Today's News

  • Column: Ideas for fixing S.C. higher ed

    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state.
    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let’s just say we have some great institutions and some not-so-great ones. At the great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well. At the weaker institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.
    In short, there’s room for improvement at all of them.

  • Column: S.C. marriage bill has feeble underpinnings

    In December 2014, a bill was introduced in the S.C. Senate by Larry Grooms of District 37 and Danny Verdin of District 9. The bill asks Congress to hold a convention of the states for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to allow states to define and regulate marriage.
    This bill arrived in the Senate one month after the Supreme Court agreed to review a same-sex marriage case because the circuit courts had given conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of marriages of this variety. A ruling on the case would set a national legal precedent.

  • LHS student charged with carrying BB gun

    A 15-year-old student is in hot water for having a BB/pellet pistol in his book bag at Lancaster High School on Wednesday.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice petition has been signed charging the teen with carrying a weapon on school property.
    “They (administrators) got a tip that he might have a weapon and acted on it,” said Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s director of safety and transportation.

  • Man flees traffic check, cops stop him at gunpoint

    City police were forced to stop a motorist at gunpoint Saturday night on South Main Street after he refused to stop at a routine traffic checkpoint.
    Jasper Lee Haggins, 72, of 969 15th St., was arrested for driving under suspension and second offense driving under the influence.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police had set up a driver’s license checkpoint near the intersection of Chesterfield Avenue and McCardell Street.

  • Sociology prof Susan Cruise USCL’s Teacher of the Year

    Dr. Susan Cruise, an assistant professor of sociology, was named the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Teacher of the Year on Thursday during the college’s first Celebration of Research and Productive Scholarship Day.  

  • Tiff at bank spirals out of control, man jailed

    A Kershaw man’s dispute with a bank over cashing a check escalated into a screaming match and threats against a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy, resulting in serious criminal charges.
    Hykeim Malik Williams, 19, of 509 W. Hilton St. was arrested after causing a disturbance at the Wells Fargo Bank at 101 N. Hampton St. in Kershaw March 24.
    The incident report said Williams became irate and after being told he and his girlfriend had to open an account in order to cash a Wells Fargo check they’d been given.

  • With bond approved, educators eager to go

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since voters overwhelmingly passed the school bond referendum March 22, expressing relief and anticipation and talking about which projects will begin first.
    School Superintendent Gene Moore said he welcomes the challenges ahead and is grateful to have the community’s support.

  • A group of ‘merry warriors’

    Those retired hammer jockeys are at it again.
    This time, Sun City’s Friends of Habitat are remodeling a home in the Antioch area for a couple through Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build initiative.
    For the past two months, they’ve been helping rebuild the Beacon Road home of U.S. Navy veteran Deanna Mackey, and her husband, Richard Mackey.

  • IL murder suspect captured

    After a two-day manhunt, David Antonio Kucinski was captured at a Charlotte hotel Thursday evening, charged with killing an acquaintance and dumping his body in Indian Land.
    Kucinski was taken into custody without incident by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department after authorities received a tip about his whereabouts, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. No other information about the arrest was available at press time.

  • Plyler - Rollings Engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. Mike Criminger announce the engagement of their daughter, Chasity Hope Plyler, to Bradley Lewis Rollings, all of Heath Springs.

    The wedding is planned for 6 p.m. April 23, 2016, at Coker Ranch.

    Miss Plyler received her massage therapy license in 2007 and is a message therapist at Celanese Chiropractic.