Today's News

  • Store owner says son of arsonist threatened him, family

    The owner of Old Mill Grocery in Lancaster and his girlfriend said a 21-year-old Myrtle Beach man threatened them several times after the man’s father was convicted earlier this month for starting the fire that destroyed their store.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Old Mill Grocery owner Mark Johnson told deputies Furman Coy “Sonny” Knight began contacting him by phone Oct. 7, the day his father, Coy Lamar “Marty” Knight of Lancaster, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for third-degree arson.

  • County to honor its veterans Saturday

    Get your red, white and blue ready; Lancaster County will honor its veterans and their service to the country next weekend during the annual Veterans Day Parade and Program.
    This year’s events are set for Saturday, Nov. 7, an opportunity to pay respect to those who served honorably as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    This year’s event includes a couple of important changes to the time and location.

  • Women injured in separate incidents

    Lancaster County deputies responded to a home in Lancaster on Sunday, Oct 25, regarding a woman who’d been shot.
    The incident was the second incident in less than a week in which a woman was injured by a deadly weapon.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to 1379 Duckwood Road about 6:15 p.m. where they found a 58-year-old resident of the home lying in the front yard suffering a gun shot wound to the leg.

  • Heath Springs, Kershaw council elections Tuesday

    KERSHAW – A precedent will be made Tuesday, Nov. 3, when Kershaw voters select a new mayor through a write-in vote.
    No political candidate in Lancaster County history has ever been successfully elected through the write-in process.
    “It’s never happened,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.
    Four candidates – Johnny Carter, Mark Dorman, Sonya Poole and Morris Russell – have launched write-in campaigns for Kershaw mayor.

  • City tables vote on $25k LCEDC dues

    Lancaster County isn’t the only entity to tighten the purse strings of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC).
     The city of Lancaster hasn’t paid its $25,000 membership/participation dues for fiscal year 2015-16 to the corporation, though the organization is seeking its continued support.
    At it’s Tuesday, Oct. 27 meeting, city council tabled a vote on the city’s LCEDC dues until it gets more information.  

  • Thinking on their feet

    Imagine a small medical emergency quickly spiraling into a chaotic scene filled with firefighters pulling drivers from wrecked cars, as medics tend to scores of injured people sprawled across a field.
    Though it sounds like some sort of disaster, it was actually one of several worst-case scenarios longtime Lancaster County EMS medics Scott Dunham and David Demby were faced with as they competed in, and won, the 19th annual Carolina Competition.

  • ‘We had to’ belief dominates all of our lives

    Three words that echo through history to explain why evil occurs. Three words heard over and over as a universal explanation to justify events that could have been avoided.

    Those words are, “we had to.” We first took notice of these words when liberating Nazi death camps. We asked the guards in the camp and the people in the surrounding towns and they all said “we had to.”

  • Stop sanctuary cities

    Typically when we hear the word “sanctuary,” it gives us a feeling of safety, shelter and security. What we do not often associate with this word is heartbreaking loss. But, as we heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, that’s exactly what Jim Steinle experienced in a so-called sanctuary city.

    Mr. Steinle lived every parent’s worst nightmare, as his daughter, Kate, was murdered right before his eyes in broad daylight in San Francisco. He testified that the last words he ever heard his daughter speak were, “Help me, Dad.”

  • Sprint Cars ready to roll at Carolina, Cherokee tracks tonight, Saturday

    The USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will be highlighting two area Carolinas race tracks Friday and Saturday night this weekend, Oct. 30 and 31.
    Tonight, Friday, the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will highlight racing action at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., along with Limited Late Models $1,500 to win, SECA Crate Sportsman $500, Street Stock $500, Renegades $500 and USCS 600 Mini Sprints.
    Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:20. Heat races are set for 8. Admission prices are $20 for the grandstands and $30 for the pits.

  • Three in N-S all-star game Dec. 12

    Lancaster County will have its share of representation at the 68th annual North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 12.
    Two athletes and a coach will be part of the North all-star team as it competes in the elite game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. The county trio includes LHS senior offensive lineman Lewis Johnson and LHS assistant coach Ricky Brown along with Buford star senior defensive back Christian Catledge.