Today's News

  • 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.

  • Weddings


    Christy Collins and Brady Cauthen

  • Yarborough’s column focuses on positve news in area

    I enjoyed Mary Helen Yarborough’s guest column. “There comes a time when you realize what’s truly important,” in the Dec. 16 edition. I look forward to future observations from one who has returned to her roots.

    My “Remember When” articles are based upon memories of long ago. Mary Helen has offered some refreshing comments about nowadays. I certainly look forward to her future articles. Lancaster, my hometown, is going through some troubling times and so are many of its citizens.

  • Family Promise deserves a shout-out

    Little did Sharelle Durham know that the renovated child care center just doors from her Moore Street home would one day play a major role in her life.

    The renovated child care center became the Family Promise Day Center, where more than 100 people showed up to witness the ribbon-cutting on Feb. 1. That Sunday marked the culmination of a two-year effort to the get the program that helps homeless families in Lancaster County off the ground.

  • Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community

    It seems to me that every time I read The Lancaster News, Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace always has an opinion on how she can better improve the community of Lancaster.

    But is she really trying to improve Lancaster or trying to improve her image?

    I think by now everyone in Lancaster County knows who Linda Blackmon-Brace is and how she looks. HOPE in Lancaster County has numerous articles running in the newspaper every week needing food donations. Is this on her priority list?