Today's News

  • Durham appointed to USCL commission

    Larry Durham Sr. was appointed to the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education by Gov. Mark Sanford on July 20.

    Durham joins a board of eight community leaders – Thomas Barnes, Lisa Bridges, Bruce Brumfield, Charles Bundy, Stanley Johnson and Rosa Sansbury and two ex-officio members, Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore and Dr. John Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider funds for grants writer position

    County Council will look at ways to reallocate county funds for a new economic development position at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Council will review recommendations from its finance committee about how to fund a new grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The committee’s recommendations include reallocating funds from a vacant Building and Zoning position and from the Catawba River Task Force, which is not operating this year.

  • John's new bicycle loses its shine

    Mama would be upset if she knew I was carrying a grudge.

    But no matter how I tried, my first impression of someone was stuck in gear.

    Good things were coming to an end.

    The D. Reece Williams home next door was being renovated into four apartments.

    Boy, I sure had fun watching all the tearing down and rebuilding. Plus, all that scrap stuff and lumber the carpenters left behind for me was pretty handy. I kept a lot of it to use for my upcoming construction projects.

  • Always on call

    They serve because they care.

    Always on call. A most appropriate phrase to define the volunteer firefighters of Lancaster County. The men and women who answer the call for help – at all hours of the day and night, every day of the week and even on holidays.

    Becoming a firefighter is no simple task. It is very time-consuming. It takes about 18 months of training to become a certified firefighter. There are required meetings and training updates each month. No predictable hours. No pay.

    So, why do they do it? There is one constant – because they care.

  • ‘You call, we haul’

    Flames were shooting from her house. The homeowner, standing feet away from her home, was crying and yelling, “My baby. My baby is in there.”

    The firefighters donned their equipment and focused on their mission – saving lives. As they pushed their way forward into the burning structure a dog walked out. The woman scooped up her beloved pet.

    “My baby, you saved my baby,” she said, while hugging the dog.

    Just another day for the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.

  • Indian Land residents want new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land resident Jan Tacy wants to find a better way to support fire services in her area as the area grows.

    Tacy, a member of the grass-roots Indian Land Action Council, spoke to several of her fellow residents recently about the creation of a proposed Indian Land Fire Protection District. The idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area covered by the Indian Land Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Spratt ‘in it to win it’

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, acknowledged that he’s facing a tough opponent in Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    Spratt made brief remarks at a barbecue held the historic Craig House on Friday night. Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, is now serving as a state senator in District 16.

    Lindsay Pettus, a local historian, gave a brief introduction for Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982.

    “Of all the congressmen in the country, you deserve to go back to Washington,” Pettus said.

  • Band of Oz to open See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series

    The Band of Oz will kick up plenty of shaggin’ sand at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the opening act for the 2010-11 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series.

    One of the biggest acts in beach music history, the Band of Oz was formed in1967 by friends who played together in the Rose High School Stage Band (Greenville, N.C.).

    At the time, their only goal was to make a little money as a part-time band playing frat parties and high school proms.

    However, their non-stop, fan-friendly stage shows and tight, horn section sound soon drew the attention of record labels.

  • Moore: ‘It is inexcusable’

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said Lancaster County School District officials will not tolerate the type of assault made last week against Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar.

    Farrar was punched multiple times in the face Monday during an open house at the school. The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44 – has been charged with assault and battery in the incident.

  • Remembering fallen Lions

    Prior to the start of the seventh annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a moment of silence was held in memory of two Lewisville High School athletes who died earlier this month.

    Those remembered were Lions’ football player Brian Colvin and cheerleader Catherine Elizabeth Fowler.

    Colvin, a standout Lions’ football player, died after collapsing on the field in the Chester County Jamboree last week in Chester. His funeral was earlier in the week. Fowler was killed in an auto accident two weeks ago.