Today's News

  • Saluting Sims for 20 years of giving

    A crowd of more than 200 gathered Friday night to salute the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s 20 years of grant-making to agencies serving the residents of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.
    Those grants have totaled more than $50 million to 108 nonprofit and government agencies over the two decades, and the charitable foundation’s $70 million in current assets make it the eighth largest in South Carolina.

  • Mulvaney, Lucas brief chamber members

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday that it’s time for meaningful, common-sense reforms to Social Security to keep the system solvent.
    “This is a hard thing to do politically, because it’s easy to run a political ad… that says Mick Mulvaney wants to take Social Security away from old people,” he said. “But it’s something we have to fix.”

  • Shoplifting suspects collared after K-9 search, foot-chase

    It started with a man running from Lancaster’s Home Depot with three stolen string trimmers and jumping into a getaway car parked between the mulch pallets.
    It ended two hours later after a K-9 search and a police foot-chase through the backyards of nearby Gregwood.
    A Concord, N.C., couple were jailed Sept. 16 after the incident at the Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Steven Michael Vanderburg, 28, was arrested by Lancaster Police Department officers about two hours after the theft, running through the Gregwood subdivision.

  • Final call: Kershaw oaks coming down

    KERSHAW – There won’t be a last-minute reprieve for the four majestic oak trees at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets.
    The trees will be cut down within the next two weeks, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    The decision to move forward with cutting down the trees came on the tails of a Sept. 8 public hearing on the matter.

  • 30 countries and counting

    Ten years later, Cara Walker can still close her eyes and stroll the dirt streets of Moshi, a Tanzanian city within sight of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    She remembers wandering through shops and open-air markets with no agenda, browsing to learn. Bougainvillea bloomed. Kiswahili music played. Chickens clucked, and babies cried and laughed.
    “Your senses are constantly engaged, if not borderline overwhelmed,” Walker recalls. It was "a surreal and beautiful experience.”

  • 'Standing peacefully for justice'

    Watching the Charlotte riots on TV Tuesday and Wednesday nights after the police killing of Keith Scott, Alfrick Seegars felt pulled in two directions.
    As a 28-year-old black man, Seegars knew the passion and anger fueled by seeing yet another man of color on the news bleeding to death on the ground surrounded by cops.
    As a firefighter with the city of Lancaster and County Fire Rescue, he also could appreciate the mix of fear and commitment to duty that the police and other first-responders on scene felt facing the angry crowd.

  • Speedway’s final 2016 points race slated Saturday night

    As the 2016 Lancaster Super Speedway season winds to a close with only a handful of races left at the big half-mile track, LSS hosts its final points race Saturday.
    Divisions running include the Montgomery Towing Super Stock, Deal 1 Auto Sales SECA Crate Sportsman, Cauthen Motors Renegades, U.S. Bonding Vintage and M&M Garage Extreme 4. The Montgomery Towing Super Stock and U.S. Bonding Vintage Division are the only divisions that can be decided on the points battle Saturday night.
    Top five in LSS points:

  • Swimmers cap senior night with win over Ridge View

    The Lancaster High School swim team highlighted the annual LHS senior night with a 283-36 win over Ridge View on Tuesday at the Lancaster County pool.
    The LHS girls won, 148-14 and the LHS boys posted a 135-22 victory.
    The 7-1 Bruins, who have won seven straight, honored their seniors – captain Lauren Spencer, captain Matthew Rogers and Will Funderburk.
    Each swimmer was honored with a special collage of action swim photos.
    Spencer, Alaina Houghtaling, Samuel Page, Makenzy Mills and Jacques Caravaca each posted two wins.

  • Lady Vols charge, topple Knights

    Andrew Jackson rallied from a 2-0 deficit to net a stirring  3-2 win over North Central on Tuesday at the AJ gym.
    North Central opened with a 25-20 win and the Lady Knights took a 26-24 win to take a 2-0 edge in the match.
    “The match, as usual, was a battle from start to finish,” AJ coach John Verdugo said.
    “What’s interesting is that losing the second game didn’t dampen our girls’ spirit, but just the opposite,” Verdugo said. “A fire and sense of determination came out. My girls just got pumped.

  • Hinson leads by example

    KERSHAW – You won’t get a lot of verbal “rah, rah” from Andrew Jackson High School senior tight end Seth Hinson, but Volunteers’ second-year head coach C.J. Frye said what the AJ captain does speaks volumes.
    “Seth is not a big talker,” Frye said of the Vols’ three-year tight end starter. “He leads by example.
    “What you like is that he shows up and does his job,” said Frye. “Seth is going to do what he’s supposed to do.”