Today's News

  • For Santa, it's a different kind of year

    It’s the time of year when visions of dolls and toys are usually dancing in children's heads. But the Christmas, some Santas are hearing requests of a different sort.

    Robert Summers, who plays Santa for the Red Cross, has already visited several area churches and has traveled to Fort Jackson. He plans on visiting libraries, daycares and the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. This is his fifth year playing Santa.

    For the first time, he said children’s minds seem to be focused on jobs for parents, the economy and the Iraqi war, as well as toys.

  • Officers honor retiring sheriff

    At one time, Johnny Cauthen had long hair that ran way down his back.

    That was before he embarked on what would become a three-decade career at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Cauthen, who sports a completely different hair style these days, is winding down his career. He’s retiring this year after serving more than 31 years in law enforcement, including the last 12 as Lancaster County sheriff.

    Chief Deputy Barry Faile will be sworn in next month as Cauthen’s successor.

  • City Council recognizes Curry, O’Brien and Sumner for service

    Danny O’Brien choked back tears as he spoke to a crowd of family members, city employees and residents at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    O’Brien and fellow exiting council members Bill Sumner and Audrey Curry were honored for their many years of work on the council. Mayor Joe Shaw and Councilman John Howard recognized the three men before the start of the meeting.

    Each was presented with an engraved plaque that included their terms of office to thank them for their years in public service.

  • Santa Express a Christmas treat for all

    Heaven Craig’s compass was working just fine Saturday afternoon as she rode to Heath Springs on the L&C Railway’s Santa Express with friends Ty’Keahja McIlwain and Ari Adams.

    She may have been riding southbound in the Hollywood Beach dome car, but Heaven knew she was headed to Heath Springs’ North Pole Adventure.

    “That’s where Santa is,” the giggling 5-year-old said.

    She was right, too, and had a chance to visit with the jolly old elf at the Heath Springs depot just as the sun was starting to set.

  • Heavy rains trigger minor flooding

    Lancaster received about 3.5 inches of rain by about 4 p.m. and was under a tornado watch Thursday afternoon, but no serious damage had been reported.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said stronger winds whipped up later on Thursday, blowing parts of the roof of the old Springs Foundry on Memorial Park Road into a neighboring yard.

    A few power lines and limbs were down, and there was minor street flooding in parts of the county, Russell said.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas basket fund surpasses $6,000

    Christopher Sardelli


    With almost two weeks left for people to contribute, the revived Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund is already coming close to reaching last year’s total.

    HOPE in Lancaster, this year’s organizer for the fund, has collected $6,076 since Dec. 5, bringing the total collected thus far to $7,151. The total amount collected in 2007 was $9,250. 

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, is pleasantly surprised by the surge of donations in such a short amount of time.

  • Buford High School students design golf courses

     A group of Buford High School students have drafted detailed plans for the first miniature golf course in Lancaster County.

    Students in Kurt Weeks’ Project Lead The Way engineering class recently completed a project that required them to design two 18-hole putt-putt courses. Preliminary guidelines were provided by Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Frank Overcash, who is exploring the idea of building a miniature golf course here.

  • Renovating on a budget



    With many companies either downsizing or losing customers this fall, one business is giving a slow economy the brush off.

    Home interior painting company Fresh Coat, based out of Ohio with a franchise in Lancaster, has seen its numbers remain fairly steady, with only a slight drop-off throughout the recent economic downturn.

  • County approves spec building

    Jenny Hartley


    S.C. 9 Bypass may get a new traffic light in the near future, with the approval of a county land sale at the Lancaster Business Park.

    County Council gave final approval at its Dec. 1 meeting to give 17 acres in the business park to Adevco, which wants to build a speculative building suitable for a call center.