Today's News

  • Woman seeks grandparents’ rights in South Carolina

    I am a grandmother and a Lancaster County resident. I have no say over my grandchildren because there are no grandparents’ rights in South Carolina. I do not think that is right and I feel like other grandparents feel the same way I do.

    I think this law needs to be changed and I challenge all grandparents to take a stand by writing Congress and state legislators about changing the law.

    Man gives us no rights in South Carolina, but God does by loving and treating our grandchildren fairly.

    Christine Taylor



  • Demolition day on a snowy hill

    In the gentle early hours of my bedroom, barely lit by daybreak through a crystalline cloak of frozen gray, the melody of my mother’s voice issued a reprieve from the rush to school that day.

    “Look outside. There’s no school today,” Mama reported softly yet with a particular glee sympathetic with the excitement she shared with her slumbering children.

  • Sometimes a hug is all you can do

    It was a week when sports editor Robert Howey was on vacation and I was attempting to cover for him. From across the counter, she gave me all the pertinent information about the upcoming scholarship fund- raiser golf tournament.

    I was writing down the who, what, when, why and where when she stopped mid-sentence. I glanced up from my notepad. Her eyes were filled with tears. Then I recognized the name. The scholarship was in honor of her son, who died in a bicycle accident in downtown Charleston. He had just graduated from Clemson and was working in the port city.

  • Defense firm to bring 230 jobs

    A defense company announced plans Monday to bring more than 200 jobs to Lancaster County.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense-sector companies, will move its operations to the former BMB Steering Innovation building on S.C. 160 in Indian Land, which it recently bought.

    The company will locate its manufacturing, research and development functions and its headquarters to the building beginning in March.

  • Learn the ins and outs of beekeeping

    When Wayne Bell was looking for a way to fill his days after retiring from the state of South Carolina several years ago, he remembered something he learned from a great-uncle as a youngster.

    “He was a beekeeper and I loved to watch him,” Bell said. “I tried to help him, but I don’t know if I was very much help.”

    When it comes to a subject as complicated as beekeeping, you have to get started somewhere, Bell said.

  • AJ coach Bench benched

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Elmer Bench has been placed on administrative leave.

    Bench, a history and social studies teacher at the Lancaster County Class AA high school, declined to comment when contacted Wednesday afternoon by The Lancaster News.

    David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District, said Bench was placed on administrative leave with pay by district superintendent Dr. Gene Moore. Bench's administrative leave began Wednesday.

  • Wildfire season arrives in South Carolina

    COLUMBIA – Despite recent rains and the recovery from South Carolina’s most recent drought, the S.C. Forestry Commission is sounding the call for readiness as the state enters its wildfire season.

    In South Carolina, the wildfire season runs in the later part of the winter through early weeks of spring, when flammable ground litter is dry and the relative humidity is low. 

    Some residents are burning yard waste or lighting outdoor fires for warmth during this time of the year.

  • Two injured in nightclub shooting

    Two people were injured in a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the club on Kershaw Camden Highway about 2:20 a.m.

    Deputies learned that a fight began inside the club, then moved outside, where two people began shooting.

    Injured in the incident were Chevon Crawford, 29, and Marcellos Stover, 29, both of Lancaster. Crawford was shot once in the back, authorities said. Stover was shot in each shoulder and the   abdomen.

  • 'Big Easy' split between Saints, Mannings

    In New Orleans, parades are a common occurrence.

    But Sunday’s was a real drag.

    More than 5,000 men showed up at the Superdome in heels, make-up and wigs for a 12-block walk to Bourbon Street in honor of the late Bernard “Buddy D” Diliberto. 

    I got a report on the festivities from my brother-in-law, Steve Ellis.

    Steve and his wife, Rose Mary, live in Algiers Point, which is directly across the lower Mississippi River from the French Quarter.

  • Woman dies in apartment fire

    A woman died after a fire at Chesterfield Villas, a senior-living apartment complex on Chesterfield Avenue, on Sunday.

    Lancaster Fire Department Chris Nunnery said his department was called to Apartment B-12 at 7:54 a.m. after a next-door neighbor called 911.

    Firefighters pulled Barbara Belton, 57, from the apartment, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. She was unconscious and was airlifted to a burn center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she later died.