• 11 debutantes presented at cotillion

    Lauren R. Kornegay
    For The Lancaster News

    Eleven young women were presented to more than 200 guests on May 19 as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Iota Theta Omega Chapter hosted its 15th Biennial Debutante Cotillion, “Emeralds of Excellence: An Evening in the Emerald Garden.”
    The debutantes were Teanna Alexander, Tytiuna Alexander, Joi A. Brown, Cassie Chandler, Noelle W. Davis, Niyla E. Ford, Aliah Jacobs, Darriyah McCree, Lyrik Mitchell, Logan J. Pelham and Jordan Stanfield.

  • It’s time to select S.C. party nominees

    The statewide primaries are coming up Tuesday, with five races appearing on Lancaster County ballots, including the governor’s contest and the U.S. House race.
    Registered voters can vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries, regardless of political affiliation, because South Carolina is an open primary state. You simply select the party you wish to vote in, and use that ballot to vote. Both primaries are on the same day. All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    If needed, runoffs will be held June 26.

  • VW takes aim against litter, junk

    Keep it clean, Van Wyck.
    The small – but growing – new town in Lancaster County’s Panhandle is aiming to keep its bucolic nature intact.
    At its June 4 town council meeting, members gave unanimous first-reading consent for new rules governing the appearance and upkeep of property and prohibitions against litter.
    The new rules, which will require at least one more council approval before taking effect, will basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county.

  • YouthBuild wins state litter awards

    With Lancaster County struggling this year to keep roadsides clear of rubbish after losing its state-prison labor, YouthBuild has been one of many groups stepping up to keep Lancaster clean.
    The nonprofit has committed so much time to the effort that it has received two awards from the S.C. Department of Transportation. YouthBuild received the regional award and was named Group of the Year for the third straight year at the Adopt-A-Highway Program’s 30th-annual awards celebration last month.

  • The scramble to find little Harlee

    When Breanna Lewis called Chesterfield County 911 on the early afternoon of May 29, her voice alternated between calmness and screaming.
    She told a dispatcher that a man confronted her at her mailbox on Jackson Road, northeast of Chesterfield, made sexual advances, assaulted her and then grabbed her child off her hip. He fled in a gold or tan SUV.
    911 officials immediately called the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office. As investigators went to the scene, the dispatcher kept Lewis on the phone, getting as much information as possible.

  • Parnell still in it to win it

    Embattled Democrat Archie Parnell announced Wednesday afternoon that he will stay in the June 12 party primary for the 5th Congressional District race, despite domestic-abuse revelations from four decades ago.
    In an apologetic video posted on his Facebook page, Parnell said, “I hit my ex-wife and another person in a state of rage. No excuse can justify what I did. I hurt her. I was wrong.”
    It’s the first time the Sumter Democrat has addressed the controversy that eroded much of his support base last month and led his paid campaign staffers to quit.

  • Catawba torrent covers state park’s spider lily blooms

    Beneath the cascading Catawba River at Landsford Canal State Park, spider lily bulbs are clinging to the rocks, prays local paddler Bill Stokes.
    “I hope the poor things hung on and didn’t drift away,” Stokes said Tuesday.     

  • Done deal: YMCA coming to Indian Land

    It’s official: a brand-new and much-anticipated YMCA is finally coming to Indian Land.
    The Rock Hill-based Upper Palmetto YMCA and the Inspiration Network’s CrossRidge Center announced Monday they have signed an agreement allowing the YMCA to buy more than 15 acres within the CrossRidge Center development along U.S. 521 to construct a state-of-the-art, 74,000-square-foot facility to serve the booming Panhandle.

  • 7-car train jumps tracks

    A train derailed off Meeting Street just west of Lancaster Monday afternoon because of a mechanical issue, dumping soybean meal out of overturned rail cars.
    No one was hurt in the 3 p.m. incident.
    Three of the Lancaster & Chester Railroad cars were thrown on their side and four were still standing, according to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    The train derailed on the rail line parallel to Peach Farm Road in the West Manor neighborhood. It was carrying soybean meal from Kershaw’s ADM plant to Chester.

  • Happy birthday to the pets!

    Addison Robinson, a rising fifth grader at McDonald Green Elementary, is donating her birthday money to the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
    Over $300 of it.
    “My mom is always on Facebook and sees the animals, and I just wanted to help,” Addison said. “I bought some animal stuff, like bottles.”
    The 10-year-old has donated about $220 worth of pet supplies set aside for the LSPCA, and gave another $100 to the animal rescue group so it can buy food for the animals.