Today's News

  • Do you see what I see?

    As Dec. 25 draws closer, it’s not unusual for service members and their families to be apart or away from home for the holidays.

    When I was in the military, many of my Christmases were celebrated on days far removed from cold December mornings. It came with the territory.

    However, one year was different.

    I had just completed a tour of duty on an isolated Pacific island.

  • Rucker, South split in exciting hardwood play

    A.R. Rucker and South each scored a win for Lancaster area middle school basketball pride with an exciting win on Wednesday night at the Lancaster High School gym.

    Both games came down to a final shot.

    In the girls’ game, a buzzer beater lifted the Lady Mustangs to a 30-29 win over the Lady Rams.

    The Rucker boys gained a measure of revenge, taking a 32-31 win over South in the nightcap.

  • Mulvaney to serve as grand marshal of parade

    Mick Mulvaney will serve as the grand marshal of the Lancaster Christmas parade on Dec. 13. The parade starts at 6 p.m.

    Mulvaney, who has served the past two years as the District 45 representative in the State House, was elected in November to succeed Greg Gregory as the District 16 senator.

    Gregory has served in the state Senate for 16 years. The Lancaster Republican did not seek re-election this year and endorsed Mulvaney, also a Republican, early in the race.

  • Mercy's Well hosts benefit concert Saturday

    It’s no secret that many families here are hurting.

    Right now, Lancaster County has the ninth highest unemployment rate (12.1 percent) in South Carolina.

    Local charities are being hammered by those clamoring for assistance.

    Helping the hurting is what being a Christian is all about, especially at this time of the year, said Brad Strider of the Southern gospel music trio, Mercy’s Well.

  • Robinson Concert ‘beautiful, inspiring’

    Our sixth Helen Robinson Memorial Concert held on Nov. 23 at First United Methodist Church was such a beautiful and inspiring occasion – an appropriate opening for the Thanksgiving season.

    The United Methodist Women wish to thank Chris Lucas and especially Greg Summers for the supportive role and careful attention to the publicity each year. Greg is so helpful and interested in facts and details that promote our program and for this we are grateful and most appreciative.

  • Bail out the unemployed; then economy will improve

    This bail out for banks and other big corporations really concerns me. We, the unemployed, need a bail out.

    Our unemployment benefits are exhausted and we are still unemployed. Yet no one is bailing us out. We have families who are suffering.

    Gas prices are going down, but the cost for food and utilities is not.  

    We have to toss our needs into a hat. We can’t even hink about our wants.

    Every time we turn on the TV, all that is on the news is talk about the bail outs and more layoffs across the nation.

  • Man charged with arson in strip mall fire

     A Lancaster man has been arrested and charged with arson in the Nov. 6 fire that destroyed the Pitmon Place strip mall on Lynwood Drive.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Victor Carlisle McDonald, 46, of 1448 Springdale Church Road, with arson. He was arrested Nov. 26 and is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Holland said McDonald’s bond has been denied.

  • Good Will Ambassadors: Family Promise volunteers to help homeless families

    There’s a new faith-based group in the county that seeks to meet a growing need in the community – helping homeless families.

    Family Promise of Lancaster County, affiliated with the national Family Promise organization, has Methodists, Baptists, Catholics and others as board members.

    They’re working together toward a common goal, and 13 different churches committed as host churches. Volunteers from other churches are already participating on an individual basis.

  • Writer takes offense at Kersey’s words

    I was deeply disturbed by the words used by my County Councilman Wayne Kersey at a recent council meeting.

    According to The Lancaster News, Mr. Kersey said, “Lancaster already seems like the ‘thug’ capital of America, and was deemed ‘one of the worst places in America to live’ by a recent Internet article.” He also said he didn’t know where this county was headed, but it’s not up.

  • Construction to begin on new town hall

    KERSHAW – After months of planning, construction of the new Kershaw town hall is about to begin.

    Mayor Tommy Baker said work on the 6,000-square-foot building should begin next week.

    Baker and the construction company, P.F. & Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland signed off on the project contract. Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved the contract at its meeting Monday.