Today's News

  • Heath Springs, Kershaw council elections Tuesday

    KERSHAW – A precedent will be made Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Kershaw voters select a new mayor through a write-in vote.
    No political candidate in Lancaster County history has ever been successfully elected through the write-in process.
    “It’s never happened,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.
    Four candidates – Johnny Carter, Mark Dorman, Sonya Poole and Morris Russell – have launched write-in campaigns for Kershaw mayor.

  • City tables vote on $25k LCEDC dues

    Lancaster County isn’t the only entity to tighten the purse strings of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC).
     The city of Lancaster hasn’t paid its $25,000 membership/participation dues for fiscal year 2015-16 to the corporation, though the organization is seeking its continued support.
    At it’s Tuesday, Oct. 27 meeting, city council tabled a vote on the city’s LCEDC dues until it gets more information.  

  • Thinking on their feet

    Imagine a small medical emergency quickly spiraling into a chaotic scene filled with firefighters pulling drivers from wrecked cars, as medics tend to scores of injured people sprawled across a field.
    Though it sounds like some sort of disaster, it was actually one of several worst-case scenarios longtime Lancaster County EMS medics Scott Dunham and David Demby were faced with as they competed in, and won, the 19th annual Carolina Competition.

  • ‘We had to’ belief dominates all of our lives

    Three words that echo through history to explain why evil occurs. Three words heard over and over as a universal explanation to justify events that could have been avoided.

    Those words are, “we had to.” We first took notice of these words when liberating Nazi death camps. We asked the guards in the camp and the people in the surrounding towns and they all said “we had to.”

  • Stop sanctuary cities

    Typically when we hear the word “sanctuary,” it gives us a feeling of safety, shelter and security. What we do not often associate with this word is heartbreaking loss. But, as we heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, that’s exactly what Jim Steinle experienced in a so-called sanctuary city.

    Mr. Steinle lived every parent’s worst nightmare, as his daughter, Kate, was murdered right before his eyes in broad daylight in San Francisco. He testified that the last words he ever heard his daughter speak were, “Help me, Dad.”

  • Sprint Cars ready to roll at Carolina, Cherokee tracks tonight, Saturday

    The USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will be highlighting two area Carolinas race tracks Friday and Saturday night this weekend, Oct. 30 and 31.
    Tonight, Friday, the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will highlight racing action at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., along with Limited Late Models $1,500 to win, SECA Crate Sportsman $500, Street Stock $500, Renegades $500 and USCS 600 Mini Sprints.
    Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:20. Heat races are set for 8. Admission prices are $20 for the grandstands and $30 for the pits.

  • Three in N-S all-star game Dec. 12

    Lancaster County will have its share of representation at the 68th annual North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 12.
    Two athletes and a coach will be part of the North all-star team as it competes in the elite game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. The county trio includes LHS senior offensive lineman Lewis Johnson and LHS assistant coach Ricky Brown along with Buford star senior defensive back Christian Catledge.

  • Lady Jackets roll in playoff opener

    The Region IV-AA champion Buford Lady Yellow Jackets made quick work of Fairfield Central to open the Class AA Upper State volleyball playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
    BHS swept the Lady Griffins, 3-0 – 25-7,25-7,25-10.
    “The girls played well and are steadily working toward the match on Monday,” BHS coach Taylor Roberts said. “Communication and leadership are always keys to success.”
    Buford advances to host Liberty High School on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the BHS gym.

  • LHS trio has special role

    A trio of Lancaster High School spring sports athletes is making a special contribution to the 2015 Bruins’ football team.
    The three includes team veteran Trevor Latham along with first-year players Cooper Ledbetter and Corey Lucas who play a major role in the LHS special teams.
    Ledbetter, a baseball player, handles the long snapping, while three-year soccer players Latham and Lucas do the kicking. Latham is the place-kicker, while Lucas does the punting.

  • Jaillette column: Music and art bring healing for children

    There is a change underway in some hospitals around the country where, increasingly, the arts are used as an important healing tool.
    At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, patients receiving art, music or dance therapy have more than tripled since 2010. Nearly 10,000 patients received such treatment in 2014, according to the hospital.
    Nicole Albers, a Children's Hospital art therapist, said it's amazing to work with patients and watch their pain disappear over the course of a therapy session.