• Online paper becomes subscription-based starting Wednesday

    Staff Reports

    Starting Wednesday, March 9, The Lancaster News online version, www.thelancasternews.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site. 

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus several online-only features, such as videos, slide shows, reader comments and more.

  • Chester student who stabbed his classmate to get second chance

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A fourth-grade student who stabbed a classmate in the back with a steak knife last week has been reassigned by district officials to “an alternative setting” for the remainder of the school year. 

    However, the student is expected to return to class during the next school term, the district’s superintendent said Tuesday.

  • KLS annual event set for April 2

    Feb. 12 is a day which Donna White often struggles with each year.

    If one knows White’s family history, it’s understandable.

    White’s son, Ryan Mc-Kinney, died Feb. 17, 2006, and five days earlier was the last time White spoke to her son.

    McKinney died of cardiac arrhythmia due to missed diagnosis and altered medications in treating Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder that is not life-threatening, but is life-altering.

  • Authorities respond to three fires

    A Lancaster man returned home to find his house in flames Thursday morning.

    The man was shopping at Walmart when he received a phone call that his house, at 2844 Oakland Drive, Lancaster, was on fire, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    He told sheriff’s deputies, who were already on the scene, that he left his home at about 10:30 a.m. to go shopping. While at Walmart, he received a call from one of his roommates who said a neighbor had called to say the house was on fire, the report said. 

  • State recently honors ILMS


    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. 

    It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like new station

    INDIAN LAND – After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.

  • Farmers market applies for grant

    Members of the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission hope a new grant is just what the market needs to attract more customers. 

    The commission recently applied for a grant from the S.C. Department of Agriculture as part of its community-based Farmers Market Small Grants Program. In its application, the commission requested $1,000 to make several upgrades to the farmer’s market, including new signage along Pageland Highway and in the vendor selling area. 

  • Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

     Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Stewart Funeral Home.  

  • ‘Shotgun’ airs Edwards’ performance

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – In Branson, Mo., playing and singing with the best of the best, Chester’s Bill Edwards made a startling discovery.
    He fit right in.
    “It was incredible,” Edwards said. “Something like that really feeds your creativity and makes you feel good about yourself.”

  • Doster sculpture on exhibit

    From Release
    Lancaster sculptor Bob Doster’s “Rising Star #2” has been chosen for exhibit by the annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Dahlonega, Ga.
    The 10-foot high sculpture, built of recycled materials, was inspired by a commissioned design Doster created and installed on Greenville, S.C.’s Main Street.