Today's News

  • Winterland ‘to land of black ice’?

    Kathy Blackmon and her children, Madison, 11, and Hunter, 8, rode down the snowy banks of their yard on a sled on Dean Lane in the Rich Hill community.

    With rosy cheeks, the three shook out their gloves and stomped their boots clean of snow before going into the house for breakfast, complete with hot cocoa.

  • Carolina Christian student leads the charge

    Maroon and white are the predominant colors at most Carolina Christian Academy basketball games as fans fill the school gym to root for the Cougars.

    But on Friday’s home tilt against Hawthorne Christian Academy Hawks of Chester, school colors took a back seat to purple.


    Led by Carolina Christian 12th grader Jessica Hartley, all the proceeds from ticket sales at the door and from a basketball game bake sale were for Relay For Life.

  • Breaking News Weather service issues winter storm warning

    Lancaster County is under a winter storm warning from 9 p.m. tonight to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

    The National Weather Service is predicting 3 inches of snow to fall across the region between tonight and Tuesday morning.

    Bryan Vaughn, director of safety and transportation for the Lancaster County School District, said he’ll be checking roads after midnight, when the snow is expected to start falling.

    He said school officials will make a decision whether to hold school, delay it or cancel school by 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 18 educators earn National Board certification

    Four teachers at Buford Middle School say if it wasn’t for teamwork and extended support, they wouldn’t have been able to accomplish their most recent feat.

    Karen Dingler, Lisa Hallman, Paige Johnson and Mary Beth Mize are among 18 teachers in the Lancaster County School District who earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    National Board certification is regarded as one of the highest honors in the education profession.

  • When it comes to litter, Freda Usher is no quitter

    Freda Usher isn’t very hard to find most mornings. She’ll be walking along the roadways near her South Potter Road home.

    And Usher does the same thing each afternoon when there is enough daylight left to safely be out.

    This 56-year-old wife and mother of two isn’t walking for her health. Trash bag in hand, Usher is picking up litter.

    It’s a sure thing that Usher will leave things better than she found them.

  • Banana pudding lessens the sting (a little)

    Boy, I was hurting. Daddy had just given me one of his better whippings.                     

    I was wearing overall pants (blue jeans), but that didn’t matter very much. His leather belt seemed to cut right through to my bare legs.

    Like a lot of fellas, I got away with more than I should have.

    But this time, it was different.


  • Clean out medicine cabinets

    The New Year’s resolution of “out with the old and in with the new” applies to that out-of-view medicine cabinet behind the bathroom mirror that you stare at every morning while brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

    Like a refrigerator, medicine cabinet supplies pile up, often past their expiration dates, said pharmacist Hugh Mobley of Mobley Drugs.

    And just like the refrigerator, a medicine cabinet needs to be cleaned out regularly.

  • USCLancaster is a model for other schools

    Editor’s note: Sen. Mick Mulvaney presented this letter to Gov. Mark Sanford on opening day of 2009 S.C. General Assembly.

    I received your proposed budget late last week, and the courtesy call from your office indicating that you had proposed the closure of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

  • IL library now open

    Although this sounds clichéd, the excitement really was palpable at the ribbon-cutting for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    Even before 3 p.m., the 54 chairs in the front were filled to capacity.

    Others had to stand on their tiptoes, craning their necks for a view of the historic event.

    But the ribbon-cutting – the symbolic culmination of several years of planning and work by the Lancaster County Library’s board, its staff and many others in the community – was not the main event Sunday.