• 900 students attend state’s annual FFA convention

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Those who don’t believe in perpetual motion machines have never been to a South Carolina FFA convention.
    Take more than 900 high school students. Suit them up in spiffy, matching blue corduroy jackets. Pack them into a Clemson University auditorium and crank up the volume on the speakers.
    With all due respect to the first law of thermodynamics, energy indeed can be created.

  • Awash with watercolor

    The colors of nature filled the Native American Studies Center on Thursday evening with the unveiling of its new exhibit, “The View from My Window,” showcasing the work of Catawba artist DeAnn Beck.
    The vibrant display is a collection of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings depicting flowers, animals and landscapes, including scenes of the Catawba River.
    “It’s overwhelming, it’s exciting, it’s terrifying – all at the same time,” Beck said at the opening of the exhibit.

  • No progress on getting building for the library

    Downtown Kershaw may look a lot emptier next month when Wells Fargo shuts down its branch on Hampton Street.

    The Kershaw branch will close its doors Oct. 10. Josh Dunn, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said the company is in the process of letting its customers know about the change, but the ATM will remain attached to the vacant building.

    Dunn said the company tracks customer behavior, and customers are increasingly using online and mobile banking rather than walking into a branch.

  • Atlantic storm threatens East Coast

    Tropical Storm Florence is expected to again strengthen into a major hurricane, with forecast tracks taking the storm toward the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
    The NHS expects Florence to make a turn toward the west-northwest and west with a decrease in forward speed through Saturday. The storm may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week.

  • Battlefield in Buford to get $16K in upgrades

    The Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield and Lancaster County are teaming up to make some significant improvements to the historic site and put it on the national map.
    “We want to make this so people come from other areas to see it,” said Ken Obriot, president of the friends group. “There’s a mass gravesite out there with 84 revolutionary war soldiers buried there, and they need to be honored and people need to know the story.”

  • Muddied waters

    Growth can be good, but sometimes it’s messy.
    That has certainly been the case for Milton Hood, 61, a retiree who owns a roughly 30-acre homestead he has dubbed Falling Springs, located just off U.S 521 at the extreme southern edge of Indian Land.
    The outstanding feature of Hood’s property is a 2-acre pond, fed mainly by a nearby stream, an idyllic spot for fishing, family activities, or just quiet reflection and relaxation.

  • County officials attend D.C. conference, make key contacts

    Local officials flew to the nation’s capital this week for a Palmetto State-focused conference on issues ranging from opioids to the economy.
    “This is something that’s never been done before for us at the county level. It’s very important, given some of the things the Trump administration is trying to pull together and get down to the state and local government for everyone’s benefit,” said Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes.

  • Governor declares state of emergency as storm path aims at Carolinas

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon with the looming possibility that a hurricane could make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas next week.
    “This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” McMaster said of Tropical Storm Florence. Spinning out in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is expected to be approaching hurricane strength again late Saturday.

  • Library’s new pre-K program offering prizes

    From release

    The Lancaster County Library is launching a new program for preschoolers – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – with an information session next Thursday.
    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early-literacy program designed to help young readers reach a goal of reading 1,000 books before entering kindergarten. The program also aims to promote parent-child bonding time through reading together. 

  • ‘Stompy’ Horton at 92: Beloved in his hometown

    At age 92, retired physician Pierce “Stompy” Horton Jr. is the first to admit he’s no longer a spring chicken, but his smile still beams and his eyes shine.
    A bit frail, the beloved doctor who practiced in Lancaster for 33 years is showing his age. Nearly all of his childhood friends here are gone.
    It’s been decades since he hung up his stethoscope, but he’s still one of the most recognizable faces in Lancaster. He drew a long standing ovation from his Lancaster Rotary Club friends last week, celebrating his Aug. 30 birthday.