Today's News

  • Sign up to fill holiday wish list of an abused or neglected child

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project is launching its eighth-annual Holiday Giving Campaign, an effort to help local abused and neglected children and other families in need at the holidays.
    Last year, the LCOP, a year-round effort of the S.C. Department of Social Services, raised $7,551 in tax-deductible contributions for the Holiday Giving Campaign and helped 419 children and adults. This year, the goal is to help 550.

  • Matthew blasts past

    Hurricane Matthew made landfall north of Charleston at 11 a.m. Saturday as a category 1 storm, cutting power to nearly a half million coastal residents and causing much flooding, but there were no early indications of casualties.
    Lancaster County escaped with a night of heavy rain and moderate winds. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, an estimated 1,200 homes in Lancaster County were without power.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Fire Rescue said the outages were scattered across the county, caused by trees falling across power lines.

  • Community opens its arms to those fleeing hurricane

    With 310,000 people from the S.C. Lowcountry heading inland this week to escape Hurricane Matthew, it was inevitable at least a few of them would end up in Lancaster.
    Some came because of their connections to the area, while others arrived as part of a planned evacuation. For one family, the stay in Lancaster came as a matter of fate, a safe haven from the storm during a long, uncertain journey.
    The largest single group of evacuees was the 49 residents of White Oak Manor in Charleston who sheltered at the White Oak Manor here.

  • Traffic citations fall 43% in a year

    The vacancy-plagued Lancaster Police Department has issued just 753 traffic citations in the first three months of its fiscal year, down 43 percent from a year earlier.
    The department has six unfilled positions on its staff of 39 sworn officers. Despite the city’s moves in the past year to raise police salaries and award signing bonuses, the problem persists. The department hasn’t hired a single certified officer in 2016.

  • Brooke Bauer, PhD, comes home to preserve her Catawba culture

    Brooke Bauer grew up listening to the voices of native women sitting in the shade of a huge oak tree in front of her grandmother’s mobile home on the Catawba Indian Reservation.
    The older women, led by her Granny Evelyn George, breathed life into Catawba clay, shaping it into useful cooking vessels and art as they shared stories of struggle and celebration.  

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • Main Street scarecrows vandalized

    Police are looking for the vandal or vandals who damaged 11 scarecrows displayed downtown this week for Crows on Main, an annual Halloween scarecrow competition.
    Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said the vandalism happened Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
    “We think it was somebody trying to be funny, but it’s not very funny,” Timmons said. “I think this is the first time it’s ever been this bad.”

  • Column: Left created the culture that Trump takes part in

    This election certainly feels like a joke, but it isn’t.
    Our liberal/progressive media has created a smoke screen to obscure the real issues. The media allows people like Hillary Clinton to point their fingers at us and pretend they didn’t create and celebrate the culture that Donald Trump merely takes part in. The terrible things he said when he was a Democrat were OK then. The real issues are being ignored.

  • Column: A positive break amid the nastiness

    Let’s take a break from the political mud-slinging and negative rhetoric and give thanks for some of the people and organizations that we are fortunate to have here in Lancaster:
    ◆ Lindsay Pettus – Not enough room here to cover all the great things Lindsay has done for the community. Love his work with the Katawba Valley Land Trust, which preserves our precious natural resources and allows all citizens to enjoy them.

  • Baker prevails as King of the Carolinas Street Stock winner

    GASTONIA, N.C. – “The Gambler” is King of the Carolinas in racing.
    Sage driver Brandy Baker, “The Gambler,” is finally King of the Carolinas after capturing an exciting Street Stock win at Carolina Speedway.
    Baker was on the front row for the Street Stock main with Tyler Hyatt. When the green flag dropped to start the race, Baker, Hyatt, Ronnie Mosley and Andy Blackwood battled for the lead entering turn one.