• Ride 'em, rope 'em

    For most high school athletes, practicing basic skills is relatively simple – throw the baseball, jump the hurdle, swing the golf club.
    Mary Beth Rollings must coordinate the movement of two farm animals that total 1,500 pounds, both running as fast as they can.
    The Lancaster 18-year-old, who is heading to the national championship of high school rodeo in Wyoming next month, showed off her skills recently at her coaches’ farm in Camden.

  • Power outage along South Main, S.C. 903

    Duke Energy is reporting that 1,874 customers in Lancaster County are currently without power.
    The outage was reported at 1:04 p.m. Monday after several businesses in the South Main Street area lost power. Outages were also reported along the S.C. 903 corridor as far out as the Antioch community.

    "A tractor trailer caught a cable line and pulled down three power poles. It didn't pull down our power lines, but they're on the ground due to the broken poles," said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • Man pinned against tree after truck rolls over him

    A Lancaster man was severely injured Tuesday night in a bizarre incident in which his truck rolled backward and pinned him against a tree.
    According to a Wednesday Facebook post by his daughter, the man was working on his truck when it was knocked out of gear and rolled over him, dragging him across gravel and pinning him against a large tree. Eventually he wriggled away from the truck and called for help.
    He was stitched up and treated for a broken rib, three broken bones in his back and road rash all over his body, the post said.

  • Pianist Howland walks us through American music’s 400-year journey

    Concert organizers have arranged a musical treat to finish off your July 4th festivities.
    On Sunday, July 7, well-known pianist Pamela Howland will present “American Music: a 400-Year Adventure,” a celebration of America’s musical history. Selections range from Celtic hymns that formed the roots of Appalachian folk music, to ragtime, jazz and blues, with a sprinkling of other familiar contemporary music that has affected American musical culture.

  • City council cuts more funding for performing arts, OKs budget

    After eliminating the performing-arts position, Lancaster City Council adopted its $25.8 million budget for fiscal 2019-20 during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
    The performing arts department already took a big hit in the proposed budget, with its annual series of large events greatly reduced. The city has created a nonprofit that it hopes will be able to raise money for public concerts and other cultural events.

  • Ag+Art Tour attracts thousands

    Bailey Milhorn
    The Lancaster News

    More than 5,000 people toured 11 farms throughout Lancaster County last weekend during the county’s seventh-annual Ag+Art Tour.
    The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is a self-guided, free tour where people tour farms, hear local musicians, watch local artisans work and shop at vendor booths at each stop.

  • Procedural violation delays HS budget vote

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town council, plagued this year by multiple violations of state open-meetings law and its own financial policies, has fouled up on procedure again.
    This time the town failed to follow the state law that requires a public hearing before final passage of its annual budget. And the public hearing must be advertised two weeks in advance, so the budget now cannot be passed until at least two weeks into next fiscal year, which starts Monday.

  • Riding for the fallen

    Dozens of bike riders made their way to the first-responder memorials behind the Lancaster County Courthouse on Main Street late Thursday after a 101-mile ride from Marion. The group of riders, called the Carolina Brotherhood, consisted of law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics from all over the Carolinas. The riders travel 600 miles of Carolina backroads each year, raising money for and emotionally supporting the families of emergency responders who died in the line of duty.

  • ‘A giant in the community’

    Dr. Pierce Horton Jr., a beloved physician, longtime civic leader and one of Lancaster’s most recognizable smiling faces, died Friday. He was 92.
    The Lancaster native – “Stompy” to his friends and Dr. Horton to everyone else – delivered more than 5,000 babies during 33 years of medical practice here. I was one of them.
    I interviewed Horton last August for an article celebrating his life, and he recalled in detail the day I was born.

  • Rock the House!

    The 2019-20 Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert Series opens this week with a different kind of classical performance.
    Flip Side, a local rock band, will perform “Distinctive Harmony: Soft Rock of the ’70s to ’90s,” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cultural Arts Center on West Gay Street.