Today's News

  • ‘Topping out’ celebrated as project reaches milestone

    Applause broke out as a steel beam bearing the Lancaster County logo was put into place at the new courthouse building on Main Street late Friday morning.

    County officials and construction workers gathered for a “topping out” ceremony at the courthouse to celebrate raising the last structural beam to the roof.

  • Jobless rate declines in April

    The jobless rate in Lancaster County dropped by nearly 2 points in April to 16.2 percent, making it the largest decline in the area for the period.

    The jobless rate here in March was 18.0 percent.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released jobless totals for April that show improvements in the number of unemployed people in the state. Statewide, the jobless rate declined for the third consecutive month. It was down in April to 11.6 percent, a decrease from 12.2 percent in March.

  • Let's hope little Jaylen's death was not in vain

    Have you reached that point yet where you’ve said, “Enough, it’s time to do something abut the violence in Lancaster County.”

    We believe many residents here feel that way. There have been four murders in the county since the start of the year.

    The shooting death of a 3-year-old girl earlier this month has many, many people here mad.

    Jaylen Elaine Jackson was apparently caught in the crossfire of a gunfight when she was hit in the head by a bullet and killed.

  • IL shines in Upstate, looks to state Saturday

    The Indian Land High School boys and girls track and field teams finished third overall at the Class A Upper State meet Saturday at Landrum High School.

    Twelve Indian Land boys team members and nine IL girls team members qualified for the state meet, set for Saturday at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins.

    The top four competitors in each event qualify for the state championship meet.

  • 140 volunteers keep Red Cross going in three area counties

    As the American Red Cross celebrates its 129th anniversary today, members of the local chapter continue to provide humanitarian help to those in need.

    Gina Amato, a director with the American Red Cross of Lancaster County, said her organization has helped many people throughout the county, as well as around the world.

    Locally, the organization has responded to 47 house fires in the county since July 1, 2009. Amato said the local Red Cross has assisted 147 individuals, including 53 children, who were dislocated from their homes.

  • McBee halts Buford run

    This time McBee played the spoiler.

    A year ago in the elimination round of the Class A Upper State championship series, Buford ousted McBee in a close encounter, rallying late to notch an emotional one-run win.

    McBee earned its diamond revenge Wednesday night at the Lady Panthers’ softball field in extra innings.

    Buford, the Class A defending state softball champion, saw its postseason hopes fade in a 5-4 loss in eight innings.

  • Coley never let diabetes keep her from succeeding

    Juggling homework, basketball practice and plans for college can be stressful for any high school senior, but it’s a little more difficult for Anna Coley.

    Coley, 17, who is graduating from Carolina Christian Academy today, must also fit blood sugar checks and insulin shots into her daily schedule. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just weeks before her fifth birthday, Coley now wears an insulin pump, pricks her finger about three to four times a day and must remember to inject herself with insulin at every meal.

  • Early surge keys Penegar in Literacy 5K win

    Lancaster High School junior cross country and track standout Wylie Penegar posted an 18:13 time to capture first place in the first Lancaster Area Literacy 5K road race on Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Penegar, over the 3.1-mile course which covered through residential areas in the vicinity of the Gregory Health and Wellness Center at USCL, built his lead in the first three quarters of a mile.

  • Continental Tire deserves a thank you

    The great thing about being in the newspaper business is that we often learn of good news before most others do.

    Last week, we were wowed by the news that Continental Tire was making a sizable donation to two local government entities.

    The company, which moved its North American corporate headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land last year, announced it was giving $65,000 worth of tires to Lancaster County and $35,000 to the Lancaster County School District.

  • AJ Vols blank EC, 4-0

    Conference IV-AA champion Andrew Jackson launched the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs in impressive fashion, notching a 4-0 win over Eau Claire of Columbia at Volunteer Stadium on Tuesday night.

    The Vols defeated the Shamrocks twice during the regular season on the way to the league crown. AJ’s 3-1 win over the Shamrocks last week sealed the league crown.

    In the win on Tuesday at AJ, senior William Bridges tallied two goals as did junior Oliver Wall to pace the Volunteers’ victory.