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Today's News

  • Captain’s Galley closes after 22 years

    After operating for 22 years, Captain’s Galley restaurant on S.C. 9 Bypass West closed its doors at the end of Monday night’s shift, said manager Danny Zios.
    Leah Mathis, office manager at the company’s headquarters in Statesville, N.C., said it was a corporate decision to close the Lancaster location. She said the owners were unavailable to speak about the closing.
    The company has eight other restaurants around the Carolinas.
    The Lancaster location had 30 employees, who were told Monday night about the closing.

  • 5 house fires in 4 days

    A fatal blaze in the Antioch community Friday evening turned out to be the first of five house fires over four days that displaced at least 17 residents.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder said it was “a fluke” to have so many fires in such a short time span. None were related to each other, and all are believed to have had “legitimate” causes, he said.
    “It was just our week to have it handed to us,” Blackwelder said. “It’s cyclical. We’ll go for weeks without anything.

  • Schools target $16M federal grant

    Local officials have their sights set on a federal Promise Neighborhood grant of up to $16 million that would radically improve the lives of children in the beleaguered Clinton Elementary School attendance zone.
    The Lancaster County School District is partnering with Lancaster County First Steps, the S.C. Department of Social Services, the University of South Carolina Lancaster and others to go after the funding, which must be applied for by Sept. 6.

  • Kelly - Capps Wedding

    Sarah Elizabeth Kelly of Tega Cay and Steven “Ryan” Capps of Rock Hill were married June 25, 2016, at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill by the Rev. Joel McMakin.
    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Leslie Kelly of Tega Cay. She is the granddaughter of Hazel Bolton of Leesburg, Ga., and the late Robert Bolton Sr., the late Helen Kelly and the late Earl Kelly.

  • Alford - Herron Wedding

    Jane Gorley Alford of Fort Mill and Ken Taylor Herron of Waxhaw, N.C., were married June 12, 2016, at Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County.
    The bride is the daughter of Marlene Gorley of Lubbock, Texas, and the late Thomas Gorley. She is the granddaughter of the late Lucille and Richard Miller and the late Doris and Frances Gorley. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1980 and Winthrop University in 2001. She is the editor of Carolina Gateway newspaper and special publications editor for The Lancaster News.

  • Brecht - Jackson Engagement

    Lynn and Vickie Brecht announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Annette Brecht, all of Lancaster, to James Robert Jackson of Waxhaw, N.C.
    The wedding is planned for 5 p.m. Oct. 1, 2016, at HomePlace Bed and Breakfast.
    Miss Brecht is the granddaughter of Dianne and the late Roy Charles Catoe, Susan Boyd, Nada Funderburk, all of Lancaster, and the late Lynn Brecht Sr. of Charlotte. She is a graduate of South Pointe Christian School in Pageland, and a graduate of Newberry College. She is a client accountant at American Forestry Management.

  • West - Smith Engagement

    Dean and Betty West of Lancaster announce the engagement of their daughter, Cynthia Jane West, to Dionis A. Smith, both of Charlotte.
    The beach wedding is planned for 4 p.m. Sept. 17, 2016, in Charleston.
    Miss West is a graduate of Charles D’Amico High School in Albion, N.Y., and earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from SUNY Herkimer in New York. She is a practice assistant/paralegal for McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte.

  • Column: S.C. must start expecting more of itself

    Recently, I was talking with a Columbia woman who works with government contracting on the local, state and national level. She has built a multimillion-dollar business, and she runs it with honesty and integrity.
    In talking about her work with S.C. state government, she said something that stopped me dead in my tracks. “State government has become so corrupt on every level,” she said, “and it’s been that way for so long that people just accept it as business as usual – just the way it is.”

  • Remember When: A yard full of trees, an apple pie in the window

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away in July, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    The telephone note on my desk was asking for an immediate reply.
    Talk about a quick response – I made it! No, the house wasn’t on fire. Mr. Hagins down at Railway Express had called, and our fruit trees had arrived.

  • 'Nothing better than a homegrown tomato'

    For the past seven years, farming has been a passion for Rachel Hovis. Her work and dedication to farming led her to receive the 2016 American FFA Degree, along with 18 others in the state.
    “It’s the highest honor an FFA member can get,” Hovis said.
    The Future Farmers of America Degree is awarded to students based on their leadership abilities, their participation in at least 50 hours of community service with three different organizations, their supervised agricultural experience and their time and cost investments.