Today's News

  • Don’t expect government to come to our rescue

    The Lynches River Electric Co-operative has announced an increase of its retail cost of electricity due to China’s demand for U.S. coal and a resulting price increase of U.S. coal.

    The price of coal has fallen from $150 per short ton to $111.50 per short ton since January 2008. This is about a 26 percent decrease in cost.

    Research of federal statistics shows that China exports one third more of its coal reserves as does the United States.

    Why then would China desire more imports of foreign coal?

  • Scholarship program model for school choice in S.C.

    People like choices. This simple aphorism is the basis of South Carolina’s most popular and far-reaching educational reform in the last four decades: state scholarships for higher education.

    In Lancaster and across South Carolina, the HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships have helped thousands of students attend college. Many of the students come from disadvantaged circumstances. Some will be the first in their family to attend college. For others the scholarship helps lighten the load of high interest student loans.

  • Scripture reveals birth of Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyre’nius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Jewelry stolen at Folk Art Show

    Jewelry stolen at Folk Art Show

    The recent Folk Art Show and sale at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was a great success. There was an abundance of art, food and music. Everyone had a great time and it was well organized. There are definitely a large number of people in the area interested in folk art and plenty of talented artists to quench one’s appetite for some unique art forms.

  • Christmas Basket tops $15,000, sets record

    Although it started late this year, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has set a record in the amount of money it collected to help Lancaster County families this year.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, which is in charge of the charity drive this year, said the Christmas Basket has surpassed the total collected during the same time in 2001.

    During that year’s drive, donations topped $15,000.

  • O’Brien saying goodbye to City Council

    Danny O’Brien is looking to the future.

    Sitting in his Lancaster home and petting his 8-year-old miniature schnauzer, Arnie, the outgoing Lancaster City Council member is busy planning what to do with himself after Jan. 7.

    That’s when O’Brien, 53, steps down from his District 6 seat after 12 years and his successor, Sara Eddins, is sworn in.

    He expects there will be plenty to keep him and his wife of 30 years, Kathy, busy.

  • Location found for new Pleasant Valley fire station

    INDIAN LAND – The chairman of the Pleasant Valley Fire Commission is looking forward to work getting under way for a new station.

    The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department has found a place to build a new station, across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road.

    Two acres have been donated to the fire department, and County Council advanced $200,000 to buy the other acre of property at a recent meeting.

  • $500,000 grant to improve Brooklyn

    Jenny Hartley


    There could be a village renaissance in store for the Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Lancaster County just received word that it has received a $500,000 Village Renaissance grant through the Community Development Block Grant program.

  • Leathernecks bring Santa to spread cheer and gifts to hospital patients

    Edward Reid rose from his slump and smiled big when Santa Claus entered his room at Springs Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

    He was one of many patients whose day became a little brighter when the white-bearded man in the red suit visited the hospital.

    Santa came with the Lancaster Leathernecks, the local detachment of the U.S. Marine Cops League. The group went room to room spreading Christmas cheer and handing out gifts to patients.

    “It feel good,” Reid said about the visit. “They’re real nice.”

  • Seized pickup to help drug officers ment

    A vehicle seized during a drug arrest will soon help Lancaster police crack down on crime.

    The vehicle, a 1996 Toyota 4x4 pickup, was seized by the Lancaster Police Department during a drug bust a few years ago, but will soon become the department’s latest tool in the fight against drugs. 

    It will join the department’s drug enforcement group, and will probably be used for surveillance.