Today's News

  • In some ways, the old ways are still better

    Plasma televisions, Charlie Duke walking on the moon, computers, Bluetooth cell phones and iPods are proof that the world is a more technical place now than it was when I was a boy.

    Yes sir, folks are smarter.

    But at the same time, we’re a lot dumber, too.

    By today’s standards, it appears that we might not have enough sense to come in out of the rain.

    But I’ll bet anybody a marble sack full of Indian head brownies that our early life – even with its shortcomings – was better than modern folks give us credit.

  • Bulls sign Robinson

    The rainy weather aside, Friday was a beautiful day in the eyes of Lancaster High School football star Darius Robinson.

    Robinson sported a familiar wide smile as he entered the Lancaster High School conference room where his mother, Debora Robinson, and grandmother, Rosie, were waiting with equally big grins Friday morning.

    Robinson’s happy day was highlighted with a special moment, signing to play college football at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

  • Perdue selects Cathy Smith Bowers as poet laureate for North Carolina

    It’s been said that Cathy Smith Bowers’ poems read like miniature short stories.

    If that’s the case, those stories will be heard a lot in the next 24 months.

    The Lancaster native, who now makes her home along the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tryon, N.C., has been named North Carolina’s new state poet laureate.

    A prolific poet, writer and college professor, Bowers will be installed during a ceremony Wednesday at the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh.

  • Remembering Matt Blackwell

    Four area students will be honored for academic excellence while everyone in attendance will be treated to an inspirational message at the annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Scholarship Dinner.

    This year’s event will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lancaster Golf Course Fairway Room.

    Each year, four Lancaster County high school seniors are selected to receive a scholarship, which is named after the Lancaster teen who died in 2001 following an auto accident.

    Dawn Smith Jordan will be the guest speaker Tuesday.

  • Fire guts house on Greenbriar Drive

    Firefighters responded twice to a house fire on Greenbriar Drive on Thursday.

    Several volunteer fire stations were first called to the blaze about 11 a.m., said Darren Player, deputy director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Fire Service.

    Antioch, Elgin and Camp Creek fire departments responded with trucks and equipment, while Buford Volunteer Fire Department assisted with man power.

    When firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames, Player said. Part of the roof collapsed in the blaze.

  • Breaking News Possible snow today in Lancaster

    Looks like snow could fall over Lancaster County beginning this afternoon.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the county effective until 6 a.m. Saturday and is predicting 1 to 3 inches of snow.

    The snow could move into the area after 4 p.m. today, falling as a mix with rain, the weather service said. Snow will continue during the night, before ending about 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

    S.C. Department of Transportation crews will be out today pre-treating roads with a salt-brine mixture in preparation for the storm.

  • Arrowood residents oppose annexation

    Jimmy Nunnery, a resident of Arrowood Estates, doesn’t like the idea of being annexed into the city of Lancaster.

    After learning that Lancaster City Council planned to discuss an ordinance that could lead to the future annexation of properties in his community, he made it a point to attend the meeting.

    Nunnery was among the dozens of Arrowood residents who packed council chambers Tuesday night to hear council members consider an ordinance that would bring four contiguous parcels of land into the city limits.

  • Mulvaney another Scott Brown?

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney received some unexpected publicity last week from a surprising source – Time magazine.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, was spotlighted in a Feb. 1 article as one of 10 Republican contenders who could pull upsets in political races across the country this fall.

    The article, “Republican Surprise: 10 More Scott Browns,” examines several GOP members who have the potential to follow in the footsteps of Brown, the Republican who defeated Democratic challenger Martha Coakley for the Massachusetts Senate seat in January.

  • Woman, 27, charged with helping convict

    A Lancaster woman is one of three people charged with helping a prisoner escape from Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill last week.

    Chucky James Elmore Jr., 27, escaped from the minimum-security center on Milling Road about noon Feb. 3, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.

    Tina Diana Mackey, 30, 3353 University Drive, has been charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with escape-harboring or employing an escaped convict.

  • Daughter: Bennie Crockett had a bigger-than-life personality

    Though he disappeared almost 33 years ago, Evelyn Cooper still has vivid memories of her father.

    Standing at 5-feet, 5-inches tall, Bennie Crockett was short in stature, but had a personality that was bigger than life, she said. Hard work, love and concern for people were commonplace for him.

    “He always helped,” Cooper said. “He would check on others, like members from the church and the elderly.”