Today's News

  • Lancaster teen dies in one-car crash

    The Lancaster High School family is mourning the loss of one of their own.

    Elyse Hardin, an LHS sophomore, died Tuesday night in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road.

    She was a rear-seat passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that ran off the road and hit a utility pole about 10 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hardin was ejected from the car and died at the scene from blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford.

    She was 15.

  • Four arrested in Christmas lynching

    Four Indian Land men have been arrested and charged with first-degree lynching in the death of a Charlotte man on Christmas night.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in Indian Land.

    Wallace, 42, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The four men arrested and charged with first-degree lynching are:

    – Marty Player, 24, 7243 Henry Harris Road

  • When will it thaw?

    Local students are probably keeping a close check on the weather forecast for the end of the week.

    After two weeks off for the holidays, could it be that there is a snow day in the works?

    According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday night, which means Friday could be a snow day for local students. But if  students get a snow day, it won’t be a full one – Friday is scheduled only to be a half day for Lancaster County School District students as the first semester ends.

  • Gearing up for the ’10 census

    ROCK HILL – Flanked by several area mayors, state officials and representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, officially opened the area’s 2010 Census office in Rock Hill on Tuesday morning.

    “You have a citizens duty to count everyone, count them in the right place and count them only once,” Spratt told the crowd. “The more people who participate the better.”

  • City names new finance director

    The city of Lancaster has a new finance director.

    City Council voted unanimously Monday during a special meeting to hire James Absher Jr. for the position.

    Absher, 39, has been with Kershaw County for nearly three years, now serving as its assistant administrator. He’s been working in accounting for 15 years – either in higher education or local government.

    He said he looks forward to his new position.

  • Man killed on Christmas in IL

    INDIAN LAND – A Charlotte man died on Christmas night after being hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight.

    Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, of 3621 Deerwood Drive, Charlotte, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Steven Ray Steen, 22, of 1067 Louthan Hill Drive, Indian Land, has been charged with first-degree lynching and disturbing the peace.

  • Good to be home for holidays

    The first Christmas card that arrived in my new mailbox marked the official establishment of my place back home.

    The old house I inherited, once dim and lonely, now joins others along Forest Drive in heralding the season with decorations and lights. And it appears Santa’s reindeer have found a permanent home here, too.

    For years, I had yearned to look out the windows of the breakfast room to watch the birds flock to the dogwood trees.

  • Hargett deserves recognition

    Robin Hargett is a Lancaster County hero. She has a special honor to remind her of a noble act.

    At a Lancaster County Council meeting earlier this month, Hargett was presented one of the original handmade bricks from the historic Lancaster County courthouse.

    Hargett’s alert action came during the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2008.

    A waitress at Leigh Anne’s restaurant on Catawba Street, Hargett had arrived at work at 5 a.m. that summer morning.

  • It’s important to set the record straight

    I feel obligated to set the record straight. Lou Desser, of Indian Land, made a serious error of fact when he expressed his disagreement with my recent letter to the editor.

    In my letter, I strongly criticized President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for their decision to move the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of 9/11, from Guantanamo to a New York City federal court.

  • Important to remember the true spirit of Christmas

    One of the many childhood memories I have of Christmas is seeing all of the lights and decorations throughout homes and neighborhoods during the month of December.

    As a child, my parents would take the family out at night and drive slowly throughout Lancaster to see all the homes lit up for Christmas, along with Nativity scenes, Santas, Frostys and Rudolphs decorating the front lawns.

    We would leave on Christmas Eve and have a get-together with a friend, then before returning home, we would drive around and see the Christmas lights.