Today's News

  • Soldier's mother grateful for community support

    To Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob Clemmer and Lancaster Tours, to the drivers for Lancaster Tours who volunteered their time and wages during the Christmas season, to the many individuals in Lancaster, Rock Hill, York and surrounding areas, to 103.7FM radio station and their listeners, to Home Depot, to Jenny Arnold and The Lancaster News, and lastly to any other businesses, groups or individuals who donated money, gifts, time and prayers for the soldiers of the 174th MAC National Guard Unit Wellford, SC and the 1222nd National Guard Unit Fort Mill, S.C., we would like to say thank you.

  • Defense firm will get warm welcome

    Jobs. That’s what Lancaster County needs more of, and that’s   what Lancaster County is going to get.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense-sector companies, announced last week that it would move its operations to Indian Land.

    The company will move its manufacturing, research and development functions and headquarters to the building beginning in March. Defense Venture is committing to invest $24 million in the county and to bring 220 jobs.

  • Fugitive still at large

    Five years have passed since John “Little John” Whitaker Jr. was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Robert Kirk Road.

    As Whitaker’s family continues to mourn the loss of a loved one, they are awaiting closure in the case. But finding peace has been difficult because the man charged with felony driving under the influence in Whitaker’s death has not been brought to trial.

    In fact, he’s been a fugitive from justice for more than five years now.

  • Subscriber appreciates delivery during storm

    My appreciation goes to the person who delivers my newspaper.

    It was a pleasure to go to the mailbox on Sunday morning on Jan. 31, and have my newspaper waiting despite all of the snow and ice.  

    I did not receive The Observer that nor my mail on Saturday. I have been subscribing to The Lancaster News for 34 years and have never not had my paper delivered despite weather like snow or Hugo.

  • County moving toward rezoning property

    Renewed interest in a building on U.S. 521 that has sat vacant for more than three years has sparked a debate between County Council members about how the area should be zoned.

    Council members discussed rezoning the property from its R-30 zoning designation to the B-3 designation at its Feb. 22 and March 1 meetings. R-30 is a low density residential and agricultural district; B-3 is a general commercial district.

  • Enrollment in private school continues to drop

    Tough economic times are forcing many families with children enrolled at independent schools to reconsider their neighborhood public schools.

    Newly released figures from the State Department of Education indicate that just more than 46,000 students in South Carolina attended independent, private and religiously affiliated K-12 schools during the 2008-09 school year. The number is down from close to 53,000 just five years before.

  • Handyman Service exemplifies Christian principles

    With so much global need that is seen daily in the media, at times it is easy for global needs to overshadow local needs. Daily at GoldenCare Adult Day Heath Services, we see elderly and disabled individuals on fixed incomes, many of whom are unable to pay for their medication. It is out of the question for them to afford to have a wheelchair ramp constructed. Without this, many Lancaster residents are cut off from needed services in the community.

  • Nightmare on Elm Street never ends for his mother

    Nannie Twitty has plenty of good memories about her son, Kenneth Wayne Catoe, who was killed almost 13 years ago at age 21.

    When he was younger, he enjoyed cooking fried chicken and tagging along with his favorite uncle, Billy Catoe, as they drove around the city. As a teenager, he was fascinated with building things, and took a special wood-working class in high school.

    Besides the bond he shared with his uncle, Twitty said her son loved spending time with his four brothers – Shawn, Charles, George and George, and his sister, Denise.

  • Founder of local oil business dies at age 82

    Harold Crenshaw grew up in a house where chickens and dogs entered through cracks in the floors and roamed around whether invited or not.

    The Van Wyck native had a humble upbringing, but through hard work and determination, achieved success as a businessman, his family said.

    Crenshaw founded Lancaster-based Crenshaw Oil Co., which provides fuel to a number of gas stations in Lancaster County and surrounding communities.

    Crenshaw died Thursday. He was 82.

    Crenshaw’s family farmed for a living while growing up, but he wanted to do something else.

  • Jury convicts man in 2009 shooting death

    Chasity Collins said her nephew, James Curry Jr., will still be able to hug his daughter and see his family as he spends 18 years in prison for killing her son, Devion.

    “I just get to put flowers on his (Devion’s) grave,” Chasity Collins said, addressing the court after a jury found Curry guilty of voluntary manslaughter Thursday. “That’s all I get to do.”

    Curry, 23, was charged on Jan. 1, 2009, with murder by the Lancaster Police Department in the shooting death of his cousin, Devion Collins, 20.