Today's News

  • Apache helicopter makes emergency landing

    KERSHAW – It’s not often that a sheriff’s office incident report lists “military gunship” as a vehicle type.

    But a military gunship, specifically an Apache helicopter, made an emergency landing on Estridge Road in Kershaw on Sunday and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded.

    According to the incident report, deputies were called to the area of Estridge Road and Jefferson Highway about 3 p.m.

  • A wish come true

    KERSHAW – Talf Wrenn may only be 15, but he has crammed more experiences into those years than many people do in a lifetime.

    Surrounded and supported by a close-knit family, church family and the Kershaw community, Talf has adapted and continues to overcome obstacles.

    Talf has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD), a hereditary, muscle-wasting disorder that primarily affects the voluntary muscles of males in early childhood. It’s the most severe of the 40 different types of MD. There is no cure.

  • $500,000 grant for Westwood project

    Low water pressure and poor fire protection will soon be things of the past for residents of the Westwood community in Lancaster.

    The neighborhood, whose residents have suffered from poor drinking water and leaky water lines for years, will soon receive an upgrade.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to fund the water line project.

    The county applied in April for the grant from the federal CDBG program, which provides annual grants to areas with people who have low-to-moderate income.

  • Grandmother mad about comments

    This letter is to address the online commenter “blond but not dumb.” You know who you are, you went online June 9 and made some very stupid comments about my daughter on our letter, “Jaylen’s family grateful for support.”

    Your comments were:  “I very much got the impression that the mother was taking up for her boyfriend. How could a mother live with herself knowing that she allowed the child to be around that kind of environment. The little girl was so beautiful and she shouldn’t gone through that situation.”

  • 'Previous letter writers ignorant of history'

    I find two recent letters to the editor to be stunning examples of ignorance of history and just plain myth.

    Rudy Schmidt consistently distorts history and wears the distortion like a badge of honor – to quote someone who I’m sure is one of his heroes – “There you go again.”

    Franklin Whittlesey Sr. is full of historic inaccuracy that I hardly know where to begin.

    1. Where does one find the “fact” to prove Obama has “contempt” for the U.S. or its Constitution?

  • Input sought as county prepares to update hazard-mitigation plan

    Lancaster County Emergency Management officials are hoping an updated hazard-mitigation plan will better prepare the county for potential disasters.

    The plan, which is updated every five years, details past disasters in the county and then identifies areas, buildings and utilities that are vulnerable to future disasters. The idea is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from some form of hazard.   

  • City Council ignorant on knowledge of economics

    “This is not the time to save – it’s the time to spend. We’ve got to spend to help our economy.” This was a quote from city councilwoman Sara Eddins. These words were spoken in context to the 2 percent raise and the $20,752 to cover the 12.7 percent increase in health insurance coverage for city employees.

  • Former tire workers seeking their benefits

    We are here to mark four years since Continental Tire ceased manufacturing operations and sent hundreds of area jobs to Brazil and Mexico.

    We believe that in July of 2006 when Continental Tire suspended production in Charlotte that there were determining factors that entitled Continental’s Charlotte employees certain benefits coinciding with the production suspension.

    We believe those benefits should have been provided just like benefits were provided to Continentals employees at their Mayfield Kentucky plant in 2005 under similar circumstances.

  • IL man receives awards on July 4

    INDIAN LAND – Former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan was honored July 4 at Sun City Carolina Lakes for the heroism he displayed in combat in southeast Asia more than 40 years ago.  

    With family, friends and neighbors looking on, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-16, presented Monahan with the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam War Wounded Medal. Three Purple Hearts are pending.

    Heroic actions rewarded

  • Expansion of Red Ventures a positive sign

    No, everything isn’t coming up roses as far as the United States’ and local economy is concerned. The economy is still just puttering along, and signs still point to a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

    The U.S. jobless rate hovers close to 10 percent, and here in Lancaster County, it’s about 15 percent. Unfortunately, we ranked among the top 10 counties for unemployment in South Carolina.

    When you consider facts such as these, it’s easy to get discouraged.