Today's News

  • Groundbreaking for new courthouse set for Sept. 14

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the county’s new courthouse is slated for Sept. 14.

    Before the old courthouse burned, County Council was considering building a court facility that would house the solicitor, public defender, family court and other agencies, such as the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and the local office of the S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

    The historic courthouse was still being used a working court facility before the fire.

  • Rich Heritage

    On Aug. 3, White Springs Baptist Church will be 75 years old.

    Since that time at least 40 ministers have gone out from the Erwin Farm-based congregation. And White Springs has been the spiritual home to some of the finest athletes ever to play at Lancaster High School.

    Sometimes these two attributes meshed, as in the case of the Rev. Buford Hayes, a 1954 LHS graduate.

    Hayes, a receiver, is acknowledged by those who can remember as one of the finest football players ever to don the Blue Hurricane uniform, as the team was known at the time.

  • Pleasant Valley Fire Department seeking stimulus funds for building

    INDIAN LAND – The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department recently applied for federal stimulus funds that could help with the construction of its new station.

    Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Paul Blackwelder said the department applied for a $1.9 million grant. He’s optimistic about receiving the funds, but said he’s not sure when the department will learn if its request was approved.

    “You hope for it, but you can’t depend on it until you get it,” Blackwelder said. “You can’t count your chickens until they hatch.”

  • City declines to fund back-to-school bash

    The start of school is around the corner and area children will soon need the paper, pencils and other materials required for the first school day.

    The second annual block party at South Side Park is one of several events locally that will give away supplies to the youth in attendance.

    City Councilman Kenny Hood had requested that the city give $500 to buy hot dogs and supplies for the July 25 block party.

    But council voted 4-3 Tuesday in favor of denying the request.

  • Salkehatchie team tackles local home

    INDIAN LAND – Standing on a rooftop in sweltering 90-degree heat, holding a nail gun in one hand and some roofing shingles in another, Lindsey Fisher is not your typical 15-year-old.

    Flanked by several other teens, Fisher made quick work of a series of shingles, shooting nails into the roof of a home she had never seen until a few days before. After the row was complete, she stood back and smiled.

  • Lancaster Street Market set for 8 a.m. Saturday

    Those in search of local crafts and crops won’t have to look too far Saturday.

    They will be available at the Lancaster Street Market in the green space at the corner of Main and Gay streets.

    A collaboration of the Lancaster Downtown Business Association, the city of Lancaster and See Lancaster, which promotes local tourism, the street markets are held the first Saturday of the month.

    There has been one slight change in the time, said Peggy Little, director of See Lancaster.

  • Efforts under way to help woman who lost home

    Kathy Griffin spent most of her week flipping through the phone book and calling as many churches as she could find.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident, is on a quest to contact all of Lancaster County’s 162 churches, hoping to raise money for a Van Wyck woman who recently lost her home.

    Griffin recently learned about Rosemary Fann, a 61-year-old widow whose mobile home was repossessed in June. After her home was repossessed, Fann pitched a tent to live in on her property.

  • County Council District 2 filing begins today

    Filing for the vacant Lancaster County Council District 2 seat begins today, July 17, and will run until noon  July 27.

    Filing with the Democratic Party will be held in the law offices of Norrell and Powers Norrell at 206 South Main St. Anyone wishing to file as a Democrat may call Gil Small, chairman of the county Democratic Party, at 285-5891.

    Anyone wishing to file as a Republican should call county Republican Party chairman Winston Smith at 283-7580.

    The filing fee is $100.

  • City to honor former chief

    The Lancaster Police Department’s pistol range will be named in honor of a former police chief who died last year.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously July 14 to name the pistol range The J.D. Balkcum Training Facility in honor of the late Police Chief Jimmy Balkcum.

    Balkcum died Nov. 4, 2007, at age 56.

    He had a 28-year career in law enforcement, serving as a state trooper and with the city of Lancaster Police Department, including seven years as assistant chief and two years as chief.

  • Learning Institute closes its doors

    Jan Clark Bragg’s addiction to prescription pain killers got so bad that she cashed in her 401(k) to buy more and more pills.

    She quit her job, left her husband and spent months “not doing anything,” except feeding her drug habit. Then she reached rock bottom.

    “It was awful,” Bragg said.

    Shortly afterward, one of Bragg’s friends told her about the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, or LIFT.

    The intent, though, was for Bragg to help out LIFT with marketing and advertising.