Today's News

  • One dies in morning wreck

    Reece Murphy
    An automobile accident Tuesday morning near Spring Hill Baptist Church in the Tradesville community killed a Heath Springs man and seriously injured his wife. Lancaster County Coronor Mike Morris identified the man as James “Jamie” Morgan Phillips, 41, of the 5100 block of Stoneboro Road, Heath Springs. The driver of the vehicle, Phillips’ wife, Heidi Marie Phillips, 37, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon Heidi Phillips was in stable condition.

  • Publix plans back on track

    Publix plans back on track

    Plans for a new Indian Land supermarket are back on track after Lancaster County Council moved forward Tuesday with an ordinance it tabled only a week before. 

    Progress on a proposed Publix grocery store halted briefly at the end of January after council tabled an ordinance to rezone several acres of land where it would be built. The store is planned to become the first tenant at the former site of Roy Hardin Park, at 8357 Collins Rd in Indian Land. 

  • Family Promise making a difference

    Family Promise has had a drastic impact on Lancaster County. For nearly two years now, Lancaster area churches have reached out to homeless families in an effort to give them a lift.
    Family Promise is a pioneering nonprofit organization dedicated to helping America’s low-income families secure lasting independence. Some 161 affiliates and 130,000 volunteers spanning 41 states provide annual assistance to more than 45,000 citizens.
    In 1988, the program went national and moved into communities across the nation, including Lancaster.

  • Back-row view of state spending problems

    We sit on the back row of the S.C. Senate, with a fairly good view of the good, the bad and the ugly in our state’s government.
    One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a  commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That’s why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies.

  • Protect the votes of those who protect our freedom to vote

    Although there’s no way to adequately express our thanks to the men and women who have made sacrifices in defending our nation, South Carolinians have always believed in doing our part to return the favor.
    I dare say that nowhere in America, nowhere in the world, will you find more patriotic citizens than right here in South Carolina – people who understand that freedom comes at great cost, and who offer their gratitude and support to those who serve.

  • Local BSA Hall of Fame adds eight

    The Lancaster County Boy Scout Hall of Fame doubled in size Wednesday night. 

    Larry Cauthen and the seven “Neal Boys” (W.C., Paul, Dewey, Jack, Frank, Bruce and Billy) were inducted to the hall of fame during the annual Friends of Scouting Banquet at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Cauthen and the Neals were honored for the impact they have made on local scouting.

    The eight were selected from a group of nominees recommended by a grassroots committee of long-time scout volunteers. 

  • Come on in; I'll shake your hand

    You’re right. I don’t always practice what I preach and miss the mark.

    Cutting church is a whole lot easier than cutting school classes.

    You skip one Sunday service and, lo and behold, the second and those following are a snap to pass over.

    I could cite the old-age excuse by saying my legs don’t navigate as well as they used to. I could probably come up with a few more, too.

    Some folks like me spend a great deal of time out of the Palmetto State and it is impossible to be in two places at once. 

  • District honors excelling educators

    National Board Certification for teachers is said to be no easy task. 

    Among the words and phrases used to describe the arduous year – to three-year long process of earning the highest credentials in the teaching profession are sacrifice, long nights, tied-up weekends, hard work, challenging and rewarding.

  • Office of LCEDC could move

    The Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. is searching for a new home, and county officials have an idea where it should go. 

    Faced with water leaks and mold issues, the staff of the LCEDC has been looking to relocate its office on West Gay Street for years. That’s where Lancaster County Council comes in. 

    At its Feb. 22 meeting, council members discussed a plan to move the LCEDC from its current office to a space in the County Administration Building. 

  • Young black males in a crisis

    Imagine walking into school on your first day of first grade and already being at a disadvantage just because of your race, gender and economic background.

    Of course you don’t realize it, since you’re only a 6-year-old boy, but according to statistics you’re already behind in your vocabulary. 

    By the time you’re in the fourth grade, you’re already nearly three years, on average, behind your white peers academically, according to some experts.