Today's News

  • Canceling concerts fails on 3-3 tie vote

    A move to scrap Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series of concerts came close to passing Tuesday night, as city council members fretted over the program’s $150,000 deficit for this fiscal year.
    After an hour-long executive session to discuss the Performing Arts Series, which has generated about $89,000 in revenue this year, council member Linda Blackmon made a motion to discontinue the concerts.
    The vote failed on a 3-3 tie, with Blackmon, Hazel Taylor and Sara Eddins in favor, and Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood and Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris against.

  • Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell has introduced legislation to make revenge porn a crime in South Carolina, targeting the latest form of online harassment and breach of privacy.
    The Lancaster Democrat’s bill in the S.C. House would make the crime a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or as much as a year in prison.

  • Suspicious behavior leads to Indian Land drug arrest

    A Charlotte teen was arrested in Indian Land for trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to sell after a curious deputy followed a hunch and tailed the teen’s car.
    Justice Blake Mendler, 19, was arrested March 5 in an incident that began shortly before midnight at the Indian Land McDonald’s.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the deputy was patrolling the restaurant parking lot when he saw Mendler’s Ford Focus pulling out and noticed the three passengers in the car watching him as they rode away.

  • Jam-packed weekend

    There will be no shortage of fun things to do in Lancaster this weekend – events to entertain and to benefit the community.
    The second-annual Red Rose Brew Bash kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a free block party featuring live music, food and Benford Brewing Co.’s Green Irish Honey beer, all hosted by The Craft Stand to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
    Saturday from 2-10 p.m. is when the beer tasting will take place, with over 50 different beers to sample.

  • Tuesday program explores ‘Activism of Native Women’

    From release

    From Native American activism in the Dakota Access Pipeline movement to the exploration of symbolism in contemporary artwork, four female panelists will discuss their roles in modern Native movements during the “Activism of Native Women” symposium this Tuesday.
    The symposium, 2-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, is part of the Native American Studies Center’s 13th-annual Native American Studies Week. 

  • Beauty queen to 3rd graders: Pick healthy food, exercise

    The North Elementary cafeteria was full of smiling faces Monday as Miss Simpsonville Lauren Long sang, laughed and spread the message of healthy eating and living with a large group of third-grade girls.
    She also spoke at Brooklyn Springs and Erwin elementaries this week.
    Long, 19, has been competing in pageants since she was in middle school in her hometown of Walhalla. She will compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant on June 30, and if she wins she will compete in the Miss America Pageant.

  • Tight Squeeze

    The trailer parked outside Lancaster County Fire Rescue is a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare.
    It’s filled with simulated pipes, culverts and crawlspaces that firefighters must shimmy through in full gear, training for real-life confined spaces where lives would be at stake.
    Lancaster County Fire Rescue, along with members of the Lancaster Fire Department and two from Lugoff Fire Department, participated in Confined Space Rescue Training last week.

  • New playground a done deal

    KERSHAW – Two years after rotting timbers closed the Stevens Park playground, a $375,000 fundraising drive to replace the equipment has been completed, and construction will begin Friday.
    The work is expected to take about two weeks. All the grading and site preparation is complete, and the new playground equipment has arrived.
    “We’re excited,” said Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council. “And if everyone who’s pledged sends in their donation, we will have the money.”

  • 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.