Today's News

  • SCDOT studies three options for new bridges over Catawba

    VAN WYCK – As they scanned several diagrams for proposed replacement bridges on S.C. 5, Jane Arnold and Bill Jory wondered just how much of their property they were going to lose.

    “They’ll be taking some of our property,” Arnold said about the S.C. Department of Transportation’s plans for building replacement bridges on S.C. 5 over the Catawba River. “They’ll actually take quite a good bit of it.”

  • Closing the gap will take effort

    A nationally known motivational speaker visited Lancaster for the second time in four months to speak to concerned residents about the disparity in academic achievement among students.

    Mychal Wynn, an educator and author of several books, was the keynote speaker at the first-ever Community Education Summit, a product of the local Closing the Achievement Gap initiative.

    A large part of Wynn’s message centered on black children, who, according to local data, perform considerably lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests.

  • Get your tickets to First Steps bash

    A chart-topping beach act is coming to Lancaster later this month for your entertainment pleasure and for the benefit of area children.

    Lancaster County First Steps is hosting its third annual Beach Boogie and Bash fundraiser from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. March 21 at the Leroy Springs Fairway Room.

    The Out-Of-Towers will perform at the event.

    The band plays a mixture of beach, R&B and other oldies and has performed with groups such as Chairmen of the Board and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs.

  • Retired car dealer had ‘a love for life’

    Ronnie Queen’s family will always remember his positive attitude.

    Queen, who owned and operated Ronnie Queen Ford off S.C. 9 Bypass for 20 years, died Feb. 26 after a 13-year struggle with cancer. He was 66.

    Throughout it all, his daughter, Deana Queen-Gasque, said his perpetual happiness was inspiring.

    “If you ever met my Daddy, he’d say, ‘I’m fine, I’m just fine,’” Deana said. “His attitude always made people feel better.”

  • Police reports: February 15, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    – Several items were reported stolen from a Fox Hunter Road home in Kershaw on Jan. 27.

    The resident left the home at 12:30 p.m. and returned at 1:30 p.m. to find the home burglarized. A pillow case, pocket book, two gold dollars, a $2 bill, $100 cash, two handguns and nine bottles of medication were taken from the home. Total value of the items was listed at $1,565.

    The door to the home was apparently forced open with a tool.

  • Double trouble has come to town

    Uncle Bob and Aunt Prunie are coming to visit us for a spell. I don’t mind that, but they’re bringing my two dreaded little cousins with them.

    That means there’s going to be a couple of real boogers in our house for a while. Yes sir, double trouble is on the way. I reckon they couldn’t find anybody willing to take the pair in during their absence.

    Things have been wide open around here. Since we got their postcard, we’ve been busy getting things straightened up.

  • Breaking NewsPower out in portions of city limits

    A portion of the Lancaster city limits is without electricity Thursday afternoon after a homeowner cutting down a tree near Davis and Pecan streets (off Gillsbrook Road) pulled down a section of power lines.

    Outages are reported from the S.C. 9 Bypass and the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to portions of Meeting Street.

    Lancaster Police Department officers and Lancaster Fire Department firefighters are stationed at the major intersections in the area to direct traffic because none of the traffic lights are working.

  • Behind the scenes

    Lucy Morris will celebrate her 75th birthday Saturday. You’d think that after 57 years of marriage to her husband, Ben, 45 years with Springs Industries, two sons and eight grandchildren, she’d be ready to slow down.

    But not Morris; she’s just getting started.

    “There’s still a lot of life in us old folks,” she said laughing. “Volunteering is a good way to stay busy."

    Morris has been a critical cog of the local Red Cross volunteer network since 2004.

  • Roads top ILAC agenda

    Christopher Sardelli


    INDIAN LAND – A crowd of more than 70 Indian Land residents attended an informational meeting on Monday, hoping to learn how to get their local roads incorporated into the county road system.

    The Indian Land Action Council’s recent question and answer meeting, held in the gym of Indian Land Middle School, attracted residents from several Indian Land neighborhoods. Most were there to find out how to get their local roads into the county’s road system so they can be regularly maintained.

  • Red Cross Day of Caring set for Saturday

    Volunteers with the local American Red Cross chapter will be out in force from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday soliciting donations from shoppers at Wal-Mart during Red Cross Day of Caring.

    Local director Gina Amato said March is Red Cross Month and the day was set up to let the community know what its local chapter does. An Emergency Response Vehicle will be on display and an information booth will be set up.