• What good thing will happen Saturday?

    Something strange happened at the 2017 Widows Sons Masonic Riders Charity Ride and Auction.
    Now, you may find this bizarre, since I’m a 1982 University of South Carolina graduate. But last year at the annual fundraiser that benefits HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) of Lancaster, I found myself in a heated bidding war over a Clemson University mug.
    I was prepared to pay $30 for it that day, but in the end, it didn’t cost anything.

  • Hanging Rock, Buford included in Liberty Trail

    Lancaster County’s two major American Revolution battlefields will be included in a 19-site section of the state’s new Liberty Trail, stretching from the Buford Battleground south to Moncks Corner.
    The S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust and the American Battlefield Trust have joined forces to preserve the state’s Revolutionary War battlefields. The nonprofits are raising money, acquiring land and plan to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the public.

  • County’s insurer settles Tunnell suit

    Lancaster County’s liability insurer will pay $20,000 to Keith Tunnell to end his federal discrimination suit against the county government, county council members Larry Honeycutt and Charlene McGriff and former council member Bob Bundy.
    The dismissal and settlement were granted Friday in U.S. District Court in Rock Hill.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said the county’s insurance carrier, the S.C. Counties Property & Liability Trust, was paying the settlement.

  • Gathering our community’s resources for hurricane aid

    Evelyn Springs, a real pro at stocking up on food and supplies, was ready for Hurricane Florence last month, with a pile of provisions at her home all set to go.
    But the 64-year-old owner of Catering by Evelyn survived the storm without needing them.
    “What in the world,” Springs asked herself, “am I going to do with all of this stuff?”
    Springs felt God telling her to take the supplies to the people who needed them, she recalled this week. She targeted Wilmington, N.C., where the storm had caused severe damage.

  • Lancaster paramedics scrambling to help survivors in Panama City

    Tammy Varnadore and Tamara Collins knew what to expect after their 500-mile overnight trek to Panama City, Fla., but the devastation still floored them.
    Railroad cars lay on their sides, dragged far away from their tracks. Buildings lacked entire roofs. Mobile homes were tossed together, blocks away from their addresses.
    “They have no water, no power,” Varnadore said Friday. “This place is destroyed.”
    The Lancaster paramedics left for Hurricane Michael’s impact zone around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Desperate gibberish from 4-inch windows in metal doors

    A loud, jarring buzz bounced off the concrete-block walls, past the clanking metal doors and the occasional yells of the people trapped behind them.
    The source of the annoyance, a man incarcerated months before for receiving stolen goods, was holding down a call button and banging repeatedly on the metal door of his cell with his fists.
    “Larry! Larry! Larry!” the inmate hollered in desperation.
    Capt. Larry Deason walked calmly to the cell and peered through a 4-inch-tall window at the man’s unkempt face.

  • Act 388 strangles education budgets

    Research presented in September to Lancaster County leaders, predicting how our rocketing growth will affect local government revenues, paints a rosy picture for the county and a foreboding one for the school district.
    The study by Clemson University’s Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (REAL) shows that while the county government gains operating revenue from the arrival of new residents, the schools do not.

  • Indian Land Fall Festival promises fun for families

    Chris McGinn
    For The Lancaster News
    Soaring swings, towering slides, furry farm animals and a Ferris wheel are all planned to entertain children of all ages at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3 and 4.
    The 13th-annual event promises to surpass past events with the new two-day festival held at the Indian Land schools complex off River Road.

  • Hometown filmatic rollouts don’t get no better than this!

    Popcorn tubs and merriment overflowed Tuesday night at the gala premier of Lancaster’s home-grown horror flick – “Radioactive Bullfrogs From Hell.”
    The cast and crew joined a rowdy, packed house at the Crown Cinema to absorb the 40-minute action thriller, written and directed by Phillip Fleming and turned into a campy cinematic masterpiece by a passel of his daring pals.
    It’s a fight to the death – spoiler alert! – between a trio of well-armed country boys and a 20-foot-tall mutated bullfrog.

  • Blackmon cites 22,960 lifetimes of unfair criticism

    Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon held the floor for eight minutes at Tuesday night’s council meeting, sobbing at times as she spoke about the recently disclosed ethics complaint filed against her a year ago.
    “I’m speaking because I do not want to see anybody go though what I have been put through on this city council,” Blackmon said through tears. “Now with our local paper, I’ve been dragged up and down this city, with disrespect to me, my family, my friends.”