Today's News

  • Local libraries see rise in usage, drop in funding

    As the unemployment rate rises and disposable income becomes a thing of the past, many residents are searching for fun at an affordable price. That’s where local libraries are filling the need.

    Hundreds of Lancaster County residents have been flocking to local libraries, hoping to take advantage of a wide selection of books and movies they can check out for free.

    Nancy Deane, circulation assistant at the Del Webb Library in Indian Land, says many people have been checking out movies so they don’t have to pay to rent them at a video store.

  • Vandalism shows need for more officers

    INDIAN LAND – Kevin Sexton has lost about $65,000 to vandals at his business over the past year.

    Sexton, owner of Architectural Stone Concepts in 521 Perimeter Business Park, said teenagers are coming from the nearby Brookchase neighborhood to vandalize his business, which manufactures columns, railings, decking materials and other items for high-end residential and commercial developments.

    The most costly incident happened last year, when the cab of his brother’s tractor-trailer was set on fire.

  • See Lancaster to welcome pilots to county Sunday

    See Lancaster, the nonprofit group responsible for marketing and promoting Lancaster County, will be providing literature to the participants of the Breakfast Club during a visit to the Lancaster County Airport on Sunday.

    The Breakfast Club is a group of pilots who fly to a different airport in South Carolina every two weeks to enjoy breakfast and camaraderie.

  • IL man found inauguration moving

    As he watched Barack Obama’s inauguration from the National Mall last month, William Hughes Jr. was overwhelmed at the significance.

    Hughes, who lives in the Indian Land area, traveled with his girlfriend to watch Obama be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and the nation’s first black president.

    He said the historical and emotional significance struck him as soon as Obama took the oath of office.

  • Stricter DUI laws now in effect

    Stiffer penalties for driving under the influence have gone into effect, and the S.C. Highway Patrol is planning heightened DUI enforcement.

    The new laws went into effect Tuesday.

    They include higher fines for DUI offenders, harsher punishments for repeat offenders and a six-month driver’s license suspension for offenders who refuse to take a breath-analysis test after their arrest.

    First-time offenders will also have to complete an alcohol and drug-treatment program upon conviction, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the Highway Patrol.

  • Playhouse to stage ‘Inherit the Wind’

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County opens its production of “Inherit the Wind” at 8 p.m.  Friday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The production will feature playhouse veterans and several newcomers, including many Sun City Carolina Lakes residents.  

    The play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee was written during the McCarthy era, but is loosely based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial in the 1920s.  

  • HOPE enlists help from churches

    With a surge in the number of families requesting help, HOPE’s executive director pleaded for more volunteers at the organization’s annual meeting.

    Elaine Adkins, director of the charitable organization Helping Other People Effectively, spoke to dozens of representatives from area churches last week, hoping to attract more help for HOPE’s activities, including the distribution of food donations.

    Many people at the meeting signed up for shifts working at HOPE, while others decided to donate to the group on the spot.

  • Gala brings in $25,000 for arts council

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts director Sam Courtney says the council’s annual fundraiser gala brought in more than $25,000.

    The gala was held Saturday night at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The theme was Mardi Gras Mystique, and many of the 325 people who attended dressed the part, with many wearing masks or feather boas, or even crazier get-ups, with one attendee dressed as a jester.

  • City to annex land for ALDI store

    The city of Lancaster has moved forward in its attempt to help bring an ALDI grocery store to the area.

    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve final reading of an ordinance to annex about 2.5 acres of land at Old Charlotte Highway and North Park Drive. The land, owned by Gene Melton, is situated near Grinders restaurant and behind Bojangles’.

    ALDI spokeswoman Martha Swaney said the company plans to buy the land from Melton and open by fall.

  • Fatherhood Project may bring Harlem MagicMasters to town

    The city of Lancaster has been asked to support an event that promises to serve up high-flying dunks and other breathtaking stunts for local spectators.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which provides services to low-income families, is bringing the Harlem MagicMasters to town next month.

    The MagicMasters, who offer in-game entertainment comparable to the Harlem Globetrotters,  will play against a team of local community members March 12 at Lancaster High School’s gymnasium.