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Today's News

  • Credit union to invest $32M

    Founders Federal Credit Union formally unveiled its plans for its new 110,000-square-foot headquarters Thursday.

    The three-story building, called the Corporate Center, will be built on a 30-acre parcel of land at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads. The company plans to break ground in November and expects the project to take about 20 months. The project is expected to cost about $32 million.

    Plans for the building have been in development for over a year, as Founders, the county and the city of Lancaster have worked to reach an agreement on the new facility.

  • Barbecue lovers head to Kershaw for Hog Jam

    KERSHAW – The smell of barbecue will fill the air this weekend as the third annual Hog Jam Festival comes to downtown Kershaw.

    The festival will also feature a barbecue cookoff, at least 25 craft and food vendors, various musical acts and plenty of activities for children. Joyce Adams, Hog Jam committee chairwoman, is hoping for a large crowd this year. The festival has averaged around 3,000 visitors.

  • Railroad museum offers steam train rides

    WINNSBORO – On Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, the sounds of a steam locomotive will once again echo over the hills and fields of Fairfield County.

    The steam train will be operating over a section of the S.C. Railroad Museum's rail line, the former Rockton & Rion Railway, a 12-mile short line built in the late 19th century to haul granite from the Anderson and Rion quarries to the Southern Railway interchange at Rockton.

    In the early 1970s, the railroad operations ceased and the track laid idle the next 10 years.

  • Mulvaney right person to represent us in Senate

    There have been numerous comments in this newspaper suggesting that no one seems to know anything about Mick Mulvaney, who is running for the S.C. Senate.

  • Meet, greet candidates at two upcoming forums

    Got a question for a candidate running for office this year? If you do, you may want to ask a question and submit it for one of two upcoming political forums.

    Candidates will be asked questions from voters at the Before You Vote 2008 Candidate Forum this Tuesday at the Indian Land Middle School gym. They will also face voters’ questions at a second forum slated for Oct. 21 at Bundy Auditorium at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Time to change outsider' perception of Southerners

    I would like to respond to L.R. McGuire’s letter “Don’t use birthplace against a candidate,” in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News. My input has to do more with how some people moving into our area feel about us and our schools.

  • Carlton's versatile for IL

    INDIAN LAND - Indian Land High School's Chad Carlton, true to his "Hooch" nickname, just keeps on rolling.

    Carlton, a senior two-way starter for the Warriors, received his moniker from his father, Bryan, who took it from the 1993 Alan Jackson country hit, "Way Down Yonder On The Chattahoochee," an ever flowing river which means so much to the singer.

    "For us, "Hooch" just has a way of delivering no matter what the situation calls for in practice, or a game," Indian Land head football coach Mike Mayer said.

  • Civil rights not afforded to true victims

    I am writing regarding the article “Group wants to ensure teen gets fair shake” in the Oct. 3 edition of The Lancaster News.

    I’m glad I was sitting down when I read about this organization that will start a support group, find a lawyer and conduct a civil rights investigation.

    Well, bless his burn-down-the-courthouse, point-a-gun-in-a-few-people’s-faces, assault, kidnap and leave-an-elderly-lady-in-the-trunk-of-a-car heart.

  • SAC honors former Warriors' ace

    ROCK HILL - Former Indian Land High School football standout Kamaal McIlwain has been honored by the South Atlantic Conference.

    McIlwain, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore, blocked two extra points in Newberry's 33-14 win over No. 20 Catawba. One of McIlwain's blocks was returned for a defensive extra point, giving NC two points on the play.

    For his play, McIlwain was named the SAC Special Team Player of the Week.

    McIlwain had a solid game for Newberry as he tallied three tackles and broke up two passes in NC's second straight victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.

  • Lots of boogers to scare you at Haunted Forest

    A Lancaster Halloween tradition will kick off this weekend.

    The Lancaster County Rescue Squad's 24th annual Haunted Forest opens tonight for those who love the thrills and chills of Halloween behind its building at Great Falls Highway and 10th Street Extension.

    The forest will also be open Saturday, as well as Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

    Hours are from dark "until people quit coming," said squad member Mary Rouse.