Today's News

  • 67 charged in Operation Swift Strike

    At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s Drug/Gang Task Force began rounding up dozens of suspects wanted mainly on drug charges.

    In all, 67 people have been charged for 103 offenses in Operation Swift Strike, Sheriff Barry Faile said. The 103 charges included 98 drug violations, two assault and battery with intent to kill charges and two weapons violations.

    Faile said the purpose of the operation targeted the drug trade in high-crime areas.

  • IL resident to support Mick Mulvaney

    I agree with portions of recent guest columns about issues with Edenmoor. I was a major opponent against all the uncontrolled growth in Indian Land, even making an unsuccessful run for County Council in 2004. I would much rather see Edenmoor grow back up in to an uninhabited wasteland than turn into a home for 3,000-5,000 more Yankees.

    But to blame the flooding on Mick Mulvaney is taking it a little too far. I used to dig night crawlers for catfish bait on the swampland at Henry Harris Road and U.S. 521 in the early 1970s while Mr. Mulvaney was in diapers.

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness

    Editor’s note: Dr. Kevin J. Nusz with The Eye & Laser Center wrote the following column because of concerns about diabetes and its impact on the vision of so many people in Lancaster County. March 23 was American Diabetes Association Alert Day. The one-day wake-up call was an effort to inform the American public about the seriousness of the disease. The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held April 17 at Carowinds. Several local residents, including Jane Lucas and Emily Stacks, will participate with the Watts Up for Diabetes team.   

  • American capitalism gone without much of a whimper

    Wake up, America. Time for change. That was and is President Barack Obama’s creed. Let’s all thank God that Obama has done one thing good for America.

    He has finally aroused the citizens of America to wake up and see his real political agenda. That agenda is to governmentally take over America and become her dictator, oops, I mean unconditional leader without question.

  • Winter 2009/10 makes many potholes for crews to repair

    The cold and wet weather of winter 2009/10 has taken its toll on Lancaster County roads, cracking asphalt and creating many potholes.

    Lancaster County Public Works Director Darin Robinson said this has created many problems for local motorists and a lot of repair work for his department and the S.C. Department of Transportation.

    “I know we, as well as local DOT, are suffering from the effects of this winter on the roads,” Robinson said.

  • A literate community is a healthy community

    Located on West Dunlap Street just across from the historic Lancaster Courthouse is the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative. Its purpose is pretty much reflective in its name. It’s obvious when you walk into the office. Book shelves line the walls, a room is filled with computers and dedicated employees try to improve the local literacy rate.

  • Trooper killed in early morning crash in Lancaster County

    A York County state trooper was killed in a crash while on duty in Lancaster County early Saturday morning.

    Cpl. Dana Kevin Cusack, 45, of Clover, was killed in a single-car crash on S.C. 200 near the Douglas Road intersection about 3:30 a.m., according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Cusack was on duty at the time of the crash and was driving a marked S.C. Highway Patrol car.

  • Spratt stands behind vote on health-care bill

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt stands behind his vote on the health-care bill that passed Congress last week, but he is taking heat for his vote from the man who hopes to unseat him in November.

    Spratt, D-5th District, was one of 219 House Democrats to vote in favor of the bill on March 21. There were 212 votes against the bill, which included all House Republicans and 34 Democrats.

    Spratt, whose district includes Lancaster County, said he voted for the bill because it will put insurance within the reach of 32 million more people, raising coverage to 95 percent of all Americans.

  • City needs more officers like Parsons

    The people of Lancaster are speaking loudly. Yet City Council and other elected officials don’t seem to hear. What citizens want are answers, explanations and absolution for what can only be described as the most unwarranted decision this decade.

    The termination of Detective Pat Parsons is unfair in itself, and though it can be rectified by his reinstatement, I fear the damage has already been done.

  • Writer questions judicial system

    Is there something wrong with our judicial system?

    Last October, a person was stopped for speeding on Pageland Highway, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol. The officer found marijuana, a bag of prescription pill bottles, a bag with $9,280 in cash and a gun.

    Do you think this person is suffering the consequences? No, he was recommended for pre-trial intervention (PTI).

    Again, I ask, is something wrong with our system?

    Milbry Johnson