Today's News

  • Agency grateful for Shoebox for Seniors donations

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who donated gifts to Shoebox for Seniors, a project sponsored by the Lancaster County Council on Aging.

  • All-county band concert to make music next week

    A performance is slated for next week that will highlight the top middle and high school musicians in the area.

    The band directors throughout Lancaster County selected about 160 students to take part in the all-county band concert Jan. 31 at Lancaster High School’s auditorium.

    This is the first time in recent memory that the local school district is having such a performance, said Mathew Willis, band director at Indian Land High School.

  • Goodwill grateful for donations

    We live in an extraordinarily caring community. While that fact is not new, it is certainly worth repeating and celebrating. Let me add one more example.

  • Chamber enlisting support to keep USCL open

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is seeking the support of the business community and all Lancaster County residents to express their concern and disapproval over Gov. Mark Sanford’s budget proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus over the next two years.

  • Riding in style to the inauguration

    Freshly cooked meals and comfortable lodging will be readily available for many traveling via train to the upcoming inaugural events in Washington, D.C.

    Lancaster-based L&C Railway has turned two of its cars – the J. Pinckney Henderson and Hollywood Beach – into mobile luxury suites equipped with bedrooms, private washrooms and areas for dining and lounging.

  • USCL campus prepared writer for navel career

    I read Jenny Hartley’s wonderful article on Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    As a 2001 graduate, (associate’s degree in science), it gave me the education I needed to have a successful naval career (seven years, making E-6 in six years).

    USCL helped me complete my bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College.

  • LHS band raising money for uniforms

    The Lancaster High School marching band is in need of new uniforms and needs your help to make that dream come true.

    Director John Rhodes said it will cost between $30,000 and $36,000 to buy new band uniforms that will replace their 14-year-old ones. Bands usually get new uniforms every five to eight years, Rhodes said.  

    The band’s booster club has organized several events to help raise the money.

    Here’s a run down of the upcoming events:

  • Relay campaign garners regional, national awards

    Supporters of the county’s 2008 Relay for Life learned Monday night that their continued hard work has not gone unnoticed.

    In the kickoff meeting for the 2009 drive, volunteers learned that last year’s local campaign raised $264,000. The money helps fund American Cancer Society cancer research, and cancer awareness and wellness programs.

    For their efforts, the locals won three regional awards.

    One award was for 100 percent school participation throughout the county.

  • Man, 62, found dead near van

    A 62-year-old man died of a heart attack after he pulled over on Camp Creek Road at S.C. 522 early Monday.

    Walter Ricky Steele was driving a 1992 Pontiac van when he went off the left side of the road about 5:10 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

    Steele was found outside of the van.

    Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight pronounced Steele dead at the scene. There was no damage to the vehicle.

    “He was probably experiencing major chest pains,” Knight said, and Steele pulled off the road.

  • Student expresses herself with Bohemian flair

    On a trip to Key West several years ago, Morgan Overcash had an artistic epiphany.

    Overcash, 20, was gazing at storefronts while on vacation with her family in 2006 when a few pieces of furniture caught her eye. She stopped to examine a cluster of elaborately painted Adirondack patio chairs, called Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville chairs. A budding artist, Overcash was fascinated with the designs painted on the furniture and knew immediately she wanted to do something similar. That’s when her business, Bohemian Lily Designs, was born.