Today's News

  • No walkouts expected at local schools

    Lancaster County students today will mark the one-month anniversary of the Florida school massacre, but school officials here do not expect the “walkout” planned at many campuses across the country.
    Plans have been announced for specific in-school commemorations at Lancaster, Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson high schools.

  • 2 local men pitch their plan to combat school shootings

    In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people, the Rev. Ricky Cope and Joe St. John have had enough of the status quo.
    “Something needs to be done. Our schools are under siege,” said St. John, who lives in Indian Land and works as a Republican political consultant. “I don’t know how long it will take to protect our kids.
    “It will cost money, but it won’t be as much as those $4 million football fields we’re building at these schools,” he added.
    Cope echoed that sentiment.

  • 2 injured in fire on Country Club Drive

    A Lancaster man and woman suffered burns during a fire at their home on Country Club Drive early Sunday morning.
    Murray Montgomery was transported by Lancaster County EMS to Springs Memorial Hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
    The woman, whose name had not been released Tuesday, was first flown to Palmetto Richland Hospital, then sent to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where she was treated for severe injuries.

  • Hand-made beauty

    From release

    The kickoff of Native American Studies Week will bring crowds to downtown Lancaster this Saturday to shop for beadwork, baskets, Catawba pottery, quilts and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the Native American Arts and Crafts Festival.
    The festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.

  • Local students shine at Braille Challenge

    Two Lancaster County students came home victorious and another took second place in his division at the 2018 S.C. Regional Braille Challenge in Columbia.
    The winners were Buford Elementary second-grader Landon Bryson, 7, and homeschooler Jenna Cross, 9. Jenna’s brother Joshua, also 9, was a runner-up at the state competition.
    “I thought I was going to fail,” Landon said. “When I won, I jumped up and down so hard that I hit my hand. But I didn’t cry, because it didn’t hurt.”

  • City moves to cut cost of upkeep at its parks

    In a cost-cutting move, the city of Lancaster plans to withdraw from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Kershaw and Heath Springs might not be far behind.
    Lancaster will take back from the county the responsibility for maintaining all of its smaller parks. That will save nearly half of the $98,000 it has been paying the county each year, mostly for grass-mowing services.
    The county will still maintain the large parks in the city – the Springdale Road complex and Buckelew Park.

  • Solicitor Newman running for 2nd term

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman on Thursday launched his candidacy for a second term in office.
    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, made his announcement at the Historic Courthouse in Lancaster.
    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”

  • Heath Springs students pitch detailed upgrades for school

    Heath Springs Elementary School students wowed Lancaster County school board members with a detailed presentation about upgrades they want for their school.
    The first, third and fifth graders, with parents in tow, marched into the district building Feb. 20 to address the board about the proposed renovation and redesign. And they all presented their case with little to no aid from their teachers.

  • Citadel House celebrates those who’ve become self-sufficient

    More than 30 guests, program sponsors and participants crowded the Lancaster Bowling Center on Thursday to celebrate the Citadel House’s achievements after one-year of serving the county’s homeless.
    “We serve them, and show love to them,” said Ismary Alvarenga, a volunteer with El Camino Ministry. “It’s our passion to be servants of the Lord.”

  • School-safety briefing at Buford High

    The Lancaster County School District will hold a school-safety information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Buford High School’s library.
    The session, led by Safety Director Bryan Vaughn, is meant to show parents what has been done and what is still in the works for keeping their children safe. It is the third session sponsored by the district, with the first two at Indian Land and North Elementary schools.