Today's News

  • Churches unite to provide fresh vegetables

    Eight area churches are partnering with the Society of St. Andrew to provide fresh, in-season vegetables for needy families in Lancaster this summer.

    Dubbed Squash Out Hunger, the ministry includes Eastside Baptist, Hopewell United Methodist, New Hope AME Zion, Spring Hill Baptist, Tabernacle United Methodist, Union Baptist, Unity ARP and Zion United Methodist churches.

  • Communities to host Fourth of July parades

    From Rich Hill to Heath Springs to Charlesboro, the southern portion of Lancaster County plans to show its patriotism with Fourth of July parades.

    Only this year, the communities will hold their parades on July 3, due to July 4 being on a Sunday.

    Heath Springs

    The town of Heath Springs has held a Fourth of July parade since 1990, when the town celebrated its centennial, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

  • Six candidates to vie for two seats in Heaths Springs town election

    HEATH SPRINGS - The town of Heath Springs is gearing up for its regular election next month.

    Two Town Council seats are up for grabs in the election, which will be held July 13 at Town Hall.

    Heath Springs Town Council seats are at-large, so the two candidates who receive the most votes will win. The election is non-partisan.

    The two incumbents, Jannette Hilliard and Eddie Moore, are running for re-election. They face Iva Lee Drakeford, Frankie Melton, Joey Plyler and Wilma Jean Turner. Filing began on June 1 and ended June 15.

  • Paving to begin today on S.C. 160

    INDIAN LAND – Motorists can look forward to a smoother drive as construction crews get ready to pave a portion of S.C. 160 in Indian Land.

    Kenneth Wilson, S.C. Department of Transportation construction engineer for Lancaster County, said crews will begin paving a segment of S.C. 160 between Barberville Road and Possum Hollow Road at 7 p.m. today.

  • Council to look at additions to budget

    County Council will discuss a few possible additions to the county’s 2010-11 budget at its Tuesday meeting.

    As council prepares for final reading of the budget, County Administrator Steve Willis said several council members have asked to review two additions to the county’s magistrate court system.

  • Heath Springs children attend summer camp

    HEATH SPRINGS – There was a different activity going on in each corner of the Heath Springs Community Center on Thursday.

    In one area, a group of children worked on math equations. And nearby, another group played the board game Scrabble.

    Everywhere you looked, youngsters were either working on projects, playing games or receiving help with academics – and all appeared to be having fun in the process.  

  • Heed my fatherly doughnut wisdom

    You know, fathers are always full of sage advice and catchy phrases.

    They gave it to us whether we wanted it or not.

    That comes with being the family patriarch. Just like with Uncle Sam, rank does have its privileges. I’m the one who is enjoying giving the advice, now.

    I heard my dad, the late Major Evans, say more than once, “Son, nothing comes free. There is always a price to pay.”

    That’s as true now as it was 70 years ago. I’ll prove it.

  • Three of a kind

    These days, local dirt racers Brandy Baker and Bryan Crook are shaking their heads.

    Their sons are growing up fast and getting faster by the week.

    Dillon Crook, Andrew Baker and Austin Baker are coming into their own in at Lancaster Speedway. The trio used to play in the infield dirt. Now they’re competing on the track.

    Not only are the three following in their dads’ footsteps, the trio is also cutting the same red clay line their respective grandfathers, Buddy Crook and Carson Baker, did years ago.

  • UW falls short of campaign goal

    The board of the United Way of Lancaster County set its sights high for its fundraising goal for the 2009-10 campaign.

    The campaign raised $344,484, falling short of the $425,000 goal.

    But board chairman Steve Sherill said he’s still pleased with the results, especially since the organization lost an executive director during a tough economy.

  • Fire guts home in Buford

    Lightning may have been the cause of an early Saturday morning house fire in the Buford community.

    Firefighters received a call from a passerby just before 4 a.m. that a two-story home in the 4700 block of Stacks Road was on fire.

    Capt. Billy Lloyd of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze started in the garage, spread to the attic and mostly damaged the second floor.

    Nobody was inside the home when the fire started, as the residents were on vacation, Lloyd said.