Today's News

  • A first for Smith, and another state basketball title



    In 42 seasons of coaching and 18 state championship game appearances, you would think Great Falls High boys basketball coach John Smith has seen it all.

  • Vols prevail in exciting soccer win

    Andrew Jackson opened its 2011 high school soccer season, gaining some revenge from its last match of the 2010 campaign.

  • CHS Eagles soar to Classic crown



    The Central Lady Eagles soared to the title in the second annual Lancaster County Classic preseason softball tournament on Saturday at Springdale Park.

  • Police reports 3/2/11


    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    -Louis Belk, 24, 1320 Memorial Park Rd., Lancaster, and Steven Thomas Dabbs, 25, 703 Sumter St., Lancaster, were both charged Feb. 8 with simple possession of marijuana. 

  • Area in Stage 1 drought

    From release

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). The LIP is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply during periods of low inflow.

  • I prefer my orange juice from the original carton

    I was lucky to  get in on some pretty good vacations.

    Uncle Harry had bouts with recurring asthma and found some relief on the Atlantic shores, namely Myrtle Beach. That meant lots of those vacations were unplanned and came at various times throughout the year.

    At the Grand Strand, I usually ate my fill of deviled crabs.

    Maybe that was a foreshadowing of sorts. As fate has it, I now find myself frequenting the “Blue Crab State” of Maryland.

  • Schools deserve kudos for awards

    Five Lancaster County schools have earned recognition as recipients of the Palmetto and Silver awards for academic excellence.
    The quality quintet includes the Discovery Charter School of Lancaster, which won the Gold Award for general performance.
    The Silver award winners for general performance are McDonald Green Elementary and A.R. Rucker Middle schools, along with Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools.
    McDonald Green Elementary also garnered a second Silver Award for its success in closing the achievement gap.

  • Dangerous dog laws designed to protect dogs, not victims

    The recent dog bite tragedy in Waxhaw, where little Makayla Woodard lost her life and her grandmother suffered injuries trying to protect her grandchild struck a nerve in my heart and brought tears to my eyes. 
    It just so happened that our 5-year old son, Tanner Landires, was attacked by the neighbor’s dogs in the Arlington community last July.

  • ILMS wins state character award

    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. 

    The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like home

    Reece Murphy


    After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.