Today's News

  • Chicken houses proposal lays egg


    Christopher Sardelli


    Concerns about E. coli infections and surface water contamination were just some of the reasons Elyse Shipston made her voice heard to county officials on Monday night, Oct. 13.

  • Mayoral candidates Shaw, Elder differ on direction for municipality

     Denyse Clark


    The Lancaster County NAACP held a election candidates’ forum Thursday, Oct. 16 in the First Washington Baptist Church fellowship hall that was attended by about 50 potential voters who were introduced to local candidates involved in the Nov. 4 General Election.

  • Gold mine a step closer to opening

     Denyse Clark


    KERSHAW – Romarco Minerals Inc., the parent company of the Haile Gold Mine, recently announced that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a proposed Section 401 Water Quality Certification.

    The permit is a prerequisite for the Haile Gold Mine application for a permit under the Clean Water Act for the Haile Gold Mine project. 

  • Trapps-Lineberger Wedding

    Tabitha Reneé Trapps and Nathan DeMart Lineberger were married June 7, 2014, at New Hope AME Zion Church by the Rev. James Scott Jr.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Trapps and the granddaughter of Almetta Cunningham, all of Lancaster. She is a 1992 graduate of Lancaster High School and earned an associate’s degree in management in 2010.

  • Phillips-Wilson Wedding

    Rebekah Phillips and Ryan Watson were married at 5 p.m. Dec. 28, 2013, at Pleasant Plain Baptist Church by the Rev. Dale Myers.
    The bride is the daughter of Maurice and Zoe Phillips. She is the granddaughter of the late Ralph and Idell Dunn and of the late Sammie Lee and Lillian Phillips. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and works for the Chesterfield County School District.

  • Williams-Blackmon Engagement

    Susan Graves and Don Williams announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Williams, to Brice Blackmon, all of Lancaster.
    The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Nov. 8, 2014, at The Craig House.
    Miss Williams is a 2006 graduate of Lancaster High School and works for the City of Lancaster as an account clerk.
    Mr. Blackmon is the son of Alton and Diane Blackmon of Lancaster. He is a 2006 graduate of Lancaster High School and works as a CNC operator for Pattinson Sign Group.

  • Flynn-Blackmon Engagement

    Melinda and Larry Flynn announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Marie Flynn, all of Lancaster, to Derek Alexander Blackmon of Heath Springs.
    The wedding is planned for 3 p.m. Oct. 26, 2014, at Cares Lake Banquet Hall in Lancaster.
    Miss Flynn is the granddaughter of Guy Stacks of Lancaster and the late Carl Stacks. She is a 2010 graduate of Lancaster High School and earned a medical assistant’s degree in 2012. She works as a medical assistant.

  • Ray-Hensley Engagement

    Donna M. Hudson of Kershaw announces the engagement of her daughter, Amanda Donna Ray, to Robbie Clark Hensley, both of Kershaw.
    The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 25, 2014, at Union Baptist Church.
    Miss Ray is the daughter of the late Charlie Ray. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William “PeeWee” Montgomery, Peggy Ray Austin, all of Lancaster, and the late Wayne Ray.
    She is a 2002 graduate of Buford High School and is a caregiver and homemaker.

  • Faile-Soltow Engagement

    Stacy and Lisa Faile announce the engagement of their daughter, Carlie Faile, all of Kershaw, to Austin Soltow of Columbia.
    The wedding is planned for June 6, 2015.
    Miss Faile is the granddaughter of Frances McManus and the late Raymond McManus and of Don and Myrtle Faile, all of Kershaw. She is a 2011 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and a 2014 graduate of Central Carolina Technical College. She works as a licensed massage therapist.

  • Our shared battle against mental illness

    Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 1990s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission.

    Mental illness had already been an issue I felt strongly about, but those positions gave me unique insights into the challenges facing the mentally ill and their loved ones.