resident Bettina Thompson, who has type 1 diabetes and is unable to pay her medical expenses, which now exceed $50,000.

    The benefit is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bright Light Baptist Church, 4469 Kershaw-Camden Highway in Heath Springs. The public is invited to attend.

  • Six men face drug conspiracy charges

    A federal grand jury has charged six Lancaster men in a drug conspiracy dating back to 2004.

    According to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the six men “knowingly and intentionally did combine, conspire, agree and have tacit understanding with each other and with others ... to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base (commonly known as crack cocaine).”

    The conspiracy involved 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the indictment.

  • Carnival, Boo Fest on Saturday bill

    With Halloween on a Saturday night this year, there will be plenty of things for kids in Lancaster to do this year.

    One big event is Lancaster County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween carnival, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road. Admission is $3 per child and parents are free.

    There will be costume contests for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, a baby costume contest and a dog costume contest.

  • Students may now apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Leroy Springs Student Loans will be available beginning Nov. 1 for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester.  

    The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1.

    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 147 interest-free loans so far this year to college students who live in Lancaster County and Chester and Fort Mill.  

    Funds advanced will total $453,616 for an average of $3,086 per student. Included in these figures are loans made to students attending York Technical College for an average of $1,500 per student.

  • Police reports - Oct. 30, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster woman was arrested on a drug charge after police responded to a call about an intoxicated person at a South Market Street home on Oct. 23.

    Brenda Carol Sims, 42, 2488 Sims Drive, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, public drunkenness and open consumption of alcohol.

  • Mulvaney to run for Congress?

    Mick Mulvaney was just settling in to his first year as the District 16 state senator when he started thinking about another way to represent the residents of South Carolina.

    Mulvaney, 42, a Republican whose senate district includes parts of Lancaster and York counties, is now considering taking on U.S. Rep. John Spratt in the 5th District race next year. Spratt, a Democrat from York, was first elected to the seat in 1982.

    Mulvaney, a businessman who lives in Indian Land, was elected to the state Senate a year ago after completing one term in the state House.

  • Spratt shows leadership in Congress

    I want to thank Congressman John Spratt for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Spratt has become one of the leading experts on both the budget and defense. I respect his knowledge of the budget and the ability that he has to build consensus on reforming health care while insisting on fiscal discipline and accountability. Congressman Spratt listens to the concerns of the people and addresses an issue in detail. When you ask him a question you will get an honest answer.

  • Newspapers are reliable, accountable

    It’s National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina’s 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

    Just like other businesses, newspapers, including The Lancaster News, are facing tight times in this tough economy.

    But unlike some highly-publicized big city newspapers, The Lancaster News isn’t going away.

    The Lancaster News will keep coming to you next week to tell you what’s going on in your community. And we should be thankful for that.

  • Healing Horses provides a needed service

    You may have found a couple of the photos that we ran with the Oct. 11 article on Healing Horses disturbing. In one photo, you can see horses tied to a tree.

    They were all malnourished and recently rescued by Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization in Van Wyck where abused horses find a haven for healing.

    In the photo of the three horses tied to the tree, you can clearly see the outline of ribs on the brown horse in the foreground.

    It’s a sad picture.