Today's News

  • Voters go to polls Tuesday in S.C.

    Tuesday is Primary Day in South Carolina, when Democrats and Republicans choose their candidates for local and state offices.

    But in Lancaster County, there isn’t a whole lot of action this Primary Day.

    There is just one locally contested race – the County Council District 2 rematch between incumbent Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, a Democratic race.

    McGriff won the seat in a special election in November. The two also squared off for the seat in a special primary last September.

  • I-77 traffic shift begins Monday at Richburg exit

    RICHBURG – The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed exit 62 on Interstate 77 in Chester County to prepare for a traffic shift that will occur in the early morning hours Monday.  

    During this traffic shift, the two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on I-77 will shift onto the exit ramps, cross Old Richburg Road uninterrupted, and then resume travel on I-77.  

    This traffic pattern will remain in effect until the bridges are repaired.  

  • News staff wins eight company-wide awards

    The newsroom staff of The Lancaster News received eight awards in its company’s annual writing, photography and design contest.

    The Lancaster News is owned by Landmark Community Newspapers, based in Shelbyville, Ky.

    Features editor Gregory A. Summers received three awards – first place for general page design, third place for best photo page layout and third place for excellence in feature writing.

    Reporter Christopher Sardelli received two awards – second place for best ongoing or extended coverage and second place in feature writing.

  • City employees may get raises

    City of Lancaster employees may be getting a raise after all.

    A 2 percent across-the-board pay increase has been recommended as part of a revised draft of the 2010-11 budget.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins wanted City Council to discuss the idea during its budget meeting Thursday.

    She said the city runs because of its employees and that a 2 percent raise is a reasonable consideration. The increase will cost the city an extra $129,793.

    “They’re our greatest assets,” Eddins said. “We need to do this.”

  • Official: Top of old jail is sinking

    Restore it or knock it down.

    Those are the choices facing County Council about what to do with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The building, designed by noted Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, was built for $8,000 in 1823, making it five years older than the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Years ago, a cement and mortar ceiling was added to the building, but was too heavy for the building to support it, City Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • IL recognizes top spring athletes

    Indian Land High School capped its 2010 spring sports season honoring a host of Warriors athletes at the school’s spring sports awards May 24.

    Spring sports honors were presented in seven sports – boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, baseball, softball and golf.

    Scholarship winners

    The IL Booster Club’s four scholarship winners were honored – Paige Brugh, Tyler Watkins, Trevor Jones and Mykela Hallums. Each received a $500 scholarship paid for by Showmars Booster Nights.

  • AJ taps Moore as interim football coach

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School has selected one of its own to serve as interim coach for next year, a move that Principal Mary Barry says will give the program needed stability as well as time to evaluate options for a search.

  • Hidden Beauty

    One must have a special eye to visualize the possibilities of a house and yard that have been left unattended for a period of time. 

    When Tony and Nancy Topf first spotted the house at 910 Forest Drive in Lancaster, they were able to see beyond the dense trees and a lawn covered in moss instead of grass. 

    They could even see potential that a house built in the 1950’s would have, once it was painted, a neutral color to blend into the natural surroundings.

  • They gave all

    A debt of gratitude is owed to the 198 soldiers whose names are etched in bronze on the war memorial at Lancaster’s Memorial Park, said Ernest Stroud.

    Stroud, a Korean Conflict veteran and legislative chairman for the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and S.C. American Legion,  didn’t mince words Sunday during the county’s 19th annual Memorial Day program.

    Stroud said too many times politicians and those drawing government salaries tend to forget it’s the war dead who gave their all to protect a way of life that we now enjoy.

  • Preparing for kindergarten

    Local educators are gearing up for the annual program that helps make a child’s first year of public school a little more comfortable for all involved.

    Countdown to K, the state’s school transition program for rising kindergartners, kicks off this month and runs into August. Eleven kindergarten teachers in Lancaster County are participating this year.