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Today's News

  • Christie preserving natural, cultural heritage of region

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust has named Dick Christie its new executive director.
    “I’ve only been here a week, but I’ve accomplished a little bit,” said Christie, who took the job at the local land conservancy Jan. 1 after the retirement of Barry Beasley. “I’ve got some pretty large shoes to fill.”

  • Haile mine gives 367 acre tract to KVLT

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine’s owner has donated 367 acres along Flat Creek in eastern Lancaster County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust, adding to the thousands of acres the company has set aside for conservation.
    The tracts border S.C. 265 and Taxahaw Road, with a good deal of frontage along the creek.
    “We’re real excited about the properties,” said KVLT Executive Director Dick Christie. “It’s going to be land that’s protected through best management practices.”

  • Column: Prefiled bills include oddities

    The S.C. legislative session started Tuesday, and a common theme in our recent state governance is that much of the legislation that’s proposed would do more harm than good.
    Unfortunately, if recently prefiled legislation (bills filed in advance for the upcoming year) is any indication, 2018 will be more of the same.
    While some proposals seem well thought out, others simply lack all signs of common sense. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more ridiculous prefile bills from the House alone.

  • Column: Library adapts as your needs keep changing

    What is it that makes Lancaster unique? What are our identifiers? How can we incorporate those into your 21st century public library system?
    It’s all about the citizens who live here – every single one. A library is democracy in action. No one person’s needs supersede another’s.
    A new baby goes home from the hospital with a free board book from the library’s Born to Read program. A retiree can find a comfortable chair and enjoy The Charlotte Observer (print version) for free. Microfilm of The Lancaster News dates back to 1905.

  • Grandmother charged in 3-year-old’s death

    The grandmother of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder was arrested Friday in connection with the toddler’s beating death last month.
    Tracy Helms Schroeder, 48, of Rock Hill, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
    Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with the S.C. Department of Social Services to be Lilly’s primary caregiver, according to the arrest warrant.

  • Column: S.C. nonprofit bill hides how groups spend our tax money

    There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing working its way through our state legislature.
    The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but. And it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent.
    The wording begins saying any nonprofit entity that “received more than one hundred dollars in public funds from a state agency or political subdivision in the previous calendar year or the current calendar year, must submit a quarterly expenditure report to the jurisdiction awarding the funds.”
    That sounds great.

  • Column: For 2018, let’s unite in our love for Lancaster County

    With the arrival of 2018, it’s time again for resolutions, changes and goals.
    Many of us celebrated New Year’s Eve with family and friends, attending parties or church services across Lancaster County. But aside from all the celebrating, it is important that we reflect on the year we’ve had here.

  • Hard for me to believe there was a time when the races were educated separately

    I reach really high to a top shelf in the Lancaster High School library.

    I grab the light gray, 50-year-old 1967 Rambler yearbook.

    Then I pull down the ’66 and ’68 books, too.

    They’re heavy.

    I carry them to an empty table.

    Though I look like I’m still in high school, I feel the students staring at me like, “What is this crazy newspaper lady doing now?”

    I put the books down and start looking through pages in search of black students.

  • Time for public input on new school’s name

    An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.

    Survey participants have through Jan. 17 to fill out the 11-question survey. After that, the Lancaster County School District will select a committee to discuss the results.

  • Couples ready to take stage for Dancing With the Stars

    Seven couples will take the stage at the Art’s Focus Program’s second-annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on Feb. 3.
    This year’s featured dancers are:
    • Cedric Mingo and Katherine Foo.
    • Dean Faile and Ashley Shannon.
    • Michael Clancy and Connie Funderburk.
    • Matthew Whitaker and Jamikka Crockett.
    • Delmar Patterson and Liz Joyner.
    • David Platts and Katrina Bernsdorff.
    • Sal Estrada and Deborah Cureton.