Today's News

  • Wren edges Lancaster, 43-41

    In this shootout, the game hinged on who had the ball last.
    Even though upset-minded Wren didn’t score on its final possession, Hurricanes’ quarterback Jay Urich was able to hit key targets to dash No. 10 Lancaster High’s football playoff hopes in the Class AAA Upper State opening round Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

  • City council honors Sowell for 34 years of service

    Helen Sowell will finally get to spend some time with her grandchildren.
    Sowell is stepping down as the City of Lancaster interim administrator.
    Although her official retirement date was May 31, Sowell agreed to stay on until the city found a replacement.
    New City Administrator Steven “Flip” Hutfles starts Monday, Nov. 16.
    City leaders recognized Sowell for her 34 years of service to the municipality at the Tuesday, Nov. 10, Lancaster City Council meeting.

  • Two arrested in string of burglaries

    Two men are in jail and deputies are looking for a third in connection with a string of burglaries, automobile break-ins and larcenies across rural Lancaster County between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3.
    Arrested Tuesday were Joshua Lee Whitaker, 18, of Lancaster, and Johnny Ray Pyatt, 38, of Waxhaw, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release said.
    As of press time Saturday, authorities were still looking for 25-year-old Bobby Charles Wallace of Waxhaw in connection with the crimes.

  • Halloween incident with deputy results in arrest, dead dog

    A series of incidents between a Keshaw man and Lancaster County deputies Halloween evening ended with a deputy shooting the man’s dog during his arrest and both the man and the deputy being sprayed with pepper spray.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the drawn out incident began about 6:09 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a fight in the street between several women in the area of Palmetto and East 3rd streets.

  • Outside the normal food box

    Suzanne Mitchell never has worried about a place to sleep at night, or how to prepare a nutritional, filling meal without running water or electricity.
    But this week, she got an honest look at what those without a warm bed and a coffee pot do to get by.
    Mitchell participated in the homeless food simulator at HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week.

  • City says no to LCEDC dues

    The City of Lancaster will support the county’s new economic development department instead of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    City council made that decision Tuesday night, Nov. 10, after hearing a presentation from Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy about what the county is creating. Last month, city council tabled a vote on its annual LCEDC funding until it got more information about the county’s plan.
    City council had budgeted $25,000 for its 2015-16 LCEDC membership/participation dues, which were due July 1.

  • Tunnell: Pay me or I sue

    Two weeks after receiving a $129,000 severance payment from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., former agency President Keith Tunnell sent a letter to county leaders threatening to sue them unless he received an additional payment of more than $200,000.
    In the Sept. 4 letter, which was written three and a half weeks after Lancaster County Council voted to rescind all of its funding for the LCEDC, Tunnell insists he has “been the victim of improper and illegal procedures” on the part of the county government and administration.

  • Why legislative session should be much shorter

    Editorialists and commentators have chastised the South Carolina Legislature relentlessly for failing to get anything done during the 2015 session. In fact, though, they did plenty of work.

    This year our Legislature met from January to July, and during that time 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, lawmakers passed 131. In addition, 950 resolutions were filed, and all but 64 of those passed.

    The question, of course, is this: How many of these were actually worth legislators spending over half a year in Columbia?

  • We’re all guilty of parsing words

    Lies and deception. We say it’s wrong, so why do we do it? Seth Slater, a professor of creative writing, did a paper on the subject of lying and made some interesting points to answer this question of why.

    He first suggests that we justify lying by saying things like lying gets us out of awkward situations, spares the feelings of others, enhances our social standing, keeps us out of trouble and can even save our lives.

  • Lucas signs to play at NGU

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School baseball standout Gunnar Lucas is taking his game to the next level in the Upstate.
    Lucas, a Volunteers lefty pitcher-first baseman, is headed to North Greenville University in Tigerville to play for the Crusaders.
    “When I went there, it seemed like the place for me,” Lucas said. “I like the school, academics and baseball program, and it’s in a beautiful setting north of Greenville.
    “I had a good feeling about North Greenville.”