• The legacy of Leigh Anne's

    Margie Points worked for three years without a single day off when she opened Leigh Anne’s Restaurant in Lancaster nearly 40 years ago.
    “I was told I would never make it. Restaurants have come and gone in this town,” Points said. “But I said if guts and hard work will do it, then we’ll do it.”

  • Apology follows secret HS meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs landscaping drama has taken another twist, with town council holding an emergency meeting Wednesday without the required public notice, then issuing a written apology to contractor Darren Sowell. 
    Mayor Eddie Moore issued a letter Thursday, apologizing to Sowell for any negative comments by town officials about his work or billing practices. The town last October fired Sowell, who has had the town’s landscaping contract since 2012, but it rehired him Feb. 28.

  • NY jazz with a connection to Lancaster

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.

  • Ex-Lancaster residents helping relief efforts in Indonesian disaster

    Former Lancaster residents Melinda and Dano Whited and their seven kids have endured a catastrophic few weeks in Indonesia.
    The couple work for a nonprofit in Sentani, where they are helping with massive relief efforts after more than 20 inches of rain fell in five nights.
    Whited said the season had already been extremely wet, but the heavy downpours began March 16.

  • Main St. rail-crossing improvement delayed

    Cars will continue rattling across the railroad crossing on Lancaster’s South Main Street through August due to delayed contract negotiations.
    Funded jointly by the L&C Railroad and the S.C. Department of Transportation, the project was tentatively planned for completion by April 15.
    Gulf & Ohio Railways Vice Chairman Doc Claussen said the project involves relocating the crossing approximately 200 feet northeast on South Main Street, adjacent to an existing concrete crossing currently equipped with signals.

  • Opponents resisting VW eatery, salon

    Opposition has arisen among some Van Wyck residents over a developer’s plans to renovate three properties for commercial use in the heart of town.
    “I’m absolutely opposed to any business going into that property,” said Dave Helwer, who lives a stone’s throw from the tract in question. “I’m opposed to it creeping across the street and into the residential area.
    “This is a beautiful neighborhood…. I don’t think people want to see that change.”

  • Late snow thrills, then it’s gone

    A quick burst of snow hit Lancaster County on Tuesday morning, a far cry from last week’s 70-degree sunshine.
    Snow flurries began shortly after 8 a.m. and at times came down in clumps the size of golf balls. The precipitation transformed into sleet and rain within a few hours. Schools and county and city offices stayed on normal schedule despite the bad weather.
    The north end of the county, in the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas, received the most snow on the ground, less than an inch, while others only received a slight dusting of snow and sleet.

  • Get ready for change spurred by IL leap in population

    The drastic change coming to Lancaster County government after next year’s U.S. Census is likely to be even greater than officials have been expecting.
    Population growth in the Panhandle is the fastest in the state and shows no sign of slowing, according to new figures released at last week’s Regional Transportation Summit in Ballantyne, N.C.

  • Sinning and dancing

    The Lancaster Community Playhouse is bringing a 1970s Broadway musical back to the stage. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” opens April 4 at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Based on a story written by Larry King, the musical was inspired by the Chicken Ranch – an illegal but tolerated brothel in La Grange, Texas.
    Director Joe Timmons said the story is set in the late 1970s in a brothel operated by Miss Mona Stangley near the fictional town of Gilbert, Texas.

  • Thread Trail mandate in UDO is safe for this year

    The Lancaster County Council has rejected removing the Carolina Thread Trail mandate from the county’s master zoning and development plan, and it will study the possibility of even stronger requirements.
    The council voted unanimously Monday night to take no action on the issue over the next 12 months, leaving in place a provision in the Unified Development Ordinance that requires subdivision developers to build Thread Trail sections into their projects.