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Today's News

  • Column: Is $5 too much? Doc, dad haggle over payment for home birth

    Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, the doctors had that good bedside manner about them. We never knew what an emergency room was. When the need was there, the doctor came to your home, and he didn’t charge you an arm and a leg, either.
    I guess I am a living example of this. You see, I was born in Peachland, N.C. You might call it a one-horse town back in the day. My dad had a farm with several horses, some cows, a few chickens and a lumber mill business.

  • Kershaw hospitality tax moves ahead

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council gave preliminary approval to a 2 percent local hospitality tax Monday night, a move that would preempt Lancaster County from collecting any of that revenue if a countywide tax is approved later.
    The unanimous Kershaw vote came on first reading of the ordinance, which will tax all prepared food, beverage and alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and other establishments in the corporate town limits.

  • Oh, no! Dismal festival forecast

    This weekend’s Red Rose Festival is going on as scheduled, despite a dismal weather forecast.
    “It’s rain or shine,” said Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster. “The one thing we know how to do around here is wear rain boots.”
    Friday’s weather forecast is calling for rain late in the day and overnight. Saturday’s forecast calls for heavy rain in the morning.
    Timmons said he’s been checking weather forecasts almost hourly this week, hoping they will change.

  • ‘We played our hearts out’

    IRMO – As the state runner-up Indian Land Warriors received their silver medals at Irmo High’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium on Friday night, proud IL soccer supporters found the silver lining for the royal blue and Vegas gold faithful.
    Indian Land, for the fifth straight season, finished as the state runner-up in the Class AA state title soccer match, falling to Lower State champion Bishop England 4-1.
    Senior captain Garrett Gerdes had mixed emotions over the loss.

  • William Witherspoon to lead S.C. Bar

    A Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster sheriff’s deputy is set to take the helm of the South Carolina Bar as the attorney organization’s new president.
    William K. Witherspoon is to be sworn in during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting in Columbia Thursday, an S.C. Bar release said. S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Costa Pleicones will administer the oath of office.

  • Spearman: Federal directive won’t change much in S.C.

    Little is expected to change in S.C. public schools in response to the recent directive from the Obama administration on the civil rights of transgender students, according to state Education Superintendent Molly Spearman.
    The federal directive, in the form of a May 13 letter from the Justice and Education departments, told public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. The Obama administration said the letter was in response to school leaders seeking direction on the matter.

  • Animal shelter probe will last weeks

    The state investigation of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter will likely continue for at least a couple of weeks, County Administrator Steve Willis said Tuesday.
    The shelter will continue to respond to calls from rescue groups and the public and will open today with an abbreviated schedule, Willis said.

  • Buford Battleground filming rescheduled

    Filming of a documentary on the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution by SCETV at Buford Battlefield this Saturday has been rescheduled because of the likelihood of rain.
    Ken Obriot, president of Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield, said production of the program will instead be moved to Saturday, June 11, with crews filming throughout the day.
    Obriot said with a 100 percent chance of rain this weekend, Friends and SCETV made the call to cancel this Saturday’s filming.

  • Remember When: Counting on Blue Horse for a bicycle

    A brand new bike topped my want list. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor just about wiped me out of any hope to have a new bicycle, complete with battery, horn, headlight and custom luggage carrier.
    To this very day, I don’t really believe the government “froze” delivery on all the bicycles that Sears, Roebuck had in stock to help out the war effort.

  • Festival turns away 82 vendors

    This week’s Red Rose Festival will have 90 vendors, but would have attracted nearly twice that many if the event had a big enough footprint to accommodate them.
    Lancaster’s largest annual festival, in its seventh year, will take place Friday and Saturday along five Main Street blocks from Williams Street to Meeting Street.