Today's News

  • Hal Crenshaw Jr. strives to improve habitat for quail, turkeys

    Every time Hal Crenshaw looks across the somewhat overgrown field in the middle of an 850-acre tract of private property just off Stacks Road in the Tabernacle community, he knows there is a better way.

    Appearances can be deceiving. That field, with its mixture of red clover, chicory, switchgrass and other prairie grasses is part of finding that better way. It’s not a barren field; it’s a field of dreams.

    An avid outdoorsman, Crenshaw recalls some 35 years ago when this field and many like it were teeming with wildlife.

  • Chamber program to be hosted at Edgewater

    Members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce are invited to come and see the developments under way at the Edgewater community at this month’s Business After Hours.

    The community is located south of Lancaster on Catawba Ridge Boulevard.

    The event will be held at the Edgewater Club House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The program is presented by Tribute Homes. During the evening, attendees are invited to take a golf cart tour of the development, including a model home.

  • Busy hurricane season forecast

    The waters of the Atlantic basin are already warmer than normal and weather forecasters are predicting record warm waters before the year is up.

    That signals an active hurricane season, according The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.

    The NOAA issued its 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook on May 27.

    The forecast calls for an 85 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

  • Courthouse restoration project winding down

    The new plaster is almost dry and workers are putting the finishing touches on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    The walls are no longer black and stripped of their plaster and smelling of acrid smoke and mildew.

    Today, they are gleaming white and simply smell new. But contractors and architect Jody Munnerlyn have worked hard to restore the courthouse to its old glory – the days of 1820s when it was designed by Charleston-born architect Robert Mills.

  • A very old Good Book

    There’s a rocking chair next to the fireplace in Bob and Fran Bundy’s home.

    But this isn’t just any cane-bottomed antique.

    It belonged to Fran’s great- great-grandfather, David M. Johnston. Above the fireplace hangs a framed, hand-stitched South Carolina state flag that was a gift from a group of Barnwell students, given to David’s grandson and Fran’s grandfather, Horace Johnston Crouch.

    Every one of the Bundy’s antiques are personal mementos that weave a family story.

  • Partners for Youth awards seven college scholarships

    Seven Lancaster County students have been awarded scholarships to aid in their goals to become teachers.

    Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Future Teacher Scholarships.

    After finishing college, these students pledge to return to the Lancaster County School District to teach in the county for each year they accept the scholarship.

    The 2010 recipients are:

    • Jonathan Cooper, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Buford High School graduate

  • Colgate Country Showdown coming back to USCL stage

    Interstate 107 Radio  and the city of Lancaster will celebrate country music with the the 2010 Colgate Country Showdown.  

    It’s been more than a decade since  University of South Carolina at Lancaster student Julie Roberts won Interstate 107 Radio’s local competition at Andrew Jackson State Park. Roberts went on to record a certified gold album, featuring the top-ten hit song “Break Down Here.” She now lives in Nashville.  

  • Group to seek pledges from stores

    Local businesses are being asked to rally around the effort to decrease alcohol use among youth.

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth of Lancaster County will visit convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses on Thursday, asking them to sign a covenant.

    Those who sign will pledge to reduce underage access to alcohol and tobacco, reduce the negative consequences of underage and excessive drinking and to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Events take aim at violence

    The Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy has planned three more events to bring people together to fight crime and try to get more guns off Lancaster’s streets.

    LAPS is a crime-watch group formed by Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris. The group has sponsored marches against crime, a gun buy-back drive and a recent candlelight vigil.

    On Friday, LAPS and the Lancaster Police Department will hold a community forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Justice Center, 405 E. Arch St.

  • I'll play with girls when it's raining

    Boy, I didn’t see that one coming. I was downright blindsided by the comment.

    “You act like girls didn’t exist in your long ago ‘Remember when’ times,” a faithful reader said.

    Shucks, there were plenty of girls around when I was growing up, but I still preferred playing with Billy Pipkins.

    No, I didn’t have any sisters. As far as that goes, I was brotherless, too.

    But, that’s OK.

    I had the next worst thing; three girl first cousins.