Today's News

  • Stricter DUI laws now in effect

    Stiffer penalties for driving under the influence have gone into effect, and the S.C. Highway Patrol is planning heightened DUI enforcement.

    The new laws went into effect Tuesday.

    They include higher fines for DUI offenders, harsher punishments for repeat offenders and a six-month driver’s license suspension for offenders who refuse to take a breath-analysis test after their arrest.

    First-time offenders will also have to complete an alcohol and drug-treatment program upon conviction, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the Highway Patrol.

  • Playhouse to stage ‘Inherit the Wind’

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County opens its production of “Inherit the Wind” at 8 p.m.  Friday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The production will feature playhouse veterans and several newcomers, including many Sun City Carolina Lakes residents.  

    The play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee was written during the McCarthy era, but is loosely based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920s.  

  • HOPE enlists help from churches

    With a surge in the number of families requesting help, HOPE’s executive director pleaded for more volunteers at the organization’s annual meeting.

    Elaine Adkins, director of the charitable organization Helping Other People Effectively, spoke to dozens of representatives from area churches last week, hoping to attract more help for HOPE’s activities, including the distribution of food donations.

    Many people at the meeting signed up for shifts working at HOPE, while others decided to donate to the group on the spot.

  • Gala brings in $25,000 for arts council

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts director Sam Courtney says the council’s annual fundraiser gala brought in more than $25,000.

    The gala was held Saturday night at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The theme was Mardi Gras Mystique, and many of the 325 people who attended dressed the part, with many wearing masks or feather boas, or even crazier get-ups, with one attendee dressed as a jester.

  • City to annex land for ALDI store

    The city of Lancaster has moved forward in its attempt to help bring an ALDI grocery store to the area.

    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve final reading of an ordinance to annex about 2.5 acres of land at Old Charlotte Highway and North Park Drive. The land, owned by Gene Melton, is situated near Grinders restaurant and behind Bojangles’.

    ALDI spokeswoman Martha Swaney said the company plans to buy the land from Melton and open by fall.

  • Fatherhood Project may bring Harlem MagicMasters to town

    The city of Lancaster has been asked to support an event that promises to serve up high-flying dunks and other breathtaking stunts for local spectators.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which provides services to low-income families, is bringing the Harlem MagicMasters to town next month.

    The MagicMasters, who offer in-game entertainment comparable to the Harlem Globetrotters,  will play against a team of local community members March 12 at Lancaster High School’s gymnasium.

  • Obama focused on getting nation back on its feet

    We have a lot to be thankful for as red-blooded Americans. Notice I said red-blooded and failed to mention color of skin which is what all of us should do.

  • Warriors top Lions twice

    RICHBURG – The Indian Land Warriors were on the money in their Conference III-A 2009 basketball opener in Richburg.

    The Warriors took two from the host Lewsiville Lions, with both IL teams prevailing in convincing fashion Friday night.

    The Warriors capped the sweep with a 64-46 win after the Lady Warriors scalped the Lewisville girls 56-14.

    In the nightcap, the Warriors forged an early lead and steadily pulled away for the 18-point win.

  • Bruins capture Throroughbred Classic crown

    The Lancaster Bruins are the stallions of the 2008 Thoroughbred Classic.

    The Bruins capped play in the three-day boys holiday basketball tournament, taking a 48-43 win over Class AAA Battery Creek High School of Beaufort on Tuesday night at South Aiken High School.

    Lancaster, 7-5, was paced by junior guard Gerard Brace, who scored 11 points – all in the second half, to pace LHS to the five-point win.

    Brace hit four consecutive free throws in the final period to help the Bruins pull away down the stretch and lift LHS to the victory.

  • Steve Epps, a ‘true American hero’

    Two weeks ago, we lost a pillar of our community with the passing of Mr. Bill Kimbrell. On Jan. 31, we lost a true American hero with the passing of Mr. Steve Epps Sr.

    I doubt there are many folks in the Fort Mill area who did not know Mr. Kimbrell and the many positive things he has done for our town.

    However, since Mr. Epps lived most of his life in the Lancaster and Chester communities, I would like to share a little about another native son of Fort Mill.